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14 DAYS VIETNAM ADVENTURE TOUR THROUGH TU LAN CAVE

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14 days / 13 nights

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14 days Vietnam adventure tour through Tu Lan Cave is the time to explore the most exciting and adventurous things when traveling to Vietnam. It demands your physical excise a lot, because of trekking, swimming, and rocking in a cave; there are so much interesting points waiting for exploration, the busy floating market in the Mekong, the history learning through DMZ attractions.
14 DAYS VIETNAM ADVENTURE TOUR THROUGH TU LAN CAVE
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Highlights
  • Rowing by boat through Trang An, fresh air of magnificent forested mountains, listen the sound of birds the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains.

  • Experience an overnight through the majestic landscape in cruise,

  • Kayaking in Halong Bay, take activities such ass swimming, relax on a beautiful island with clean water and lightly smooth white sand.

  • Explore limestone mountain region of Tu Lan Cave,  trek up to buffalo fields, dense jungle and swim through river cave.

  •  At Central of Vietnam, visit the local market for a glimpse of local life. Go back in time when you visit the war site of Vinh Moc tunnels.

  • Ride by small sampan boat through the small canals and side arms of the “Mighty Mekong” to observe the daily life along the river banks.

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL AND FREE DAY
Welcome your tour guide at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to the hotel in city center and check-in. Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge. The rest of the day is at leisure.  Spend your leisure time to  walk around Hanoi Old Quarter for you first exploration of Vietnam’s capital city that is first seen in  North Vietnam tours.

Meals: None
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR
8:00 AM You will start for a Hanoi day tour including a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays and Fridays), his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Then, depart to the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday) and its striking exhibition about the Vietnamese ethnic plurality. 
 
In the afternoon, starting a one-hour rickshaw tour of the capital and spend some time wandering in the old quarter and its antique shops then visit the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam, you will be also introduced the art of woodcarving and bronze casting in Vietnam in the 19th century. Then visit Ngoc Son Temple & Hoan Kiem Lake before going back to the hotel. Evening is free at leisure
 
Meal: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hanoi
 
DAY 3: EXPLORE HOA LU ANCIENT CAPITAL AND TRANG AN CAVE IN NINH BINH
In the morning, our driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel hall and start your journey to Ninh Binh province. Ninh Binh is located south of the Northern Delta, between the Red River and Ma River.  There are many famous historic sites Ninh Binh city. Old town of Ninh Binh as diverse viewing landscapes with close to the mountains of Non Nuoc and Canh Dieu. After 2 hours, we arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and visit temples of King Dinh and King Le.

We have an hour for lunch at local restaurant. There, you will have a chance to enjoy local specialties. After lunch, we take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An and Enjoy quite moments with clear water, fresh air and spectacular views of mountainous areas. Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. This area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant
Accommodation at selected hotel in Ninh Binh
DAY 4: NINH BINH TO HA LONG BAY
Drive to Halong Bay where you board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of this magical World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and a swim and an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Halong Bay is highlight listing destination of Vietnam as a World Natural Heritage and voted as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation.
Be ready for pick-up at your hotel lobby around 9:00. Upon arrival at the pier, embark on the boat and set sail on a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch is served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.

In the afternoon you will start to discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. Depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave, have some swimming at Titop Island or Soi Sim beach. Kayaking is available at a surcharge.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on cruise
Accommodation at selected cruise in Halong Bay.

Day 5: HA LONG TO HANOI AND TAKE NIGHT TRAIN TO DONG HOI
Early morning, start your day with a Tai-Chi instruction on the sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served. After a light breakfast, you will discover Sung Sot Cave, also called the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. A brunch will be served while the boat weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots.
 
Return to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi, then you will take an overnight train to Dong Hoi, a beautiful destination when travel to Vietnam.
 
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Brunch or lunch on cruise
Accommodation at selected hotel in Dong Hoi
DAY 6: DONG HOI TO PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK AND TU LAN EXPERIENCE
Upon arrival at Dong Hoi Railway Station, you will be transfer to the meeting point and have Vietnamese breakfast before beginning the trip. You can leave all your luggage at the office in the storage room.

After a safety briefing, checking gear and signing our Release Form, the day adventure begins with a 2 km walk across peanut and buffalo fields to reach the Rao Nan River.
After crossing the river you’ll reach the impressive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) to explore its massive formations for up to 280m. Then trek to Hung Ton Valley to reach Hung Ton Cave. Explore this wild cave by descending a 15 m ladder with a safety rope before swimming 50m through the cave and following an underground river to reach To Mo Valley, where a delicious BBQ lunch will be awaiting you.

After swimming at the waterfall, trek over Hung Ton Mountain (1 km), across Hung Ton Valley (500 m), and another small hill down to Rao Nan River (500 m). You’ll finish the day crossing back over peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km) to the Oxalis Headquarters, where a cold drink and shower will be awaiting your return. Late afternoon . Return to Phong Nha and you will be dropped at your hotel.

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease: 9km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain. Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain) - 50m swimming in caves - 1 km caving. Requirements: Basic trekking experience, swimming skill.

You will need a long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry), a pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary. Gore-Tex/waterproof boots are NOT recommended as they do not drain well (if you prefer your own comfortable pair), change of clothes after the tour, a pair of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!). Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera...

If your health is not suitable for the adventure in Tu Lan Cave, you have the option to visit Phong Nha Cave and Paradise Cave with an easier trekking. A group of British scientists came to discover the cave in 2005 and they assessed that this is the longest dry cave in Asia, especially; there are plenty of beautiful stalactites.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
 Accommodation selected hotel in Dong Hoi 
Day 7: DONG HOI TO VINH MOC TUNNELS, HIEN LUONG, DONG HA, QUANG TRI AND HUE
Transfer to Hue with visit to some war sites in the former DMZ

This morning for your Hue itinerary,  you will visit some of the war sites of the Vietnam-American War including the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, and Dong Ha Town. Have picnic lunch at a simple local restaurant. Next stop is the ancient citadel of Quang Tri which was built in 1824 during the 4th year of the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. The citadel still bears the scars of one of the fiercest battles during the Vietnam-American War.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hue

Day 8: FORBIDDEN CITADEL AND THIEN MU POGODA
Enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.

Visit the Hue Citadel. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel in Hue is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; Hue Citadel  the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Continue your tour with a visit to royal tomb of Tu Duc, considered to be one of the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Visit the colorful Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.


Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hue
Day 9: TRANSFER TO HOI AN AND CITY TOUR
In the morning, our guide & driver pick you up at your hotel. Drive to Hoi An. Along the way, stop for photo of the “best coastal way” Hai Van Pass and arrival around noon. Check in hotel in Hoi An. In the afternoon, your guide will take you for a city tour through the ancient town by bike. Its friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden bridge still remain its ancient character. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Hoi An
Day 10: HOI AN TO CAM THANH VILLAGE AND FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY
Morning trip in Cam Thanh Village. Pick up from your hotel, the transportation by boat is around 15 minutes during which we are exploring the Thu Bon river, then we transfer on a typical local boat to reach Bay Mau Coconuts palm forest. You can enjoy the verdant nature all around while learning what it is possible to do with the coconuts palm leaves.

Then we continue our trip by bicycle to reach Dap Muoi - a place where is produced the salt. We run our bike in the countrysides and explore Cam Thanh Village. We pass through a little path bordering the river and come across a variety of sceneries such as rice fields, fish farms and lots of others. During this tour you will have the chance to meet and have a talk with locals people, moreover you can take unique pictures of the wonderful landscapes.

We will also spend time for fishing by the traditional way with inhabitants, they will be so happy to cook for you the special grilled fish in banana leaves. It is a really pleasant time for relaxing and enjoying the fresh air of the countrysides.Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Free at leisure for rest of day.


Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation at selected hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY TO CAI BE AND TRANSFER TO CAN THO
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be. Visit Cao Dai Temple and Cai Be Catholic Church. After that, embark on a boat to enjoy a peaceful cruise to the colorful local markets. Head to Tan Phong Island, cycle around and explore the island then stop for lunch at local restaurant. Go back to the mainland and transfer to Can Tho.

Back to the main tourist boat and head to Tan Phong Island. Take a short rest, have a drink and taste the local fresh fruits.
Next, we will cycle around Tan Phong. The sight of fruit orchards, bonsai gardens, and the daily life are sure to astound you. If it is on school days, you can have a chance to meet cute pupils in the village. School who are always happy to say "Hello" to you. After lunch, leave Tan Phong Island, back to the mainland and transfer to hotel in Can Tho.


Meals: Lunch at local restaurant
Accommodation at selected hotel in Can Tho
Day 13: CAN THO DISCOVERY AND CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET, TRANSFER TO HO CHI MINH CITY
Start from the early morning , leave Can Tho to make our way up the river to the market at Cai Rang, which is about 6km away. It's one of the most photogenic spots you'll find in Vietnam. The most famous and largest floating market in the Mekong Delta, it’s a colorful, bustling affair, with hundreds of boats jostling for position, both buying and selling.
Sellers tie their goods to a tall pole so it’s easy to find what you are looking for. If anything, a boat trip is a great experience to have a somewhat more personal experience on the market because it really is a memorable and fascinating adventure.

You will see bustling activities along the riverbanks as well as how they transport passengers and goods by the waterway. To understand more about local lifestyle, keep on cruising into smaller canal. Disembark to visit Binh Thuy Temple and the 135 year Binh Thuy Ancient House. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.


Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE
Have leisure time before your departure. Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.
Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. Tour ends after arriving at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast
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Included
  • Accommodation in Twin/ Double sharing

  • All transport within Vietnam (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary

  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.

  • Domestic Flights (Economy Class of Vietnam Airline)

  • Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary

  • Meals as indicated in the program

  • Vietnam Visa Approval Letter (single entry).

Excluded
  • EARLY Check in & LATE Check out at hotel

  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation.

  • Transport to or from Vietnam

  • International or departure taxes

  • Vietnam Visa or Passport Fees

  • Travel Insurance while in Vietnam

  • Tips, laundry, and gratuities

  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and bottled water in Vietnam

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