Trip Advisor Reviews
Read a very small selection of unedited TripAdvisor reviews of Son Doong Cave. It is continually rated as the best trekking experience in the world and truly life-changing:
“One of the Most Memorable Things I’ve Ever Done” – Tap1 (New York)
If you are on the fence, just go!! Just got back to the States from Asia and was on the April 17 trek to Son Doong Cave. My friend and I wanted to do something out of our comfort zones and this was definitely it in the best way possible. It was the highlight of our 3 1/2 week trip through Asia, and we felt empowered when we finished.
“Once in a Lifetime Experience” – Ryan M (Los Angeles)
Don’t think twice – just do it. This was such an incredible experience. Oxalis is such an incredible company in terms of organization, community involvement, and overall quality of the expeditions. Words can’t really capture the immensity of Son Doong so I’m not even going to try. All I can say is that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The food is phenomenal, the guides and porters are incredibly kind and knowledgable, and the location can’t be beat.
“Possibly the Most Incredible Place on the Planet” – Akostich (Los Angeles)
I just returned from the 5 day expedition into Son Doong Cave, and it was incredible. Having been to over 70 countries I can say that I have not been as astounded by the sights before my eyes anywhere else in the world.
“My Top Trek and Destination!” – Reap9196 (Sydney)
There are some treks in the world that are all about the journey and not just the destination. Son Doong is a world ahead on both the journey and the incredible destination. Each day when we would get to camp, a coffee was always there and I just could not believe the sights I had seen.
Oxalis are world class and they really do make the journey so enjoyable. I was concerned about doing this as I am getting old but I did it and I had nothing to worry about. You will need to train and you will need to be prepared to be wet as you cross lots of rivers but that makes it fun. I loved every minute of this trip and it is like nothing else on earth. I felt so humble and so into the now like never before. A truly life changing experience with an incredible company. Book well in advance and don’t think twice it is worth every penny and more.
“Surreal, Out of this World Experience!” – Yohendran B (Singapore)
You definitely need mental strength and fitness for this, but it’ll be worth it. A 4 day jungle/cave trek which was more tricky than exhausting and well supported by the exclusive Oxalis tour group. Be prepared for wet feet, pack light, keep your concentration for safety and stay hydrated. Awesome scenery, huge caverns, subterranean rivers, fossils and great camaraderie.
“Amazing Experience Visiting Son Doong Cave with Oxalis!” – Cristina D
Amazing experience being part of Son Doong Expedition in July 2018! Oxalis is a very professional company, and everything was well organized from the beginning to end: the emails with preparation details before arrival, the quality of accomodation provided by Oxalis on first and last night of the tour, the cleaness of the campsites, the guidance and safety measures along the way.
Oxalis are the sole tour providers to some of the best caves in Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park: Son Doong (largest cave in the world), Hang En (3rd largest), as well as other caves. Besides being professional in delivering the service to tourists, they are also very well aware of the fragile environment we step in, and they are continuously watching and protecting it.
“Son Doong Expedition – Once a Lifetime Experience!” – Cindy L (Los Angeles)
Ever since I got back from Son Doong I’ve been telling everyone that they should do it as soon as they can – Son Doong is so beautiful that you have to experience on your own, photos or videos never do the justice. It makes you realized the world has so many wonders to offer, that you need to see, touch and feel before it is gone!
With Oxalis’ service, visiting Son Doong is like doing a one-day hike in Griffith Park – you basically carry your water bottle and helmet and that’s all! The safety assistants and the porters are amazing – they prepare everything you need for you. Everyday when you arrive the campsite, the tents and restrooms are already there. The safety assistants even make you tea and coffee for you! I felt I was treated like a queen! Let alone the amazing meals the chef makes – you seriously won’t find better food in Phong Nha other than in Son Doong!
Mostly importantly, I felt super, super safe everyday. Even we had to climb up and down so many times, I knew I was being taking extremely good care and I didn’t have to worry about falling or anything else. If you are an experienced hiker and have strong legs and good balance, SonDoong is easy and has tons of fun!!! Just go and enjoy the beauty!
“The Son Doong expedition – A Once in a Lifetime, Totally Unique Experience!” – PrinaP (Nairobi)
We just completed the 5-day, 4-night Han Son Doong expedition with Oxalis and I can safely say it is like nothing I have ever done before. The trek to and through the cave is intensely physical and I can see why they say they’ve had to turn people away before – a word of advice…definitely follow their advice on how to train!
Having said that, we never felt rushed in the cave, and we never felt unsafe because the team are all consummate professionals – everyone from our main guides Thang and Adam, the assistant guides Bien, Hoay, Ling and Dang, and the staff in the head office were wonderful. Our main chef Bun kept us really well fed (I already miss my daily pho breakfast) and the team of porters ensured camp was always well set up by the time we reached at the end of the day.
This type of trip is not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re willing to put yourself out of your comfort zone and want to see landscapes and formations that few will ever see, sign up…immediately!
My girlfriend and I booked the 4 day son doong adventure with Oxalis. Let me first start off by saying this was a once in a lifetime experience and the group i had in the trip made it memorable and i will never forget this. Everything was rolled into one price which made it very easy.
The Chay Lap farm stay the first night was very nice and the service there was tremendous. We were picked up and dropped off at the airport, even driven there early for a special time flight. We were informed very well on what to expect and what was expected of us. The 2 guides we had were tremendous, try to go with them if you can. Wotto and Anetta were our guides, cant say enough good things about them. The porters that joined us were very nice and it made the experience even better.
Each of the 3 campsites were already set up when we arrived and the boys that came along as porters cooked some amazing meals! By day 3 we were all very close, even with the porters and guides. Our final dinner was a sad goodbye, we didn’t want to leave the group. We had so much fun, a once in a lifetime experience. Wotto our guide showed me some amazing ways to take photography. Anetta our other guide provided some great laughs.
We left after 4 days with hugs for everyone, i even had to give the porters hugs as i felt close to them after just 4 days. I highly recommend to book a trip with Oxalis. I am biased to Wotto and Anetta as guides but if you can request them!
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