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Hang Tien Cave

Hang Tien cave lies in Cao Quang commune, is the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan Cave System, and is located about 70 km away from Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. This cave is one of the must-visit places in Vietnam, and is featured in our amazing adventure tours Hang Tien 1-day, 2-day, 3-day tours and Tu Lan 4 Day Expedition because of its stupendous beauty and spectacular formations.

The Hang Tien cave tours begin with crossing a hill to enter the primitive jungle; here you will admire the beauty of nature through all senses, watching the majestic limestone mountains or by learning about the special ecosystem of Cao Quang commune. Descending into the stream bed, the journey to the cave entrance becomes more and more challenging and exciting when passing a huge rocky slope; and finally the cave entrance appears in the middle of the vast jungle, like a worthy prize for those who took the challenge head on.

Hang Tien, which means cave of fairies in Vietnamese, has the unreal nature beauty that Vietnam cave tours rarely have. Passing through the cave entrance, the stunning landscapes will make you believe the myths about fairies visiting this cave while the magnificent scenery continues to enchant you. The vast corridors, amazing karst formations shaped like terrace rice fields, combined with the high-pitched dome illuminated by the sun’s rays are some of the gorgeous natural wonders you’ll encounter.You will feel tiny while lost in the world of giants.

A fresh, natural swimming pool and outstanding campsite in the middle of the jungle awaits explorers at the end of the day. It is also a great place to relish the refreshing water, relaxing after a long day of adventurous exploration; or just unwind at the jungle campsite, sipping on a cup of coffee by the riverside.

Hang Tien Cave Discovery

Members of the British Cave Research Association first examined the karst area around Cao Quang commune –Tuyen Hoa District, Quang Binh Province in 1992.

In 1994, the team returned for another cave exploration expedition that started with following a river winding into limestone mountains. To get there, they had to pass over the majestic Giang River and drop down into the Cao Quang Valley. Unfortunately, no cave entrance was found where the water comes out. Without giving up, they continued asking locals about the other caves around and were told about a small entrance nearby. After about half an hour of trekking, they had come to the Hang Tien cave entrance, 50m wide and 100m tall.

Hang Tien 1 was explored and surveyed for 2.5 kilometers, with an exit into the jungle leading to Hang Tien 2. After regular visits, Oxalis first started trial tours in the area in 2013 and officially operated caving tours into Hang Tien cave from 2017.

Geology of Hang Tien Cave

Hang Tien is the biggest dry cave in the Tu Lan Cave System and the enormity of this cave can be understood by the fact that Hang Tien 2 itself is almost 3km long and has a vertical range  of about 100m.

During the summer, Hang Tien is a dry cave but when the rainy season arrives, all the water basins in the areas gather into this place, creating a large river flowing in the cave. When the water recedes, the beautiful natural jade lakes in the cave will be formed and also create fabulous karst formations that are incredibly unique. The infiltrating water flows from outside the limestone mountains dripping down to the cave, remaining there and creating extraordinary stalactites of terrace fields. Cave experts have examined and evaluated that these stalactites expands about 1 cm in 10 thousand years. This process has also created very impressive swirls on the cave’s domes.

On the other hand, the flora in Hang Tien cave is quite special. The rays of sunshine crept in the cave with the moisture, becoming the abundant source of life for mosses and mushrooms. They grow so rapidly that it covers almost the entire cave entrance, even clings to the long-established stalactites & stalagmites.

Flying Fox Activities

On our Hang Tien cave tours, you will cross a dry river passage inside a cave. It seldom happens that the water level inside the cave rises but in such cases, we use the “flying fox” system as a passage crossing alternative for keeping our customers and staff completely safe. This activity is done purely for safety on our tours and is carried out by a professionally trained team, under the technical guidance and regular checks of our safety advisors, members of BCRA.

HANG TIEN JUNGLE TREKKING & CAVING TOURS

Whoever wants to explore majestic Hang Tien can join-in Hang Tien 1-3 day tours and Tu Lan Expedition 4D3N of Oxalis Adventure.

1-Day Hang Tien Discovery

Hang Tien 1-Day Discovery tour is a bright star in Oxalis’s 1-day exploration tours due to its high level of adventure and long duration, visitors will be able to fully explore the 8km length of exciting activities, discover the most magnificent landscapes of Hang Tien, or enjoy moments by the beautiful natural lake.

Enjoy all these wonderful experiences at just VND 2,000,000 (USD 87); it’s certainly an experience you don’t want to miss.

2 Day – Hang Tien Endeavor

The Hang Tien Endeavor is a great combination of jungle trekking, caving, and outdoor camping adventure.

Our 14km-length adventure 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, and spending a night under a net of a thousand stars is truly a unique chance to enjoy the real wilderness of this country.

This journey includes a natural pool and camping by the waterfalls, is priced at just VND 6,500,000 (USD 283) and will give you the most memorable experience.

3 Day – Hang Tien Exploration

On this Hang Tien 3-Day Exploration tour with nearly 30km challenging adventure, you will trek through the world-class, legendary jungle of the Tu Lan Cave System. You will traverse the Rao Nan river, featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island.You will also explore extraordinary caves, including Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations.Two richly different campsites will offer you a picturesque wake-up call every day, and a magical night scene for your dreams.

Make a reservation today with the whole package price is only 8.5 million VND (USD 370).

4 Day – Tu Lan Expedition

Our ultimate Tu Lan Expedition tour of the Tu Lan region incorporating Hang Tien, the largest dry cave in the region. You will be exploring all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including two unbelievable caves; Kim Cave and Tu Lan Cave that boast phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil into a cave – highly adventurous!

The journey also includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day.  It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

Nearby Cave Tours – Tu Lan Cave System

The Tu Lan Cave System lies 70 km away from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, next to the minority village of Tan Hoa, just past the fields of grazing buffalo and rapidly growing peanut and cornfields.

Exploring Tu Lan Cave System will see you trekking through remote, untouched jungle; crossing buffalo fields; being surrounded by giant, looming, limestone mountains on all sides; and plunging into deep, cool, underground rivers that wind gracefully through mountains and river valleys alike. The tour options vary from 1 to 4 day and available to book here.