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“A truly once in a lifetime experience”
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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed April 9, 2015

We booked the Tu Lan 4 day expedition with Oxalis in April. It was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best adventure experiences I have ever had, and doing the 4 day trip was definitely the right thing for us.

As others have said the caves are breath-taking. On the four day expedition there is a mix of activity including dry and wet caves, hiking in the jungle, camping in the forest, some abseiling and some rafting in a cave. Each of the four days had a different mix which meant that it never became repetitive. The expedition is suitable (in my opinion) for anyone of a reasonable level of fitness, but is strenuous and includes some long hikes.

Given the geography of the area and the type of trip, there is by necessity some organising at the start and then a fairly mundane two hour hike to get into the jungle, so a multi-day trip is advised. Once in the jungle however, the trip is never dull and four days felt like a good duration. Safety was well managed in the caves and the camps were well set up by the porters before we arrived. My only real criticism is the food which I felt was poor in the camps. I think Oxalis should revisit this.

Everything else was amazing. The pictures you see do not do the caves justice, and the jungle was just wonderful. I would definitely recommend

Thank phil s
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Reviewed April 8, 2015

What a trip it was. Caving is certainly the last bastion of adventure sports left which is still unexploited. I am glad I switched from Halong bay tour to this. Although little expensive, but it is worth every single penny. Perfect guides, perfect company and true professionalism. If you want to see the interior of Vietnam then this is it. Hang en cave is located in a very remote part of Vietnam with laos border close by. You feel like a explorer while hiking through this wild country. Numerous river crossing, leeches and chance of coming across some wild animals. And once you enter the cave, its totally unreal. You feel like you entered Juraasic park and you will be welcomed by some dinosaur hidden inside, but instead you meet millions of swallows. It is strongly recommended, oxalis are true professional, they and they doing a really good job in developing the local community. The money you give is put to good use, so dont worry and have an adventure of your lifetime!!!!

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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.

1  Thank ginandjones
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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.

Thank thespaniard79
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