The Magnificence of the Ta Ku Mountain

The Magnificence of
the Ta Ku Mountain

Praised for its location and panorama, the Ta Ku Mountains rise above the Phan Thiet coastline
with valour and grandeur. From the scenic cable cart up to the reclining Buddha statue
on the top, another full-day that complements any Vietnam stay perfectly.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Located 28 km west of the beaches of Phan Thiet (an hour outside the alluring beaches of Mui Ne), the renowned Ta Ku Mountain is home to two important pagodas which are seen as pilgrimage sites for the Buddhist faithful.

With its height of 563 metres above sea level, the mountain peak and its two religious shrines can be reached by taking over 2200 steps or the more convenient aerial tram. Weather permitting, views from the top of the mountain give visitors an overview of the primarily agricultural landscape down below, ranging from rice paddy fields to dragon fruit plantations.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Magnificence of the Ta Ku Mountain

07:30 - 14:00

Leave Phan Thiet in the early morning for a scenic drive to the Ta Ku Mountains. The drive along the coastal road is one of the more scenic ones in the country, as the land becomes increasingly drier and the area more rural. Apart from the beautiful views of the sea, you pass by Khe Ga, a very much photographed lighthouse, numerous small hamlets and villages where you get a chance to see the local population, mostly unaffected by tourism and preserving a simpler way of life.

You will spot Ta Ku Mountain from a distance as it rises from the flat surrounding landscape. The climb to the top via its stairs and paths are for the extremely fit, yet we opt for the cable cart that swiftly and safely reaches the top of the mountain. As the cable car ascends, the air becomes cooler, and you can begin to hear the rustle of the trees with the wind and the singing of the birds.

The cable car ride takes about ten minutes to reach the crest and then descends for another few minutes until you disembark for the 300 meters walk up to the Reclining Buddha. The Buddha is about 11 meters high and 49 meters long and is surrounded by trees, protecting it from the elements. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, known for its excellent Vietnamese cuisine, after your guide will tell you the story about this immense Buddha image.

The fact that Buddhist practitioners this place is considered sacred and pilgrimages here says enough about the importance of this mountain and its reclining Buddha image. Our day ends with a visit to a fish sauce factory, one of Asia’s stable ingredients that make Vietnamese food so definable Vietnamese. You will arrive back at your hotel in the late afternoon.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Private tours and transfers with a professional
  • Cable cart return from and to Ta Ku Mountain
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and along Mui Ne Beach only. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city (such as Phu Hai), harbour and any airport in the vicinity are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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