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“Hang En Cave, Trip of a lifetime!”
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, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed June 2, 2016

My girlfriend and I just completed the hang en 2 day 1 night cave tour and trek. We have so many amazing things to say about this so we'll try and keep it concise. In short, go on this trip!

Guides:
The guides and team were truly amazing on this trip, particularly since the trip was fully booked. Full of knowledge and passion for their country, caves and national park. We learnt all sorts on this trip and the guides were very personable, it was sad to say goodbye. Vic was particularly great.

Food:
A huge choice of food for lunch in the jungle. Make your own rolls and banh mi! The dinner was astounding, considering it was cooked in a cave! One of the most enjoyable and filling meals of our trip! They catered for all tastes and preferences.

Trek:
Not as difficult as expected, however the climb back at the end was a bit of a push, but the reward of beer at the end pushed us on. The changing scenery was astounding and tour guides always filled us in on fauna and flora. Your shoes and trousers do get wet, lots, but that's part of the experience! We were always hydrated, by water from rivers, always taken from the fasted flowing parts and filtered, no problems there. Tasted pretty good too.

Cave:
Amazing, the cave speaks for itself. Reinforced by the undeniable knowledge of the oxalis guides. Always happy to help and take photos of us whilst keeping us informed. Fossil hunting along the underground river was particularly fun. The cave really blew us away, it was stunning!

Camping.
Hats off to the porters who go ahead with your evening clothes and set up all the tents and communal areas. Camping was a good experience and I was pleasantly stunned to see actual toilet seats to sit on! Only real surprise was the presence of rats near the campsite tents in the cave, but they quickly scurry away when you shine your lights, be aware if you have rodent fears.

Overall this was an amazing experience and our fondest memory from our holiday in Vietnam. This really feels like an experience of a lifetime and one we'll never forget. If we return to the country we will most definitely be booking another cave tour with Oxalis!

4  Thank aidht
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2016

Dear Aidht,

Wow, your review puts a big smile on our face. How amazing the trip is and how wonderful we feel to have had you on our tour recently. Thanks for giving the readers such a detailed review. This would definitely be an excellent source of reference for those who intend to go on a trip with Oxalis in the future. Also, Your nice words to our tour guides and porters will be transferred to them as a motivation in their daily job.

Wish you all the best and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Phong Nha next time.

Cheers,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

100 usd per day might be really expensive for vnmese, but it is totally worthy. Great experience for hiking, trekking, swimming, rock climbing. Only me and my friend were 2 vnmese girls in the group then. Hence, this was a chance to meet new friends from other countries and get to know abt their interest in this activity. The tour guide Vương is a nice guy with fluent english and friendly and enthusiastic enough. He talked quite alot since 3 of us were vnmese .

The trip we bought was Tu Lan 1-most basic one. I determine to learn swimming to come back again for Tu Lan 2, so these guides wont have to push me crossing the stream again (poor them)

Thank Nguyen n
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2016

Dear my friend,

Thanks for taking the time to give us such a great review. This positive feedback means a lot to us. Your compliments will be definitely passed onto Vuong as a motivation him on his daily hard working. These words indeed reaffirm our effort to bring you the best experience possible for the price you paid.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and come back to Phong Nha some day in the near future.

Adventure Regards,
Oxalis Team

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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This was possibly the most amazing caving experience I've ever done. The trekking was fantastic. The level 4 is strenuous to say the lease, with a lot of steep inclines, bouldering, traversing large rock faces and some tricky scrambling. The food was fantastic, the guides were great and sleeping in a hammock in the jungle was a lot of fun. This was a highlight of our trip and well worth the cost.

Thank Janos N
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2016

Xin chào Janos,

What an interesting experience you have had.

Tu Lan Jungle Challenge is a real challenge even for those who do a lot of outdoor activities. However, we are happy to know that you did enjoy this and even share this as the most amazing caving experience you have done. This does encourage our team a lot to run such an amazing trip in this beautiful area.

Oxalis Team hopes to see you again within another adventure with us in your next Vietnam trip.

Adventurous Regards,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed May 28, 2016

My wife and I were on our honeymoon for 3 weeks and were deciding between a few different options for how to spend our time. We were both so glad that we decided to do the cave tours with Oxalis. This was the highlight of our trip. We did the Tu Lan 2D 1N (we originally booked the 3D 2N but had to adjust because of an illness. Oxalis was very accommodating). Everything was professionally run, the guides were great, the food was really good, and the views were amazing. The first day of hiking was quite strenuous, especially in the heat, but the second day was not bad at all. The campsite was beautiful and swimming in the waterfall was awesome. Its a lot of money and the location is a bit out of the way from everything else, but you will not regret adding the cave tour to your itinerary.

Thank stephenhamel15
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2016

Good morning Stephen,

Thanks for choosing us as one of your honeymoon destination.

How happy we feel to know that you have had a good time with our team in the very beginning of your marriage. This feedback is definitely a big pat on our pack to move on and offer the most amazing adventure tours in this area. Hopefully we have another chance to welcome you back Phong Nha in the near future.

Wish you more and more unforgettable and precious time together.

Best regards,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This company was absolutely incredible from start to end. We went with Oxalis for 2 different trips. The Tu Lan 1-day trip was a fun-filled day where we got to visit 3 caves. It was cold when we went so we couldn't swim through the wet cave, but our guide compensated for it by showing us an even cooler cave of the Tu Lan system. Our guide, Vu, was a key factor in the enjoyment of our trips. He also led our second trip with Oxalis to the 2-day Hang En trip. Him and Ta were extremely professional, knowledgeable, conscious of safety, and just a blast to be around. The porters and guides were very helpful and whipped up incredible meals for us. The meals were a pleasant surprise!! They employ local people and use only local ingredients. They highly model respect for the environment and ensured that all visitors followed suit.
For packing for Hang En, be sure to follow their guidelines specifically! Everything they included was needed. Waterproof pants or quick-dry bottoms saved our lives in the cold weather when we did river crossings (which were awesome). Be sure to pack a warm sweater for sleeping in the cave! Other than that, Oxalis provides literally everything else (gloves, helmet, head lamp, boots, water bottle + filtration system, tent, mat, sleeping bag, and endless amounts of snacks and food).
Visit Phony Nha before it gets too touristy and developed! You will not regret it.

Thank Kathie T
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OxalisAdvTours, Manager at Oxalis Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2016

Xin chào Kathie,

Thanks for sharing such an interesting experience.

This does put smiles on our faces when reading through each experience you have had. We are happy to know that Vu, Anetta, and porter team did a great job on both tours. Your compliments will be definitely passed onto them as a motivation on their daily hard working. Your detailed sharing is also a good source of reference for those who is planning to come Phong Nha for an adventure.

Hopefully we have another chance to welcome back to Phong Nha as old friends and enjoy another trip with us in this beautiful region.

All the best,
Oxalis Adventure Team

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