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Son Doong Bungalow – The best bungalow accommodation in Phong Nha

If you’re on a holiday in Vietnam, staying at a bungalow accommodation is a wonderful way to experience fine boutique living and get to indulge in certain pleasures of life that we don’t get to enjoy on a day to day basis. But what if we told you that there is a bungalow accommodation in Vietnam that blends luxury with a taste of Vietnamese traditions and some of the dreamiest landscapes that you would ever find!

We’re talking about the one and only Son Doong Bungalow based in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh, Vietnam. Given that Phong Nha lies in the heart of Vietnam and is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery, amazing culture and kindest locals, staying at the Son Doong Bungalow is surely a win-win also due to its ideal location.

Here’s all you need to know about the Son Doong Bungalow and why it will become one of your favorite holiday accommodations in Vietnam ever!

Son Doong Bungalow – What makes it special!

There are various factors that make the Son Doong Bungalow as special as it is and sets it apart in the eyes of travelers and locals alike. Let’s start by telling you about the name; the Son Doong Bungalow is named after the mightiest of the mighty Son Doong cave – the largest cave on Earth! This is primarily due to the fact this bungalow is located in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, like the Son Doong cave itself and also the fact that all the adventurers that join the Son Doong Expedition with Oxalis Adventure stay at the Son Doong Bungalow prior to the commencement of their journey to the world’s largest cave.

Like the other unique accommodations in Phong Nha, the Son Doong Bungalow also came into being to give travelers a true sense of life in Phong Nha and its unparalleled beauty, along with generating employment for the locals. The staff at the Son Doong Bungalow comprises of only locals, who have worked hard to learn English communication and serve the guests to the best of their ability and always believe in ‘service with a smile’!

Bungalow infrastructure – Exceptional and charming!

What’s sure to impress you right off the bat is how the Son Doong Bungalow is located; facing the serene and gorgeous Son River in Phong Nha. As you make your way out of the Phong Nha town and reach the Son Doong Bungalow, you will be greeted by the friendly staff that’ll carry your luggage and welcome you inside. As you enter, you will find a large seating area facing the reception area and right before the seating area, you will find a wall climbing section on your left.

Throughout the expanse of the Son Doong Bungalow, you will be charmed by the lush greenery surrounding you in every direction; the walkways, relaxing areas, seating areas, small structures and every other corner of the property is filled with colorful flowers, beautiful plants and waving trees. Such an accommodation environment keeps you cool, lets you enjoy the breeze and even relax under the shade on those hot summer days in Phong Nha.

As you walk on straight from the entrance, you will further find the most beautiful section of the bungalow; one of the best swimming pools in Phong Nha will be a visual treat with its crystal clear blue water. Right in front of the gorgeous swimming pool, you will find the restaurant and bar area that has been designed in the shape of a hut. Here, you will also have a seating area where you can sit and chat or work on your laptop peacefully.

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On your left would be the fantastic rooms. When you set your eyes on what’s on the exterior of the rooms, you will be thoroughly impressed to see the walls painted with utmost creativity and artistic skill. The wall art depicts the wilderness of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with the spectacular caves, rivers, jungle and more. During night time, the entire area looks magical with the mood lighting around the swimming pool and bar area.

Walk past the rooms and you will find a small garden where you can unwind on the white swings and feel the tranquility of the area. The surrounding area at the back of the Son Doong Bungalow consists of open green lands with small local houses not so far in the distance.

Bungalow accommodation – Brilliant rooms!

The Son Doong Bungalow has a total of thirteen rooms; twelve rooms on the ground floor, laid out next to each other and one room on the first floor. Out of these twelve rooms, there are three superior triple rooms, three superior double roomsand six deluxe triple rooms, and the one room that is one the first floor is called the family room. Apart from the family room, all other rooms have transparent sliding doors through which you get a nice view of the pool that’s just a few steps away and curtains inside the doors give you privacy, as well as lots of colorful flowers and plants near the doorstep adding to the charm!

Something interesting that you will find as you walk up to your rooms would be the names of the room; each room has been named after the legendary and prominent caves in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park region, such as Hang Son Doong – the world’s biggest cave, Hang En – third largest cave in the world, Hang Va – cave having the rarest formations ever seen and some caves from the gigantic Tu Lan Cave System – made up of over 10 caves including Hang Tien cave and more!

Deluxe Triple Room

The deluxe triple rooms are considerably large and quite spacious. These rooms come with a king size bed and a single bed; the mattresses are incredibly comfortable for a good night’s sleep, along with the velvety soft blankets and pillows. Apart from a well finished attached bathroom, you will find another door in this room that’ll lead you out to a surprise; an open shower area is part of this room. The beauty of this open shower area is that you’ll be under a bamboo shed and will have greenery surrounding you as you get under the shower.

Superior Triple Room

Similar to the deluxe triple room with regards to being spacious and comfortable, the superior triple room is also a sure winner if you’re looking to have a great stay in Phong Nha. The superior triple room also comes with an additional single bed apart from a king size bed. Having all other amenities in common with the other room styles, the only difference between a superior and a deluxe room is that the former doesn’t come with an outdoor shower area.

Superior Double Room

The superior double rooms come with one king size bed that can comfortably accommodate two people. Just like the other rooms, the floors are very well finished, along with an overall spick and span look. In terms of the bathroom and outdoor shower area, you will find it in these you won’t find the latter in these rooms. These rooms are ideal for couples who wish to have a more private experience while staying in Phong Nha!

Family Room

Located right above the reception area on the first floor, the family room in Son Doong Bungalow is absolutely huge! It’s so big that the entire first floor is actually the Family Room. Apart from other amenities, you will find a large balcony here that overlooks the surrealistic landscapes of Phong Nha’s limestone mountains and the tranquilly flowing Son River. Inside the Son Doong Bungalow family room, you will find one king size bed and two single beds. Even though this room doesn’t come with an attached outdoor shower area, it compensates with a very large attached bathroom. The room also has a working table, chairs and windows through which you can let the breeze in! As the name suggests, this room is perfect for families or a group of friends seeking adventures in Phong Nha!

Amenities:

 

All the rooms come with the following basic amenities:

• Slippers

• Air-conditioning

• Cable television

• Kettle

• Closet

• Minibar

• Wi-Fi

• Towels

 

Pricing:

 

Here are the room charges:

• Superior double room – VND 1,300,000

• Superior triple room – VND 1,300,000

• Deluxe triple room – VND 1,600,000

• Family room – VND 2,200,000

All the room prices include breakfast!

Bungalow services and facilities – Perfect for a holiday in Phong Nha!

The Son Doong Bungalow has several services on offer and the other facilities ensure a great stay.

Swimming Pool

This is where you can relax and cool off surrounded by lovely plantation and colorful flowers on both sides. Located just a few steps from the entrance of the bungalow, this swimming pool is considered to be one of the best places to swim in Phong Nha and you will have plenty of beach beds around the pool to lay back and soak in some sun. The water level is shallow enough to be safe and deep enough to immerse yourself. You will also have buoyancy aids next to the pool, so put them on if you don’t feel too confident about your swimming skills.

Restaurant and Bar

The pool facing restaurant and bar area of the Son Doong Bungalow is sure to be one of your favorite spots in the premises, as the wide range of food and drinks is sure to blow your mind and leave you wanting more! The Son Doong Bungalow kitchen specializes in authentic Vietnamese local food and western food, and the bar counter will serve you amazing cocktails, mocktails, cold drinks and other alcoholic beverages. The restaurant and bar, including the swimming pool area remains open from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM every day.

Mountain Bikes

During your stay at the amazing Son Doong Bungalow, you will have a chance to explore the different corners of Phong Nha on high quality mountain bikes that would be provided to you free of cost. The Phong Nha loop is considered to be the best motor-biking loop in Vietnam and if you’re a seasoned cyclist, you will certainly have fun doing the loop on a mountain bike. You can cycle to local attractions like the Phong Nha Botanical Garden, Bong Lai Valley and Paradise Cave or to the Phong Nha Heritage Center where you can get on a boat ride to visit the Phong Nha Cave.

Climbing Section

A climbing wall is set up for adventurers’ interests; everyone from beginners to speed climbers can strap on and go vertical. This vertical wall has colorful holds spread out across the wall and recently a slanted wooden climbing wall was also installed at the property. For those staying at the Son Doong Bungalow ahead of their Son Doong Expedition departure, this climbing section is a wonderful way to mentally get in the zone for climbing the Great wall of Vietnam, however, inside the Son Doong Cave it’s a different world altogether!

Private Transfers

If you’ve booked the Son Doong Expedition, you will be picked up at the Dong Hoi Airport or Railway Station and brought to the Son Doong Bungalow via a private transfer in a 4-7 seater vehicle free of cost. If you’ve booked a room/rooms at the Son Doong Bungalow online, you will still be able to avail the private transfer service at an additional yet affordable cost of VND 600,000 each way!

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The Son Doong Bungalow is a wonderful retreat for travelers visiting Phong Nha and you will surely have one of the best accommodation experiences of your life here!

If you wish to have a more rustic accommodation experience, check out Chay Lap Farmstay or get a different taste of Phong Nha with the 9 new homestays we love!

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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