Hue to Phong Nha (L/D)
The tour begins with a drive north along Route 1A (210km/4.5hrs) through coastal plains, passing country towns, rice fields, rivers and mountains. You'll arrive at the Phong Nha tourist center and, being that the Phong Nha Cave is indeed a half submerged tunnel which can be visited by boat, you’ll hop on a boat and ride between lush green banks of Son River to reach the cave system located upstream. After an exhilarating boat trip you’ll enter the cave to enjoy the impressive natural beauty of a series of chambers with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll later disembark from the boat and then hike up to Tien Son Cave which is an imposing chamber sitting on top of the watery Phong Nha Cave. You’ll later be taken back to your vehicle and driven to your lodging place for the evening.
Phong Nha - Hue (B/L)
This day you will continue the exploration of the karst wonderland starting with a visit to Thien Duong Cave. Suggested by the name which means “paradise” or “heavenly” this cave boasts a gigantic interior space and a magnificent speleothem system including spectacular stalactites. After the visit and experiencing the otherworldly splendor of Phong Nha, you’ll begin the journey back to Hue city.
The monotony of the road trip will be broken up by a stop at Ben Hai River and the DMZ memorial (120km), both of which marked the 17th Parallel or the war-time demilitarized zone between the opposing North and South Vietnam. Today the old steel bridge is kept as a monument, with each half painted in a different color. You may take your time to take pictures of this landmark before continuing the drive toward Hue.
Before entering Hue, you’ll have yet another stop but this time to the pottery village of Phuoc Tich. You’ll be invited to stroll around this peaceful, 500-year old village where the authentic rural atmosphere has been well preserved and is replete with quiet lanes and old, cozy houses. You may visit a local house and the display hall where the villagers proudly exhibit their fine traditions of pottery making which have been taught to each generation by the elders throughout hundreds of years. Lastly, you’ll travel the remaining 40km distance to reach Hue (100km) and this marks the end of the Hue-Phong Nha-Hue tour.
- Private vehicle.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees: Phong Nha cave, Tien Son cave, Thien Duong cave, Phuoc Tich village.
- Boat trip.
- Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
- Wet tissue and drinking water.
- Tips for boat staff.
- Tips for driver and guide.