Culture & Relaxation

Discover Rustic Chay Lap3 Days, 2 Nights

An Authentic Ecotourism Experience in Rural Vietnam

Vietnam, Community-Owned & Operated Ecotourism

They provide biking, kayaking and trekking services. Volunteering, studying trips are also available. By staying with Chay Lap, guests directly support conservation of an important World Natural Heritage Site while driving employment opportunities and income for the families of Chay Lap Village and its surrounding areas. Chay Lap is in one word, stunning!

However, we want to give our guests more than just coal-black evening skies, spectacular limestone cliffs, a raft of activities and an outpost of serenity on the jig-saw-green patchwork of the valley floor. We would like you to enjoy a real slice of Central Vietnam while engaging in what we hope is a rewarding educational experience for all.


Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


In the morning, you will be transferred to Chay Lap with stops en route for DMZ such as: Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc tunnel, and Cua Tung beach. Here you will get a chance to learn about the Vietnam War. You will have lunch at Cua Tung beach – known as the Queen of beaches in Vietnam. On arrival at Chay Lap, check-in the homestay. You are guided to prepare your dinner with the main course called “Steamed fish with beer, served along with local herbs”. You will stay overnight at Chay Lap homestay. 


Chay Lap – Bird watching & Biking into Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park 
Go cycling into Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, and explore the wildlife in the Park. With luck, you could see animals such as Hatinh langur and Pygathrix nigripes as well as many birds. A picnic lunch is served en route. 
We will leave the Park in the afternoon, and cruise in a wooden boat on Son River for the visit to Phong Nha Cave which is a World Natural Heritage Site. You will get to explore and discover the breathtaking beauty of the caves. If time permits, discover the life of Chay Lap by experiencing the local field tasks. You will spend the night at the homestay.
Biking distance for cycling enthusiasts is approximately 45-50k. For a more relaxing pace you have the option of riding for a more suitable 20km riding or less than that depending on your health.


You will get to go kayaking on Chay River to the Dark Cave and Nuoc Mooc Springs. Next go for a short trek through the Park with a local guide as he teaches you about codes of a conservation environment. Enjoy swimming at Nuoc Mooc Springs before getting on bus to transfer to Hue on Ho Chi Minh Highway for your next departure. If time permits, stop for a visit to Phuoc Tich ancient village en route.

Good to Know

What You Should Bring: 

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun cream
  • Headgear, Insect repellent (DEET medicated) 
  • Sun glasses 
  • Small backpack
  • Short sleeve shirts for the day time  
  • Long sleeves for the evening  
  • Your personal toiletries 
  • Fully charged batteries or even an extra battery for your camera

Getting in and out of Central Vietnam

The majority of nationalities require a month-long tourist visa to enter Vietnam. Visas should be obtained prior to your arrival in the country, although they can be extended once you arrive. 

You can buy your Vietnam Visa online at  Just choose your country of residence and passport and away you go!

By Air

The majority of visitors entering Vietnam via air will end up in either Hanoi in the north or Ho Chi Minh City in the south. However, Da Nang Airport is the main air hub for the central region and is well-served by domestic connections. It also offers a small number of regional international connections, and visas are available on arrival at this airport. Hue also has its own small airport which offers connections to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

By Train

Central Vietnam is well served by The Reunification Line – the single railway track that runs from the northern Chinese border to Ho Chi Minh City. Hopping on board a train in Vietnam is a great way to soak up the stunning scenery, from grazing water buffalo in the paddies to vistas of the South China Sea, even if stopping at a plethora of country towns does slow the service down a little. The overnight journey from Hanoi to Hue is one of the most popular routes used by tourists who want to take in the moving panoramas outside the train windows.

By Bus

Visitors tend to enter Central Vietnam en route from northern Hanoi or Southern Ho Chi Minh when they are travelling by bus. The main border crossing in the South is from the Cambodian border town of Moc Bai. If you are coming from the North, the Dong Dang and Lao Cai crossings are situated on the border with China. It is also possible for regional travelers on a tight budget who can spare an entire day on the road to make the bus trip to Hue from either Pakse of Savannakhet in Laos.

Terms & Conditions

Booking the Tour:

  • Minimum 2 persons per booking
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 6 weeks in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30) 
  • Allow 24 hours for to confirm your booking after you submit your request to us. 
  • Pricing in USD, per person
  • Discounts available for bookings with 3, 4, 5 or 6 guests in your party

Payment Terms:

  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by
  • Full and final payment must be paid 21 days prior to departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited. 
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation. 
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Single Supplement Fee:

The single supplement fee is the additional amount that a single traveler pays over and above the price per person for groups of 2 or more. This being a private tour makes it very expensive for one person. Please ask us for a quote if you would like to travel solo.


We strongly recommend that you buy your own personal trip cancellation insurance for your own protection. You should also buy insurance coverage appropriate for medical, travel coverage and  personal liability which should include travel repatriation. The tour operator or tour agent cannot be held responsible for personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance coverage

Cancellation and Refund:

The cancellation fee depends on the day of our written receipt of your cancellation. Email is best  Phone calls will not be accepted.

• 21 to 30 days before arrival date - refund less 10% of tour price

• 14 to 20 days before arrival date - refund less 20% of tour price

•  6 to 13 days before arrival date or on arrival - refund less 30% of tour price

•  5 days or less and no shows  - forfeit 100% of tour price    

Changes to Tour:

The tour operator or tour guide may have to make changes to the services or the itineray as a result of such variables as weather conditions, political situations, road conditions and other unforseen circumstances.

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