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Track KONG's Traces - 8 days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-S01

Duration: 8 days

Destination: Hanoi / Ninh Binh / Halong Bay / Phong Nha Ke Bang

US$ 1,152 per person

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You've watched Kong: Skull Island? Now let us take you to an extraordinary 8-day adventure to all the places where this blockbuster was filmed. 

trip highlight

  • Enjoy bicycling in Van Long and visit Kong: Skull Island Filming Location.
  • Experience 'being farmer' by doing farmer's work like catching crabs, fishing, transplanting rice in the field and bail out water.
  • Hike up Mua Cave for the spectacular overlooking view of Tam Coc and the lying dragon statue on mountain.
  • Overnight Cruise on Halong Bay - the UNESCO's world natural heritage
  • Discover the magnificent cave world in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Trek to the beautiful Tu Lan Cave and surrounding grottoes.

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Food tasting

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Fly to HANOI, VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam.

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Asianway Travel. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport. They will take you to your hotel in the city centre.

In the afternoon/evening, you will take a walking tour in the Old Quarter and taste street food.

Overnight in Hanoi

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Day 2: Hanoi - Van Long - Tam Coc

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

In the early morning, you will be transferred to Ninh Binh province. After 2 hours driving, you will arrive in Van Long.

Up on arrival in Van Long house on stilt, you'll get bicycle, biking to the village which appear in the movie and through hamlets, visiting temples, pagodas, common house and countryside market… (7km).

At Cau Vang hamlet (golden bridge) at Gia Hoa commune, you will take part in the activities of farming work as: Catching crabs, fishing, transplanting rice in the field and bail out water about one hour.

You will bike back to the house-on-stilt; join with local family cooking lunch.

In the afternoon, continue to bike to watering place. You will pass by Meo Cao mount and arrive at Van Long wharf. From here, you will take a hand rowing sampan in 2 hours on the place of movie studio: Van Long wetland reserve.

Rowing back to the wharf and biking to house-on-stilt. Get back to your van for driving to Tam Coc. If time permit, you can hike up to Mua Cave for nice view of Tam Coc area and enjoy Sun set view.

Overnight in Tam Coc

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Day 3: Van Long – Halong

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning, you will take a driving to Halong bay.

After 4 hours driving, Halong bay will be waiting for you there.

12h30 – 13h00: Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.

13h30 – 14h30: Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.

15h00 – 16h00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.

16h00 – 17h00: Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

17h00 – 17h30: Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.

17h30 – 19h00: Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

19h00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.

Overnight on board in Halong Bay

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Day 4: Halong - Hanoi - night train to Quang Binh

halong bay cruiseMeal: Breakfast and Lunch

06h30 – 07h15: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.

07h30 – 08h30: Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.

09h00 – 10h00: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau area.

10h15: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.

10h15 – 11h00: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.

11h00 – 12h15: While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

12h15 – 12h30: Disembark V’Spirit Classic.

12h30 – 13h00: Transfer back to Hanoi.

Trip finishes at around 17h00.

You have free time to discover the city before taking a taxi by your self to Hanoi railway station for night train to Dong Hoi. Train code SE3 22.00 – 08.00 next day.

Overnight on night train

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Day 5: Phong Nha arrival - visiting around

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

You will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver at Dong Hoi railway station and transfer to your hotel.

Store your luggage at the hotel and start your trip to discover the Kingdom of cave.

Cycling along Son River to reach to Bong Lai village with the opportunity to join in local farming activities in the rice paddies or peanut fields or learning how Vietnamese style popcorn is made.

Stop at Gia Hung village, where there is a local rice wine shop which is known as the best in the area.

Learn how to make rice wine - you are invited to taste some but not drink now! 

Leaving the village, you will take a local ferry to reach to the other bank of Son River.

From here, we will cycle on unpaved roads paths.

After some uphill, descend into Bong Lai valley where we will see the Bong Lai River.

Stop at a recently famous attraction of Phong Nha – the Pub with a cold beer.

Take your cold beer or soft drink and enjoy the view from the hill in the fresh air.

Lunch with pork cooked in bamboo tree will be served at the Wild Boar Farm, where you will be touring the farm guided by the local couple who owns the farm.

Free until time to cycle back the town via the paths that are off the beaten track, cross many beautiful rice fields (Jan-Aug)

This day ends about 16h30

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Day 6: Phong Nha - Tu Lan cave

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You’ll be picked up at your hotel between 7:30am and 8:00am, joining with a group before venturing off to the village of Tan Hoa, located 70 km away.

After a safety briefing and gear check, you need to sign our Release Form before it’s off and away for a full day of trekking.

The trek begins with a 2.5 km march across fields of peanut crops, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks, and down to the Rao Nan River.

The adventure accelerates with a 30 m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening where you can catch your breath before a 100 m descent in elevation down to Hung Ton Valley.

Lunch will be enjoyed in the Hung Ton Cave opening.

Then the adventure picks up again with some serious trekking from Hung Ton Valley and over to Mango Mountain, then back down into Tu Lan Valley (3 km).

By mid afternoon, Tu Lan campsite will be on the horizon, where swimming can be enjoyed in the beautiful waterfall. Afternoon activities include exploring and swimming through Ken Cave, located next to the campsite, and after that it’s back to camp for a delicious BBQ dinner.

Sleep will come easy in comfortable hammocks or tents set up among the trees!

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Day 7: Tu Lan cave - Phong Nha

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

The second day starts with a hearty breakfast, and more cave exploration.

Starting with a brief swim across the river into the heart of Tu Lan Cave System, you will break to enjoy the blue lagoon entrance before making your way 180 m downstream through Tu Lan Cave entrance. Making your way up to explore the dry part with some climbing and squeezing, at which point you will reach the dry exit and trek a short way through valley into Kim Cave dry entrance.

Stay for a while to watch out for a natural window in Kim Cave, and you’ll then be off on a swim (450 m) and trek (500 m) through Hang Kim to To Mo Valley.

A picnic lunch will be served next to a stunning waterfall by Hung Ton Cave mouth. Then, you will try to follow a dry path before swimming out through Hung Ton wet cave.

Following this is the exploration of a dry passage, and then a trek down into Hung Ton Valley (800 m).

Arrival in Tan Hoa is followed by a chance to take in the scenery with a cold drink in hand.

Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change, and then departure back to Phong Nha is at around 4 pm, with arrival in Phong Nha by 5:30 pm.

Overnight in Phong Nha

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Day 8: Quang Binh departure

Meal: Breakfast

You have free time until departure to next destination.

Ends of service

*NOTE: the trip to Tu Lan Cave is available with weekly departure on Tuesday, Thurday and Satudays, on a join-in basis (minimum 2 pax and maximum 1o pax). It is advised to book in advance as this is a popular tour and the number of guest is limited.
This tour is operated from November to mid-September (closed from mid-September to the first week of November). So during the closed time, we will suggest you other activities in Quang Binh.

Please contact with our Travel Consultant for more information.

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  • Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a traveling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the "Find travel mate" button above to invite your friends and family, traveler forum's members to book this tour with you.
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
  • Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

Technical request:

  • 2km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m – 500m each cave)
  • 3 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and cave
  • Basic trekking experience
  • Must be able to swim

What's Included:

  • 4 nights at 3 star hotels with breakfast in a private single room
  • 1 night 3 staron-board in Halong Bay in private Twin-share room
  • 1 night in house-on-stilt in Van Long
  • 1 night on train Hanoi – Dong Hoi in a 4 berth sharing cabin
  • 1 night in a tent at camping site
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa approval letter if necessary
  • Breakfast is Buffet/Set-menu/A la Cart at the hotel
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Bicycle with helmet
  • Camping gear: hammock/tent, camp light, sleeping bag
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
  • Travel by private A/C car with experienced driver
  • Join group tour for Tu Lan part
  • English speaking guide with legal license
  • 02 bottle of water per day
  • VAT, all taxes and service charge

 

What's Excluded:

  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Visa stamping fee (US$25)
  • Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)
  • Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program
  • International air fare in/out Cambodia
  • Travel insurance  
  • Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

 

Remarks:  

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

  • Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD  per room/ per night
  • Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
  • Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
  • Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
  • High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night.

 

  1. Child policy:
  • Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price
  • Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price
  • Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price
  • 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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