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Hostels in Phong Nha

Hostels are a great accommodation option if you’re travelling with friends! Hostels in Phong Nha are known to have a really lively atmosphere and you’re always sure to find travellers with incredible and inspiring stories.

You’ll easily find travellers here from different walks of life and also you’ll also receive a lot of information about Phong Nha, places to visit and things to do. Great thing is, the food and beer is always cheap and the staff at the hostels of Phong Nha is known to be the friendliest.

The most popular hostels in Phong Nha are Easy Tiger, Gecko, Shambalaa and Mango Hostel. All these hostels have a wonderful reputation for giving the customers a special and fun accommodation experience; moreover, they are very reasonably priced and easy going

Easy Tiger Hostel

When it comes to hostels in Phong Nha, Easy Tiger has retained the top spot for many years straight. Located in the town, this hostel provides comfortable dorm style accommodation, a swimming pool, a pool table, and great food & drinks at really affordable rates and not to forget, lots of memories.

You get to groove to the live music performances almost every night, while in the mornings you’ll get information about Phong Nha, places to visit and things to do. The staff at Easy Tiger is really friendly and can speak English really well.

Booking inquirieshttps://www.easytigerhostel.com/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: $

Gecko Hostel

The Gecko hostel is considered to be Phong Nha’s premiere hostel with the location in the center of the town. This hostel provides private rooms and dorm beds; the rooms, however, aren’t as big as you’d probably expect them to be. Gecko hostel even owns a bar which is open till late and quite a big food menu as well.

Along with information about Phong Nha, Gecko hostel also provides motorcycles and bicycles on rent; the staffs at Gecko hostel are quite friendly and speak English well enough so as not to cause any confusion.   

 

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

Thien Phu Hostel

The Thien Phu hostel, conveniently located in the town, offers clean air-conditioned rooms, comfortable bedding, hot water, and ensuite bathrooms. The room rates are quite affordable and they even include breakfast and free internet facilities. The rooms are not so spacious, however.

There is no option for food here, but you’ll be provided with tourist information like Adventure National Park tours and also pick up service at the railway station or airport. The 5 staff members of Thien Phu hostel are quite friendly and will assist you whenever required.

Booking inquirieshttps://thien-phu-hostel-vn.book.direct/en-gb/rooms
Overall quality: Great
Price: $

Shambalaa Hostel

The Shambalaa hostel opened in 2017 and looks to offers a calm and peaceful relaxing zone. Shambala, in Sanskrit, means ‘place of peace’ or ‘place of silence’. The hostel does a good job at living up to that meaning; they don’t have a bar or a restaurant.

They offer decent dorm style accommodation which is finished with Indochine – Boho décor and also free information about things to do & free bicycles with a map will be provided by this hostel. The staff at Shambalaa is known to be really friendly and helpful.

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

Mango Hostel

Mango Hostel, located in the Phong Nha town, offers private rooms with private bathrooms and even a balcony. The rooms aren’t particularly spacious, but enough for a good night’s sleep. Couples particularly like this place, as the accommodation feels like a private setting.

You’ll get a buffet breakfast every morning at the hostel and also get to avail the airport shuttle facility, if you choose this hostel. The English speaking staff will give you all necessary information for your Phong Nha travel experience.

Booking inquirieshttps://mango-hostel-phong-nha.booked.net/
Overall quality: Above Average
Price: $

Elegant Phong Nha Hostel

Elegant Phong Nha Hostel in Phong Nha town, offers pet-friendly accommodation, with free Wi-Fi, a sun terrace and free private parking on site. Each room at the hostel is air-conditioned, has a TV and a private bathroom with slippers and free toiletries.

The mattresses on the beds are a bit too hard for some people’s liking. This hostel also provides motorbike and car rental services. The quality of service by the staff is quite average.

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/ElegantHostel.phongnha/
Overall quality: Average
Price: $

Van Anh Backpacker Hostel

Van Anh Backpacker Hostel located in downtown Phong Nha, offers 2 dorm rooms and 5 options for private rooms. Free breakfast is included and of course WiFi. This hostel has a bar, restaurant and common area downstairs with a patio out front.

Every night they conduct different events like traditional Vietnamese style dinner, karaoke nights and movie nights. The staff isn’t as professional and readily available as you’d expect them to be. So, be prepared to be patient if you choose this hostel.

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/Van-Anh-Hostel-930315710351706/
Overall quality: Average
Price: $

Andy’s Backpacker Hostel

Andy’s Backpacker Hostel, located just at the beginning of the town, is a decent option if you’re looking for hostel accommodation in Phong Nha. All the rooms have a TV and private bathrooms, they’re all well-equipped with air conditioning while some of them offers a balcony.

Free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk service are offered as well. Guests at Andy’s Backpacker Hostel can have an Asian breakfast every morning. The entrance of this hostel is slightly strange and sometimes confuses you about whether it’s open or not.

Booking inquirieshttps://andy-s-backpacker-hostel-ha-loi.booked.net/
Overall quality: 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).

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