The Phu Ta Ca is a beautiful massif that reaches a height of 2,276m, making it the second highest point in Vietnam’s Ha Giang Province. Known as one of northeastern region’s last mountain forests, the Phu Ta Ca is a karstic formation made up of irregular limestone with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns. It is surrounded by sub-summits covered with dense jungle and ribbons of winding rivers. Called the land of White Hmông, Phu Ta Ca is home to colorful wildlife and invaluable flora, including rare wood species and cardamom, which grows in abundance in the undergrowth.
Embark on a two-day trek across this mountain rainforest classified as a nature reserve. Walk along a narrow valley snaking between small hamlets, corn plantations, sparkling waterfalls, and mossy underbrush. Hike through the glorious forest and pass by blazing slash and burn areas where the Hmông carry out their seasonal work, and join them in harvesting the precious cardamom. End your trek with a climb to the summit of Phu Ta Ca and enjoy a spectacular view over Ha Giang Province and the magnificent Dong Van plateau

Producing our journeys and experiences is a delicate and fascinating task, almost an art, involving various stages, substantial investments, and control. It demands an in-depth knowledge of the regions, local characteristics, geography, history, ethnography, and a strong local network. We produce our experiences in four phases that can take months, years or even decades for remote or special areas. The four phases typically include:
  1. Reflection. In this phase, we conceive an idea and identify a site, such as a remote mountain range or forsaken forest.
  2. Research. We conduct bibliographic and cartographic research that enables us to identify potential sites and study their characteristics, usually in archives from the French colonial and American periods.
  3. Surveys. We start with preliminary appraisals to identify site access, verify facts, and share thoughts with the local populations, followed by an official, in-depth survey in the area.
  4. Development. This phase involves acquiring local permits, involving indigenous populations, as well as investments and marketing.
Since 2011, Secret Indochina has used this approach to create magical journeys exploring various remote and mythic areas in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  We have developed unique concepts that combine adventure and soft-adventure programs, culture, luxury, ethnic immersions, and personal encounters. Each trip is planned, produced and undertaken with a spirit of adventure and a deep passion for the region



Kept secret for many years, the Khmer Rouge airport is located near Kampong Chhnang and Tonle Sap Lake in a green valley bordered in the west by Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Now abandoned, the airport site covers 300 hectares and features two massive 2.4 km-long runways flanked by two giant moats, a control tower, administrative buildings, a quarry, a former prison camp, seven enormous cisterns, and tunnel-prisons. Construction began on the airport in 1976 under the supervision of Chinese engineers, but was abandoned in 1979. During the Khmer Rouge era, the site was used to purge and “reeducate” the Kampuchea Democratic Army (ARK). It became a concentration camp where tens of thousands of people died. While exact figures are unknown due to the secrecy of the location, estimates range from 10,000 to 350,000 souls who died from starvation, exhaustion, or were killed in the tunnel-prison complexes and then buried in mass graves. Today, green rice fields cover the once blood-soaked earth.
On the way to Battambang, Phnom Penh or Phat Sanday – Secret Indochina’s floating house project – you have the option to discover this secretive Khmer Rouge site. Meet a local family and learn about the local area, then start your tour of the site with the quarry, continuing on to the airport, runway and western moat. End your visit with a walk down the southern hill towards the entrance of a tunnel-prison


Caodaism is a religious movement founded in Vietnam in 1926. It has around six million followers, making it the third-largest religion in the country. This eclectic, monotheistic religion is something of a fusion; it incorporates ethical principles from Confucianism, occult practices from Taoism, theories of karma and rebirth from Buddhism, and a hierarchical organization from Christianity, including a Pope. The faith is represented by The Divine Eye, or the Left Eye of God, which serves to remind believers that God witnesses everything, everywhere, all the time.
In Mekong Delta, meet a Cao Dai master to get a sneak peek into this little-known religion. Discuss the history and goals of Caodaism, which attempts to unite all of humanity through the common vision of an individual creator. Learn about its unusual pantheon of saints, ranging from Buddha, Jesus, Joan of Arc, and Thomas Jefferson to Victor Hugo. Attend a daily ceremony in a dragon-adorned temple and gaze in awe at its vaulted ceilings, vibrant color schemes, and praying masses accompanied by drumbeats and stringed instruments

Secret Indochina was established in 2011, following the encounter of two professionals, Tran Quang Hieu and Nicolas Vidal, passionate about authentic travel. Secret Indochina, DMC branch of Amica JSC, strives to lead travellers to outstanding sites, magical places, and little-known ethnic communities



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