A new tweak on our two Vietnam tours – Hanoi to Saigon and the rather aptly named World Heritage Sites of Vietnam – will see the exciting addition of the awe-inspiring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The park, lying amid the Annamite Mountains in north-central Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province, received UNESCO status in 2003 due to both its spectacular geographical features and high biodiversity levels and encompasses the recently discovered Hang Son Doong Cave, thought to be the world’s largest cavern systems.
The National Park covers a wide area, although with access to some of the more ecologically sensitive sections extremely restricted, we’re not sure of our precise itinerary yet and we also apologise at this point for a lack of photos! (In the meantime we’ve substituted a couple of Lao’s Hin Boun images, which is the closest we can get for now – geographically as well as landscape-wise.)
We’ve removed our Mai Chau visit form the above 2 tours – still very cute but just getting a bit too busy these days – and slotted a visit to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and overnight stay nearby at a very cute farm-come-guesthouse in between our Ninh Binh – Trang An grottoes visit and Hue’s DMZ (De-militarised Zone) tour on day 6.