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“Highlight of Vietnam. Worth every $.”
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, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed April 22, 2016

Tu Lan 3D2N. We had high expectations for this tour, due to both the price and the reviews, and our experience was everything we had hoped for and more. There is no element of the tour that has not been considered and refined to make this as enjoyable as possible. The guides were exceptional, as were the porter and the jungle-men who do the heavy lifting. The food is delicious and abundant. The campsite is semi-permanent and very well organised, but the whole arrangement is still very harmonious with the natural surrounds. This is among the best (if not the best) tours I have done anywhere in the world.

The caves are truly wondrous, and the experience of swimming through them unforgettable. Want to be reminded of how brief and insignificant your life is? Well, swim or stand in a 3 million year-old cave and you will!

Note: I am very fit, and on a day which was dry and not too hot I was puffed getting up some of the hills. Don't let this deter you, but be aware that day 1 is no cake-walk. The waterfall-fed swimming at the end of the hike will make the effort completely satisfying!

Apart from the enjoyable and exciting elements of the tour listed above, while in the jungle and the caves I also felt very 'present' in a way I didn't elsewhere in Vietnam, nor ever really do at home. It is a remote and serene location where the daily grind is left behind and people just occupy a small place alongside the insects, birds, trees and karsts. On reflection, maybe this is what I relished most about the tour.

Gear-wise, on this tour you only need one set of socks, long sleeve shirt and pants as you swim immediately on days 2 and 3 so there is no point putting on clean/dry stuff. We picked up The North Fa(k)e socks, pants and shirts in Hanoi beforehand and they were ideal and cheap (zip-off at elbows and knees were very handy). Recommended extras to bring: wet wipes, torch, long pants for campsite (to keep mosquitoes at bay). If you do Tu Lan, which has lots of swimming, use the Oxalis boots, but be aware that they seem to be for quite a broad foot, so don't be tempted to go too big as your feet will be sliding around in them which makes hiking harder.

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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Xin chao westraveller,

How wonderful to learn that you feel this trip is worth every $ and meets every of your expectation.

Your review does put big smiles on our faces and motivate our team a lot in our daily hard working. We are happy that you find this is not only an adventure but also a right time to find yourself get away from hustle and bustle of life and fully deepen into the nature with peace and enjoyment.

Furthermore, your detailed information is absolutely useful for anyone who joins the tour in the future. We even mark this as a consultant source for our future customers.

Hopefully we have another chance to welcome you back in beautiful Phong Nha within another trip with Oxalis.

Wish you all the best,

Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed April 21, 2016

well taken care by the tour guide and porter. En cave is on the entrance to Son doong with the beauty of nature that you wouldn't want to miss.
we're group of 6, joining the group of 16 in total, all see the tour worth its money value.
appreciate that they care of environment and quality

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Reviewed April 16, 2016

This one day trek is the first thing I usually tell people about when they ask about my trip to Vietnam. I thought it was going to be kind of a ho hum trek in gorgeous countryside but it was quite an adventure! It rained so it was a wet, cool, muddy day. We waded up to our thighs through rivers, swam through caves, scrambled over rocks, hiked through rocky, slippery, steep passes, climbed a 50 meter ladder, and got completely soaked. Although they build a fire at lunchtime - and the lunch was quite a huge spread - we never got dry. But the day was incredible and I had fabulous time. Our guides were very helpful and upbeat and the rest of the tour group was too, despite our muddy day. What a fun trip!

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Reviewed April 16, 2016

Oxalis managed to deliver a unique tour experience worthy of the title “top adventure tour in the world”. The 5 day and 4 night trek to Hang Son Doong exceeded my expectations. Extremely organised, safety focused, environmentally conscious and unbelievably enjoyable. Preparation lists and guidance from Oxalis pre trip was invaluable. The team managed to make the tour flow smoothly from the moment I was collected at the airport to the drop off at the airport, sadly to head home. The Oxalis team was friendly, engaging, and eager to share the magic of the caves.

Super friendly Mo did a wonderful job at meeting, greeting and introducing me to fellow tour guests. Our tour guide Phuong motivated and engaged everyone in the activities and events of the day. His enthusiasm and joy of the caves was compelling. The porter team displayed a strong work ethic and were more than happy to provide extra items when requested, in particular, water buckets for washing hands and chopsticks when clumsily dropped on the ground (delivered straight away!).
A special thankyou to John and Howard, you helped make the expedition a truly special experience.

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Reviewed April 15, 2016

My wife & I had a great time completing the 2 day Hang Va Expedition. It was categorized as a level 4 (out of 6) cave trip, and I would agree. Intermediate level, and pushed us in a fun and challenging way. Very rewarding, and we now want to go on another cave trip with Oxalis in the future. Our guide, Annetta, and the assistant, Hieu, were both excellent, as well as the supporting staff & porters. And the food served to us was terrific ! Loved it.

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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2016

Good day Robert and Linda,

Thanks for saving your time to leave us this review and sharing your experience. How wonderful to know you had have a great time with Anetta and the team. We are happy that you enjoyed both the trip and food provided.

Hopefully Oxalis can welcome you another time in the future on the next adventure tour in this beautiful region.

With kindest regards,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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