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“Tu Lan 2D/1N: Highlight of my Vietnam stay”
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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

I can't thank enough the team behind those amazing 2 days.

I booked online and exchanged a lot of emails with Mo who proved most helpful from start to finish. Ask her any questions you'd like, she's got an answer for everything.

Thant and Dai were our 2 guides for the Tu Lan expedition. They came to pick us up at our hotel and drove us to Son Trach where their base is located.

They gave us a very clear briefing and got us ready for our big adventure. We pretty much all used their boots (Cambodian military shoes, Palladium like shoes). They have sizes ranging from 36 to 46. They size big so bear this in mind if you're a size 36 they might just be too big for you. I'm glad I took them, trust me, they will get their fair share of adventure ;)

Porters will carry anything you won't need on the day so you can travel light (you'll pretty much end up carrying your helmet, head light, water and camera).

I believe we left between 10:30 and 11:00 and arrived to the first cave right on time for lunch. Lunch was basic but filling, dinner will be a delight fret not!

The second step of the day took us to base camp where we put our helmets on for the first and starting exploring our first cave :) What I would give to see the look on my face! I hadn't visited any caves before so was thrilled.

We were back to the camp right before the night fell. It was pitched dark at 6pm. Their is a changing room, 2 toilets (compost ones), a big dinner table, a hammock hut and a place to set up tents. Dinner was so so so good!!!!!

The next day we got to do more cave exploring, 3 caves in total, and heading back to Son Trach where we could change and enjoy a well deserved shower. We ate in the village next door and headed back to Phong Nha where we arrived at 3:30pm which leaves you plenty of time to either catch a bus there or head back to Dong Hoi to catch a train for other adventures.

Sundry things you should be aware of:
- safety comes first, Oxalis have extremely well trained staff, you're in good hands
- you will need to wear gloves most of the time, it's probably what I disliked the most as it was so hot but they're of great help (your hands surely wouldn't appreciate rock cuts or poison ivy burns)
- you will be given the option to chose between sleeping either in a hammock or in a tent. The hammocks can feel like a coffin and you will get really hot in them until it cools off all of a sudden around midnight. The tent will be more airy and spacious but you're up for a night on 'rock hard' floor. It's your call really. My advice would be to stay up as long as you can and sleep in the hammock then.
- as said it will be pitch dark at 6pm and you'll be done with dinner before 7pm. Bring a deck of cards to keep you busy until bed time.
- if the thought of putting on wet clothes in the morning is not appealing to you then bring a change of clothes. It wasn't so bad but bear this in mind. I felt my clothes was even wetter than the previous day ;) you'll head straight in the water so it's doable :)
- there will be bats in the caves, flying around you.
- there will also be tiny bugs, they were most annoying, so keep your torch heading up if they annoy you
- you might encounter leeches, we didn't
- mosquitoes will only bug you at the camp, that's when you need your repellent (evening and morning, you're safe at night)
- bring your cameras and smartphones if you wish to take pics, they'll be safe in a waterproof box
- invest in a go-pro before you leave, I'm gutted we didn't
- enjoy, have fun, make friends, you're up for a great adventure!

3  Thank Magali C
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2015

Dear Magali C,

Our team really enjoyed reading your review! Your comments about Mo, Thang and Dai are well noted -- they are all amazing assets in our company and we are glad that you had such a good experience with both our sales process and tour guide team.

Thank you also for the advice you leave for the next customers, that is very helpful to future adventurers.

We wish you all the best in your onward travels, and please let us know if you ever make your way back here again.

Yours,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Awesome experience, even better than I thought. Everything was thought out, organized and detailed. Guides (Bamboo - Toan and King) were excellent as were Hill and the other porters. The guides had great knowledge of the area, funny anecdotes and were always engaging the clients (8 of us in total).

The scenery, the caves, the multiple activities (swimming, hiking, caving) were awesome as well as the commitment to safety the company had.

Looking forward to doing Son Doong with Oxalis in the future.

Thank nxgoel
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2015

Hello A TripAdvisor Member,

It's so great to receive your feedback about the tour you took with us! Bamboo and Kien will be very happy to hear that you felt they were great tour guides and that you enjoyed your experience.

We certainly hope to see you here in the future for Son Doong!

Cheers,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Oxalis did a very professional job in operating adventure tours! In Vietnam, I can tell that they are one of the very few companies that reach international standard! They took care of the tourists very well yet at the same time let us experience it to the fullest with many challeging activities. The experience was awesome as the nature is gorgeous and well preserved! The caves are uniquely beautiful and have the pristine charm that hasn't damaged by mass tourism yet. I stayed in Tu Lan for two days and althougb it was a little tiring, the feeling couldnot be any greater! What I love most about them is that unlike all the other tour companis, Oxalis truly care about the environment, not just the profit solely. They have a porter team whose jobs are to pick up trashes, clean the path that tourists have passed, and carry tourists' bags. The porters are super nice and friendly. They contribute a lot to the company' success. I have never known any companies that are more professional than Oxalis. I can guarantee that you will never regret choosing them. It is for those who are seeking for real travelling experiences!

1  Thank Lam N
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2015

Dear Lam N,

Thank you so much for your kind review of our tour company. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the challenges while still feeling well taken care of. We will continue to do our best to preserve the caves and jungles that you visited.

We wish you all the best and please reach out to us if you make it back to the Cave Kingdom again.

Sincerely,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed October 16, 2015

Coolest cave tour you will ever go on. Jungleman Ken was the best guide. The tour takes you into multiple caves and you get to camp or stay in a hammock in really great camp sites that still feel very remote. The food is UNBELIEVABLE and the porters carry most of your personal gear for you. This was by far one of the coolest experiences and you will not regret a minute of it.

1  Thank Theresa M
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2015

Hi Theresa M,

It's so wonderful to read your review of the tour you took with us! We will happily pass your comments along to Ken, he will be happy to hear this as well. We're glad you enjoyed the food -- those jungle chefs sure know what they're doing!

Thank you again for joining us and don't hesitate to let us know if you make it back here again.

Best Wishes from the Cave Kingdom,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed October 14, 2015

One of the best tour I've been!! Totally enjoy from the first minute to the last. Every meal and trail are so well organized. All the staffs who joined this tour are so passion and helpful. And the most important!! Our guide is perfect!! he is so patient, caring, full of knowladge and fun!! What a pleasant trekking!! Thanks for all the memoris!

Thank elsa1130
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2015

Dear Elsa1130,

Thank you for your wonderful review. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed yourself so thoroughly while on tour with us. Our team strives to create a memorable experience and we are glad that we were able to provide you with that!

We hope to see you again in the future.

Yours in Adventure,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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