Võ Nguyên Giáp (25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013) was a General in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. He first grew to prominence during World War II, where he served as the military leader of the Viet Minh resistance against the Japanese occupation of Vietnam. Giáp was a principal commander in two wars: the First Indochina War (1946–54) and the Vietnam War (1960–1975). He participated in the following historically significant battles: Lạng Sơn (1950), Hòa Bình (1951–52), Điện Biên Phủ (1954), the Tết Offensive (1968), the Easter Offensive (1972), and the final Ho Chi Minh Campaign (1975).
Giáp was also a journalist, an interior minister in President Hồ Chí Minh’s Việt Minh government, the military commander of the Việt Minh, the commander of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), and defense minister. He also served as a member of the Politburo of the Vietnam Workers’ Party, which in 1976 became the Communist Party of Vietnam.
He was the most prominent military commander, beside Ho Chi Minh, during the Vietnam War, and was responsible for major operations and leadership until the war ended.
8.00: Pick visitors up and depart from Dong Hoi city. Visitors will follow Ho Chi Minh Trail to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. It takes you around 1,5 hour to enter the core zone of the park and arrive Paradise cave. The rural lifestyle along the trail will bring the visitors a nice feeling.
9.30: Visit Paradise cave. Paradise cave is a famous cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The cave’s length is 31,4km and it is the longest dried cave in South East Asia. Visit Paradise cave you can see a lot of wonderful stalactite and stalagmite.
Visitors walk up the mountain under the canopy with 524 steps. It is so cool inside the cave and the fresh environment.
11.45: Having lunch (Vietnamese food style)
13.30: Go to visit the Tomb of Vo Nguyen Giap General which is located in beautiful Swift Island. In this tour, visitors can both commemorate this great General and visit this fantastic Island.
16.00: go back Dong Hoi city and arrive at 17:30.