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The North Trail Vietnam - Hanoi to Hoi An (6D5N)

The North Trail Vietnam – Hanoi to Hoi An - is specially designed for backpack travelers who like to travel on a shoestring but with the comfort of knowing that everything is well arranged. We still offer you off the beaten track experiences and the enjoyment ... View more
Destinations: Bai Dinh, Trang An Eco System, Tam Coc, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Paradise Cave, Dark Cave, Hue, Hai Van Pass, Hoi An
Duration: 6 days & 5 nights
$289.00

Day 1 : Hanoi – Bai Dinh – Trang An – Tam Coc (Lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Dinh – Trang An – Tam Coc

Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in between 7:45 – 8:30 am.

11:00 Arrive at the glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain, surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away.

The visit ends with a walk-up the summit mountain to see the 100 tones statue of Buddha Sakyamuni made of bronze and enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque landscape dotted with Limestone Mountains.

13:00 Enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat, pork storage vessel….

14:00 Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of the majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out of rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.

Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: Hang Toi (Dack) cave, 320 meters long, Sang  (light) cave, 90 meters long, and Hang Nau Ruou (Cooking wine) cave, 250 meters long…  Every passages bring new surprises of the mystery hidden inside isolated valleys of tranquility that likely transformed to the other world and time. The fauna and flora is rich and a scene of a goat jumping from one cliff to the other is a common sight. 

16:15 Leisure cycling on rural roads alongside the extensive canal network and through small villages with a back drop of a maze of Limestone Mountains.

17:30 We will arrange transportation to your overnight stay.

 

Transportation: A/C transportation

Meals: Lunch

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Hotel (2*)

Day 2 : Tam Coc – Dong Hoi (Breakfast)

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Itinerary Details Day 2: Tam Coc – Dong Hoi 

Today you’ll have a free day to explore the countryside. There are some great places to visit and easy reachable by bicycle or motorbike. A great trip is to visit Hang Mua and climb the 500 steps to the top, it is quite heavy (bring enough water!) but the views from the top are breathtaking! Another nice place is Bich Bong Pagoda, less visited but beautifully located.

Please be ready at the hotel at 8pm for your overnight journey by sleeper bus to Dong Hoi.

 

Transportation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Guide: N/A

Accommodation: Overnight sleeper bus (air conditioned)

Day 3 : Dong Hoi – Paradise Cave - Dark Cave – Dong Hoi (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 3: Dong Hoi – Paradise Cave - Dark Cave – Dong Hoi

At around 5am in the morning you’ll arrive in Dong Hoi and be dropped off at our partner hotel for some extra rest at the dorm room, a refreshing shower and breakfast. You can leave your luggage that you don’t want to take on this adventure day safely behind! Please do make sure that you bring some spare, dry clothes for this day. At around 8am we’ll start this beautiful and adventurous day to the 2 most striking and impressive caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

The first exploration of this day will be Paradise Cave and is about 25km from Phong Nha cave and 75km from Dong Hoi, around 1h20 minutes driving. The second cave, after lunch, is Dark Cave, located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, about 20km from Phong Nha cave and 65km from Dong Hoi and around 1h10 minutes driving.

Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia!

Thiên Đường Cave, or Paradise Cave, is a cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 60km Northwest of Đồng Hới city. Thiên Đường Cave is located on an elevation of 200 meters above the sea level, near the west branch of the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Karst peaks surround the area of the cave and its remarkable cave system extends for 31km, though most people only visit the first kilometer. The scale is breath taking, as wooden staircases descend into a cathedral-like space with colossal stalagmites and glimmering stalactites. 

Dark cave is a true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet, having a mud fight in the mud baths deep in the cave and then washing yourself clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave.

Activities: Muddy bath, zip lining, swimming (bring swim wear), kayaking

At around 5 – 5.30pm we will be back in Dong Hoi where the further evening will be at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: A/C transportation

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Hotel (family run 2*)

Day 4 : Dong Hoi - Hue (Breakfast)

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Itinerary Details Day 4: Dong Hoi - Hue 

After breakfast and check out we will transfer you to the train station for the 7.40am train (soft seat) to Hue. On arrival in Hue, around 10.30am, your pick up service will take you to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day will be at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: Private drop-off and pick up from the train station

Meals: Breakfast

Guide: N/A

Accommodation: Hotel (2*)

Day 5 : Hue - Deluxe City Tour (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 5: Hue - Deluxe City tour (maximum 12 people)

Discover the best of Hue in this thrilling single day adventure. We’ll be stepping back in time to explore the fascinating mausoleums of Emperors past. If you’re short on precious time, but want the perfect whistle stop tour…then look no further!

MORNING: After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at around 8.00 – 8.30 a.m. for a packed, full day itinerary ‘Discovering Hue’. We will start the tour with a visit to Dong Ba Market to see daily life of local people. We then take a leisurely boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hue. Next stop is the Imperial Citadel, which was home to Vietnam's last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945). Our last stop, before lunch, is a visit to Hue Royal Antiques Museum with a large collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty.

AFTERNOON: After lunch we will spend time to explore the majestic mausoleums of Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh.

We’ll arrive back at your hotel at approximately 16.30. The further evening is at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: A/C transportation & boat

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Hotel (2*)

 

Day 6 : Motorbike Tour from Hue to Hoi An via Hai van Pass (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 6: Motorbike Tour from Hue to Hoi An via Hai van Pass 

After breakfast and check out we pick you up at your hotel (8.30am) in Hue and depart for Silver Rock Lagoon. Among other place we'll also visit the Elephant Spring, the Phuoc Tuong Pass and Lang Co Beach and we will enjoy lunch in a Fishing Village (the center of seafood in Huế). 

After lunch we leave for the magnificent Hai Van Pass (Vietnamese: Đèo Hải Vân, "ocean cloud pass") which is an approximately 21 km long mountain pass on National Road 1A in Vietnam.

We will relax on top of the mountain so you can enjoy the magnificent views and take some pictures. As this is one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam it really looks like heaven. 

We continue along this beautiful peace of winding road before we arrive in Da Nang. Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam and nowadays full in motion by high-rise architecture, a city in development. Here we visit the fabulous Vietnam East Sea. Next stop is a visit to the Marble Mountains where we hike up the mountain to visit the caves and pagodas on top. 

We continue on to pay a visit to An Bang beach in Hoi An which is most likely one of the two most beautiful beaches in Hoi An before we continue to the ancient city of Hoi An where you can check-in to your hotel and explore this picturesque town by yourself. Here the tour ends at around 4.30pm. 

On arrival in Hoi An the tour unfortunately ends but we are sure that this tour made an indelible memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life!

Remember, our customer service will be at your disposal for advice and or information at all times.

Your rider will of course drop you off at your stay in Hoi An.

 

Transportation: Motorbike

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

Dietary or special food request

Please inform us upfront if you have special food requests. 

What’s included in the tour? 

  • Pick-up and drop off service as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All tours as mentioned in the overview
  • Accommodation and transport as specified in the itineraries
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries,
    taxes and service charges
  • English speaking tour guides. 

What’s excluded? 

  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 

What do I need to bring?

  • Your passport with valid Vietnamese visa
  • Cash for personal expense (Vietnamese Dong or USD)

Get Up And Go 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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