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“Oxalis Tu Lan 1 day trek/caving ”
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Oxalis Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Oxalis Adventure Tours is organizing trekking tours below:- Trekking to Hang En (Swalow cave) the same system with Hang Son Doong (Son Doong cave) the world's biggest cave.- Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park Tour- Trekking to Tu Lan cave system, Hang Ken cave, Hung Ton cave system- Kayaking tour to 1500m inside Phong Nha Cave- And other special adventure tours. Oxalis is socialized in caving adventure, trekking, and jungle camping, Oxalis is working with Howard Limbert - the BCRA expedition team leader who found Son Doong cave to do caving education, training and cave exploration. Quang Binh is the best place for caving in Vietnam and in the region, best Vietnam Caves, and World largest cave Hang Son Doong
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

I picked Phong Nah on a whim, as a rest stop on my way from Hoi An to Ha Noi. It ended up being so much more than a stopover spot. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and historically significant. An ideal place for rest/relaxation and to get in a little outdoor time.

As a solo female traveler who likes a good adventure and some moderate trekking--the Tu LAN tour was perfect.

We began the day picking up the gear- life jackets, helmet and headlamp, boots (they have limited sizes and aren't the highest quality so if you have water shoes or hybrid hiking sandals- wear them!)

TIP: If you visit in the winter, dress appropriately--it definitely gets cool--wear layers and a wind/water proof jacket over a bathing suit. There are guides and porters with dry bags to carry your camera or clothing through the wetter parts of the trek.

The first part of the trek, you must cross a river that, depending on the time of year, may be as high as your waist. The first cave is dry. After seeing the first cave, a picnic style lunch is served--and though nothing fancy, is definitely fun/satisfying. **I felt they could have provided a bit more water--they only had thermoses to share. I tend to drink a lot and didn't feel I had enough.

After lunch you'll make a trek up and down 2 rugged hills/limestone mountains and into the next cave. There are some very steep spots to climb throughout the second half of the day, but there are plenty of good foot/hand holds so it's never too difficult. In the second cave you must swim (100 meters or so or deep water) in order to get out. The water is frigid cold, though it is a pretty cool experience. You still must make the hike back, so I suggest either bringing a dry set of clothes or just wearing your suit for the swim. Hot Coffee is served after the cold swim.

Our guide was knowledgable and friendly and spoke good-enough English. We ended the day with free beers/hot tea and make the rather long drive (over an hour) back to Phong Nah.

Overall an excellent, well run tour, well worth the price... Something that would be nearly impossible to do on your own/without a guide. A definite highlight of my time in Southeast Asia so far...

3  Thank lwjubeck
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We did the 2 day trek to Hang En cave. This is a 'must do' adventure for anyone that is active and interested in seeing breathtaking natural beauty in the heart of Vietnam. The guides and porters were excellent, their English was good and they were able to share many facts about the formation and discovery of the caves and the local surrounding area and minority villages. The trek is tough but rewarding - I would advise that you wear old clothes that you don't care for and perhaps an extra jumper for the night in the caves.
Oxalis were extremely professional and I would definitely recommend this tour, it was an experience of a lifetime!

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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Myself and 5 other girls found this trip fantastic!!!
The perfect amount of jungle trekking, steep climbing up in rocks, swimming through the caves and of course learning all about the formations!
Our two guides Thanh and Thang spoke excellent English and were more than happy to translate between us and the porters, inform us on the area, local tribes and their traditions and have a good laugh through out the trip.
Our porters, Dinh, Dan and Lam, were the loveliest people, not only did they accommodate for 4 vegetarians and 2 vegans, but they made the most incredible food, even utilising what grew around them! Although they didn't speak much English, they definitely understood some things we said and were always keen to play vietnamese rule (a card game) at night with us! When there was a hard spot to climb they were always there to lend a hand (even though they were smaller than us, and carrying huge packs!)
Fantastic trip, wonderful people.
Would definitely recommend this trip to everyone!!!
Oxalis was very helpful with booking us a train to Hanoi too, as well as drop offs and pick ups.
Thanks for everything guys!

3  Thank Samibarkman
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Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

I cannot recommend this company and group of people highly enough!! We had the most amazing 'off the beaten track' tour through the Tu Lan cave complex with a full day tracking through the jungle. Our guide (Thin) was so much fun, very enthusiastic and we had the most amazing day with the others of our group. The caves were unbelievable and the jungle tracking really was 'jungle trecking'. This was one of the best days we have had travelling to date and not a conventional tourist in sight! I could not recommend this enough. Can be booked through easy tiger in the town and other hostels and hotels in the area. If you in the national park, do it.

2  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Worlds Biggest Cave 1st Tour was an epic trip. Here is an article I wrote about my experiences there.

4  Thank PNFarmstay
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