Experience the life of a Vietnamese soldier on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Camp one night in the remote jungle of the Living Valley where Viet Cong used to live during the war, with the opportunity to make your food and build your campsite along with our local team of guides and porters.
A part of the Ho Chi Minh trail is located in the Living Valley, a remote part of the world heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, where you will hike along a small trail in the Vietnamese tropical forest. The tour requires a total of 16km of trekking in the jungle on the Ho Chi Minh trails experiencing the history of the Vietnamese war.
One night camping tour will involve the team work to prepare food, set up campsite, clean the camp and carry all the food and camping gear to the jungle, as the Vietnamese soldiers used to do. Our local porters will be your assistants and part of the team to carry equipment and show you how to survive in the jungle. Your English speaking guide will oversee the tour and help with any translation with the porter team who may not speak much English.
This tour is designed for family, friend groups or individuals who want to make friends and enjoy working as a team in the jungle
The tour starts at 08:00am in Phong Nha, where we will collect you from your accommodation, and finishes around 16:00pm at Phong Nha on the second day.
The tour starts at the local market in Phong Nha where we get supplies, before heading to a local farm to catch chicken for dinner. We then trek to our campsite where there is a crystal clear natural spring to swim in at the entrance to Hang E cave. We set up camp on the beach, make a camp fire and prepare dinner, then enjoy some rice wine and good times with the local team of jungle men.
This tour represents a great opportunity to experience authentic Vietnam whilst supporting employment for local people, under the guidance of an internationally qualified local tour guide.
Activities: Jungle Trekking through primary forest, Overnight Jungle Camping, 16km hiking, Jungle Survival Skills, Jungle Food Preparation, Phong Nha Market, Local Chicken Farm, Swimming.
Adventure level: Medium high – fitness for the challenging terrain of the 16km hike over 2 days
Not suitable for children under 14 years of age
Gear provided: Vietnamese soldier trekking boots if required, headlight, camping light, hammock, sleeping bag, cooking equipment.
Gear to bring: Trekking clothes (long trousers and shirt), personal toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellant, hat, sunglasses and a change of clothes for camp in the evening, sandals or suitable footwear for camp, swimming gear.
08:00 – Pick up at the hotel and transfer to our campaign headquarters (Jungle Boss Homestay)
08:30 – Team meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park. Assign the tasks for each team member.
10:30 – Depart for Living Valley by motorbike or car (dependant on weather and group size)
11:30 – Arrive at the trek departure point.
13:00 – Lunch on the way to the campsite in a flat area with beautiful trees surrounded by mountains
15:00 – Arrive at the camping site by the river in front of hang E. Relax and swim in the refreshing water that emerges from the cave.
16:00 – Start preparing foods, campsite.
17:30 – Dinner at the campsite
19:00 – Time to relax and share stories of the Jungle over some traditional rice wine.
21:30 – Sleep at the jungle campsite
7:00 – Make breakfast and break down campsite
8:00 – Breakfast at the campsite
9:00 – After checking the campsite to make sure we have left no trace of our stay, we depart the campsite via a different route, that will require some easy rock climbing.
Snacks will be on the served on the way.
14:00 – Arrive at road where your local easy riders is waiting and take you to the campaign headquarter in Phong Nha.
14:30 – Wash, have team lunch prepared by our local team, and share trip experience.
16:00 – Say goodbye to the team and be transferred back to your hotel
Available on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday or by special arrangement
Costs: 125 USD or 2,500,000 VND/person
Group size: Minimum 2, maximum 10 people
- Snacks on trail
- 2 x lunches, Dinner and Breakfast
- National Park Entrance fees and Park Ranger
- Trekking gear: Vietnamese army boots (we suggest bringing your trekking shoes just in case our boots don’t suit you)
- Tour Manager
- Porter team
- Transportation by easy rider or car (during the tour at Phong Nha)
- Hotel (Before and after the tour)
- Breakfast and dinner before and after the tour
- Travel insurance
- Tips (discretionary)
Please book the tour latest at 9:00 p.m the night before by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or hotline: +84943748041