Venture into the extraordinary underground caves and ethnic highland villages of central Vietnam
Most travellers overlook the region, but there's plenty more to central Vietnam than Hoi An and Hue – and we've now got the trip to prove it. In addition to time spent in both of places, which are must-visits on any itinerary, this trip ventures where very few others do: up into the highlands of the Truong Son mountain range and underground in the Tu Lan Cave System just outside Phong Nha. Spend a night in the remote village of Bho Hoong, home of the ethnic Co Tu people, and learn about their traditional way of life. Then, after a couple of days exploring Hue's ancient citadel, get ready for something else completely different. Over two days and one night, venture below ground into one of the world's largest – and most recently discovered – cave complexes. Wind through narrow rock corridors, scramble along rocky outcrops, swim through subterranean rivers and camp in the jungle.
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Fall under the spell of enchanting Hoi An, an old port city of colonial-era architecture, superb dining and unrivalled shopping
Learn the ways and history of the ethnic Co Tu people during an overnight stay in the highland village of Bho Hoong
With its sprawling array of attractions, the imperial city of Hue is best explored from the back of a motorbike and cruising down the Perfume River by dragon boat
Sample the literal life underground on a two-day spelunking adventure through the enormous caves and subterranean rivers of Tu Lan Cave system and Phong Nha
One night at the Bho Hoong Village is in simple bungalow accommodation in the village. The experience of spending time with the local people will be more than worth it.
A good level of physical fitness and ability to swim is required to take part in all activities on the Tu Lan caving expedition. This includes a moderately demanding hike through rough and rocky terrain with over a 30 m (100 ft) ascent and then descent, swimming in rivers through subterranean caves sometimes against the current, and climbing up into natural caves with no established infrastructure.
In some parts of Tu Lan cave you will swim through subterranean rivers surrounded by limestone formations, and climb, squeeze up into completely enclosed sections of dry cave with no natural light sources. If you suffer from claustrophobia perhaps reconsider if this is suitable.
There is one night of camping with very basic camp facilities and twin share tents. Please be prepared for full camping, although all the camping gear will be carried by porters.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 7 (Camping) where you will be in shared accommodation.
3. Minimum age is 16 due to included trip to caves in Phong Nha.
Our Hoi An to Hanoi trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Perfectly balanced tour, amazing cities with wonderful food and fascinate architecture followed by incredible out door adventures. Loved every moment, everyday had something new to do. No really long days of travel. Don't do caving if you aren't good in tight spaces but really worth it!
Review submitted 25 Aug 2017
The Central Vietnam Original Trip was excellent. We (couple in our late 60s) are fit and found the itinerary to be a great mix of urban and outdoor adventure. The Tu Lan caves were a real high point and we found it to be unique and adventurous.
Review submitted 19 Aug 2017