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Wonderful cave

This is the largest cave on the world. If you want to visit this cave, you should prepare... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
Victor P
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Great Cave

The beautiful life is here. The trip is full of surprise and lightning --- >>> Quang Binh straight... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

It was not an easy adventure for me, as I am not hiking nor climbing person. I am kind of office 52-year-old woman. I just tried to challenge myself, and I did it. The trip worths your time, your effort and your dream. Be in darkness to appreciate the light! Be in a tough situation to appreciate the privileges we have in a everyday life!

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank 541haiy
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

The beauty of Son Doong is something that has to be witnessed!
The price does not matter - you’re not richer not poorer with or without 3k, but you’re infinitely richer with the experience of being there!

The enormous heights - looking up and seeing the clouds…. but where is the ceiling?
The seemingly short distance between Camp 1 and the first doline…. but having to cross deep caverns underneath to reach the doline edge!
The walk through the jungle of the second doline ... but you’re not in the jungle, you’re still inside the cave!

On a more practical side:
It is actually not a very difficult trek. Please do follow the preparation instructions on Oxalis website, there are very detailed and will save you a lot of trouble. The crew will take care of your safety in more technical areas like descending or climbing steep sections - and there you will be attached to ropes, harness, and an extra safety line held by the porters. Your responsibility is to take care of yourself in some other areas that are slippery, sharp or a combination of both, to avoid injuring your ankle or knee.

Regarding taking photos in the cave and throughout the day:
If you have a DSLR, bring a solid but easy-to-carry tripod and one good wide lens. Changing lenses in the humid environment is not advisable. Have 3-4 fully charged batteries (for my Nikon, 3 were enough).
Also, for taking pictures along the way, the DSLR might not be easy to use if raining, crossing the water or the muddy sections. The best thing would be one of the latest phones, e.g. S8, S9 etc as they are water resistant and take really great pictures in low light or daylight. Make sure you bring some extra power for it for one more charge, and put it on Airplane mode as there is no signal anyway throughout the cave.

Date of experience: July 2018
8  Thank Cristina D
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Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Words cannot describe how amazing the son doong expedition was!! My boyfriend and I were skeptical about how a caving tour could be worth $3000ud which for us is quite expensive as we're young but having done the tour, the scenery was worth it. We have been to many wonders of the world like ha long bay, iguassu falls and Machu Picchu but we felt like what we saw in Son Doong was far more amazing. This is an experience which I will be treasuring for the rest of my life.

Also shout out to Howard from the British caving association and his hilarious and entertaining stories as well as to Dai and to the safety assistants Cung and Quang who helped me get through the hike!

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank 65cindyv
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Out of the world experience of the largest cave in the world. Celebrated 59 th birthday both inside and out of the cave.
Wow . Great cave and wonderful hospitality , food arrangements.
Once in a life time experience but may go again.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank shyam g
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

Can not express my feeling with the trip. The most adventurous trip ever! Not only the beauty of the cave itself but also the excellent service from the team (tour guide, caving expert, safety team, chefs, porters...). Not for those who are not healthy enough.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Ha_MaiNgoc
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