Hang En Adventure Cave Camp

Come and explore Hang En and Hang Lanh Caves, located within the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, and spend the night underground in its massive chamber below thousands of darting swifts.

Hang En Cave is probably the world’s 3rd largest cave and is quickly becoming one of the must-see natural wonders in Vietnam. Its size will blow you away, and our campsite located within the cave beside a lazy river, will leave you speechless. You’ll examine fascinating fossils in one part of the cave over 300 million year old, and around every corner be subjected to the most picturesque views.

A stop in the ethnic minority Ban Doong Village, set amongst the limestone mountains is a highlight for many, not to mention the pristine jungle, many river crossings, and jovial porter team, made up of local jungle men!

Hang En is one of our famous caves that has been featured within National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Dailymail UK and recently on Good Morning America, in front of over 6 million audience members, as well as in Pan (2015), a newly-released blockbuster film distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment (Hollywood).

You’ll also have the opportunity to see Hang Lanh (or “Cold Cave” in English) on the tour, which is a new addition to our 2017 itinerary. This 2 day, 1 night tour will truly be an unforgettable experience during your time in Vietnam.

Come and find out what makes Hang En so popular and amazing as many have said.

For safety and conservation reasons, Decision 47/VPUBND-VX (dated January 9, 2015) of the Government of Quang Binh Province grants Oxalis Adventure Tours as the only operator to bring tourists to Hang En Cave.

Videos about this tour: link 1 | link 2 | link 3

Hang En Tours on the news:  Dailymail | Nytimes | Wanderrlust | Traveller AUEscapingabroad 

Reviews on TripAdvisor: SR 1SR 2SR 3 | SR 4 | SR5

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Quick Facts

  • Operating: from 24th Dec to Aug (closed from Sep to late-Dec)

  • Duration: 2 days / 1 night

  • Adventure Level: Moderate (25 km) for physically active guests

  • Availability: Regular Departures (check availability in calendar)

  • Small Group Tours: average 10 - 16 pax (required minimum 2 pax)

  • Minimum Age: 16 years

  • Tour Starts: 7:30 am - 8:00 am from any local hotel in Phong Nha.

  • Tour Ends: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha.

  • Price: VND 7,500,000/pax (price inclusive of VAT & VND 1,100,000/pax of National Park environment/entrance fees )

Phong Nha - Ban Doong Village - Hang En

Start your ultimate adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:00 am and a short transfer to Oxalis Headquarters. Learn all about safety collect your gear and sign our Release Form before driving 45 mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. At 10:00 am, leave the road behind for the jungle.

A steep jungle hill starts the journey, with a refreshing river at the bottom. Hike through rich primary forest to reach the Ban Doong minority village, where a hot cup of tea welcomes you. Feast on a picnic lunch which takes place shortly afterwards at about 12:30 – 1:00 pm, near the river. Then it’s back into the jungle, through rivers and streams, and along the river valley until Hang En lays on the horizon.

Enter Hang En around 3 pm, and take a quick rest as the porter team sets up camp on the beach within the cave. For the next couple of hours, complete the adventure by preceding the rest of the way through the cave to the breathtaking exit, a scene made famous in the film Pan. Return to camp through the dry passage to the viewpoint high above camp, where 300 million year old fossils can be seen. Enjoy your downtime relaxing or swimming in the natural pool before a sizzling grilled dinner is served, complete with rice wine and the sounds of swifts overhead.

 

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Hang En - Hang Lanh - Phong Nha

Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up your belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 am to leave Hang En. Take one last look at the entrance, almost hidden amongst the jungle and then trek 1 km along a riverside path with several river crossings and upstream to Hang Lanh entrance. Arrive around 10 am, and spend the next two hours exploring the first km of Hang Lanh, which has earned the name “Cold Cave” for a reason! This is a 4 km long wet cave with magnificent formations, a cold river inside, and many rare fossils.

Have lunch with your group from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and then it’s time to start the journey home. Trek for the next hour along a shady path through the river valley. And then from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, make your way up the hill to the pickup point, where our driver will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Return to Phong Nha between 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Oxalis Adventure Levels

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Nuoc Nut Cave

Most of people can do this cave as long they can walk on flat trails (partly rocky) for about 30-60 minutes each way.

Please chat with us or send us a message if you have any questions.

Tu Lan Cave Encounter

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 12km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m - 500m each cave)
  • 3 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Must be able to swim
      Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Tu Lan 1-day Experience

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease:

  • 9km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 100m swimming in caves
  • 1 km caving
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Must be able to swim
      Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Hang En Adventure Cave Camp

Hang En Adventure Cave Camp is easy-to-moderate for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and moderate-to-hard for anyone with limited trekking experience.  Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease before taking part in the tour.

  • 25 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Multiple river crossings: 30 times (knee deep, 10 – 50 m wide river)
  • Elevation change up to 400 m (between road and valleys)
  • 4 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves

Hang Tien 1-day Discovery

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease:

  • 4 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 4 km caving
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience

Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 17km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m – 500m each cave)
  • 4 km caving
  • 3 days and 2 nights in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Must be able to swim
      Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Hang Tien Endeavor 

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 13 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • River crossings
  • 5.5 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night camping in the jungle
  • Requirements:
    Basic trekking experience
    Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to river crossings!

Hang Va Expedition

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 10km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 3km caving in river caves (cold water, 17 degree Celcius, waist deep)
  • Elevation gain is 150m (between road and mountain top)
  • 20m traverse using rope and harness
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves
    Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Tu Lan Expedition

The Tu Lan Expedition is moderate-to-hard for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and not suitable for those without trekking experience. Please make sure that you have basic trekking experience, you are able to swim and your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • About 30 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • About 5 km caving
  • About 800 m swimming in caves (from 100 m – 300 m each cave)
  • Elevation change up to 300 m (between valley and top of mountain – total of 1750m of ascent)
  • 4 days and 3 nights in jungle and caves

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff  reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Son Doong Expedition

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 50 km jungle and mountain trekking
  • Elevation change up to 400m (between road and valleys)
  • Surface river crossing: 40 times (knee deep, 10-50m wide river)
  • 10 km caving including rope climbs, rocky terrain and scrambling
  • 80m descent with rope and harnesses
  • Underground river-strong current crossing
  • Requirements:
    • Regular running, trekking, caving or rock climbing (at least once per month). Other outdoor pursuits may be considered
    • Strong legs and good balance
    • Previous multi-day treks
    • General good health and fitness
      Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue. This tour is not for those with limited outdoor/trekking experience, poor medical condition, nor is it for children or expectant mothers.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

We Will Provide

  • Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
  • Dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics)
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Meals: picnic lunches, breakfast (day 2), dinner (day 1)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
  • 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 purifier (used only by guide and porters) and water bottle
  • 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

You Will Need

  • 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 (warmer clothes in winter)
  • 1 sun hat in summer
  • 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 and swimwear
  • 1 -2 pairs of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • Medium size backpack (25 L) for your water bottle, personal belongings and provided caving helmet
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries

If you are trekking in the colder months (December to March) please bring additional warm clothes for the evening

Pricing And Availability

Our Hang En Adventure Cave Camp is available with weekly departures on a join-in basis (minimum 2pax). It is advised to book in advance as this is a very popular tour and we are strictly limited to 16 guests per departure.

This tour is operated from mid-December to August (closed from September to mid-December).

FAQ: Hang En Cave Adventure

What if I am a solo traveler, can I join a group?

Solo travelers are most welcome and make up a large percentage of most groups.

Why do I have to sign your Release Form?

We require customers to sign our Release Form to confirm they accept this is an adventure tour and they have to follow our guide’s instructions and safety rules. Customers also accept they have some responsibilities for their own safety.

Which months of the year do you run this tour?

This tour runs from mid – late December to mid – September of each year. In January to March there is a chance to see epic sunbeams if you have sunny weather. From April to August, a cool campsite next to swimming pools within a very big chamber inside the cave would be a big reward for you after a long trekking day in hot weather.

Can I arrive in Phong Nha on the morning of the tour and depart Phong Nha directly after the tour?

Yes and yes. This tour starts with pickup between 8:00 – 8:30 am in Phong Nha and returns around 5:00 – 5:30 pm the following evening. You would be able to arrive on the tour morning by night bus from Hanoi or by train from many destinations. You would be able to depart by night bus to Hanoi or by train heading either north or south. Please be advised that there are neither early morning flights nor late evening flights which would accommodate arriving on tour morning or departing directly after the tour; only buses and trains are available at these times. Please check our Arrival & Departure guide for further information regarding buses and trains.

Is this a good tour for photography enthusiasts? What are the highlights of the cave?

Yes! This is one of our top-ranked tours for photography enthusiasts. We highly recommend bringing a tripod and a wide-angle lens if you have it, in order to best capture the vistas within the cave. You’ll get great shots of the campsite set up on the beach (you can take photos from the cliffs above) and in late December to early March, you have the opportunity to witness and photography amazing sunbeams when the sun is shining.

Why is this tour ranked Adventure Level 3 when it’s just a 2-day tour?

This tour is ranked Adventure Level 3 due to the long trek it takes to get there and back. The trek is about 10 km each way and includes an enormous hill at the beginning and end of the tour. The last hour and a half coming up the hill at the end of the tour is the hardest part of the trip.

Is Hang En part of Son Doong Cave?

No; although Hang En may have been a part of Son Doong Cave many millions of years ago when they first formed, it is no longer part of Son Doong Cave today. Hang En is an entirely separate cave which feeds into Son Doong Cave, so while you have to go through Hang En to reach Son Doong Cave, you will not see Son Doong Cave on a 2-day Hang En Cave Adventure.

Do I need to know how to swim to join this tour?

You do not need to know how to swim to join this tour, but you will have river crossings up to your waist so prepared to get your shoes and trousers wet. If you like to swim, you are welcome to splash about in your choice of two large natural pools located next to camp within the cave.

How far in advance do I need to book this tour? How will I know my tour is confirmed?

We recommend booking this tour as soon as you can, as it’s one of our most popular tours. After you make a booking, a member of our team will follow up within 48 hours with your invoice, payment link, and further tour information.

How can I pay? Can I pay via credit card? What is your cancellation policy?

You can pay via credit card through the online payment link we will provide you with. We use the online payment platform OnePay which accepts Visa and Mastercard. If you live in Vietnam, you have other option to make a bank transfer.

Our cancellation policy for this tour requires a 7 day advance notice: if we receive your cancellation 7 days or more in advance of your tour, we will provide you a full refund. We do not provide refunds for tours cancelled less than 7 days prior to tour departure.

What can I do with the things that I don’t want to bring with me on tour? Can I leave them at your office?

You are welcome to leave behind extra luggage at our office. Anything you choose to leave behind will get tagged and placed securely in our locked storage room, however please note that Oxalis takes no responsibility for luggage or valuables left behind. Please do not bring anything of major value with you as we will not be responsible for these items.

Highlights of the tour?

Highlights of the tour include a beautiful trek down river valleys, lots of river crossings, and a huge cave with a spectacular campsite and exit. There are many interesting formations and fossils. The cave is home to thousands of swifts in the nesting season, and there are many bats all year round. You’ll also pass through Doong Village, one of the few villages allowed inside the National Park.

How can I get to Phong Nha?

Please check the Arrival & Departure Guide on our website for more information

Where can I stay in Phong Nha?

Please check the Accommodation Guide on our website for more information

For more questions and answers, please visit our full FAQ page. We have collected lots of common questions that you might share with our previous customers.

If you still have questions about this tour, please contact our local travel specialists who will be happy to answer all your questions