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3 Days Walking Wildlife Tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
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Phong Nha Lake House Resort, Khuong Ha Hamlet, Hung Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Quảng Bình, North Central Coast, Vietnam

Primate Watching Wildlife Tour in Vietnam

Come and join Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience on this walking wildlife tour! Hai is the lead local expert in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park and has worked in this pocket of Vietnam for more than seven years. You will have the chance to see red-shanked douc langurs and Hatinh langurs. By supporting Hai, you are supporting the local community, and indirectly ensuring the continued magnificence of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Join Hai and his team on a conservation tour to get involved and learn more!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: The journey starts at Bamboo Cafe and ends at Phong Nha Lake House Resort.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Red-shanked douc langur and Hatinh langur

Meet the guides

Hai
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Highlights

  • 1-day primate watching
  • 2 night walks and 3 trekking activities
  • Chance to see red-shanked douc langur and Hatinh langur
  • Experience the Wildlife Rescue Station and Botanical Garden and Paradise Cave visits
  • English-speaking local conservation expert as a tour guide
  • Transportation by an easy rider motorbike
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Styles


3 activity days
Airport transfer available:
Dong Hoi Airport (US$22 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:30

You will stay in various accommodations on this journey (Phong Nha Lake House Resort on day two and three and a camp at Weapon Cave on day one). Double / single camp tent is available. Meanwhile, Phong Nha Lake House Resort is situated around the swimming pool and decked entertaining area with all the facilities such as air conditioner, safety box, minibar, wireless, water, tea and coffee making facilities, and breakfast. There is a combination of family and double rooms available all overlooking the tranquil Dong Suon Lake and surrounding mountain ranges. These villas are situated around the swimming pool and decked entertaining area.

Program

Day one

  • 08:30 Start at Bamboo Cafe to Wildlife Rescue Station
  • 08:45-10:15 Experience the Wildlife Rescue Station
  • 10:15-10:30 Transport to Botanical Garden
  • 10:45-13:30 Trekking through the proper jungle
  • 13:30-15:00 Have a barbecue lunch
  • 15:00-17:00 Trekking to the Weapon Cave
  • 17:00-18:00 Camping and making fire for the barbecue at Weapon Cave
  • 18:00-19:00 Cook the chicken barbecue with locals
  • 19:00-20:00 Have dinner and drink some local spirits
  • 20:00-21:00 Night walk to spot some animals
  • After 21:00 Free plan for everyone and sleep

Day two

  • 08:00-08:15 Get up and prepare for a new day trek
  • 08:15-08:45 Have breakfast and coffee for a new day
  • 09:00-13:30 Trek through the valley and up to the mountain
  • 13:30-14:30 Have lunch and rest
  • 14:30-16:00 Continue trekking
  • 16:00-16:30 Swimming at a beautiful waterfall
  • 16:30-17:00 Going back to town and your hotel (the tour ends)

Day three

  • 04:30 Start at the hotel
  • 05:15 Arrive at the watching spot in the national park
  • 05:30-08:30 Watch the red-shanked douc langur
  • 08:30-15:00 Transport to the Paradise Cave to visit
  • 15:30-16:15 Transport to the watching point to see the Hatinh langur
  • 16:30-18:00 Find and watch the Hatinh langur
  • 18:00-18:45 Transport back to hotel and tour ends

Night three

  • 18:00-18:20 Transporting to the survey site in the national park
  • 18:30-18:45 Prepare for the night walk
  • 18:45-22:30 Walking and spotting the wildlife animals
  • 22:30-23:00 Walk back to the parking site
  • 23:00-23:45 Transporting back to your hotel and tour ends

The red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus)

The red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is a species of Old World monkey, among the most colorful of all primates. This monkey is sometimes called the "costumed ape" for its extravagant appearance. From its knees to its ankles, it sports maroon-red "stockings" and it appears to wear white forearm length gloves. Its attire is finished with black hands and feet. The golden face is framed by a white ruff which is considerably fluffier in males. The eyelids are a soft powder blue. The tail is white with a triangle of white hair at the base. Males of all ages have a white spot on both sides of the corners of the rump patch as well as red and white genitals.

The Hatinh langur (Trachypithecus hatinhensis)

The Hatinh langur (Trachypithecus hatinhensis) is a highly threatened Old World monkey found in limestone forests in Vietnam, primarily in the Quảng Bình Province. A recent survey discovered a small population living in the Quảng Trị Province. Contrary to its name, it is not known from the Hà Tĩnh Province. The local Van Kieu minority refer to this lutung as the 'Con Cung' which roughly translates as "black, cliff-dwelling monkey with a long tail". It resembles the closely related François' langur (T. francoisi), but its white cheek-stripes typically extend behind the ears onto the nape (there are significant individual variations, however) and the overall black color is non-glossy and has a brownish tinge.

Included excursions

  • Botanical Garden visit
  • Paradise Cave visit
  • Swimming at a beautiful waterfall

Guides

Hai

Location

The wildlife tour will take place in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is considered one of the most biologically diverse places in the world and is home to many endemic species. It is also considered as one of the best hot spots of biodiversity in the world.

Wildlife Rescue Center

As a department of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, the Wildlife Rescue Center was built in 2007 sponsored by Cologne Zoo, Germany. This center only focuses on keeping the animals short-term and finding ways to introduce them back into nature. The Rescue Center has saved more than 1,000 animals over the last eight years, giving each of them another chance at life and helping to repopulate native species back into Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park.

Cologne Zoo Project has supported this center since 2007 and it was handed over to the national park in May 2013. After more than ten years working in this region to help the park with budget and knowledge, it was time to hand it back to the people who will manage in the future. 2013 was a new chapter for the National Park Management Board, especially the staff working with all the rescued animals. When the project finished their work in Phong Nha, it meant that the Rescue Center lost its external funding which introduced new challenges. Cologne Zoo Project funded food, medication, tools, and maintenance; so without it The Rescue Center was left with a small budget from the government, which is not enough. The Wildlife Rescue Center struggled as the medication supply ran low, conditions of the cages, and semi-wild enclosures slowly decayed, and food had to be rationed. The Wildlife Rescue Center is the only one in Central Vietnam and because of the lack of funds, confiscated wildlife had to be turned away. This is when Hai realized he could do something for the animals and all the people involved in the Wildlife Rescue Center.

Hai created Hai’s Eco Conservation Tours in order to bring in some money to support the Center and provide for its residents. By creating a tour everyone benefits: for travelers, people could see what is being done in and for Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, learn about how their choice to tour with Hai has a positive impact, and learn about the local flora and fauna; for locals, more job opportunities and pride in their work; for wildlife, a safe haven

The Wildlife Rescue Center was one of the biggest reasons they created Hai’s Eco Conservation Tour. Due to budget constraints, it has struggled for a number of years; money is needed to buy food, medication, tools, to make improvements on semi-wild enclosures, and to pay staff. All wildlife at the rescue center are victims of illegal trade and habitat loss. There are non-governmental organizations working to stop these illegal activities but there are always more animals in need of a safe haven. Hai’s Eco Conservation Tours support the Rescue Center financially and brings awareness to this significant issue.

Food

You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as water. Coffee and tea making facilities are available at the resort. On day one, you will have a barbecue lunch and cook a chicken barbecue with locals at Weapon Cave. You will be served some local spirits too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1-day primate watching in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park
  • 2 nights walk to spot some wildlife animals in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park
  • 2 trekking through the jungle and 1 trekking to the Weapon Cave
  • Botanical Garden and Paradise Cave visits
  • Experience the Wildlife Rescue Station
  • Swimming at a beautiful waterfall
  • English-speaking local conservation expert as a tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Transportation by an easy rider motorbike
  • Binoculars
  • Water, coffee, and local spirits
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dong Hoi Airport (VDH). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

The easiest and quickest way to get to Phong Nha is to fly to Dong Hoi (VDH). If you book in advance, it can be very cheap. They don’t always fly every day, so it is recommended that you check the flight schedules when planning your itinerary. Booking online can be less costly than booking through your travel agent back home, so please take a look before you book. Once you arrive at the airport, you will need to get the 45 kilometers from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha. Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience can arrange a private car to pick you up from / take you to Dong Hoi. The cost of the transfer is shared by the number of people arriving / leaving. The price of transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha per person is:

  • 1 passenger - 500,000 VND (one passenger)
  • 2 passengers - 250,000 VND each
  • 3 passengers - 170,000 VND each
  • 4 or more passangers - 25,000 VND

Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience always tries to get more people in the car if arriving at the same time to make it cheaper. To book a pickup from Dong Hoi, they need to know how and when you arrive including your flight number or train number to arrange transport to Phong Nha. Please confirm with them once you have bought your tickets as well as supplying your mobile number if you have one in case there are any delays.

Arrival by bus

Local buses from Dong Hoi departs regularly. It is very cheap but takes around 90 minutes. It can drop you off opposite Easy Tiger. You can get the bus from outside the Nam Ly bus station (Ben Xe Nam Ly) or any bus-stop on Tran Hung Dao street with a blue and white sign at the location The bus is a green and yellow bus and the number is B4 and says Dong Hoi-Hoan Lao-Phong Nha across the windscreen. The bus departs from Dong Hoi at 05:30, 05:45, 07:10, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, and 17:00.

As for departure from Hue there are several buses options. The DMZ bus is priced at 150,000 VND, leaves the DMZ bar at 14:00, arrives in Phong Nha at 18:30 (in time for the beer happy hour). You can buy tickets from the DMZ bar on the corner of Le Loi St and Pham Ngu Lao Street. Please note that this does not stop anywhere in the DMZ (a direct bus). It will drop you off opposite Easy Tiger, so it’s nice and easy.

Hung Thanh bus departs from 49 Chu Van An at 16:30 and arrives 100 meters from Easy Tiger at around 22:00. This will drop you off at the door and is the best evening bus to take, but please note that you will miss the happy hours and live music, and the bus can sometimes get in late. Choosing this bus is great if you want to spend most of the day in Hue before heading to Phong Nha.

The Tan Nhat bus departs from the Why Not? Bar at 06:30 / 07:00 and will drop you off in Phong Nha at around 12:00. This is a bus that does a day tour to Phong Nha but also takes passengers. You will stop at a ruined church along the way. If you walk behind the big building with the statue of the Virgin Mary and go through the gate, there are noodle shops if you didn’t have breakfast, but be quick as you only stop for 20 minutes. This is a great bus if you want to arrive in time to see Phong Nha cave in the afternoon or to make use of the free bicycles and explore the area for a few hours.

The local bus “Phuc Vu” departs Hue at 11:30 from Hue’s Northern Bus Station. You will have to pay the driver 90,000-150,000 VND depending on what mood he is in, and tell him “Phong Nha”. This is a local bus and Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience at Easy Tiger has no control over it. It is cheap and fast (when it goes on time and doesn’t break down). It takes about 4-5 hours. The registration number is 73B-00366. This bus returns Phong Nha to Hue at 05:00 each day.

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting from Hanoi to Phong Nha is by sleeper bus from Hanoi. Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience suggests you take the Hung Thanh bus. You can book this bus from the Hung Thanh office at 162B Tran Quang Khai or at Flipside Hostel at 23 Bat Dan Street. The Hung Thanh bus leaves their office at 18:00 and will drop you off at Easy Tiger’s door at around 04:00 in the morning. You can purchase an open bus ticket from Hung Thanh which can then take you onwards to Hue, Hoi An, and beyond. Please note that it is possible to join the National Park Tour if you arrive on this bus in the morning.

As for bus from Hoi An, you may depart from Hoi An at 08:00 on any open bus ticket option available to Hue. Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience suggest Hanh Cafe which is in partnership with Hung Thanh Travel. Their office is on Thai Phien Street near Hoi An Post Office. You will arrive in Hue at 12:00. When in Hue go to DMZ Bar on the corner of Le Loi Street and Pham Ngu Lao Street to buy your onward ticket to Phong Nha. The cost is 150,000 VND per person. The DMZ Bus leaves DMZ Bar at 14:00 and arrives in Phong Nha at 18:30. You can store your bags for free at DMZ Bar while you have lunch or explore the citadel. Taking this bus enables you to get a small experience of Hue. You will also get to arrive in Phong Nha in time for happy hour at Easy Tiger, early enough to get something to eat from the restaurant or from some great local restaurants close by and to book all of the available tours for the following day.

Local bus from Da Nang departs from the Da Nang Bus Station in Da Nang at 13:00. You simply go there and find the bus with “Da Nang - Phong Nha” written across the front of it. Its Rego plate is 73L9018. You should pay the driver 250,000 VND, depending on what mood he is in. This is a local bus and Hai's Eco Tours - Wildlife and Jungle Experience at Easy Tiger has no control over it. It is cheap and fast when it goes on time and doesn’t break down. There is also a 29 seat bus with the same company called Bao Vuong, with the number 73B-00194.

Note: Please note that the bus schedules change without notice so please confirm the information above before you travel.

Arrival by train

Getting a train with a soft sleeper bed can be a very comfortable option if you want to travel overnight from Hanoi or it’s a very scenic way to travel from Da Nang to Phong Nha. Train prices vary depending on the type of seat and time of year, but they are generally more expensive than buses and you need to get from the train station in Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.

  • Southbound: Hanoi to Saigon
  • Northbound: Saigon to Hanoi.

Once you arrive in Dong Hoi you will need to get the 45 kilometers to Phong Nha. If you want to travel from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha via the local bus you will need to get yourself from the train station to the bus station. It is about a 15-minute walk (1.3 kilometers) or a short ride in a taxi.

Note: Book all trains to Dong Hoi, not Dong Ha. Availability of seats and bookings can be made via VNR site. Unfortunately at the moment bookings can only be made using Vietnamese credit cards, but this will change, hopefully soon.

Arrival by taxi

There are more taxis available in Dong Hoi now and competition is bringing the prices down. Barter them down to between 400,000 VND and 500,000 VND. Local taxis have been known to ask for between 600,000 VND and 1,000,000 VND in the past, so make sure you agree with a reasonable price before you set out. For arrival by motorbike taxi, a fair price from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha is between 200,000 VND and 250,000 VND. Motorbike taxi is fine for a sunny day, but it is not suggested to take one at night.

Airport: Dong Hoi Airport Airport transfer available: Dong Hoi Airport (US$22 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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