New tour - Discover the world of amazing caves

5/16/2016 9:58:03 PM
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Spectacular Son Doong Cave was first discovered by local explorer Ho Khanh in 1991, but it wasn’t until 2009 that a full survey was conducted by the British Cave Association. At 5km long, with stalagmites that would tower over multistory buildings and chambers that can fit an entire New York City block, Son Doong has since been named the largest cave in the world. Exploring Son Doong requires incredible fitness and endurance as the caving expedition takes the better part of a week, but in this program you can explore the other more accessible caves within the region. Still stunning in their own right, these caves will give you a feeling for the underground cave kingdom of Quang Binh Province. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet Vietnam’s most famous cave explorer, Ho Khanh, who will tell you about the journey of discovery that lead him to Son Doong Cave and Paradise Grotto.

Day 1: HANOI - Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, enjoy a warm welcom from our guide and transfer to your hotel in the city center for check-in. Relax after a long journey or take a stroll around beautiful Hanoi. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: HANOI – HALONG BAY - Surprising Cave
After breakfast depart by road to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage Site and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta amongst charming rice paddies, water buffalo and the daily life of the Vietnamese village. Arrive in Ha Long and board a traditional junk, based on those ships that have been cruising in Halong Bay for over a century. Enjoy lunch on board as the cruise passes by beautiful rocks and islets in remarkable shapes and sizes. Depending on the cruise itinerary, you may stop for a while and visit the Surprising Cave. Located inside Bo Hon Island, Surprising Cave is considered to be the most magnificent cave in all of Ha Long Bay. Later the junk moves to the docking area for overnight. Dinner and overnight on board.
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Day 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI
In the morning brunch is served while further cruising through the beautiful Bay as the junk continues cruising towards Ha Long port. Ready to disembark, our car and guide will be there to pick you up take you straight back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: HANOI – QUANG BINH by flight
After early breakfast, board a flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival, meet your guide and check into your hotel. Lunch at your own expense. After a refreshment prepare to explore Dark Cave by kayak. The Dark Cave, locally named Hang Toi, was explored by the British Cave Research Association in the early 1990s and has maintained its natural beauty without an artificial lighting system. Overnight at your hotel in Quang Binh.

Day 5: PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK – Paradise Grotto
After breakfast travel by road to the entrance of Phong Nha National Park and Victory Road 20, a historic road used during the Vietnam War. Arrive at Paradise Grotto, a fabulous cave with towering stalagmites and gorgeous stalactites that droop spectacularly from the cave ceiling. At 31km, this is the cave is the longest cave in South East Asia and was found by Ho Khanh in 2005. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Central Vietnamese food at Paradise Cave restaurant and then pay a visit to the home of Mr. Ho Khanh, the very man who originally discovered Son Doong and Paradise Grotto. He will tell you his fascinating stories about how he found these caves, as well as the differences between these 2 grottos. Say goodbye to this adventurous farmer and return back to your hotel. Overnight in Quang Binh.

Day 6: QUANG BINH - Departure
Leave the cave kingdom and onto the next adventure or return back home.

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