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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Southern Adventure 6 Days

Southern Adventure 6 Days adventure package is the best hot spots in Southern Vietnam. This trip is truly for the sports enthusiast looking to get into the Vietnam everyone else sees through a tour bus window. Possible activities include trekking, bird watching, mountain biking or cannoning or kayaking, and great sightseeing!

About 150km from Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Cat Tien is one of Vietnam’s largest protected areas – a complicated network of wetlands and tropical forest nearly 74,000 hectares in two sections bisected by a river, the larger about fifty or sixty kilometres across in both directions. Its bio-diversity is considerable with over fifty endangered species listed in the ‘Red Book’ including the Javan Rhinoceros, the Siamese Crocodile and the Indochina Tiger. Of particular interest is its large bird population – well over three hundred species have been identified so far.

The people of Ta Lai village are now committed to protecting the forest by returning to their traditional weaving skills instead of hunting and logging. You can contribute to this sustainable development by purchasing their products.  

Dalat is an odd sort of place. Established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century, it attracted homesick French colonials longing for the city’s spring-like weather and pine forests. Today’s architecture is a mix of standard Vietnamese dwellings and European style villas, many in art deco style. Vietnamese people call it the ‘romantic city’, but the name owes more to comfort of the cool temperature than rings and roses where nuptials are concerned.

 

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Nam Cat Tien (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

Today, your driver will take you to Nam Cat Tien National Park. Upon arrival at the National park, you’ll discover the “Reserve Core area”. Then your bikes will take you via the rough path (9 kilometers at least) to see the abundant fauna and flora in the Park including the “Uncle Dong Tree” and the “Bat Cave”. You’ll stay overnight in the guesthouse in the centre of the park. After dinner, a two- hour jeep night cruise into the forest for the wild life spotting. You’ll be equipped a good pair of binoculars to see monkeys, deer and other small mammals.

About 150km from Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Cat Tien is one of Vietnam’s largest protected areas – a complicated network of wetlands and tropical forest nearly 74,000 hectares in two sections bisected by a river, the larger about fifty or sixty kilometres across in both directions. Its bio-diversity is considerable with over fifty endangered species listed in the ‘Red Book’ including the Javan Rhinoceros, the Siamese Crocodile and the Indochina Tiger. Of particular interest is its large bird population – well over three hundred species have been identified so far.

There are several trails through the forest. Although they avoid the deeper areas that are the habitat of the rarer species, they are well designed and offer good opportunities to see a wide range of flora and fauna. The best time to visit Nam Cat Tien National Park is the dry season from December to late May.

Day 2: Nam Cat Tien Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll drive 16 km in a Jeep to the giant Ficus Tree which covers over two hectares. After wandering around the massive trees, dripping vines, and visiting the rapids (water level permitting). You’ll then drive back and hike for five kilometers through the rainforest to Crocodile Lake - you may see some of the typical wild fauna en-route before rowing on the lake to watch the park’s feathered inhabitants.  In the evening, you’ll equipped the binoculars and the spotlight to see the “Night Life” on Crocodile Lake where a hundred of crocodiles with the red eyes hunting for their food. If you’re lucky you could watch some of the innocent deer which often wander around the Lake for their fresh grass but fight against the danger of the wild beast. Your accommodation will be in the Bungalow in the Lake.

Day 3: Nam Cat Tien - Dalat (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

You’ll wake up to the sound of bird, monkey and a forest breakfast. You’ll then say “good bye” to the natural Lake, you’ll hike back to the forest edge where our jeep is waiting for you and take you to the National Head Quarter. Later, a cruise down Dong Nai River on a motor boat takes you to Ta Lai village to visit the farms and houses of S’Tieng and Chau Ma ethnic minorities. You’ll then return to the park to collect your luggage and depart for your next destination, Dalat. We will drive northwards through the cultivated lowlands before climbing up onto the Lang Bian Plateau and the charming town of Da Lat. We will make some stops along the way at any patch of interesting-looking habitat, including the attractive waterfall. The hill resort of Da Lat, perhaps the most attractive large town in Vietnam, is located at 4,900 feet (ca. 1,475 meters) in a temperate region dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests, including various native pine woodlands.  You’ll spend the night in Dalat

The people of Ta Lai village are now committed to protecting the forest by returning to their traditional weaving skills instead of hunting and logging. You can contribute to this sustainable development by purchasing their products.  

Dalat is an odd sort of place. Established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century, it attracted homesick French colonials longing for the city’s spring-like weather and pine forests. Today’s architecture is a mix of standard Vietnamese dwellings and European style villas, many in art deco style. Vietnamese people call it the ‘romantic city’, but the name owes more to comfort of the cool temperature than rings and roses where nuptials are concerned.

The ‘romantic’ epithet has another side! When you explore the city, you’ll soon realise that it’s Vietnam’s capitol of kitsch. Look for the Crazy House, the plastic swans on the lake, the Dalat Cowboys, the Mad Monk and other whimsy.

Day 4: Dalat - Jungle Boogie Hike (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After an early breakfast, you’ll be met for the scenic drive to Tuyen Lam Lake, where you’ll board a boat, crossing to it southernmost point, where you’ll begin your trek. You may see some of the tame local elephants who live near the lake-shore. Your trail begins through pine forest, gradually ascending over a meadow and into the jungle canopy, enjoying the flora and fauna along the trail to the summit of Temple Peak. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the local monkey troop. When you reach the top, lunch, prepared from local ingredients, will be served while you relax and take in the views of the valley below.

After lunch, you’ll follow the ridge downwards, the forest gradually thinning as you approach the flower, rice and vegetable farms which pepper the valley floor. You’ll finish your trek at the Koho ethnic minority village of Lang Dinh An, popularly known as ‘Chicken Village’, after it’s chicken statue. From there, you’ll be picked up by your driver for the return journey to Dalat.

Note: sections of this trek are occasionally steep and rocky. It is recommended that you wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. You should also bring an insect repellent and a swimsuit, if you would like to take the opportunity for a dip.

Day 5: off-road Mountain biking around Dalat (short and long options)

Dalat’s terrain provides a wide variety of cycling routes from gentle rides through alpine scenery to precipitous tracks to tax even the most Herculean individual. This excursion leans towards the latter.

From Dalat, the road roams gently through farms and villages before diminishing to become a single-track forest path. At first, the path is wide, inviting and quiet, but soon narrows. Large obstacles such as rocks and tree roots begin to appear. You’ll pass people working in the fields and houses, attracting plenty of interest among the villagers watching your efforts with bemusement or incredulity. If you have the energy to wave, your audience will probably respond with the inscrutable smile that the Vietnamese reserve for insane foreigners.

After a picnic lunch, the route continues through the forest to a good viewpoint from whence you can scan the surrounding mountain scenery dominated by the 2,169m Lang Bian peak. Once you’ve captured the panorama in your camera, it’s time to loop round to return to Dalat.

You can choose a two to three hour ride or the full three to five hours if you have sufficient stamina. Almost the entire distance will be through rough hill country, sometimes requiring even experienced riders to dismount and walk some stretches. Although you will be accompanied by a specialist guide, please note that this trip is very demanding and requires considerable experience. It might be advisable to check your travel insurance policy in case there’s a clause relating to strenuous activities.

Day 6: Dalat bike to Mui Ne (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to Dalat and head for Phan Thiet, a journey of approximately 90 kilometers. Fortunately, the ride is mostly downhill – the vertical descent is about a thousand meters overall. To avoid the heavy main road traffic, you’ll be driven to your starting point, Di Linh, about 60 kilometers from Dalat. The road surface is mostly metalled and the terrain is predominately a series of dips and rising inclines.

It’s a pleasant ride with plenty of interest. At first, the quiet road winds past villages and coffee plantations including a five-kilometer uphill climb to pump up the adrenaline while you watch the highland pines and forests giving way to tropical palms and jungle. The pattern of lengthy downhill stretches followed by short stiff climbs continues until the gradient begins to ease and the road straightens.

Eventually, the road flattens out as you near the coast and Phan Thiet. By the time you reach Highway 1, the land will be pancake-flat. Then it’s time to change to four-wheel transport for a half-hour drive past Phan Thiet to the 18km Mui Ne Beach where you can relax in your hotel on the sands.

This ride can be adjusted in length and/or time. As well as carrying luggage and provisions for lunch and refreshment, a support vehicle will always be on hand for your use at any time.

Inclusive

  • Vietnam Visa invitation letter
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Road travel in an appropriate vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (supplement luggage van to carry bike and baggage).
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
  • Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
  • Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
  • Simple first aid kit.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

 

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