Explore a wide variety of Danang white sandy beaches extend all the way from Son Tra Peninsula in the north to the ancient port of Hoi An around 30 kilometres to the south with this most popular beach break. Enjoy a luxurious beach stay in one of many high-end resorts within the vicinity should you be in need of pampering with most offering a rich choice of treatments at their spas and a range of dining options. Combine this beach stay with cultural touring in the heart of Vietnam where many activities and excursions are on offer to entertain the most energetic beach fan.
Day 1: CYCLINGG TO ELEPHANT CAMP & VILLAGES (-/L/D)
- Cycle about Luang Prabang with a short visit to Wat Pa Phon Phao, a quiet monastery with a wonderful golden stupa. Next stop is Ban Phanom, a well-known cotton and silk hand-weaving village (Lao Lum). Onwards to the final resting place of Henri Mouhot, the renowned French Explorer who discovered the Khmer ruins of Angkor and died here in 1861. Leaving the running waters of the Nam Khan, we follow a dusty track to the Elephant Village, wonderfully located with a view of the jungle and a towering rock face. Here we will enjoy lunch and prepare for the trekking stage of our journey. The trek meanders easily over terraced rice fields slopes into peaceful villages of the indigenous Lao Tung (Khamu) people and by the late afternoon we expect to arrive and settle for the night in a home stay.
Day 2: TREKKING THROUGH FORESTS TO INDIGENOUS VILLAGES (B/L/D)
- Dawn and breakfast in the serenity of this isolated village, where foreign visitors are still a novelty, we continue our trek observing the age old rhythm of village life. The trek takes us through Khamu, Lao and Hmong villages, walking a total of about 5 to 6 hours, arriving at camp in the late afternoon. There is an opportunity to stay overnight in the Khamu village.
Day 3: ELEPHANT RIDE AND KAYAKING ON NAM KHAN RIVER (B/L/-)
- Begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast and an encounter with the Asian Elephant. Learn about these amazing animals and how they are protected and cared. An ambling 1 hour elephant ride takes us to the Tad Sae Waterfalls for a picnic lunch and to relax in this wonderful setting. The afternoon brings the climatic highlight as we navigate the Nam Khan River on kayaks or rafts. The river is easy to negotiate although with some exciting rapids. Enroute are banana and teak plantations; rice fields and terraced pineapple plantations. At isolated Lao Loum and Theung thatched roofed villages, try greeting smiling children in Lao … “Sabaaidii.” It takes about 3 to 4 hours of easy paddling, depending on our point of entry and the current. We expect to arrive at Luang Prabang in the afternoon.End of service.