Itinerary: 4x4 Tour Vietnam - 8 Days Self Drive 4x4 Tour North & Central Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi – Phu Yen. 170km. 5hr drive.
Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains. Driving through the endless limestone karts scenery of the Northwestern region. Mixture of good roads and small village dirt tracks. Lunch in local restaurant, dinner in town, overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Phu Yen – Mai Chau. 170km. 6hr drive.
There are many small roads that lead into the mountainous region of Mai Chau, so we’ll take the chance to drive out to the isolated H’mong, Dao and Thai villages on a mixture of small paved road and off-road tracks. Arrive in Mai Chau by around 4.00PM. Dinner and overnight at home-stay in a stilt house in Mai Chau village.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Tan Ky, 250 km, 6hr ride.
Say goodbye to the family, we drive today on a small, spectacular paved trail along the beautiful Ma river until Ngoc Lac town where we stop for lunch. Hit the Ho Chi Minh trail (now a newly built highway) all the way to Tan Ky town where we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: Tan Ky – Phong Nha, 280 km, 6 hr drive.
Continue driving on the Ho Chị Minh road to Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the biggest and also the most beautiful National Park and caves in Vietnam and Indochina, it’s now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Paleozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the Park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geographic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Phong Nha – Khe Sanh, 220 km, 7 hr ride.
We strike South through foothills which were once sprayed heavily by Agent Orange towards the former DMZ. There is still much evidence of bombing on the mountain sides and from time to time, we will see remnants of the original Trail. We take in to the famous Western Ho Chi Minh Trail until Khe Sanh (former US Marine base). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Khe Sanh.
Day 6: Khe Sanh – Vinh Moc Tunnel – Hue, 200 km.
In the morning, we head South over the Da Krong Bridge (built by the Cubans in 1973) into the infamous A Shau valley, an area of intense wartime activity. Driving on the famous road No9 where the mountains still barren due to the extended effects of Agent Orange. We towards the former DMZ, the famous Hien Luong Bridge (former demarcation line between North and South Vietnam and finally at Vinh Moc tunnel, we continue the drive on the small trail that goes along the coast until the beautiful City of Hue which lies along the banks of the Perfume River. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hue.
Vinh Moc is a tunnel complex in Quang Tri, Vietnam. During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnemese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go. The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres. Eventually against these odds, the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels.
The tunnels were a success and no villagers lost their lives. The only direct hit was from a bomb that failed to explode; the resulting hole was utilized as a ventilation shaft.
Day 7: Hue.
Hue City is the former imperial capital of feudal Vietnam and is a perfect place to relax after our driving to date. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the tombs of the former Emperors Minh Mang and Tu Duc or visit the remains of the Imperial Citadel, which was largely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue – Hoi An, 160 km, 5 hr ride.
Join the National Highway No1 and head up the Hai Van Pass (Cloudy Pass) before the World Heritage site of Hoi An, a major trading center in South East Asia in the 16th and 17th century. Arrive in Hoi An in the after noon. Tour finished at the car transfer point before arrive in the center of Hoi An.
TOUR COST FULL PACKAGE 8 DAYS TRIP
The following cost has been calculated in USD for a party from 1 – 30 people travelling together.
|Number of driver/passenger in a car
|1 person drive in 1 car
|2 persons drive 1 car
|3 – 4 persons drive 1 car
The full package tour costs are based on twin – share or triple – share accommodation. For single occupation, an extra charge of $30 – $40/night will be applied.
- Standard 4×4 Pickup Truck, year model 2014 – 2018 as Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT50, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Hilux
- Material insurance for the car.
- Experienced 4×4 Tour – guide/Mechanic.
- Meals as mentioned: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor barbecue
- Accommodation (standard hotels 2 – 3 stars, Homestay, Camping)
- Entrance fee to the sight seeing during the trip.
- Drinking water during the driving time.
- Driving license translation fee
- International air tickets.
- Vietnam visa.
- Travel Insurance. All persons are expected to arrange their own insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
- Optional Activities
- Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
- Personal expenditure such as telephone, laundry, shopping and any other services not clearly mentioned in the program.
Hotel List: Be Confirmed when booking the trip.
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- Tour package:
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