Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrival in Phong Nha National Park
As soon as you arrive into Dong Hoi, you’ll be whisked straight off to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Bordering Laos, Phong Nha has only recently opened its doors and only a fraction remains accessible. You’ll soon be far from the beaten track, taking a boat trip on the Son River to discover the staggeringly impressive Phong Nha and Tien Son caves.
You’ll stop for lunch before continuing on to reach your truly unique accommodation – an eco farmstay deep in the heart of the park itself. Serving homegrown food and with its own outdoor swimming pool and herbal sauna, you couldn’t wish for a more idyllic spot to be based. Your room itself is in a free-standing bungalow and family rooms are also available. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore your local surroundings and don’t be afraid to lend a hand on the working farm next door!
Jungle Trekking & Paradise Cave
Make sure you all have a hearty breakfast this morning as an adventurous day awaits. Along with your private guide, you’ll first head out on a jungle hike (easy level, 2-3 hours) to learn all about the flora and biodiversity of the park. You’ll spot wild animals as you pass through pristine forestry and discover glittering waterfalls – don’t forget your bathing suit if you fancy a swim!
After lunch, you’ll visit the vast Paradise Cave, a must-see cathedral-like space with colossal stalagmites and stalactites. You’ll then return to your farmstay before having the option to head out once more. There is a huge range of activities for you and your family to enjoy – from taking kayaks out on the river or following the Nuoc Mooc Ecotrail to zip lining and Dark Cave experiences, all easily arranged locally.
Cycling & Departure
For your final morning in the park, you will be taken on a leisurely cycle to the surrounding villages to witness rural life in full swing. It’s then sadly time to depart, as you begin your journey to Hue by private transfer. En route, you will pass through the DMZ – an area of huge historic significance. You’ll visit Vinh Moc, an immense underground tunnel complex built to shelter civilians during the war, and stop at the iconic Hien Luong Bridge before reaching the Imperial City.
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