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One of the best campsites in the world – Hang Tien cave campsite

Among the top must-have camping experiences in the world, pitching a tent under the stars amid some of the most breathtaking sceneries is the wild and free camping experience that any nature lovers & explorers have ever dreamed of. Even if you have ever camped on dreamy beaches of the Caribbean islands or on snow-capped peaks of the Alps, the feeling of sleeping in the heart of tropical jungles right next to a million-year-old cave is like no other!

When traveling to Phong Nha, you might want to look at what to do in Phong Nha so that you would not miss out some fun and must-do activities. Make sure to check out one of top campsites in Vietnam and in Asia – the Hang Tien campsite, located just about 70km away from the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, home to the world’s largest cave Hang Son Doong. Settled deep in the untouched jungles of Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam, the Hang Tien cave campsite is considered as one of the best campsites in the world owing to its majestic views and unique experiences that explorers will have while taking a break during their journeys to the majestic Hang Tien cave – a part of the marvelous Tu Lan cave system and one of the most astounding caves on Earth. Among other must-see beautiful caves in Phong Nha, Hang Tien cave stands out to be the preferable option for travelers as you can go camping here at the gorgeous Hang Tien campsite while camping is not available at other caves such as Paradise cave or Phong Nha cave.

As one of the top outdoor activities in Phong Nha, the journey to the Hang Tien campsite is perfect for those looking for the best camping adventure in the South East Asia, right in the untouched jungles of Vietnam. After a long day trekking & caving, the Hang Tien campsite sets among the pristine jungles, next to the tranquil rivers is truly a paradise ready to blow your mind away. The facilities are thoughtfully set will be a big surprise to anyone as there are kitchen areas, dining tables, composting toilets and even changing tents properly equipped in such a remote areas right in the middle of tropical jungles. What really takes the Hang Tien camping experience to next level is the mouth-watering food prepared by the local porter chef. There are various food options for vegan, vegetarians, meat lovers and even hot instant coffee and teas while unwinding by the river. Sweating after the jungle trek? Taking a dip in the beautiful blue natural pool right next to the campsite is amazingly refreshing. It’s highly recommended as one of the must-do adventure activities in Phong Nha! The underground river spouts out through the cave entrance and eventually forms a unique natural pool that is just perfect for you to enjoy a refreshing swim. For those charming sceneries, Hang Tien campsite stands out to be one of must-see destinations and best campsites in Vietnam.

At the end of the day, a good sleep is what you need before another day trek, the tents are always ready whenever trekkers arrive in the campsite and fully equipped with comfortable mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags, etc. just like your second home when you travel to Vietnam! Together with the jovial staff team, the Hang Tien campsite provides the excellent service to visitors and it is also an ideal option for wonderful family trips in Vietnam! Rising as a star among many must-see campsites in the world, the Hang Tien campsite will amaze you in every way with the mesmerizing sunset views or a deep breath of fresh air in the morning. And there are more to the Hang Tien campsite – one of the best campsites in the world that all nature lovers would add it to their bucket list when traveling to Vietnam and Phong Nha!

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Photo: Le Ngoc Tan

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Photo: Hải Phan

Hang Tien campsite is also known as one of the best stargazing destinations in the world which is a must to experience Vietnam traveling to the utmost! Miles away from your hometown, in the middle of the tropical jungles of Central Vietnam, you will be sitting by the springs under the starry sky with like-mind travelers from different countries, sipping hot coffee while stories being told . “All good things are wild and free”, you will get excited while sleeping in the cozy tents, as an exciting adventure awaits you outside the tent when the sun comes up.

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Still not sure which tour would suit you best? Check out How to select the right Oxalis adventure to get more clarity and if you’re a trekking enthusiast, be sure to have a look at Phong Nha: Best trekking adventures in Asia!

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 descent 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 a 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 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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