Phong Nha Cave Adventure

Embark on a jam-packed day trip with this adventure into Central Vietnam’s mountains and visit the Co Tu minority.

Phong Nha Cave Adventure

Vietnam

Off-road Sections

6 days/5 nights

Driver, Pillion, Jeep, Motorbike, Semi-auto Scooter

1095 km

Price: from 810 USD

6 days/5 nights – Grab a slice of gorgeous Phong Nha! This unique national park is one of Vietnam’s few remaining pockets of old growth forest and has been declared a World Heritage site. Tightly restricted access to the park ensures you can enjoy the forest in all its serenity. Experience firsthand the beauty of Vietnam’s rapidly disappearing wilderness, and the cultures and people that call it home. Spend a day exploring Asia’s longest limestone cave or just soaking up the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest. Finish off with a dash of history as we visit famous – and infamous – historic sites, including the notorious Vinh Moc tunnels and the ancient imperial capital of Hue, on our way back to Hoi An.

highlights

  • Ethnic Minority Villages
  • Bho Hoong Bungalows with Cultural Performance & Village Walk (3-4 star accommodation only)
  • Hai Van Pass
  • Local Cuisine
  • Old-Growth Rainforest
  • Mountain Waterfalls
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Hamburger Hill
  • Khe Sanh Combat Base
  • Khe Sanh Museum
  • Crossing the 17th Parallel
  • Historic Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Phong Nha National Park
  • Limestone Caves
  • World Heritage Sites

Tour Includes

  • Experienced English Speaking Guide
  • Village Walk at Bho Hoong, Traditional Cultural Performance (3-4 star accommodation only)
  • Motorbike, or Semi-Automatic Scooter
  • Personal, local licensed driver, if required (for pillion passengers)
  • Fuel
  • 5 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch, 5 x Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 5 Nights Accommodation
  • Entry Fees and Ferry Crossings
  • International Safety Standard Helmet
  • Drinking Water and Soft Drinks on the Road
  • Saddle Bags, Gloves & Rain Ponchos (if needed)
  • Long Sleeve Shirt (3-4 star accommodation only)

Tour excludes

  • Alcohol
  • Minibar Drinks
  • Drinks (after travel time on the road / during dinner)
  • Laundry
  • Personal & Motorbike Insurance (for motorcycle accident)
  • Personal Expenses/Tips
  • Damages to Motorcycle, Jeep or Tour Equipment
DAY 1: COUNTRYSIDE RIDING
Hoi An to Bho Hoong (110 km)
Setting off from Hoi An, it is quickly apparent that this is going to be a journey like none other. The Vietnam countryside comes alive in a whole new way as you pass through the fields and villages of Hoi An on a motorbike.

The route takes us away from the coast and into the hills, an area often inaccessible by normal car. As we wind into the mountains we’ll come across ancient Cham ruins and famous American war sites, hopping of our bikes to snap photos and explore the tourist-free areas.

As we wind our way up into the hills towards the Lao border home to the Co Tu minority, we take a break to visit one of the few remaining Co Tu woodcarvers and enjoy a home cooked lunch in his stilted house before continuing our journey deep in to the mountains, meandering through isolated villages where the culture and traditions remain untouched by time making this remote and staggeringly beautiful region home to one of the most authentic hill tribes to remain in Vietnam.

We’ll arrive at Bho Hoong, a traditional Co Tu village where we will stay for the night. Little has changed in the past hundred years in Bho Hoong and it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Central Vietnam. A light trek through the village outskirts takes us into the surrounding jungle and to rivers, where we can go for a refreshing dip. The evening is highlighted by a superb dinner of Co Tu traditional dishes, a traditional cultural performance and a chance to interact with the villager residents, gaining more insight into their rich culture. Afterwards, retreat to your stilted Co Tu hut where the serene setting and clear mountain air will lull you to sleep.

(Accommodation: Bungalow)
(Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2: HO CHI MINH TRAIL
Bho Hoong Village to Khe Sanh via A Luoi (235 km)
Rise and shine for day two of our Hoi An Motorbike Adventure. After breakfast in the village, we say goodbye to our hosts and resume our bike ride to Khe Sanh. Today’s journey traverses the historic Ho Chi Minh Highway through lush rainforests and over magnificent mountain passes.Take a refreshing dip in a mountain waterfall at midday, where we’ll break for a picnic lunch.

We begins the afternoon, winding through the A Shau Valley, a ruggedly beautiful valley that became famous during the American War as the site of many battles, the most famous being Khe Sanh, where we stay for the night. Arriving in Khe Sanh, we visit the site of the former marine combat base, capping off an amazing day of riding and history.

(Accommodation: Hotel ***)
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: HILL TRIBE COUNTRY
Khe Sanh to Phong Nha/Ke Bang National Park (240 km)
Today’s ride is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Obtaining special military permission, we are able to drive the remote western branch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway through majestic limestone karst and spectacular old-growth jungle. Be amazed at the tenacity of the Vietnamese people during the US war, as this road follows the original HCM Trail through some of the most rugged terrain on Earth.

(Accommodation: Family run guest house)
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4: EXPLORE THE NATIONAL PARK
Phong Nha/Ke Bang National Park (120 km) – Dong Hoi
Awake to the sounds of rural Vietnam. With a day free to explore Phong Nha National Park, we take a morning motorbike ride to the Paradise limestone cave, Asia’s longest limestone cave. After a traditional Vietnamese lunch at the National Park’s restaurant, you can wander around the grotto systems. In the afternoon we travel to Dong Hoi for some beachside luxury, resting those biker bones.

(All day activities at Phong Nha are included in the tour price however participation is optional.)

(Accommodation: Beach Resort ****)
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 5: TUNNEL & TRAILS
Dong Hoi to Hue (200 km)
Driving along HCM highway east, we arrive at the Vinh Moc tunnels, where an entire village went underground in the 1960s to survive the bombing. After exploring the tunnels, we head to a local beach where you can cool off with a swim.

After lunch we cross the 17th parallel the former North/south divide then drive along the coastline arriving in Hue late afternoon.

(Accommodation: hotel ***)
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6: THE COAST ROAD
Hue to Hoi An (190 km)
Rise and shine, it’s time to set off on the final day of our Motorbike Adventure. Today’s bike journey takes us back to Hoi An by a different route, trading in the mountains for Vietnam’s gorgeous coastline. We head east from Hue and then travel parallel to the sea, passing through fishing villages and along pristine sandy beaches for the first part of the drive. The salty air and refreshing sea breezes are a dramatic contrast to the mountain air from the previous days. We’ll stop often to dip our toes in the sea, chat with fishermen and to take photos. At the half way point of our drive we climb to Highway 1’s highest point, Hai Van Pass, where panoramic views of the coast are all around. The road then winds down toward Hoi An, passing through Danang city and along the coastline.

(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

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Pricing

3,025,000 VND (135 USD) per day per person. (basic accommodation)

  • – You can either ride yourself or sit on the back with one of our experienced drivers

If there are two of you, it’s only 2,465,000 VND (110 USD) per day for the pillion passenger, if you share one bike.

3,920,000 VND (175 USD) per day per person. (3-4 star accommodation)

  • – You can either ride yourself or sit on the back with one of our experienced drivers or go as passenger in a Jeep.

If there are two of you, it’s only 3,360,000 VND (150 USD) per day for the pillion passenger, if you share one bike.

  • – Flexible rates on larger groups.

Children under 12 receive a 30% discount.

Testimonials

    Want a national geographic experience? Hoi An Motorbike Adventures made my vacation the BEST I’d ever experienced! Our guide was a seasoned rider with a wealth of knowledge that led the pack on and over the Ho Chi Minh trail and provided details about the Vietnam war and many of the sites that were notorious like hill 55. My 28 year old son who was with me was in awe at the experience. We visited small villages and a tribe called the Co Tu. We were invited to feast in a small village with an 86 year old village leader who was an amazing host and showed us pieces of his and the village’s history. If you go to Hoi An and don’t take this trip you will regret the missed opportunity!

    Adam, USA

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