Overnight Trip Hue to Chay Lap Rustic

This two days trip is an off-the-beaten path itinerary we design for you. The tour starts from Hue, taking you through DMZ, and war sites to Chay Lap Rustic Homestay where you enjoy different outdoor activities – cycling, river kayaking and jungle trekking.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This two days trip is an off-the-beaten path itinerary we design for you. The tour starts from Hue, taking you through DMZ, and war sites to Chay Lap Rustic Homestay where you enjoy different outdoor activities – cycling, river kayaking and jungle trekking.




At 08:00 am, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel/airport/railways station in Hue, and depart to Chay Lap Village. En route, we will stop to visit some remaining places on the DMZ (Demiliterized Zone) such as Hien Luong Bridge, and the Vinh Moc Tunnels. Here you will get a chance to learn about the Vietnam War. You will have lunch at Cua Tung Beach. You will get to Chay Lap in the afternoon, check into the homestay and then head out on bicycles for a taste of ecotourism as you venture through the National Park where you will get a chance to the local nature in the tranquility of the forest. You will get to view some of the rare wild animals in Red-book that have been re-discovered and preserved there such as Ha Tinh langur, Annamese Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus hatinhensis, Annamese Macaques, Mountain hockey bird…

We will return to the homestay before dark and you can choose to help prepare and cook the dinner with the host if you wish. You will be guided to learn how to cook the local food called: “Steamed Fish with Beer, served along with local herbs”. You will spend the rest of the night at Chay Lap homestay.

Cycling: 10 – 20 km


After breakfast, we will leave the homestay for kayaking on Chay River to the Dark Cave, Nuoc Mooc Springs. A short trek through the Park with a local guide will then teach you about the codes of a conservation environment before we have a picnic lunch on one of the paths in the forest and enjoy swimming at Nuoc Mooc Springs.

Next on the agenda for the day is to take a bus to the boat landing for a cruise on the Son River to visit the Phong Nha Cave, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and a breathtakingly beautiful cave. And finally, we head back to Hue via the Ho Chi Minh Highway in the late afternoon and take you to your hotel. End the services.

Kayaking: approximately 5km
Trekking: approximately 2km

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.


Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.


Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.


LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.


LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.


As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).


In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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