What you’ll get

  • Duration : 1 day

  • Departure : hotel in Phong Nha

  • Suitable : Family, couple, solo traveler

  • Type : Land tour

Overview

Explore the untamed jungle and limestone mountain region of Tu Lan Cave System on our one-day Tu Lan Cave Experience. See the impressive Hung Ton Cave and To Mo Valley before trekking to Hang Chuot (Rat Cave), with its impressive formations. You’ll get wet, you’ll get dirty and you’ll enjoy an awesome BBQ beside a stunning waterfall! This is a full day of adventure so be prepared!

Highlights

    • Give you a taste of Tu Lan cave system
    • Take part in exciting activities such as climb, swim in waterfall, trek, have BBQ lunch, discover caves
    • Join an interesting trip with attractive destinations: Hung Ton Cave, To Mo Valley, Tan Hoa village, Rat Cave…
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  • Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Transportation
    A/C transfer
  • Price Includes
    • Meals: picnic lunch
    • Porter to prepare meals and pump water
    • Eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat at lunch site
    • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
    • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
    • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
    • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
    • Katadyn (Swiss-made) water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
    • 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
    Price Excludes
    • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
    • 1 pair of calf length close weave socks (not ankle socks!)
    • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera
    • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)
    • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
  • Cancellation by Customer

    For almost of our tours, once tour is confirmed and fully paid but for one reason they cancel the tour, the following charges will apply in the event of cancellation prior to tour commencement:

    • More than 30 days before arrival: No charge
    • 15-30 days before arrival: 10% of total tour price.
    • 7-15 days before arrival: 50% of total tour price.
    • 4-7 days before arrival: 75% of total tour price.
    • Within 3 days before arrival: 100% tour price.

    Notes:

    • There will be no refund given for any unused or missed ground arrangements, sightseeing, meals or hotel accommodations.
    • For no showcases, there will be no refund.
    • All cancellations must be in person or in writing and received by Asia Travel Package
  • Cancellation by Weather

    In case of an unexpected situation/ bad weather causes an effect on your trip after commencement, we serve the right to change the itinerary of your booked tour for the safety of all clients in the group. If there are more than one solution, we will ask for your permission and agreement to do the next step. In such kind of cancellation, the refund of any payment on the un-used portion of transportation service, hotel service, car rental or tours will be given.

  • Children Policy
    • Under 4 years: Free of Charge.
    • From 4 to under 8 years old: 50% of adult's fare.
    • Over 8 years old: 100% of adult's fare.

Itineraries

Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – To Mo – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha

Start your day (except Thursday) with pick-up from your guesthouse in Phong Nha between 7:00 and 7:30 (please be ready!).

You’ll then drive 70 km over the Da Deo Mountain Pass to reach the ethnic minority village of Tan Hoa and our headquarters. You can leave all your luggage at our office in the storage room.

After a safety briefing and gear check the days adventure begins with a 2 km walk across peanut and buffalo fields to reach the Rao Nan River.

After crossing the river you’ll climb your first mountain, an old jungle cow trail through the thick jungle (1.5 km).

You’ll then cross Hung Ton Valley through the thick scrub and one more small river crossing to reach Hung Ton Cave. Explore this wild cave by descending a 15 m ladder with safety harness before swimming 50 m through the cave and underground river to reach To Mo Valley, where a delicious BBQ lunch will be awaiting you.

After swimming at the waterfall trek over Hung Ton Mountain (1 km), across Hung Ton Valley (500 m), and another small hill down to Rao Nan River (500 m).

Here you’ll cross the jungle (400 m) to reach the impressive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) to explore its massive formations for up to 200 m.

You’ll finish the day crossing back over the Rao Nan River, peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km) to our headquarters, where a cold drink and shower will be awaiting your return.

Depart Tan Hoa at 17:00 and return to Phong Nha at 18:30 and you will be dropped at your guesthouse.

Meals: L

Accommodation: N/A

Important Notes

    • Minimum 2 pax
    • Departure daily except Thursday
    • Transfer Dong Hoi - Phong Nha: $35/car/way 
    • Operating: from Nov to Sep (closed in October)

Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Excellent

9.2

Based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    9.6
  • Organization
    9.4
  • Value for money
    8.8
  • Safety
    9.0
9.5

Australia
01 Dec 2018
One million years BC Went on the 1Day Tu Lan Cave tour on 13 Nov (1st day after wet season break). What a fantastic day - hiking, fording rivers, climbed down into cave and swam/floated through the cave and out into ri... See more

Went on the 1Day Tu Lan Cave tour on 13 Nov (1st day after wet season break). What a fantastic day - hiking, fording rivers, climbed down into cave and swam/floated through the cave and out into river. Helmets with lights were handy. Beautiful lunch riverside then hiked through prehistoric jungle and karst mountains to dry cave with bats, frogs, huge spiders. Our guides were very entertaining and informative on the hike and on return bus trip along Ho Chi Minh trail. An amazing day, hot showers at the end were nice touch !

8.8

United Kingdom
19 Jun 2018
Amazing tour, don't miss it if you come to Phong Nha. I visited some caves in Phong Nha: Hang En cave, Dark cave, Paradise cave, E Cave,.. but Tu Lan is the best. That tour is amazing, don't miss it if you come to Phong Nha.
9.0

New Zealand
17 Apr 2018
1 day cave experience A highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Small group of 10 (just what we wanted) with guide and 2 porters. Caving was spectacular with lots to see, steep ladder decent and swim in the cave. Lovely lunch... See more

A highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Small group of 10 (just what we wanted) with guide and 2 porters. Caving was spectacular with lots to see, steep ladder decent and swim in the cave. Lovely lunch prepared for us before quite a strenuous and slippery climb in the jungle. Porter really helpful thru tricky sections. Our teenage boys loved it. Wear good shoes and I was pleased to have a hiking stick. Highly recommend.

8.8

California, United States
29 Jan 2018
Wonderful trip The cave is truly a hidden gem, Tour guide was super attentive! Thanks so so much!
10.0

Australia
07 Dec 2017
Tu Lan One Day This trek rates as one of the most challenging things my 45 year old falling apart body has been through in recent years. With a knee replacement and shoulder reco calling, I was umming and ahhing ... See more

This trek rates as one of the most challenging things my 45 year old falling apart body has been through in recent years. With a knee replacement and shoulder reco calling, I was umming and ahhing as to whether to do this but I’m so glad I did. We scaled and descended almost vertical rock face in extremely muddy and slippery conditions, visited the massive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave), had brief reprieves walking through valley floors, and made our way up to the entrance of Hang Ton, which afforded a brilliant view of the valley below. A very long ladder inside the cave leads to the cave floor, and from there the journey truly began. We had to swim through the cave river (fully clothed) to reach the other side and out to another valley. All with only our headlamps to light the way. A late lunch was prepared by the shore of a beautiful small waterfall. The trek back to where we started along a different route proved the most eventful of the day. The sun went down earlier than they had anticipated so we were left to climb, descend and swim back across a raging open river with only our headlamps. The memories of this amazing jungle trek will live on in my mind forever.