Remote Kayak Adventure

11 Hours

Thuong Hoa, Quang Binh, Vietnam


It’s certainly not an easy day, with 25km of kayaking downstream, but rest assured the journey will bring you to some spectacular locations along the river, home to a number of ethnic minority people.

You’ll start your day in Phong Nha where your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your local hotel in Phong Nha. You’ll drive over the spectacular Da Deo Pass, a one-hour journey across one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Vietnam that straddles the border of Laos. As you pass through a number of villages traveling on the Ho Chi Minh Highway, you will reach the start of your journey at Thuong Hoa.

Thuong Hoa is a quaint little village home to the Nguon people, an ethnic minority group that were previously living only in the jungle, without exposure to the modern world till the late 1990s. After a stretching session you will take your first paddle through the stunning landscapes, that combine towering limestone mountains, against lush green valleys, dotted with small farming communities.

Taking a kayak brings you up close and personal with the local people, giving you a chance to their local way of life along the riverbanks. Local fisherman take their daily meals back to their families, as woman tend to the buffalo, or children play amongst the riverbank.

As you paddle into your final village of the day, a smile will no doubt cross your face, as its one of the most quaint villages in all of Central Vietnam. Your guide will introduce you to many of the locals and you might be lucky to be invited into some of their homes. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This tour is suitable for those with a good level of fitness with kayaking experience. It will certainly test your strength. Not to worry if you become too tired though as there is plenty of time to stop at little villages along the way, and even jump in the van when passing near a road. Be advised, as you are traveling through a very remote area, with little to no modern conveniences, there are not the modern luxuries of western-style bathrooms, and you’ll have to make do with village-style squat toilets to get you through the day when nature calls – all part of the experience!


Operating time

Our kayak tour is available all year round. We depart everyday.

Expected starting and ending time

From 7:15AM to 6:00PM. The time is subject to change depends on the progress of the tour.

Difficulty Level

This tour requires participants with some kayaking experience and good level of fitness.

Number of participants

Minimum 2 pax - Maximum 15 pax

Minimum age

Participant must be 16 years of age and above

Additional stop

You can add an extra one-night stay at the homestay in Tan Hoa or tent camp on the lawn near the Tan Hoa Oxalis office and return to Phong Nha on the next day or join one of the cave tours organized by Oxalis to the Tu Lan Caves system.


We require our guests and guides to wear life jacket and helmet all the time when they are on the water. Our guides always bring first-aid kit in case of emergency as well as they are well trained in rescue swimming.

Booking and cancellation conditions

Please make your reservation at least 24 hours prior to the departure of the tour. You are required to pay a full payment for your booking to be confirmed.

If cancellation request is received and acknowledged:

  • More than 30 days before tour departure you will receive a full refund
  • If it is between 30 days to 15 days before tour departure you will be charged a cancellation fee of 50% of total booking price
  • If cancellation request is received less than 15 days before tour departure no refund will be provided under any circumstance

From VND 2.500.000 pax


7:15 - 7:45

Pick up from Accommodation in Phong Nha

7:45 - 9:00

Drive to Thuong Hoa - where the kayak adventure begins!

9:00 - 10:30

Start Kayaking towards Trung Hoa Bridge

10:30 - 12:00

Kayaking to Kim Bang Bridge

12:00 - 13:00

Picnic lunch at Kim Bang Bridge

13:00 - 15:30

Kayaking to Tan Hoa Village

15:30 - 16:30

Walking tour of Tan Hoa Village. Learn about Nguon People.

16:30 - 18:00

Transfer back to Phong Nha Hotel


Included In Tour

• Professional English/Vietnamese speaking tour guide
• Pick up from Phong Nha
• High-quality kayak and life-jacket
• Service vehicle following guests (where possible)
• Lunch
• Water
• Snacks

*Tour excludes personal expenses and additional drinks or beers.

Bring Your Own

• Comfortable clothes and shoes
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Sunglasses and bug spray
• Rain Poncho
• Swimming gear


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