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Homestays in Phong Nha

It’s normal to feel homesick every now and then if you’ve been in your wander boots for long, this is where homestays step in and make your journey beautiful when you’re away from home.

Homestays in Phong Nha are extremely popular for their ability to make you feel at home and feel like you have your own cute little family in Vietnam. You’ll get a great insight about the simplistic lifestyle of the Phong Nha locals, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with the local family hosting you.

Almost all the homestays are very affordably priced. The best homestays in Phong Nha are Sy’s Homestay, Thao Nguyen Homestay, Phong Nha Mountain House, Tuan Garden House and Song Que Homestay. These homestays will let you be a part of the family dinners, share stories and laughter.

Ho Khanh Homestay

This homestay lies on the banks of the Son River in Phong Nha village. Mr Khanh, the owner, was the original discoverer of the world’s biggest cave Hang Son Doong! The Homestay is made of a unique traditional design and hand carvings are seen throughout.

They offer three private bungalows, three rooms in a traditional wooden house, and a separate Family Room for 4 people. Bicycles are also available for the guests who wish to see the surroundings on two wheels.

Booking inquirieshttp://phong-nha-homestay.com/
Overall quality: Great
Price: $$$

Phong Nha Coco House

This homestay accommodation in Phong Nha opened recently, everything is quite brand new and you’d be happy to know that it is located on the riverside. 

The rooms, although not that spacious, are comfortable; you’ll also receive recommendations on which tours to do while in Phong Nha. This place is run by a family of three and they’ll make sure you have a nice stay.

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/Phong-Nha-CoCo-House-1783344828573627/
Overall quality: Above Average
Price: $

Phong Nha Mountain House

Phong Nha Mountain House is one of the top family Homestays in Phong Nha village and is known for the authentic experience it provides. The owner is Ho An, a safety assistant in Son Doong Expedition tour of Oxalis Adventure. The accommodation is designed in the form of wooden stilt houses. It offers one family room with two double beds, private down-stairs bathroom, air-conditioning, small fridge & WiFi. The soft mattresses, the delicious local cuisine and the great hospitality of Ho An and his family will make sure you have a wonderful stay here. The view from the room might not be as appeasing as some other hotels or homestays, but is good enough for spending a couple of days.

Booking inquiries: http://www.phongnhamountainhouse.com/
Overall quality: Great
Price: $$$

Phong Nha River House

Phong Nha River House is located on the riverbanks of Son River. The homestay currently has 5 rooms in a traditional style wooden house, each room is cozy and has comfortable bedding. They provide wifi, A/C and an ensuite bathroom with hot water. The owner, Bom & his wife cook really well and you’re guaranteed to enjoy some amazing meals in their onsite restaurant. The view from the rooms is amazing; however, in some rooms you don’t have the option of opening windows, which can be a bit frustrating for some.

Booking inquiries: http://phongnhariverhouse.com/
Overall quality: Above Average
Price: $$$

Tuan’s Garden House

Tuan’s Garden House is a one of a kind homestay that offers pet-friendly accommodation in Phong Nha. With a sun terrace, this homestay offers a wonderful view of the mountain and the garden. It also has an on-site restaurant that allows you to enjoy BBQ. This place also offers rooms with a balcony with garden views; you’ll feel close to the nature at all times.

Guests can use free bicycles to explore the surrounding area at night as well. The staff here is extremely welcoming and helpful.

Booking inquirieshttps://phong-nha-tuan-garden-house.booked.net/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: $$

Thao Nguyen Homestay

Thao Nguyen homestay is located in the center of the town and keeps you close to the local market and all the cool attractions of the area. It is run by a friendly family of Phong Nha. Linh, who manages the homestay, is a young man who will make sure you get the most out of your trip to Phong Nha.

You can choose to do bicycle tours while staying here and be part of family dinners, before going back to your super comfortable room. Thao Nguyen homestay also has a swimming pool with an amazing view.

Booking inquiries: https://facebook.com/phongnha.thaonguyen/
Overall quality: Great
Price: $$

Song Que Homestay

Located in Phong Nha, Song Que Homestay offers decent rooms, with a restaurant that provides BBQ facility. The guest house has a terrace overlooking the mountains. Each room comes with a private bathroom and some rooms give you a view of the Son River. There is also a sitting area. Accommodation is available for a daily à la carte breakfast.

Song Que Homestay offers free use of bicycles as well as motorbike rental. The staff at Song Que is really friendly and speaks decent English.

Overall quality: Great
Price: $$

Sy’s Homestay

This homestay is located in the middle of a rice field at Cu Lac Village (1Km from Phong Nha town) is run by Sy’s family. Sy’s homestay is a great base to explore the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park and its caves, as well as meet the local farmers.

In terms of accommodation, the homestay offers 3 spacious private bungalows with a view of the National Park Mountain. This place provides a common area with hammocks, chairs and tables for unwinding, together with a small swimming pool.

Booking inquiries: http://www.sy-homestay.com/
Overall quality: Great
Price: $

Linh’s Homestay

Linh’s Homestay is located in Phong Nha and offers free WiFi, some of them come with a balcony which offers a nice sun terrace. Some rooms are smaller than they seem on the website, so be sure to check the room before you confirm. Breakfast is served daily and includes English / Irish and Asian dishes while the bicycle & car rental services are also available.

This homestay accommodation in Phong Nha has a reputation for keeping the guests comfortable and relaxed.

Booking inquirieshttps://linhs-homestay.business.site/
Overall quality: Above Average
Price: $

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).

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?  Visit our FAQs section where we have a lot of answers for your questions and concerns. https://oxalis.com.vn/faq-general/

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