Exciting to break in the film setting of the movie Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam! Starting from Hanoi, then we will travel to Ninh Binh with many incredible caves and head to Halong Bay with panoramic natural view. Be amazing by the wildness beauty of Phong Nha while trekking in Tu Lan Cave, experience a part of what is on the movie and fly back to Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, the tour also provides you a good selection of activities such as Vietnamese Food Tasting Adventure, Cycling tour, Night Cruise, Vepsa Tour, etc.
 

Tour Code:
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Date: No fixed, up to your decision
Star/End: Hanoi/Hochiminh
Tour Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Dong Hoi – Tu Lan Cave –Phong Nha – Ho Chi Minh
Highlights: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Food Tour, Hoa Lu Citadel, Night Cruise, Tu Lan Cave, Trekking, Vespa Tour, etc
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depend on your Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned motor coach
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City tour & Food Tasting Adventure
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – overnight at Tam Coc Garden
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise
Day 5: Halong Bay
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight Train to Dong Hoi
Day 7: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Tu Lan Cave
Day 8: Tu Lan – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha
Day 9: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Vespa tour after dark
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

 
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and taken to the hotel for check-in. After a long-haul flight, it’s time for you to relax, get over the jet lag and first discover the city by yourselves. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with over 1000 thousands year of history, now still keep its tradition but don’t forget keeping pace with the modern lifestyle. You can decide the agenda up to your interest, the rest of the day is yours. Be ready for tomorrow.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 2: Hanoi City tour & Food Tasting Adventure
Today, we will get up early and walk around Hoan Kiem Lake. You will encounter here a lot of locals doing morning exercise such as running, dancing, tai-chi, etc. it would be great if you join in.
And then, let’s get something for breakfast by going to a Hanoian restaurant nearby for a bowl of “Pho”. It can be regarded as the most classical breakfast in Vietnam and also popular world-widely. Our guide will show you what is inside a bowl of Pho detailly and the secret to make a good pho while you are slowly enjoy the fresh taste from the broth.

Walking street, Hoan Kiem Lake in early morning

Walking street, Hoan Kiem Lake in early morning

It is a pity if not mention coffee in a Hanoian breakfast. Vietnamese coffee is famous for its strong taste and special making-method. Have a cup of traditional coffee and listen to the guide talking about Vietnamese coffee culture.
Breakfast is done and it is still early, next we will move to Hom Market to do some shopping and see how a local market is operated. It’s up to your choice to try various dishes shown there or if you are into nature, some tropical plants are also there.

Many places in Hanoi offer a delicious cup of coffee and space for mingle with local as a Hanoian

Many places in Hanoi offer a delicious cup of coffee and space for mingle with local as a Hanoian

Afterwards, Ho Chi Minh Complex, historical sites is our next destination. This complex consists of Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh Present has address the Declaration of Vietnamese Independence, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his house in Presidential Area. We are told about Ho Chi Minh’s simple and humble life.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Next, we will head to One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature, which represents for Vietnamese culture under the feudalism of Vietnam. An authentic Vietnamese cuisine will be served at lunch in a Hanoian Restaurant.
In the afternoon, it’s time to discover Hoa Lo Prison which uses Middle Age guillotine for sentenced to death prisoner, to wander at the small corner of Hanoi Old Quarter for lovely and skillful souvenirs and also is time for explore Hanoi food such asL Bun Cha (Grill Pork), Nem Cuon (Spring Rolls),etc.

1000-year-old One Pillar Pagoda

1000-year-old One Pillar Pagoda

Besides, late afternoon, we will visit other famous places nearly, which are St Joseph’s Cathedral, the Old Well at Nha Tho Street and the Bach Ma Temple.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – overnight at Tam Coc Garden
Over 100 kilometers away from Hanoi, which is equal to 2.5 hours of driving, today we will move from 8AM to travel to the South of Hanoi. Ninh Binh is the former capital of Vietnam in the past and has historical meaning for the whole country. We will enter the famous ancient temples of Pre-Le and Dinh Dynasties in order to gain some knowledge about Vietnam’s history and then the cars will take you to Tam Coc where you enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Boat trip in majestic scenery of Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

Boat trip in majestic scenery of Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

After enjoying the meal, the sampan boat trip will take you to Tam Coc (Three Caves) in order to see the beauty of the karst formation inside. Tam Coc are Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba Cave which can be got into deeper by the rowing boat.

A screen shot of Kong Skull Island in Ninh Binh

A screen shot of Kong Skull Island in Ninh Binh

Then it’s time for cylcling. You get one hour on the bike and cycling through villages, rice paddy field, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc & Bich Dong (around 5km).
Overnight in Tam Coc Garden.

Cycling trip around Tam Coc Ninh Binh

Cycling trip around Tam Coc Ninh Binh

Day 4: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise
After a morning driving from Ninh Binh to Quang Ninh Province, we are closer to Halong Bay, one of seven world’s natural heritage recognized by UNESSCO.
Spirit Classic Cruise tour as arriving Halong and have lunch while the ship sailing around the islands.
In the afternoon, let’s start our journey to explore the charm of Ha Long Bay, another film setting in Kong: Skull Island movie. The first destination is Luon Cave and then Soi Sim Island where you are able to swim in the cool water or climb up to the top of the hill and experience the panoramic view of Halong Bay in a whole.
Later in the evening, return to the ship, relax and enjoy dinner. Afterward, participate in optional activities on the shop such as squid fishing or just take a rest.
Overnight Cruise.

World Heritage - Halong Bay

World Heritage – Halong Bay

Day 5: Halong Bay
Waking up on a boat is so exciting with the fresh air, peaceful sceneries and especially Tai Chi exercises before breakfast.
Afterwards, we will transfers to a day boat in order to visit Lan Ha Bay which has 139 stunning beaches. Then it’s time for relaxing and kayaking around the bay when you can spend time for yourselves and enjoy every single minute to create memorable moment. Light and Dark Cave are good spots for you to discover when kayaking around. Later, head back to the boat and enjoy lunch time.

Morning Tai Chi on cruise, Halong Bay

Morning Tai Chi on cruise, Halong Bay

In the afternoon, you are about to visit a floating Pearl Farm and learn how they make pearls. And then you can swim at Three Peach Beach if the weather is good enough. Swim until you are bored and return to the main boat, enjoy the taste of ocean in dinner and join in some interesting night activities on boat if you want to.

Kayaking among the majestic bay

Kayaking among the majestic bay

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight Train to Dong Hoi
You have two options: exercise Tai Chi early in the morning or just enjoy the incredible view of the bay before breakfast. A new day has begun with the discovery trip to Sung Sot Cave, the most astonishing cave in Halong Bay. Next, take a look at Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and others sites along the way back to the port. Vietnamese traditional cooking show will be the remarkable during the lunch time.
Disembark the cruise and transfer back to the hotel. Overnight train to Dong Hoi.

Local boats in Ba Hang Fishing Village

Local boats in Ba Hang Fishing Village

Day 7: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Tu Lan Cave
From Dong Hoi, our guide will take you to Phong Nha and does proper formalities for hotel check-in. And then we will quickly move to the village of Tan Hoa for trekking acitivities, which is 70 kilometers away. After a safety briefing and gear check and signing our Release Form, you are ready for a full day of trekking.

Tu Lan Valley trekking

Tu Lan Valley adventure and trekking

The trek consists of 2.5 km across fields of peanut crops, some giant water buffaloes, the corn stalk to Rao Nan River.
Everything becomes more exciting by 30 m climbing up a rocky hill to enter a small jungle. In here, you will be impressed by 100m descent in elevation down to Hung Ton Valley.
Then it’s about time to have lunch in the Hung Ton Cave’s opening and we continue trekking from Hung Ton Valley over to Mango Mountain and be back to Tu Lan Valley. The total distance is about 3 kilometers.
After difficult trekking, by mid-afternoon, we arrive at Tu Lan campsite. You will have a chance to swim in beautiful waterfall and enjoy yourself. The next activities will be exploring and swimming through Ken Cave, which is located next to the campsite and a delicious BBQ for dinner.
Overnight in comfortable hammocks or tents in Tu Lan Campsite with nature.

Tu Lan Valley exploration

Tu Lan Valley exploration

Day 8: Tu Lan – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha
After having breakfast, we will start our exploration now. Swimming across the river into the center of Tu Lan Cave System, you will have a chance to enjoy the blue lagoon right before the entrance and then it’s time for 180m downstream through Tu Lan Cave entrance. We are no longer under the water, now we will discover the dry part to reach the dry exit and walk for some minutes through valley into Kim Cave dry entrance. Then another 450m swimming and 500 m trekking from Hang Kim to To Mo Valley.
Lunch time will be spend next a amazing waterfall by Hung Ton Cave mouth. After finishing your lunch, we will follow a dry path and swim out Hung Ton wet cave.
Enter Hung Ton Valley and arrive in Tan Hoa, you get time for relaxing, sightseeing, showering. At 4PM, the car is shown up and take you back to Phong Nha at 5:30PM.

Discover the majestic Cave system of Tu Lan

Discover the majestic Cave system of Tu Lan

Day 9: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Vespa tour after dark
Driven from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi, from there we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, our last destination. Our guide will pick you up at the airport and accompany you to the hotel. After two-day of trekking in Phong Nha, now just relax and get ready for Vespa Tour this evening.

Saigon vespa tour after dark

Saigon vespa tour after dark

In the evening, the first plan is driven around the city for street food tour. Live like a local by taking a cocktail and appetizer at Café Zoom in District 1 and see how the life of locals is going on. Next, we will head to Chinatown and be in the mist of locals and foreigners with tasty street seafood, night life atmosphere. And then we will try Banh Xeo (Saigion Special Pancake), one of the most well-known specialty and Vietnamese coffee with live music performances.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Street vendor in Chinatown, Saigon

Street vendor in Chinatown, Saigon

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Say goodbye to Saigon and take a departure flight to home. Our trip ends

Visit Ben Thanh Market for last shopping experience in Saigon before departure Vietnam

Visit Ben Thanh Market for last shopping experience in Saigon before departure Vietnam

What’s included?

  • Private ground transfers and transportation
  • English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast, rooms based on 2 people per room, extra bed up on request
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (authentic Vietnamese food)
  • Private boat in Halong Bay
  • Night train to Dong Hoi
  • Domestic Flight
  • Vespa Tour in Ho Chi Minh City
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Water during the trip
  • Government tax and service charge

What’s excluded?

  • International flight tickets
  • Airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not indicated
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers and others
 
 

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