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“Son Doong with Oxalis, Wonder of Wonders!”
Review of Oxalis Adventures

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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 6, 2015

Son Doong will remain an unforgettable experience for me. We had a great group which is a bonus. Son Doong in itself is unfathomable, you have to see it and feel it! Oxalis facilitates to make this happen in the best way possible. The booking communication commenced with Jamie who was always prompt & precise in her responses and a pleasure to have met her. The rest of the office staff are also super friendly.The expedition conducted by the Bristish and Local Guides / Porters work in harmony. They all know what they are doing and Thank God! for that because Son Doong terrain definitely requires a very high level of expertise. Our guides from the UK were Deb and Watto. Deb encouraged & helped me make it over the steep mountain after Do line 1, as my balance & confidence was off! Thanks Deb so much!. Watto with his Yorkshire accent and humour was a treat! He held my hand during those wobbly feet moments and at those tricky passes. Him singing 'Dont fall off the roof cause you'll make a hole in the ground......'' (how apt was that for me haha!) and asking me to 'Stand up woman stand up' is still ringing in my head! Hats off to the passion with which he made photography possible. Thanks Watto! We had Dzongh, the young local guide and he is an absolute delight! extremely confident, empathetic and a strong young man. He shared information well and I watched as he keenly ''pro actively'' attended to each and everyone in the group at all times. He even taught us some local games which when blended with sips of rice wine :) made for a good laugh, so welcoming after a hard day Thanks Dzongh!. I forget the names of the other porters who gave us a helping hand and assisted well including at those 'use of harness' spots. Its amazing to watch them carry 35 or more kilos on their backs through the same tough route! The highlight of the evenings was the 'feast' that awaited us at camp! OMG, one wouldn't believe that yummy dishes including a wide vegetarian choice for me, served in the wilderness, Kudos to the chef! Thank you Oxalis team for honoring the flora & fauna of Son Doong I believe that because its how you do what you do, you are blessed by SD to bring each one of us back unscathed! All the best to each one of you and continue keeping Son Doong safe!:)
For those joining the expediion some friendly tips:1. carry the absolute bare minimum items cause most folks generally bring more than required which the porters have to carry. 2. To be mindful & very generous when tipping the Porters at the end of the trip. 3. Its nice to buy from the local shops in Phong Nha some sweets, biscuits for the children we meet on the first day of the trek at the village stop. 4. Get to Phong Nha atleast a day or 2 prior to the trek and stay at Ho Kahns homestay at the bungalow facing the river, Mrs Ho Kahn and her family are lovely people. 5. Denise and her team do a fantatsic menu, great ambience and excellent service at the Oxalis restaurant (7 mins by cycle from Ho Kahns). 6. The products like the T shirts / trousers sold at Oxalis are a good buy as the money goes to charity.

1  Thank Kiah10
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Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Such a great day and so much fun jumping into the water in the caves! Our guide 'Ringo' was lovely and fun to hang out with. We wouldve loved to have done over night or a few nights but were limited on time and money. Oxalis are committed to preserving the caves and also pushing tourist money back into the local villages - great work.

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Reviewed April 6, 2015

Despite choosing this for the caves it was the jungle that swept me off my feet. The trekking was physically challenging but worth it for the sensory experience of it sounds and vast beauty. The tour rewarded me with more than i expected and i enjoyed not just beautiful caves but swimming in waterfalls, eating with our tour guide Ken who was brilliant, informative and a great cook. don't hesitate just book it.

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Reviewed April 5, 2015

After reading what Gogo Trekker wrote I will save some time and just say Ditto to everything.

Well done Oxalis and the whole crew. Keep up the good work.

1  Thank Lucymood
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Reviewed April 5, 2015

Extremely professional company and well equipped. Recommend using their shoes. One of the more expensive tours but you get what you pay for. Tu Lan was the most remote part of Vietnam we visited and was spectacular. Starting at the farming village, we trekked across cow paddocks, through a river, scrambled up and down hills and through vegetation. One cave was dry and the second was wet with a flowing river we swam out of the cave. Expect to possibly be wet, dry, hot, cold and HAPPY! Morning tea and lunch provided is great too. Truly a fun day with a great guide - thanks Binh!

Thank Hayley S
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