Discovery Nature Trails

Duration: 9 Days
Highlights: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong - Hue - Bach Ma - Ho Chi Minh City - Nam Cat Tien
This tour goes through three of the country's best National Parks. Cuc Phuong National Park is one of Vietnam's oldest national parks and consequently one of the best managed. Bach Ma National Park, one of  few locations in Vietnam where the term 'eco-tourism' is more than a marketing slogan. And Nam Cat Tien, one of Vietnam's largest National Parks and the largest tropical rainforest in the country.
Day 1: Hanoi arrive
Pick up at airport for transferring to hotel. Free stroll around to explore Hanoi's 1000 Years Old Quarter (if time permits)
Stay overnight at hotel
 
Day 2: Hanoi- Cuc Phuong National Park
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi for driving to Cuc Phuong, about 140 km south from Hanoi by road, is one of Vietnam's oldest national parks and consequently one of the best managed. It's approximately 22,000 ha of subtropical forest and karst limestone scenery, and home to an extraordinary range of unique species. Apart from exploring the forest, you'll visit the park's Endangered Primate Centre, where you'll be able to see two of the rarest species in the world, the critically endangered Delacour and Cat Ba langurs.
Stay overnight in National Park guest house (L, D)
 
Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi
After breakfast, walking to visit flora, fauna and one-thousand-year-old sequoia tree, the cave of Prehistoric man in Cuc Phuong National Park. Have lunch in the Park restaurant. Turn back to Hanoi for flight to Hue. Stay overnight at hotel in Hue (B, L, D)
 

Day 4: Hue - Bach Ma National Park
Depart at 8:00 Am from your hotel, one and half hour you will arrive at Bach Ma National Park. The park is dominated by a single 1,448m peak wrapped in tropical monsoon forest below and topped by sub-tropical vegetation. You will visit Do Quyen Waterfall - is astounding and huge in the wooded mountain. It is more than 300m high and 20-30m wide. It is amazing to watch the silver water running into the bright red of water-rail flowers. After lunch, we will walk to Hai Vong Dai, Sea Observation Post, where people can have a panoramic view of immense sea and surrounding scenery. Stay overnight at park's guesthouse.(B, L, D)
 
Day 5: Bach Ma National Park - Hue- Hochiminh City)
Morning in the park with walking around and discovering the nature to explore the beautiful scenery and many endemic species, and is particularly rich in birdlife. Turn back to Hue airport for flight in Hochiminh City. Stay overnight at hotel in Hochiminh City (B, L, D).
 
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Nam Cat Tien National Park
Driving to Nam Cat Tien National Park, stopping en route at the rubber and tobacco plantation. After arriving in Nam Cat Tien Park, check in to the local guesthouse. The 70,000 hectare park is home to various species of giant trees and large wild animals such as the Asian elephant, bison and rhinoceros.
Accommodation: guesthouse.
(Optional walk to the Heaven Waterfall, if time permits).
(B, L, D)
 
Day 7: Bau Sau
Have a 4x4 drive to Bau Chim and Bau Sau areas, staging points for the day’s trek. Trek for two and a half hours deep into the forest. In Bau Sau, canoe around a lake, then trek back to the parking lot for the drive back to the guesthouse.
(Optional night 4x4 ride into the Nui Tuong forest to look for nocturnal animals).
Overnight at the guesthouse.
(B, L, D)


Day 8: Nam Cat Tien - Ho Chi Minh City
Have a lazy morning of yourself to write your diary or to continue exploring the park. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City- Departure
Free until time transfer to the airport for flight back home. Tour end. (B)

Included
 
Accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
All transport and transfer
English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
Breakfast, Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and in the park's canteens
Fully escorted English speaking tour guide at the places
All entrance fee and permition
Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue and Hue – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.

Excluded

International flight tickets and airport tax
Visa application fee to Vietnam
Drinks and other meals
Gratuities and personal expenses
Camera fees (if any)
Insurance