PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK – TU LAN CAVE ADVENTURE 2D1N
Wet caves (i.e. those with rivers) are the focus of the two-day Tu Lan Cave Encounter. Swim and walk through four of them and sleep in one of our most peaceful campsites next to a waterfall. This tour is for travellers who want to explore the underground adventure playground of Tu Lan but only want to spend one night in the wilderness.
- Itinerary Details
- We will provide during this trip
- What’s excluded?
- You will need to bring
- Useful information
Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Ken Cave – Tu Lan Campsite (L-D)
07:30 – 08:00 Pick up and one-hour drive on Day 1 to the Oxalis Adventure office in Tan Hoa, located 70km from Phong Nha. Briefing and tour preparations are here.
The trek starts with a flat path past peanut fields and grazing buffalo and cows. A river crossing leads to a short but steep and rocky uphill section, followed by a downhill descent into the next valley. Cross the valley on a flat path to enjoy a picnic lunch in the entrance of Hung Ton Cave. More hills and jungle trekking before you drop down to Tu Lan Valley and your camp for the night.
Finish off the day with a swim into Ken Cave. Dinner is prepared and served by the porter team. After dinner enjoy the evening games before sleeping in your comfortable tent. Composting toilets are provided at camp.
Tu Lan Cave – Kim Cave – Hung Ton – Tan Hoa (B-L)
The following day you will trek and swim through three caves: Tu Lan Cave, Kim Cave and Hung Ton Cave. In Hung Ton Cave you will climb a metal ladder with the extra protection of a safety line. Beautiful views from the entrances into the jungle, refreshing swims, dry passages and amazing formations will give you many opportunities for photos. After the third cave the return is the same as the first morning. Snacks will be provided on the way and lunch in the village is served after a welcome shower.
Transfer to Phong Nha arriving at around 18:00.
- Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag, mattresses, pillow
- Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
- Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take yours, as it will get wet)
- Semi dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics) for inside the (light PVC) backpack
- Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have own) sizes 36 – 46
- Meals: picnic lunches (day 1, day 2), breakfast (day 2), dinner (day 1)
- Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistants
- Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all meals
- Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
- Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
- Basic camping facilities with eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat
- First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters only)
- Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek.
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
- 1 pair of shorts and t-shirt to wear at campsite plus your swim suit.
- 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary. Gore-Tex/waterproof boots are NOT recommended as they do not drain well (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)
- 1 pair of flip flop (sandals) for campsite
- 1 medium size towel
- 2-3 pairs of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
- Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries
Adventure Level 2 – moderate
- 2-day tour
- Easy to moderate trekking
- 12km of trekking including up to 2km of caving
- Total elevation gain: 300m
- 1km swimming in the caves
- There will be some rocky terrain, short but steep hills, underground swims and river crossings and a 10m ladder climb with a safety rope, operated by the safety team.
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
What do I need to know?
During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!