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Di Di Thoi – Vietnam’s best tour operator for cultural and local experiences!

Planning to visit Vietnam? The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Central Vietnam should be on the top of your priority list of the must-visit places in Vietnam! When you travel to Phong Nha, you will be faced with a huge collection of activities to choose from and partake in, given how wonderfully diversified the region is. If you aren’t a hardcore adventurer and would like to spend your time on more local experiences, getting a sense of the cultural beauty, admiring the dreamy landscapes of the area and indulging in some soft adventures, you must get in touch with Di Di Thoi!

Di Di Thoi – Inspiring local experiences!

Di Di Thoi – meaning ‘Let’s Go’ in English, is a local tour operator that aims to bring the world closer to the life of Phong Nha through enriching and inspiring local experiences. This tour operator has designed tours and package deals in Phong Nha, in a way that would suit every traveler’s preferences and even helps in preparing a great Phong Nha travel itinerary.

Di Di Thoi operates classic tours around in and around Phong Nha that take guests to the cultural heart of Quang Binh Province, also known as the cave kingdom and considered the perfect filming destination. Wonderful landscapes and amazing local culture forms Quang Binh and Di Di Thoi came into existence with the thought that there is much more to be showcased in Phong Nha, apart from the majestic caves. Through a variety of walking tours, kayaking tours, cycling tours and riverboat cruises, Di Di Thoi will give you a chance to be engulfed in the essence of Phong Nha in the most amazing way.

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Phong Nha is a booming tourist village with picturesque landscapes, unique accommodations, incredible food and the friendliest local people.  When you make your visit here, you will observe that farming serves as the primary occupation and source of income for most of the locals in this area and you will find serenity exuded from each direction. Imagine waking up to the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves and the crowing of roosters, followed with a bike or boat ride around to see the buffaloes and the cows lazily grazing the grass, kids happily playing on the field, a butterfly resting right at your shoulder, the brightest smiles from random passersby, and the amazing local Vietnamese food that adds to the charm of the day. All this and more make Phong Nha an amazing countryside getaway and it will certainly be one of the memorable experiences of your travel to Vietnam!  

Di Di Thoi tours – Best ways to experience Phong Nha!

Di Di Thoi offers some exceptional join-in day tours, private tours and even fantastic package deals to enjoy Phong Nha to the fullest!

Day Tours

 

There is arange of join-in tours that Di Di Thoi will provide you with a taste of Phong Nha and the local village life; these day tours are ideal for those looking to spend a day enjoying the spirit of Phong Nha at very affordable rates.

1.   Phong Nha Sunset Cruise

The Phong Nha Sunset Cruise by Di Di Thoi takes guests up the beautiful river past quaint villages, where locals can be seen going about their daily activities on the riverside. The cruise continues winding down the river past farmlands, where you’ll see buffalos grazing, and children joyously running along the river banks.  You will get to enjoy some light snacks and cold drinks on the cruise, as you soak up the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and listen to some interesting local stories by your professional tour guide. You will also have a chance to relax and unwind at the Chay Lap Riverside, with drinks and BBQ overlooking the Chay River!

This tour is ideal for those wanting a taste of local life with plenty of time to relax, and still receive an inspiring experience with a professional guide. It’s a short and sweet option that makes for the perfect add-on to any of the adventures in Phong Nha. The Phong Nha Sunset Cruise is really amazing for couples as well, so get your partner along!

Price: VND 400,000/PAX (USD 17.5)

Duration: 4 hours (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha Sunset Cruise

2.   Phong Nha River Cruise

On the Phong Nha River Cruise, you will have numerous experiences! You will be visiting various local villages and even a local market, where you can observe and see the rural way of living through the daily activities of the locals. You will have a chance to learn about the local fish farming practices, including the Black Carp and special Eel from Phong Nha. You will cruise down the river, wander around the local villages, engage in pleasant and informative conversations with your tour guide and you’ll also get to visit a craft house to learn the local way of making handmade rattan products. Apart from this, you will also have a chance to learn about one of the most impressive churches of the region and your day would be made better by visiting a local house where you’ll watch and learn the local skill of making rice cakes!

Delicious lunch will also be served on the boat to help you recharge for swimming and enjoying the refreshing waters of the Son River later in the day. Your day will come to an end by riding bicycles – cycling through farming villages, where buffaloes will compete with laughing children to grab your attention. This tour is perfect for those wanting to experience local life more thoroughly, with a professional local guide – you will not be disappointed!

Price: VND 1,320,000/PAX (USD 59)

Duration: 8 hours (7:45 AM – 3:45 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha River Cruise

3.   Phong Nha National Park & Paradise Cave Tour

Di Di Thoi’s Phong Nha National Park Tour is a new spin on a local classic, whilst being both highly informative and also fun, with plenty of time to enjoy the park. The tour starts at a semi-wild enclosure where you’ll learn about the critically endangered Ha Tinh Langurs. Winding through jaw-dropping mountains covered with endless wild banana trees, you will visit a sacred cave – 8 Ladies Cave, where you will learn a little more about the Vietnam War and its impact on the area, and visit a historically significant temple that honors the soldiers who lost their lives when a cave collapsed where they were taking shelter from bombings.

Besides that, you will visit the legendary and gorgeous Paradise Cave, a cave discovered in 2005. Your guide will give you a fresh perspective of the cave as you wander its network of walk-ways and impressive cave formations, highlighted by moody lighting. You will also get to visit the Chay Lap village, where you’ll have a chance to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch by the banks of the river at Chay Lap Riverside; catch some rays on deck chairs or take a quick refreshing swim, before setting out on the final part of the journey – a bike ride to a village!

You’ll have a chance to wander through the village with your guide and learn even more about the local area. This visit to the village provides a cultural perspective to this classic tour of Phong Nha.

Price: VND 1,450,000/PAX (USD 65)

Duration: Duration: 9 hours (7:30 AM – 4:30 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha National Park & Paradise Cave Tour

Private Tours

 

Di Di Thoi’s private tours offer you a chance to get up close to the land, the river, and the lives of people here in Phong Nha and the surrounding areas. With these private tours you can have the best experiences in a small group of you and your own friends and family; the tours can also be adjusted upon request!

1.   Remote Kayak Adventure

Phong Nha is known to be a paradise to kayak and it’s certainly not an easy day, with 25km of kayaking downstream, but be rest assured that the journey will bring you to some spectacular locations along the river, home to a number of ethnic minority people. On this tour, you will enjoy a drive over the spectacular Da Deo Pass, which is one of the most astonishing mountain ranges in Vietnam and make your way to the Thuong Hoa village, which is a quaint little village home to the Nguon people, an ethnic minority group that were previously living only in the jungle, without exposure to the modern world till the late 1990s.

You will be kayaking surrounded by towering limestone mountains and lush green valleys dotted with small farming communities. Taking a kayak brings you up close and personal with the local people, giving you a chance to visually experience their way of life along the riverbanks. Your guide will introduce you to many of the locals and you might be lucky to be invited into some of their homes; this is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This tour is suitable for those with a good level of fitness with kayaking experience, as it will certainly test your strength!

Price: From VND 2,500,000/PAX (USD 111)

Duration: 11 hours (7:15 AM – 6:15 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Remote Kayak Adventure

2.   Private Phong Nha National Park Tour

This follows quite the same itinerary as that of the Phong Nha National Park & Paradise Cave tour, with an additional difference being that you will also get to take a boat ride to the legendary Phong Nha Cave on this tour. You will get to take a traditional boat down the river to Phong Nha Cave, which is one of the most beautiful river caves in the world, and guests will have a chance to experience its depths whilst on their dragon boat quietly paddled by local boatmen. The section visited is lit up for guests to appreciate the stunning cave formations!

Price: From VND 2,900,000/PAX (USD 129)

Duration: 9 hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Private Phong Nha National Park Tour

3.   Phong Nha Botanical Garden Walking Tour

The tropical forest of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park region is absolutely beautiful, and many different species of plants here are marked with signs. On this private tour, you will have a professional tour guide, who will provide a detailed account of everything that you see on the journey through the Phong Nha Botanical Garden. There are plenty of orchids and birds and you’ll be impressed by the care taken by the locals to maintain the gardens.

In the summer months, it can be quite a busy spot with locals, and it is recommended to start this tour early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

Price: From VND 650,000/PAX (USD 29)

Duration: 4 hours (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha Botanical Garden Walking Tour

4.    Phong Nha Village Cycling Tour

The Phong Nha Village Cycling tour will give you an opportunity to get up close with village life as you hit the road with two wheels and pedal power. You will cycle along the banks of the Son River down to Bong Lai Valley, a popular spot for tourists who want to dive right into a really rural setting, unlike anything experienced in Vietnam. You’ll have a chance to pass by farms spread out over rolling hills, see children running through the fields, and water buffaloes hogging the roads that join together in this valley.

You will get to check out a number of attractions here that have been developed over the past couple of years, including the Wild Boar Eco Farm and the Pub with Cold Beer, which have been rated as the top destinations to visit in rural Vietnam. You will get to enjoy amazing BBQ food and drinks before riding more and you’ll also have the experience of catching a canoe-like taxi across the river between two villages.

This fascinating guided cycling tour will provide you with an interesting perspective on the life of the local people and your day would also include a refreshing dip in the Chay River!

Price: From VND 1,050,000/PAX (USD 46.7)

Duration: 8 hours (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha Village Cycling Tour

5.   Ngon Rao Kayak Adventure

On this kayaking adventure private tour, you’ll travel to the remote village of the Ngon Rao where you will get in your kayak and start paddling down-stream, experiencing local life along the river as you pass through local towns and farming communities. The 7 KM journey is indeed an exciting one and is great for nature lovers!

You will also be having a short walking tour through Trooc Village; visiting fruit gardens pepper gardens, ginger farms, turmeric farm etc., and meeting the local families.

Price: From VND 2,000,000/PAX (USD 89)

Duration: 6 hours (7:30 AM – 1:30 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Ngon Rao Kayak Adventure

6.   Phong Nha by Kayak 

The 4-hour Phong Nha by Kayak experience showcases Phong Nha from the rivers perspective. Your professional English and Vietnamese speaking guide will paddle with you along the pristine waters of the Son River all the way to Phong Nha, and you will make stops at a number of villages along the way, including Tram Village and Me Village.

On this amazing private tour, you will be captivated by the mountains ranges of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park as your kayak winds its way down the river, passing by beautiful rock formations, farmland, and village houses straddling the banks as you get closer to the main town.

You’ll also have the chance to jump out of your kayak at various spots to explore by foot. This is a great trip that won’t take all day but still provides a decent adventure and exploration of the area!

Price: From VND 1,250,000/PAX (USD 55)

Duration: 5 hours (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha by Kayak

7.   Phong Nha by Bicycle

On this 4-hour tour, you will get to cycle through Phong Nha, visit a special monument built on the edge of town, cycle along river sides and even experience a canoe ferry ride that’ll take you and your bike to a local village. This little village will welcome you with friendly children running around, locals going about their daily lives and much more that will give you a proper insight of rural village life outside Phong Nha.

You will get a chance to interact with the locals by visiting their homes and seeing how their lives go on. This fascinating guided cycling tour will end in Chay Lap Village, where you’ll have a chance to have a cool dip in the river and a cold beverage at Chay Lap Riverside!

Price: From VND 900,000/PAX (USD 40)

Duration: 4 hours (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Detailed itinerary and booking: Phong Nha by Bicycle

 

Note: For all the day tours and private tours mentioned above, the time is subject to change, depending on the progress of the tour!

Package Deals

 

Di Di Thoi’s package deals have everything you need for a perfect vacation. The packages include accommodation at the lovely Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort; private tours from both Di Di Thoi and Oxalis Adventure; all transfers to different destinations and everything else you might need to make your holiday as smooth as it could be!

You can choose from these distinct package tour options that are thoughtfully designed based on factors like your age, experience and what kind of activities you wish to partake in, while travelling in Phong Nha. Each of these package journeys provide guests with the perfect balance of soft adventure and classic travel experience; cave exploration, sightseeing, river cruises, village walks, biking, relaxation and more. Such tours are perfectly suitable for corporate groups, couples, friends and family!

1.   Fun for family (3 days 2 nights)

Enjoy the unique experience of exploring one the world’s top natural world heritage sites, the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park: You will be visiting the Phong Nha Cave, Thien Duong cave (Paradise Cave); hike and explore the vast Phong Nha Botanical Garden that has a fantastic ecological system; experience the joy of cycling surrounded by peaceful natural vibes and get on a boat cruise along the charming rivers. This package of 3 days and 2 nights is a splendid experience for all family members to learn and feel the cultural life of the people in Phong Nha, while being immersed in the tranquil and rustic yet majestic nature of this beautiful land.

This package tour is suitable for all customers and especially for families with young children; the whole family can experience Phong Nha in a fun and enjoyable way!

Detailed itinerary and booking: Fun for family (3 days 2 nights)

2.   Essence of adventure (3 days 2 nights)

With this package, you will not only be visiting the popular Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave and Botanical Garden of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, but also be a part of an adventurous journey into the spectacular jungle and a cave hidden away deep inside Phong Nha. This will include jungle trekking (5 KM), adventurous exploration of the mysterious Nuoc Nut Cave (2 KM) and it will be followed with an hour of enjoying kayaking along the beautiful Chay River.

This package allows all members of a group, including children aged 8 years or above, to experience the true essence of a thrilling adventure and is most enjoyable for guests that are physically active, love nature and enjoy adventurous activities.

Detailed itinerary and booking: Essence of adventure (3 days 2 nights)

3.   Hang En Cave Camp and beyond (4 days 3 nights)

This is one of the most suitable package options for travelers looking for an unforgettable adventure journey to explore and venture deeper into the giant caves and mountains of the Quang Binh province; blended perfectly with unique and valuable local traditions and culture experiences in and around Phong Nha.

The highlight of this package is a proper adventure tour of 2 days 1 night to the third largest cave on Earth – Hang En Cave, which includes plenty of jungle trekking, river crossings, observing million-year-old fossils and camping inside this gigantic cave on its natural beach. Besides all these exciting activities, the package also includes a half-day kayaking experience to explore the Ngon Rao River. You can also enjoy the dreamy landscape of Phong Nha through a cruise along the stunning Son River and experience the rich cultural and traditional life of the local people through the craft villages by cruising and cycling.

Detailed itinerary and booking: Hang En Cave Camp and beyond (4 days 3 nights)

4.   Celebration Adventure Journey (4 days 3 nights)

This package is meticulously designed for couples, families or groups of friends, with the highest standard of privacy through all routes covered on the tour, to ensure an unforgettable experience; from admiring the elegant scenery of Phong Nha on a sunset cruise with a romantic dinner, to experiencing intense adventure on the Tu Lan Cave Encounter for 2 days and 1 night, this package truly has it all! You will have a chance to partake in jungle trekking, river crossing, cave swimming and outdoor camping by one of the most stunning waterfalls in Vietnam, along with visiting some incredible attractions in Phong Nha. This will undoubtedly go on to become one of the most special memories of your life. With this package Di Di Thoi will create the most extraordinary and memorable travel experiences for you in Phong Nha, as you become a part of its true beauty over 4 days and 3 nights.  

Detailed itinerary and booking: Celebration Adventure Journey (4 days 3 nights)

CONTACT:

You are welcome to check out the information of their tours & services here:

Website: https://didithoi.com

Email: [email protected]

Hotline: +84 919900423

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To learn more, contact Di Di Thoi for detailed itineraries and pricing of the package deals. Enjoy your time in Phong Nha!

Oxalis Adventure Tours

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life-changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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