The motorbike with driver will take you from Phong Nha to the animal rescue center where the national park management tries to rescue wild animals and set them free to the wildlife afterward. From this point tourist will trek up to Len Hai mount (about 400m above sea level), you will have a great view to Bong Lai valley from the top of the mountain, after the hill you will be reaching Rao Con River where you can enjoy swimming yourself at the small waterfall with clean water.
You will have the chance to visit a small untouched Bru-Van Kieu minority group located not very far from Phong Nha town, visit the village, chat with local people and have lunch in one of the minority people’s house. After lunch, you will trek down to Bong Lai river and the forestry, you will cross the river sometimes. The van will be waiting at the Pub With Cold Beer in Bong Lai Village where you can enjoy cold drinks before coming back to Phong Nha town.
The Bru-Van Kieu live mainly on rice cultivation of burnt-over land and in submerged fields. Hunting, gathering, and fishing supplement an important source of food. They rear cattle and poultry firstly for religious sacrifices, then for their meals. Basketry and palm mat-making are their sideline occupations.
The Bru-Van Kieu live in small houses on stilts, which are appropriate to a family including the father, the mother and unmarried children. In a village near the rivers or streams, the houses are always arranged along the current. In flat and extended terrain, the houses are arranged in more or less regular circles around a communal house.
The village chief plays an important role and enjoys the high prestige of the villagers. Many Bru-Van Kieu family lineages preserve tales retracing the origin of their ancestors and retain certain taboos.
This tour is combined national park trekking and ethnic village in deep of the National park, great experience Phong Nha trekking tour.
Trekking distance: 20km
08.00 am: Departure - Hotel picked-up and transferred to the entrance of Phong Nha National Park
08.30-11.00 am - Trek up Len Hai mountain (400 m above the sea level) through primary forests. This is a hilling trail and hard trek for regular tourists.
12.00-13.00 pm: BBQ lunch in the forest
14.00 pm: Visit the minority ethnic people in Rao Con village.
14.30-17.30 pm: Trek to Bong Lai river, swim and relax at Bong Lai river
18.00 pm: Van pick-up at Bung Bridge (15km) from Phong Nha and transfer to hotel. Tour ends.
Tour Price: 65 USD/ pax
– BBQ lunch
– Entrance fees
– Tour guide & porters
– Transportation (Motorbike or mini Van)
– Personal Expenses