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Tour highlights

  • Take in the stunning Tonkinese Alps with light treks around the mountain town of Sapa.

  • Stay overnight in the world's third largest known cave, Hang En in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

  • Drive through Mu Cang Chai, one of the most beautiful road journeys in Asia.

  • Visit the Rhododendron Falls in Bach Ma National Park.

  • Spend time in the UNESCO protected towns of Hue and Hoi An.

Price includes

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your city hotel.

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  • Discover Hanoi with your guide, taking a cyclo tour around the maze that is the old quarter area and strolling through the charming French colonial district.

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  • Day at leisure before you take the overnight train to Sapa in the Tokinese Alps and spend two full days exploring the area's mountain walks and villages.

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  • Today you arrive in the town of Lao Cai, located just two kilometres from the border with China, where you will be met and transferred to the pretty mountain town of Sapa.

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  • Today you embark on a trek through the minority villages within the area. En route you are treated to some stunning scenery.

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  • Today you depart Sapa and drive south along one of the most scenic stretches of road in Asia to Mu Cang Chai. There will be ample opportunity to stop off en route before arriving at your simple homestay in Nghia Lo.

  • This morning you depart Nghia Lo and journey on to Hanoi and the airport for your flight south to Dong Hoi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the edge of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and your accommodation.

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  • Today you start the six hour trek to Hang En, also known as Swallow Cave. The journey takes you through rural villages, rivers, and jungle to the end point and Hang En, the world's third largest known cave. Afternoon exploring the cave network you stay overnight in a tent.

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  • This morning you will visit the Exit Cave before breakfast, then continue to explore the caves. You depart camp in the morning on the trek back to the main road. This afternoon you return to the coast for your accommodation where you can freshen up.

  • Leaving Dong Hoi you continue south with your driver to the old capital of Hue, arriving early afternoon. Rest of the day at your own leisure.

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  • Full day exploring Hue, with time on the Perfumed River and visiting the Citadel.

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  • Today you travel on to Hoi An, stopping en route at Bach Ma National Park to enjoy some great trekking.

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  • Full day at leisure.

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  • Second day in Hoi An, either heading to the beach or visiting some of the great tailors in town.

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  • Travel south to Saigon, with the chance to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels before you have the remainder of the day to see the city.

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  • Final day at leisure before your flight home.

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When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Hanoi
 
Lao Cai
 
Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps
 
Mu Cang Chai
 
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
 
Hue
 
Hoi An
 
Saigon
 
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