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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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Quang Binh province is a wild region of barely penetrable jungle in Vietnam’s skinny middle, close... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Rajivglobaltraveller
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Quang Binh province is a wild region of barely penetrable jungle in Vietnam’s skinny middle, close to the border with Laos. The area is riddled with hundreds of deep caves, including one of the largest in the world – Hang Son Doong. It contains a cavern so tall that a skyscraper could fit inside it.The small town of Phong Nha is the epicentre for the area’s caving adventures. Here you can hire both guides and the gear you’ll need to descend into the caves.

If going underground doesn’t appeal, the area is also famous for trekking. The surrounding jungle is peppered with stunning waterfalls and an active (and noisy) population of monkeys and flying foxes.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been visiting far flung parts of the world for many years..but this is the most amazing place I’ve ever seen. This should be one of the wonders of the world. It’s like trekking on another planet. I feel privileged to have been able travel through it entirety. (This year was the first time it’s been possible) oxalis is absolutely brilliant company who do so much for the local people, the whole team were brilliant and totally professional. I would totally recommend this trip.

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank c_lavelle40
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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
3  Thank Hai Y
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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
7  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
2  Thank 65cindyv
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