HANOI or Ninh Binh – Phong Nha – Vinh Moc Tunnels – HUE 3D2N


Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a popular destination. The area is the cave hot spot of Vietnam and an area with pristine rain forest where parts of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail lead through. Definitely a place that should be on your Vietnam travel list.

The main attractions in Unesco World Heritage listed Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park are the magnificent Phong Nha, Paradise and Dark Cave. On this trip we top it off with a visit at the famous Vinh Coc Tunnels, used as shelter and storage during the American War.

The main attractions in Unesco World Heritage listed Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park are the magnificent Phong Nha, Paradise and Dark Cave.

As time-wise it is not possible to visit all three caves on one day, most visitors choose 2 caves during this trip, based on their own preferences. Just let us know which two you prefer.

Phong Nha Cave is entered by boat after a scenic boat ride through the countryside along the Côn River and contains of 14 grottoes and a long underground river. It’s the second largest cave with a total length of more than 7km of which 1500 meters are accessible for visitors, it is a must see during your Vietnam travels.

Paradise Cave, or Thiên Đường Cave, discovered in 2005, is only open for the public since 2011 and is hidden deep within Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. It is supposed to be the longest cave with a total length of more than 31km. Visitors can access the first kilometer of this impressive dry cave.

Dark Cave, or Hang Toi, is a true thrilling and adventurous experience, zip lining over the Côn River to get to the entrance, swim into the cave and walk through the dark with only your head torch on your mining helmet. The deeper you go into the cave, the muddier it gets so you need to navigate through the narrow passages to end up in a large mud bath, deep in the cave. Wash yourself clean with a swim in the river on your way back and take a kayak for a scenic paddle along the river. Activities: Muddy bath, zip lining, swimming, kayaking. Bring swim wear!

Day 1:

Hanoi or Ninh Binh – Dong Hoi by train (N/A)

Depending on your starting location you can start this journey from Hanoi or Ninh Binh railway station to board the train to Dong Hoi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper, 4-berth, shared cabin. We can of course arrange your private cabin.

Day 2:

Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (B-L)

From the train station (arrival time depending on your train) our pick-up service (he will show a sign with your name(s)) will pick you up and take you to our partner hotel for breakfast and to fresh-up. You can just take your big luggage on the trip, there is space on the minivan but for the trip itself it is convenient to prepare a smaller daypack! At around 8am we’ll start this beautiful and adventurous day to your favourite 2 caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

At the end of the trip we will drop you off at your accommodation where the further evening will be at your own interpretation.

Day 3:

Phong Nha – Vinh Moc Tunnels – Hue (B)

An early breakfast before pick up at 7-7.30am. Today we’ll drive towards Hue with a stop to visit the famous Vinh Moc Tunnels, which tunnel system served as storage and shelter during the American War.

At around 12pm we will arrive in Hue and you will be dropped off in the center. Unfortunately, they do not drop off at the hotels so please take a short taxi ride to your accommodation. Here we end the trip.

  • Soft sleeper (4-berth shared cabin) train from Hanoi or Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 2, breakfast on day 3
  • Evening train (soft seat) from Dong Hoi to Hue
  • Train station pick-up service Dong Hoi
  • Overnight at a beautiful homestay with swimming pool in Phong Nha
  • A visit to the famous Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • English speaking tour guides as specified in the program
  • All entrance fees, taxes and services charges
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, 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 soft over-night bag and include 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. 

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!