Like a behind-the-scene tour of King Kong 2017, this great expedition takes you to picked attractions in Ninh Binh, Quang Binh and Quang Ninh provinces where the film crew spent months doing their work. There will be very few chances we catch some pieces of work left on the ground, but be sure to enjoy the nature at its best, taste the amazing Vietnamese cuisine, and smile back at ones you meet on the way.
If you want to extend the trip by joining the expedition into the world’s largest cave Son Doong, be well aware that the tickets are usually sold out a year before the date of departure. So please contact us as soon as possible to see if we can help you with this.
Day tour of this beautiful old city with its French colonial architecture: lakes, parks and temples and a stroll through the bustling backstreets of the old quarter. Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing traces of centuries of changing dynasties. You will visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and the historic complex including Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first Vietnamese empire independent from China. Also visit the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where American prisoners of war were once confined; the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts or History Museum at your choice.
Break time for lunch at a local restaurant and then later, travel by cyclo as a local would through the Old Quarter.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to Ha Long Bay (one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas, and the world's largest marine 'karst' landscape), possibly visiting Bach Dang (a famous 13th century battle site set in attractive north Viet Nam rural scenery) en route. On arrival, you'll board a traditional-style wooden junk to travel beyond the busy tourist area to some of its less visited grottoes and caves. There will be opportunities for you to swim, fish, climb one of the hills (not a mountain!) for a spectacular overview of the Bay, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan, all weather permitting, of course. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood, and you'll sleep in a twin cabin with an en suite toilet and shower.
- Indochina Sails
- Jasmine Cruise
You'll spend the morning cruising around Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch and the return journey to the dock. Continue the drive to Ninh Binh, through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
- Ninh Binh Legend Hotel
- Cuc Phuong Resort & Villa
Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel once covered an area of three square kilometers.
After visiting Hoa Lu if time and energy levels permit, you may choose to take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills, the climb is rewarding with spectacular views. In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape.
After lunch, you will visit Trang An Landscape Complex which was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014. Take a relaxing boat ride on a peaceful river passing through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, ‘Halong on Land’. An ‘eco tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Hoa Lu Citadel, Trang An Natural Reserve Complex
You get on the only flight of the day to Dong Hoi airport in Quang Binh. Today you visit Phong Nha, and Paradise Cave located in the most well-preserved remote and mountainous region of Central Vietnam.
- Phong Nha Lake House Resort
- Chay Lap Farmstay
Hidden in ever-green land of Quang Binh, the Nuoc Mooc Stream is a hot spot to take part in many interesting activities, sports and camping. You spend the whole day in there before coming back to the resort.
Phong Nha & Paradise Cave, Nuoc Mooc Stream
After breakfast transfer to Dong Hoi Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, often referred to by the locals as Saigon, being met by your Asia Senses Travel guide and transferred to hotel for check-in. Like the way the King Kong 2 team did when they made it to Saigon, you join a city tour on the backs of classical Vespa motors. From the most loved and crowded spots to hidden corners of the city, surely you find for yourself the very own definition of an authentic Vietnam.
Your program includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. From there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars. Continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda located on the fringes of district 1. Dating from 1909 and built by Cantonese Buddhists this quiet oasis was designed using feng shui principals showcasing ornate statues and effigies. Afterwards return to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
- Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel
- Lavender Saigon
One free day to explore the city on your own feet. Don’t miss out to catch some Vietnamese coffee or go to bar at night.
Relax till you feel good to depart for a flight back home. Your adventure ends here.
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