Son Doong Cave is operated exclusively by Oxalis Adventure Tours. Oxalis is the first adventure tour company in Phong Nha and part of the initial efforts to explore Son Doong Cave through their support of the British Cave Research Association.
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Due to environmental and safety and conservation of Son Doong Cave, the Government of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, has granted permission to only one tour company, Oxalis Adventure Tours to bring tourists to Son Doong Cave. Oxalis are the first adventure tour company in Phong Nha and part of the initial efforts to explore Son Doong Cave through their support of the British Cave Research Association.
Only 1000 tourist to be allowed to visit the cave a year from January to end of August each year, each tour Oxalis will bring 10 tourists to explore Son Doong Cave and there are 30 staffs including cave safet expert, guide, safety assistants, chefs, and porters carrying about 600kg equipments in and out of the cave during 4 days and 3 night camping in the cave.
Oxalis takes its position in the adventure tourism sector and Vietnam tourism very seriously and strives to create the safest adventures possible for its staff and guests. Oxalis operates on an international level of quality employing one of the top caving groups in the World to oversee all caving operations.
Booking must be made before arrival in Phong Nha to ensure your place on the limited departures available. Oxalis use a simple booking system calendar similar to when searching for a flight. Available dates will be displayed in your preferred week or month.
Son Doong Cave is currently the world’s largest cave and it is environmental sensitive therefore the Government of Quang Binh province issued a regulation that allows only 1000 tourists can visit the cave each year, each tour normally 10 tourists. In order to manage the cave sustainably, only one operator to be appointed to run tours to Son Doong and Oxalis Adventure was appointed as the only operator since 2013. Oxalis Adventure has been collaborating with the British Cave and Research Association in maintaining safety and conservation. Below are the reasons why Son Doong Expedition cost US$3000:
1. In this $3,000 tour price, 10 percent of tax is already included, $660 is the environmental service fee that will be transferred to the management of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
2. The fees also go to the 22 porters, five safety assistants, one international tour guide, a cave expert, two cooks and a forest ranger who accompany every 10 people who take a tour.
3. Other expenses include transportation, hotel, food and drinks, management and administration during the tour. (Not including international and domestic airfares).