Vinh Moc is a military-civilian operation in the Vietnam War of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam against attacks by the Republic of Vietnam and the United States of America. The tunnel system existed north of Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge during the years 1965-1972. It was within 17th demilitarized zone established under the Geneva Convention on Indochina in 1954, originally intended to be a military frontier that temporarily intercepted the interstate zone between the forces of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam with French troops and allied forces. Today it’s time for you to discover an authentic view of underground life. The Vinh Moc Tunnels are an amazing achievement of human toil and engineering. The Vietnamese had constructed the tunnels to provide shelter from regular bombings by American planes. By looking at the tunnels, it will be easy to understand why a small, beleaguered nation could take on the greatest military power on the planet and won in the war. You will see Hien Luong River. During the war, Hien Luong Bridge on Ben Hai River divided north and South Vietnam. Many Vietnamese people laid down their lives in there to fight for national independence and freedom. Historical relic sites located on both banks of the river have been recognized as special national historical relics. These days, people on both sides of Ben Hai River are jubilantly celebrating National Reunification Day. Back to your hotel for relaxation. Overnight in Dong Hoi.
08:00: Our car and tour guide will pick you up in Dong Hoi and drive you to Paradise cave – the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park’s core zone). It is approximately 75 km from Dong Hoi and an 80-minute drive). You will then be taken by golf cart (1.6km) from the main gate through the jungle, to where you will then climb to the mouth of the cave; a climb that boasts spectacular views of the mountainous region around the cave. 12:30: Lunch at local restaurant in Phong Nha village. Here you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish. Vegetarian option is available. Please contact us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you. 13:30: Depart for Phong Nha Cave. You will then take a 25-minute ride to the cave via traditional dragon boat. This cave is called a water cave as it exhibits an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, you will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, you will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”. 17:00: Back to your hotel in Dong Hoi. Rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Dong Hoi Note: Please bring swimwear and towel for swimming (April up to September)
Breakfast at your hotel. Meet up with our driver and tour guide again at the hotel lobby. Today, spend a full day to explore Dark Cave and Nuoc Mooc Stream. Dark cave is the true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head touching on your mining helmet, having a mud fight in the mud baths deep in the cave, and then washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave. The afternoon is the time for Nuoc Mooc Stream – a paradise on Earth covered by the jungle resembled a glittering green silk scarf. Listening to the birds’ twit, having hammock by the stream, kayaking or swimming are the main activities here. Note: Activities include muddy bath, zip-lining, swimming, kayaking, please bring swimwear and towel
Breakfast at your hotel. Some free time is offered to discover the city of Dong Hoi on your own before the hotel check-out time at 12:00. Tour ends here and we are happy to support you with your onward adventures to other destinations. Hope that you had a wonderful experience in Vietnam. Thank you for choosing AFS Travel!
- Accommodation as specified based on double/twin room
- Private transfer with air-conditioner van on day tours & airport transfer
- Bottle of water and cold towel daily on the private van
- Regional English-speaking guides on day tour
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, without beverage)
- All entrance and sightseeing fees
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fee if any
- Domestic and International air tickets
- Personal expenses
- Others not mentioned nor specified above