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Central Backpackers Hostel, Phong Nha – Where backpacking meets luxury!

If you’re a backpacker on the lookout for an unforgettable experience in South-East Asia, you must make your way to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh, Vietnam. When you visit Phong Nha, you will have hundreds of options in terms of the accommodation and plenty of those are undoubtedly fantastic places to stay.

The recent entry of the Hanoi based hostel giant, “Central Backpackers Hostel”, to Phong Nha has been a complete game changer and the Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha has taken Phong Nha’s hostel accommodation scene by storm. This amazing hostel has been developed with the idea of fusing the raw spirit of backpacking with class and refined luxury at highly affordable prices.

Here’s all that you need to know about Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha!

Hostel Infrastructure – Swanky and chilled out!

The Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha is based right in the Phong Nha town and will be one of the first big accommodations you’ll see as you enter the town. Walk into the hostel’s entrance area and you will be greeted by a very spacious parking lot where you can park your two-wheeled companion free of cost and be rest assured that it’ll be safe!

You’ll be impressed by the size of this hostel; it has 3 floors excluding its ground floor and all infrastructures have been very well designed to adhere to the guests’ convenience. The grey brick walls and other colorful designs around the cafeteria give the ground floor a very cool vibe, as it’s the main relaxing zone. You can make your way around the four floors using the staircase or the lift, which can be taken from the 1st floor!

The ground floor is where all the fun takes place; it has a nice coffee section, gaming section with a foosball table and pool table, a television at the bar, large seating area and once you walk out, you’ll be facing a beautiful open area with hammocks, beach beds, benches, swings and a gorgeous swimming pool next to a moderately sized volleyball field.

All the floors have nice and wide corridors for walking around and are equipped with CCTV cameras as well. You’ll find small balconies on both ends of the corridor where you can stand and enjoy the evening breeze.

Let’s talk about the rooms!

Hostel Rooms – A surprise for every backpacker!

This is the main aspect that gives the Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha such a stellar reputation among travelers! As the title suggests, this is a hostel where backpacking meets luxury and rightfully so. The hostel has a total of 24 amazing rooms:

·      10 private rooms – Single, twin and triple

·      14 dorm rooms – 6 beds, 8 beds, 10 beds and female dorm room

If you’re a seasoned backpacker, you would’ve surely stayed at N number of hostels and you’ll be in for a big surprise when you enter your room in this hostel. The rooms are very spacious, extremely clean and have a very luxurious design inside out; you’ll surely feel the difference with the amazing grey, white, brown and black theme.

The mattresses on the beds are incredibly comfortable in all the rooms, along with the pillow and the snug velvety soft white blankets. If you wish to read when your dorm-mates sleep, you can use the reading light that you’ll find attached to your bed. Every room comes with air-conditioning, a fan and an attached bathroom. The bathrooms are very well maintained and are squeaky clean, with well finished flooring.

When you check-in at the reception, you’ll be handed a key and a unique keycard; the key would be used to open the main door of the room and the keycard is scanned to unlock the locker where you keep your valuables and luggage. Every single guest in the dorm rooms has a separate locker, which is placed inside the rooms. All the dorm rooms have large windows that allow you to take in the wonderful scenery of the town and this is the same with the private rooms.

In case of the private rooms, you’ll find a huge closet inside the room, along with a private locker to store your valuables securely. The private rooms are incredibly spacious, have big television sets, air conditioning, large beds, private bathrooms and will give you a true sense of boutique living despite being part of a backpacker hostel!

Hostel entertainment and offers – Every second is fun filled!

The Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha offers plenty of ways to entertain the guests both in and out of the hostel; inside the hostel, you will find a chill out zone on the ground floor, where you can spend time playing pool and foosball with your friends or just sit back and enjoy watching a live football match on the big screen. The swimming pool area has a very refreshing vibe and while you unwind there on the hammocks or beach beds, you will be surrounded by the majestic greenery of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

The food and bar counter offers a huge variety of Vietnamese dishes and drinks at very affordable rates, drinking games and the offers on food and alcohol will blow your mind:

·     Free backyard BBQ for guests every Wednesday and Sunday night (Pork, mashed potatoes, tofu and more!)

·     Free beer from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM every day except Wednesdays and Sundays.

After the bar closes at 11:00 PM, you can continue the party at Hair of the Dog Bar – Phong Nha, where you’ll be escorted to by the friendly staff at the hostel.

Pricing and other services – Ideal for backpackers!

·      10 bed dorm room – VND 108,000/PAX (USD 4.7)

·      8 bed dorm room – VND 122,000/PAX (USD 5.3)

·      6 bed dorm room – VND 136,000/PAX (USD 6)

·      Female dorm room – VND 141,000/PAX (USD 6.1)

·      Single private room – VND 352,000 (USD 15.3)

·      Twin/Double private room – VND 470,000 (USD 20.4)

·      Triple private room – VND 564,000 (USD 24.5)

The icing on the cake is that free breakfast (7:00 AM – 10:00 AM) is included in the room price and you will also be provided with laundry service at just VND 30,000/Kg (USD 1.3).

The reception is open 24*7 and will provide you with a free map of Phong Nha and you can book all kinds of Phong Nha jungle and cave tours at the reception directly. If you inform the hostel about your arrival time in Dong Hoi and wish to be picked up, they will arrange a private transfer for you to Phong Nha with additional charges.

This is just the beginning of the Central Backpackers Hostel era in Phong Nha and there’s so much more that will add to its charm in the coming days. Visit the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and feel a unique backpacking accommodation experience at the Central Backpackers Hostel – Phong Nha.

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Oxalis Adventure Tours:

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m decent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or a too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It 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. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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