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This itinerary is an in-depth exploration of the culture, people and natural. This journey takes in some of UNESCO World Heritage Site such as Phong Nha and Hue, Hoi An. It is a wonderful trip for travelers to discover the mysterious central Vietnam.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights 

Destination: Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha

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Highlights:

• Take part in some activities in Hoi An to discover the culture and lifestyle of local people such as: rice planting, go fishing, enjoy the basket boat, go kayaking to visiting the water coconut palm forest and traditional handicraft village.

• The scenic and zigzagging road of the Hai Van Pass is always a favourite of motorbike adventurers between Hoi An and Hue

• Visit the Imperial Citadel which was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO,

• Exploring the enormous caves and towering karst formations of Phong Nha: Phong Nha Cave, Paradise cave, Dark cave. 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: DANANG ARRIVAL – HOI AN ( MEAL: NO) 

Arrival at Danang Airport, Our driver will welcome you at airport terminal and transfer you to the hotel in Hoi An. You will check in at the hotel and you will visit Hoi An Town by your own. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Please note that check in time at hotel is 14:00.

Inclusion: Airport pick up service, Accommodation

DAY 2: RICE PLANTING AND FISHING TOUR (BREAKFAST/LUNCH/-)

Picking you up at your hotel by mini- van, we will bring you over the countryside where bike are available to ride (If you don't know how to ride bicycles, please use our scooter "XE OM" services and you pay the extra 120,000 VND).

You start the day by cycling to the local farmer in Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here you are greeted by a local host and then you join with them how to grow wet rice with their family.

Starting farming work like plough and raking with buffalo, riding water buffalo, learning how to transplant rice, flooding farm, grinding rice, pounding rice.

After then, Our guide and van will bring down to a local fishing village. You will be boarded on boat .

Joining to go fishing with local fishermen at Phuoc Hai local fishing boat to experience local cast net CHAI.

Continue to visit water coconut palm jungle, enjoying the basket boat and visiting the water coconut palm forest.

Learn how to learn origami such as grasshoppers, flowers, rings, caps, bracelets toys made from water coconut leaves...,

Having a fun to catch crab around the water coconut palm forest and after then boarding back boat, morning time you will get lunch and afternoon time you will get dinner on boat, and cold beer or soft drink we will bring you back to your hotel. Free and easy visit Hoi An in afternoon. Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Inclusion: Transportation, English speaking guide, meals: breakfast & lunch ; all entrance fees, accommodation.

DAY 3: PADDLE TO HANDICRAFT VILLAGES TOUR (TOUR (BREAKFAST)

8.00 Am. Pick up from your hotel to our kayak station in Cam Thanh village for a briefing on kayaking route and safety.

You’ll then spend around 4 hours to discover Thu Bon river – the most important traffic system in Hoi An.

There’re plenty opportunities to interact with local fishermen and farmers. Dockyards, mangroves, vegetable gardens, bird life, local houses and uninteruppted ocean view will all be featured on your paddle.

On the way, there’s time to pay a visit to a local house in Duy Vinh village, where the local hosts happily show you their traditional sedge mattress weaving craft.

You’ll also spend time at a bamboo studio in Cam Thanh village and listen to the story of 3-generation family with deep passion for bamboo craft.

You’ll be surprised and excited to see all the different household facilities that created out of bamboo and how they keep old technologies will not be forgotten. Then return back to hotel at 12.00. 

Inclusion: Transportation, English speaking guide, meals: breakfast; all entrance fees, accommodation.

DAY 4: MOTORBIKE TOUR: HOI AN - MARBLE MOUNTAIN - HAI VAN PASS - LANG CO BEACH - ELEPHANT WATERFALL - HUE CITY

This Scenic Coast route is simply the best way to travel from Hoi An to Hue if you only have one day!

Leaving Hue in the morning our first stop is Marble Mountains are 5 marble outcrops topped with delicate pagodas. 

Next we travel through Danang to a stop at the famous China Beach with its fine white sand.

Next we stop for photos at the Hai Van Pass before traveling over Lang Co Beach. Hai Van means "Sea of Clouds" and when crossing the top of the Pass you are literally surrounded by clouds on one side with stunning ocean views on the other.

Our last stop is Elephant Springs where you can wade in the rock pools.

Arrive in Hue. Check in hotel and stay overnight in Hue.

Inclusion: Motorbike, helmet, English speaking driver, meal: lunch, all entrance fees, accommodation

DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR (-/LUNCH/-)

At 08:00 Am, our tour guide will pick you up at bus station. Then you will start the Hue city tour.  Visit Thanh Toan Bridge - The only other tiled roof bridge in Vietnam aside from the one in Hoi An. This wooden arch bridge has been built for the local villagers who are into farming and fishing. The old bridge served and still serving the local villagers on their daily life needs. The bridge connects the local market and the village houses. 

Visit Minh Mang tomb - The tomb of the most beloved Emperor of Nguyen dynasty. Minh Mang Tomb is considered as the most majestic of all of the Royal Tombs. The impressive architecture that complements with the nature gives you a good impression of the Emperor who lives within the walls of the 18 hectares tomb.

Visit  Khai Dinh tomb - The smallest but the most expensive tomb of all. Every corner of the tomb is very detailed which reflects how luxurious the emperor was. Lunch in a restaurant that serves Western, Asian and Vietnamese food.We visit Citadel - Imperial City is the home of Vietnam's last royal dynasty - the Nguyen Dynasty. This is the highlight of the tour. You will learn the rise, struggles and fall of the Nguyen Dynasty and how it affected the whole country. 

Visit Thien Mu Pagoda - The oldest pagoda in Hue city. Get on a dragon boat cruise to see the sunset on the way back to the city. Drop you off at your hotel in Hue. Stay overnight in Hue.

Inclusion: Transportation, English speaking guide, meals: breakfast & lunch ; all entrance fees, accommodation.

DAY 6: HUE – DMZ – PHONG NHA CAVE (BREAKFAST/LUNCH/-)

At 6:30 a.m: Our Guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hue city. Then, you will depart to Phong Nha Ke Bang national Park, classified as the World heritage site.

On the way, you will stop over La Vang holy land – a national shrine located in Hai Lang district, Quang Tri Province, an important place of pilgrimage of Catholics Vietnam.

On the car, our guide will introduce you some information about DMZ of Quang Tri including The Old Citadel, Hien Luong Bridge, and Ben Hai river, Doc Mieu Base,..

At 12:00: Have Lunch at restaurant and have a short rest

Boat trip on Son River to visit Phong Nha cave. After 25 mins on the boat, you will arrive Phong Nha cave. Take a couple of hours to visit the cave.

You discover Phong Nha Cave, which contains many fascinating rock formations given beautiful names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha.

Drop you off at your hotel in Phong Nha. Stay overnight in Phong Nha.

Inclusion: Transportation, English speaking guide, meals: breakfast & lunch ; all entrance fees, accommodation.

DAY 7: PARADISE CAVE & DARK CAVE (-/LUNCH/-)

08:45: You will be picked up at hotels in Phong Nha then exploring National Park core zone and Paradise cave - the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park’s core zone, 25km about Phong Nha cave, 75 km about Dong Hoi and 1h20 minutes driving) at the rest of the day.

12:30: You will have lunch at Dark cave restaurant

13:30: Visit Dark cave (located in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, 20km about Phong Nha cave, 65 km about Dong Hoi and 1h10 minutes driving). Dark cave was the true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head touch on your mining helmet, having a mud fight in the mud baths deep in the cave and then washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave.

Activities: Mud bath, ziplining, swimming, kayaking.

17:30: Transfer you back to hotel. 

Inclusion: Transportation, English speaking guide, meals: breakfast & lunch; all entrance fees, accommodation.

DAY 8: DONG HOI DEPARTURE (BREAKFAST/-/-)

Our driver will pick you up at hotel and transfer to Dong Hoi airport, fly home or next destination. Tour ends.

Inclusion: meals: Breakfast, transportation

Price:  US$/person

Single Sup:  US$/ person

What’s included?

  • Transportation: shuttle bus with A/C if join in group tour, private car with A/C if join in private tour
  • Accommodation 3 star category in Twin /Dbl sharing: Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha.
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees as mentioned on tour program
  • Meals as mentioned on tour program
  • Vietnam Visa Letter
  • Service Charge

What’s excluded?

  • Domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Return Airfares from your country to Vietnam
  • Beverages, Tips for driver and tour guide, and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  • Please bring the sun-cream, sun-glasses, long clothes covering the knees while visiting the temple and pagoda.
  • Sun block, sport shoes, cash for personal expenses, and hat or umbrella.
  • Warm clothes from November to March!

What do I need to know?

  • Above package and price is for 3 star hotel and cruise level, if you want to upgrade to 4 or 5 star, please email us !

  • Above package is quoted for SIC tour, if you want to upgrade to private tour, please email us !
  • Minimum group size of 2 persons upwards!
  • Itinerary can be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions

  • If need to bring with you your passport for overnight registration on sites

  • If you want to upgrade to the private train cabin, please advise us!
  • You want extend your trip, please advise!

  • Do not wear tight and short clothes when visiting the pagoda, temple.
  • During the period March to November it will good to pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.

Explorer Travel Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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