Tu Lan Caving Center

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Tu Lan Caving Center
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Tu Lan caves system is located in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province, this is the Karst center of 200ha next to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The caves system has been discovered by local fishermen in 2009 and explored by British Cave Research Association (BCRA) in 2010, there were only 3 caves, Tu Lan, Hang Ken and Hang Tien have been explored in 2010 expedition, in 2012 the BCRA expedition came back and explored more caves include Hung Hon, Hang Uoi, Hang Chuot, Hang Son Oxalis and Hang Kim. There are few more caves have been found in 2013 in this area. Tu Lan caves system became popular when Carsten Peter (NatGeo photographer) took a photo in Hang Ken that won so many prizes on National Geographic Magazine in 2011. The caves system is now open for tourist and managed by Oxalis Company Limited, and special caving and jungle trekking company. The intent of Oxalis that to keep this caves system as natural, no construction and housing to be built in this area, the objective is making everybody feel like the first person in the area. There are several tour options from one day to 5 days and from very easy to very hard trek.
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greg dennis
Ballarat, Australia169 contributions
One million years BC
Nov 2018 • Solo
Went on the 1Day Tu Lan Cave tour with Oxalis Adventure Tours on 13 Nov (1st day after wet season break). What a fantastic day - hiking, fording rivers, climbed down into cave and swam/floated through the cave and out into river. Helmets with lights were handy. Beautiful lunch riverside then hiked through prehistoric jungle and karst mountains to dry cave with bats, frogs, huge spiders. Dung and Bao, our guides were very entertaining and informative on the hike and on return bus trip along Ho Chi Minh trail. An amazing day, hot showers at the end were nice touch !
Written November 30, 2018
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Luyen P
Hanoi, Vietnam31 contributions
Amazing adventure tour
Sep 2018 • Friends
I just had a 2 days and 1 night tour with Oxalis in Tu Lan Cave system. Very happy with the time spent with the whole team. Excellent camp site, very good support team and 2 nice guides. Especially, the route is so so awesome, including trekking, swimming along the current and against the current, swimming in the cave, exploring the cave and so on.
Written September 3, 2018
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Jessie T
Cheras, Malaysia86 contributions
Amazing TuLan cave expedition
Jun 2018 • Friends
We went with Oxalis adventure on a 4 days / 3 nights on the Tulan Cave expedition in the month of June. Still amazed by how we accomplished the journey - we had to hike up steep mountains, step on razor sharp limestones, squeeze through narrow pathways, swim in the cave, abseil down the cliff, bath in waterfalls/rivers, sleep in tents, endure insects bites, and etc.. All I can say is the experience was totally out of the World. Every effort put in was rewarded with God’s wonderful and majestic creation..
Written July 27, 2018
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Cheryl T
8 contributions
Amazing tour, don't miss it if you come to Phong Nha.
Apr 2018
I visited some caves in Phong Nha: Hang En cave, Dark cave, Paradise cave, E Cave,.. but Tu Lan is the best.
That tour is amazing, don't miss it if you come to Phong Nha.
Written June 18, 2018
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Carey W
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
1 day cave experience
Apr 2018 • Family
A highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Small group of 10 (just what we wanted) with guide and 2 porters. Caving was spectacular with lots to see, steep ladder decent and swim in the cave. Lovely lunch prepared for us before quite a strenuous and slippery climb in the jungle. Porter really helpful thru tricky sections. Our teenage boys loved it. Wear good shoes and I was pleased to have a hiking stick. Highly recommend.
Written April 17, 2018
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CTMerebear
Beijing, China104 contributions
Tu Lan Caving Center
Feb 2018 • Family
This was the most amazing experience! We had a great guide and Sherpa! We hiked in and spent the night and hiked back out the next day. Our 14 year old son found the hike a piece of cake while my husband and I struggled some times. It rained the entire first day and the water was cold while we swam but the caves and formations were absolutely stunning! Our camp staff were excellent cooks and took very good care of us. They even made homemade potato chips!
Written March 27, 2018
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thuongmimi
Sunnyvale, CA2 contributions
Wonderful trip
Jan 2018 • Friends
Phong Nha Viet ( Oxalis tour) was truly amazing! The cave is truly a hidden gem, Tourguide was super attentive! Thanks so so much Phong Nha Viet!!
Written January 29, 2018
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Dom L
5 contributions
Swimming, camping and trekking in the jungle what more could you ask for!
Nov 2017 • Couples
The was the highlight of our trip to Vietnam and was just amazing, the people we were with and the guides were all amazing.

We were picked up at our hotel in Phong Nha (which was nice) and taken straight to the base camp.

I would recommend this trip for anyone, I am not am avid walker and have little experience with this but it was easily doable and the food and bed were very welcome.
Written December 8, 2017
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MaroubraGirl72
Maroubra59 contributions
Tu Lan One Day
Nov 2017 • Solo
This trek rates as one of the most challenging things my 45 year old falling apart body has been through in recent years. With a knee replacement and shoulder reco calling, I was umming and ahhing as to whether to do this but I’m so glad I did.
We scaled and descended almost vertical rock face in extremely muddy and slippery conditions, visited the massive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave), had brief reprieves walking through valley floors, and made our way up to the entrance of Hang Ton, which afforded a brilliant view of the valley below. A very long ladder inside the cave leads to the cave floor, and from there the journey truly began. We had to swim through the cave river (fully clothed) to reach the other side and out to another valley. All with only our headlamps to light the way. A late lunch was prepared by the shore of a beautiful small waterfall. The trek back to where we started along a different route proved the most eventful of the day. The sun went down earlier than they had anticipated so we were left to climb, descend and swim back across a raging open river with only our headlamps. The memories of this amazing jungle trek will live on in my mind forever.
Written December 7, 2017
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nuritz2016
18 contributions
Great experience
Nov 2017 • Family
This one day trip was amazing. Our guide and his assistant were very concerned about our safety and when they realised I’m not very confident with the climbing and swimming, they kept close and made sure I have assistance at all times.
Two suggestions I have to improve: some of the equipment was a little worn-out, like the gloves mostly had holes in the fingers. Plus, it would be great if for lunch they had a BBQ done on camp, instead of bringing cold and hard pork from base.
Written December 3, 2017
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