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Places you'd visit on the Nature Trails Tour
Cuc Phuong NP
Bach Ma NP
Nam Cat Tien NP

Ho Chi Minh City
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  Cat Ba Island
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Nature Trails adventure vacations
9 Days

Nine-day tailor-made adventure tours through three of the country's best National Parks arranged by Vietnam travel agents

This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Vietnam vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.
Our tailor-made adventure holidays include sub-tropical and tropical forests, rich bio-diversity, endemic, rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, bird watching and hiking through a variety of habitats.

Our Nature Trails adventure tours begin with ....
..... time to recover and a night in Hanoi. Once you've settled in and rested after your flight, we'll meet you over dinner to say "hello", and provide you with some gentle entertainment in the form of water puppetry

Meals: one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening

One Day in Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong, about 140 km south of 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.

Unlike most national parks in Vietnam, there is some decent accommodation including some chalets with such luxuries as air conditioning.

The best time for Cuc Phuong is from October to May. Avoid the summer as the parks biodiversity includes a large contingent of leeches that get hungry in hot humid weather. April to May sees clouds of millions of butterflies spiralling in pockets of sunshine.

Meals: one breakfast, one picnic lunches and one dinner
Guide: full day.

Two Days in Xuan Thuy National Park

In January 1989 Xuan Thuy was declared Vietnam 's first Ramsar site; a wetland of international importance. The Xuan Thuy Nature Reserve was established in 1995 and was upgraded to a national park in 2003. Located in the Giao Thuy district forming part of the UNESCO Red River Biosphere Reserve, it is a rich, biodiverse coastal wetland that houses about 220 species of birds (including nine endangered species), 110 aquatic plants and 500 other aquatic organisms. Many highly valuable types of seafood like shellfish, shrimps, fish, crabs and oysters are also found in this area.

It is also a critically important staging area and wintering area for migratory birds visiting and passing through Vietnam from north-east Asia and Siberia to Australia .

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinners
Guide: full two days

One Day in Ho Chi Minh City
Your morning will be free until your guide and driver arrive to take you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City . When you arrive, a private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the city centre. After checking in, you'll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City .

Meals: one breakfast
Guide/Escort: Driver pick-up only

Three days in Nam Cat Tien National Park and back to Ho Chi Minh City.
At 74,000 ha, Nam Cat Tien is one of Vietnam's larger National Parks and the largest tropical rainforest in the country. About 150km north of Ho Chi Minh City, the park is bursting with wildlife, so much so that there are moves afoot to expand it. Endemic species abound, and the discovery of previously unknown species are frequent. Among the larger critically endangered species are the Javan Rhinoceros, the Siamese Crocodile and the Indochina Tiger. The park also boasts Vietnam's second largest herd of Asian Elephants, another imperilled specie.

Its unusual diversity has much to do with the wide range of habitats, evergreen and semi-deciduous forest areas, freshwater wetlands, lakes, large areas of bamboo, grassland and flooded forest. Accommodation is basic, and a visit involves plenty of walking in the deeper forest areas.

Meals: three breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners
Guide: from hotel pick-up to return

Time to leave!
You'll be free until your car arrives to take you to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport.

Meals: one breakfast

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Vietnam Sonata 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant 'Hotels' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

Number in group
Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*






At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue and Hue - Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Jeep transfer in the Nam Cat Tien National Park
  • Boat cruise and rowing boat as programme.
  • The use of bicycles
  • The services of one of the park's English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • 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
  • VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance



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