Take a guided trek of the elegant Phong Nha region and discover one of Vietnam’s most beautiful areas, including the spectacular Paradise Cave, Tu Lan Cave and Phong Nha Cave.

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Embark on a demanding trek filled with natural wonder and inspirational landscapes. This exceptional but testing tour allows the opportunity to be immersed in the elements and embrace the breathtaking beauty of rural Vietnam.

Led by a local guide, you’ll explore some of the world’s most famous cave structures including the Paradise Cave, Tu Lan and spectacular Phong Nha Cave after which the surrounding National Park was named.

You’ll camp and eat under a canopy of bright stars and moonlight, sleeping to the peaceful sounds of the jungle or within the welcoming community of a local village.

Explore the nooks and crannies of some of the world’s most fascinating caves and marvel at the well-preserved formations in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park that leave almost every visitor breathless from their beauty.

After a hard trekking adventure through the National Park you’ll refresh your senses in naturally formed swimming pools and picturesque waterfalls. You’ll be at one with breathtaking nature as you follow your expert guide through lush green valleys and along invisible trails, each step motivated by the prospect of the next spectacular site.

Note: this tour does not operate on Tuesdays or Thursdays.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Enjoy a guided exploration of one of the most beautiful unspoiled regions of natural beauty in Asia, at the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Visit the majestic Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave and Tu Lan Cave among others
Camp out under the stars or at local village homestays to feel at one with nature

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Hanoi

    Dong Hoi is the capital city of Quang Binh Province and rests some 486km south of Hanoi on the north central coast of Vietnam. You’ll plan your journey to Dong Hoi with your local Travel Specialist who will offer you the choice between flying from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, or taking the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi.

    Overnight on train

    Meals included on this day: None

  • Day 2: Dong Hoi - Phong Nha

    Today your adventure will begin proper, after taking a further one-hour transfer to the town of Phong Nha where you will enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the nearby Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

    Your discovery of the park will begin with a one-hour drive down the historic road named Victory Route 20. The road was built by volunteers during the Vietnam War and was part of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail.

    Along the road you’ll pass a primate preserve, a conservation project that offers sanctuary to several species of monkey and ape including two types of langur. The primates are naturally shy and seldom seen, especially in daylight, but keep your eyes peeled and you may just get a lucky glimpse of one or hear their calls during dawn and dusk when they are more active.

    After starting your 4km trek, your first stop will be at Hang Tam Co (nicknamed ‘Eight-lady Cave’), a cave that has been preserved as a memorial for the eight Vietnamese soldiers that died trapped in the cave during a bombing raid in the war.

    You’ll then move to Paradise Cave, known as Hang Thien Duong to locals. Paradise Cave is one of the largest currently open to visitors in the picturesque National Park. Discovered in 2005, the 31km long cave is jaw-droppingly impressive and after climbing several hundred stairs to the entrance you’ll be treated to sensational views of the spectacular rock formations along a 1km wooden walkway.

    Once you’ve soaked up the breathtaking views of stalactites and stalagmites inside the well-lit cave you’ll then take lunch at a small local café.

    In the afternoon you’ll go to visit Nuoc Mooc Springs, which originates in a nearby underground cave. The water that emerges is usually a striking light blue and is a steady 66F (18.8°C). On your walk you’ll cross bamboo bridges and large rocks as you make your way to a refreshing swimming hole or, if you prefer, you can trek to Hang Toi (Dark Cave), a small but impressive cave.

    Later in the evening as the sun sets, you will be taken by your guide to investigate Phong Nha cave, a vast cave that gives its name to the park in which it rests. The 7,729m long cave contains 14 grottos and has an underground river running beneath and through it.

    You’ll be able to kayak through the cave (or travel by a larger wooden boat if you prefer) equipped with a head lamp to discover the spectacular rock formations that have been shaped by the Chay River. Along the way you’ll make two brief stops to walk in dry areas of the cave to see the glittery nooks and crannies of the grottos more closely.

    After you’ve fully explored the natural wonder of the cave you’ll paddle back to the banks of the river to enjoy a barbecue under the clear night sky before retiring to your accommodation for a peaceful night’s sleep.

    Total trekking time today: 4km

    Overnight in Phong Nha

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 3: Phong Nha - Hang Ken Valley - To Mo Valley

    Make sure you bring your swimming costume as your journey today will take you off-road and through the water.

    After breakfast your local guide will take you on a 90-minute drive to Tan Hoa Village where you’ll begin your trek through a pristine valley to Hang Chuot (Rat Cave). A ‘dry’ cave, Hang Chuot is a good place for beginners to get used to moving around caves and to learn how to use only the light from a headlamp to navigate their footing.

    Once you’ve explored Hang Chuot you’ll make a 30-minute trek to Hung Ton Cave where you’ll explore the large ‘rooms’ and fascinating rock formations that have formed over the course of thousands of years before taking your picnic lunch next to a picturesque swimming hole.

    After lunch you’ll continue your explorations in Hung Ton, a ‘wet’ branch of the cave complex that can only be reached by swimming. If you’d prefer not to swim, you can take the option to enjoy a one-hour guided trek instead.

    In the evening you’ll set up camp in To Mo Valley in the shadows of the spectacular limestone cliffs where you’ll have the option of sleeping in either a jungle hammock or tent. Whatever option you choose, you’ll drift away to the fascinating sounds of the jungle for a natural night’s sleep.

    Total trekking distance today: 4.5hrs

    Overnight in To Mo Valley

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • Day 4: To Mo Valley - Tu Lan Valley

    You’ll start your day with a hearty breakfast in preparation for an active day trekking for two hours through the secluded Tu Lan Valley. You’ll climb to a viewpoint on the way which provides superb views of both the To Mo and Tu Lan Valley.

    To work up your appetite you’ll take a refreshing swim in a pool at the mouth of the Hang Ken cave so be sure to pack your swimming costume if you’d like to take a dip.

    After lunch you’ll visit Hang Kim, another ‘wet’ cave that features a quaint waterfall and charming lake. Your trek will continue on a further 30 minutes to Tu Lan Cave where you will discover the rare rock formation dubbed ‘cave pearls’ - fragile sand formations that have naturally taken spherical shapes. You’ll then trek for 45 minutes back to your camp where you’ll take dinner then sleep under a canopy of bright starlight.

    Total trekking distance today: 4.5hrs

    Overnight in Tu Lan Valley

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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  • Day 5: Tu Lan Valley - Tan Hoa Valley - Dong Hoi

    After breakfast on your last full day you’ll pack up camp and embark upon the trek back to Tan Hoa Valley, which will take approximately 5hrs.

    Your trek will take you along a winding dirt path through thick jungle up the ridge the separates Tan Hoa Valley and Hang Hung Ton Valley. You’ll then descend down into Hang Hung Ton Valley, which opens up into a gorge covered with luscious green grass.

    Once you’ve descended down to the valley floor you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing swim in the river before making the final leg of your trek through Tan Hoa Valley into the village.

    You’ll enjoy lunch in the village before your guide takes you on a 2.5 hour transfer back to Dong Hoi where you can spend the remainder of the day enjoying the beach or walking on the quaint river boardwalk.

    Your evening will also be yours to spend at your leisure. If you would like a local restaurant recommendation, don’t hesitate to ask for the expert advice of your guide.

    Total trekking distance today: 4.5hrs

    Overnight in Dong Hoi

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 6: Dong Hoi

    Take breakfast at your hotel and then enjoy the rest of your time at your leisure until your Backyard Travel representative transfers you to the airport or train station to take you on to your next destination.Please note: Appropriate footwear must be worn during the trek. This is a physically demanding trek route and requires a sufficient level of fitness. During the winter months temperatures can drop significantly so please prepare accordingly. For information on the best seasons to trek through Vietnam, please consult with our local Travel Specialists in advance.

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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