Hang Tien Photography Adventure

This 2-day photography adventure through the thick jungles of Tu Lan will provide you with a chance to explore the wondrous Hang Tien through your lens. Our photography tour to Hang Tien is different from our standard trek as we will take more time to photograph the cave environment and will also bring along some special equipment.

Led by a professional caving guide and guide assistants, you’ll be presented with a range of view points along with additional cave lighting to capture the best shots inside the caves. You’ll also have the added benefit of using our guides as models in your shots to get the full scale of the cave.

It is a demanding tour as each day is extended to give you the longest time possible to capture your shots. You’ll also have the chance to capture some incredible nighttime photographs around the campsite and looking down to the jungle lagoon pool.

This tour is intended for those who are serious about photography. You are responsible for your own camera and Oxalis does not provide lessons on how to use your camera in these conditions, though some general guidance will be provided with regards to lighting the caves.

As the largest cave in Tu Lan Cave System, Hang Tien is famed for its enormous size and spectacular formations. Our guide will bring you into the depths of the Vietnamese jungle where the lost world of ancient rock configurations can be found dripping from the ceilings. Spending a night under a net of a thousand stars is a truly unique chance to enjoy the real wilderness of this country.

With formations rising up like a layer cake of rimstone pools and lush ferns, Hang Tien, or “Fairy Cave”, is truly a unique specimen. Highlights of the tour include gour pools, swimming in lakes within a cave, a natural lagoon pool, and caveside waterfalls.  

Please note that drones are not allowed on our Photography tour unless it is a private tour and permission has been granted by the Ministry of Defense for special purposes. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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Quick Facts

  • Operating: from mid-November to mid-September (closed in Oct)

  • Duration: 2 days / 1 night

  • Adventure Level: Moderate for physically active guests (13.5 km)

  • Availability: 4 times per month

  • Small Group Tours: 2 pax - 8 pax

  • Minimum Age: 16 years

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

  • Tour Ends: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha

  • Price: VND 9,000,000/pax

Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Hang Ruc

Your first day begins in Phong Nha with pickup from your local hotel around 7:30 – 8:00 am. From 8:00 – 9:30 am, you’ll make your way to Oxalis’ Tan Hoa office, where you will learn all about safety measures collect your gear and sign our Release Form before departure at 10:30 am. The first part of the walk is tricky with 1 hour trekking uphill and then a hike down alongside the river. You will make a stop for lunch at around 1:00 – 1:30 pm. At 2:00 pm, you’ll cross the river, and then follow the path to Hang Ruc. Here you’ll find a pretty stream cave with short swims and flowstone cascades.

Around 5:00 pm, make your way out of Hang Ruc and trek upriver to the campsite. Camp is located next to a beautiful natural jungle pool. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing swim and time to take some great photos before the sun goes down. While you set up camp, the porters will grill up a fulfilling BBQ dinner for you to gain energy for your upcoming exploration of Hang Tien 1 and Hang Tien 2 the following day. If the skies are clear you can capture some amazing shots of the star-filled jungle night.

 

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Hang Tien 1 - Hang Tien 2 - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha

Wake up in your jungle campsite to breakfast prepared bright and early by the porter team. After enjoying your breakfast at 7:00 am you’ll need to climb over a field of boulders before being greeted by the sight of Hang Tien 1 around 8:30 am. Within Hang Tien 1, about 50 m inside the entrance, lies a large chamber where the ceiling is beautifully patterned. Pushing forward, the tour will continue through most of Hang Tien 1 and up a ladder, from which the exit of Hang Tien 1 will be visible. The exit will be reached around 10:30 am.

Trek through the jungle for thirty minutes and at 11:00 am, you’ll head back into the subterranean world known as Hang Tien 2. Here you’ll find many formations, and you’ll trek about 300 m into the cave, before making your way out, back to the exit of Hang Tien 1. There are some very attractive viewpoints from which to setup your tripod and capture some stunning shots inside the cave. Enjoy a picnic lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

The next couple of hours will be filled with your return trek to the road, where cold drinks will await you. Arrive back at the office around 4:30 pm, where you’ll have time to shower and change into fresh clothes before heading back to Phong Nha. The endeavor will end at 7:00 pm in Phong Nha.

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 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

Hang En Cave Adventure 

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

  • 20km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Multiple river crossings: 30 times (knee deep, 10-50m wide river)
  • Elevation change up to 400m (between road and valleys)
  • 3 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    • Trekking experience & must be able to walk 10km in one day
    • Must be able to withstand hot trekking days
      Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

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 Photography Adventure

Hang Tien Photography Adventure is a moderate trek due to the rocky terrain in the thickness and humidity of tropical jungle. It requires you to have good physical fitness with outdoor and trekking experience. Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease before taking part in the tour.

  • 8 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • River crossings
  • 5 km caving with some bouldering
  • 2 days and 1 night camping in the jungle

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)
  • 1 abseil in a cave (in the dark)
  • 4 days and 3 nights in jungle and caves

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.

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
  • 5 days and 4 nights in caves
  • 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.

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

We Will Provide

  • Camping gear: hammock/tent (with mosquito net), camp light, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
  • Caving & Safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
  • Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take your own, 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 your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Meals: Picnic lunch (Day 1 & 2), Breakfast (Day 2), Dinner (Day 1)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
  • Porter team to carry all camping gears and prepare all meals
  • Shared dry box for phone and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras) depending on water level
  • 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

In addition to the standard provisions Oxalis will also provide on this photography tour the following:

  • Special headlamp for photo tours only (Hope R2, 1500 lumens)
  • Underwater light torches
  • 2 Photography lights (Hope R8, 3000 lumens)
  • Charging pack for camera batteries (limited quantity – availability depends on group size)
  • A set of walkie-talkies
  • Use of guides as photography models
  • General assistance regarding lighting the caves

You Will Need

  • Your own camera and lens
  • Tripods (this should be able to fit in your daypack)
  • Related camera equipment such as batteries, lens tissues/cloths (there is a chance of lenses steaming up)
  • Dry bag for general trekking gear if you feel more confident with your own; Oxalis provides semi-dry bags
  • Additional dry box for camera gear/lenses
  • Some small towels to protect your camera in the dry box, and dry your hands during photography
  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 2 long sleeved shirts to wear during the trek (quick dry)
  • 1 pair of shorts and t-shirt to wear at campsite and 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
  • 1 pair of flip-flop (sandals) for campsite
  • 1 medium size towel
  • 2 – 3 pairs of calf-length, densely woven socks (not ankle socks)
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries

If you are trekking in the colder months (November to March) please bring additional warm clothes for the evening and extra change of long pants and shirt for swimming.

 Please note this itinerary is a guide only and the tour will be slow and steady as guests feel the need to set up for particular shots. A lightweight windproof jacket may be useful, as moving slowly and stopping for photographs can get chilly in wet clothes.

Pricing And Availability

Our Hang Tien Photography Adventure is available with 4 departures per month on a join-in basis (minimum 2pax). It is advised to book in advance as this is a popular tour and the number of guest is limited.

This tour is operated from mid November to mid September (closed from September to October).

FAQ: Hang Tien Endeavor

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.

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.

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. If you like to swim, you are welcome to splash about in your choice of a large natural pools located next to campsite.

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.

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