Central Highland & Whale Island Resort
ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY:
Ho Chi Minh Arrival
On arrival Tan Son Nhat Airport and be welcomed by your guide with driver and be taken to the city center to check-in the hotel. Ho Chi Minh is the most extensive and commercial center of Vietnam. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Saigon dynamic city at leisure.
Saigon Nam Cat Tien Park
We commence from Saigon at 8:00 am with the 3 hours authentic drive with some rest stops on the way, a coffee shop, and a rubber plantation, as you can see local collect latex. Arrive at Cat Tien Park around 11:30 am, unload the luggage/suitcases and have a ferry crossed Dong River to the centre of the park; check in the Cat Tien jungle Lodge Resort. After lunch in the park, your hiking begins on trails through the forest with a well-trained, experienced local guide. Learn about wildlife in the woods and see many tropical trees; Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia, Tetrameles nudiflora, Cycas rumphii, Afzelia cyclocarpa and so on. Then back to the resort and enjoy the rest of the day. In the evening, join in a 2 hour night trip by jeep toward Ta Lai, at the buffer zone; you might be lucky to spot some sun bears, deers, wild boars, and civets. Return to the resort for dinner—overnight in Cat Tien park.
Nam cat Tien - Forest Hiking - Dalat
It's so quiet in the early morning for you to wake up, listening to birds' singing OR you can get up and stroll around some parts of the jungle near your resort. After breakfast, you will be accompanied by an experienced local guide to hike through the vast national park to the crocodile swamp. Bau Sau or Crocodile swamp is the largest wetland in Cat Tien, with a total area of more than 2500 ha in the rain season. There are more than 60 types of freshwater crocodiles in the park. On this morning, you will have a jeep transferred about 9 km to the trekking point, where you hike approximately 5 km to the swamp. This is an excellent chance to learn about the wildlife of many species and plants. Then you will spend time exploring the swamp and enjoy peaceful landscapes before returning to the jeep for a transfer back to the resort for a shower and be ready to check out. In the afternoon, you will have 3 hours drive from the park to Dalat City- the former Colonial Resort. Lunch en route before the journey drive on the road through many lively towns in central highlands. There is a rest stop at one of the famous coffee and tea shop in Bao Loc. Taste jasmine tea and Vietnamese coffee with some local snacks, then continue driving toward Dalat.
Dalat City Discovery
Hong kong and Thailand were the vacation locations that Indochina French Army officers often travelled to, but they were too far after the French found Dalat city. French started to build resort city with plenty of wooden houses, following infrastructure; roads, railways station, power station, etc. The pretty Crémaillère Railway Station was designed by French architects and opened in 1938. Da Lat is a famous tourist destination and one of Vietnam central highland's agricultural growth. Every local in Vietnam markets filled with local specialities such as strawberries, cauliflowers, and artichokes. In the morning, visit Crazy House, Bao Dai Summer Palace, then the Valley of Love before we stop at XQ Headquarter - Dalat Historical Village. Visit XQ Hand Embroidery workshop. Next, enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant. In the afternoon, you will take the old train trip through farmland, greenhouse to Trai Mat village, stroll into the villages, and experience the lives of locals, visit the beautiful Linh Phuoc pagoda. Finally, we return to the hotel, explore Dalat city on foot in the evening.
Dalat - Whale Island, Van Phong Bay
Today your journey is about 170 km from Dalat, central highland, to Whale Island. The scenic vehicle drive gets through lush farmlands, greenhouses and valleys with incredible mountainous ranges, breathtaking natural landscapes of pine and tropical forests. There will be many selected stops, so you enjoy spectacular scenery, look over waterfalls, and capture plenty of photos. Have a coffee break-in at a nice place, by the river in Khanh Vinh. Then continue to drive to Dien Khanh's countryside to have lunch at Memento Countryside Home before resting on the car on travelling to Van Ninh, turn right the coast road, and have a speed boat ride to Whale Island. Check-in, the hotel resort, enjoy the rest of today on the beach.
Rest day on beach
Whale Island Resort is located along the sandy white beach of stunning Van Phong Bay. It's the most secluded beach with tropical landscapes and is well known for its diving and private beaches. It's about 80km north of Nha Trang. It is fantastic to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Spend the whole day on the beach.
Rest day on Whale Island
Enjoy the whole day at leisure.
Whale Island – Nha Trang - Departure
After breakfast, enjoy swimming, and relax on your own until get back to mainland by speed boat with a vehicle transfer to Nha Trang City. Tour End!