Tu Lan 1-Day Experience

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    With only one day, you will have a chance to explore Tu Lan Cave System’s untamed jungle & limestone mountain region. This is well-known as the home of the Hollywood blockbuster movie Kong: Skull Island (2017) which is listed as the best war movie of the year by ABC News.

    Tu Lan Jungle & Cave Experience is considered easy for anyone who is physically fit and able to participate in regular outdoor activities and moderate for anyone with limited outdoor experience.

    • Trek up to 9km through buffalo fields, dense jungle and have an opportunity to swim through an unbelievable river cave with your English-speaking guide and local jungle men.

    • See the immense formations of Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) before trekking to impressive Hung Ton Cave and To Mo Valley.

    • Experience approximately 1-kilometer stunning cave.



    7:00 - 7:30 am: Pick you up from your guesthouse in Phong Nha  

    Drive 70km over the Da Deo Mountain Pass to reach the ethnic minority village of Tan Hoa and the Oxalis Headquarters. You can leave your entire luggage at the office in the storage room.

    After a safety briefing, checking gear and signing the Release Form, the day adventure begins with a 2-km walk across peanut and buffalo fields to reach the Rao Nan River.

    After crossing the river, you’ll reach the impressive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) to explore its massive formations for 280m.

    Then climb over the mountain and trek through Hung Ton Valley to reach Hung Ton Cave.

    Explore this wild cave by descending a 15m ladder with a safety rope. 

    Swim 50m through the cave and follow an underground river to reach To Mo Valley, where a delicious lunch will be awaiting you.

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

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

    Depart Tan Hoa at 5:00 pm and return to Phong Nha at 6:30 pm and you will be dropped at your guesthouse.

    What's included

    • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Phong Nha
    • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
    • Basic canvas trekking boots sizes 36 - 46 (only if you do not have your own pair)
    • Picnic lunch
    • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
    • Porter to prepare meals and pump water
    • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
    • Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
    • Eco-friendly compost toilet using Western toilet seat at lunch site
    • First-aid kit and medical rescue equipment (application by guides and porters only)
    • Secure storage facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage that you will not be taking while trekking
    • Personal expenses
    • Other activities not mentioned in the program

    Important notes

    • Minimum age to join the tour is 16 years old.

    • If for any reason you are turned back while on tour or if you must quit the expedition, all tour costs will be forfeited without further compensation. Our technical advisors and tour guides reserve the right to decide if someone needs to be turned back at any time if they feel someone poses a safety threat to themselves or others.

    • You must hold a valid passport and valid visa and present it upon arrival at Oxalis Adventure Tours office.

    • The schedule might be changed without prior notice due to weather conditions, political issues or traffic problems.

    • Maintain the cleanliness of your surroundings throughout the journey.

    • Always strictly follow the instructions of your local guide.

    Advice from your local guide


    Please bring essential items as below:

    • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long-sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)

    • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes - difficult terrain, good footwear necessary

    • 1 more clothing to change after the tour

    • 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)

    • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera

    Pickup information

    • 07:00 - 7:30 AM: We will pick you up at your hotel in Phong Nha area.

    Cancellation policies

    • Booking canceled prior to 7 days of the travel date or due to unexpected conditions such as the weather: 50% refund

    • Booking canceled less than 7 days of the travel date: No refund

    • The number of days for cancellation requests does not include Saturday, Sunday, or public holidays

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