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Top 10 hotels to stay for Oxalis’ customers

When you think of travelling to Phong Nha, you definitely want to spend your time in an accommodation that accentuates your overall travel experience by bringing you closer to the symphony of traditions, food, people and nature.

As you arrive in Phong Nha and look for a place to stay, you’ll be amazed to see the huge range of options to choose from. You can choose your accommodation to be a hostel where you can just kick back, or a homestay where you feel like part of a local family, or a hotel that treats you with the kind of luxury you need, or even a rustic resort accommodation which gives you the authentic Phong Nha travel experience.

Phong Nha travel is indeed special in this regard, as the accommodations here will make sure you have an experience so extraordinary that it makes you want to leave everything behind and spend the rest of your life here in the Adventure Capital of Asia. Below are our top 10 recommendation places to stay in Phong Nha & Dong Hoi for your upcoming travel!

Other than that, the 9 new homestays in Phong Nha is what you also want to consider to spend your time. Please be aware that all suggested accommodations operate entirely independently of Oxalis Adventure. The honest information is given in good faith, and Oxalis Adventure accepts no responsibility for the service provided by any other company.

#1 Phong Nha Farmstay

The Phong Nha Farmstay is also a great choice for travellers looking to explore rural Vietnam. The accommodation is extraordinary and unique as it is based on the French Colonial style and is set in the idyllic surroundings of rice paddy fields on the edge of the famous Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

You’ll feel the vibes of the local village life and spend your evening checking out the sunset and chilling out in a hammock by the pool. The hotel has rooms overlooking the surrounding rice paddies, farmlands and mountains.

Booking inquiries: https://phong-nha-cave.com/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: From about VND1,050,000 – VND2,500,000/night (from about USD46 – USD111/night)

#2 Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha Eco Resort

The amazing Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha Eco Resort is located 3kms away from Phong Nha town in Cu Lac 2 village. It is a rustic lake resort. They offer rustic wooden bungalow accommodation and tiny houses at the end of a village road around a beautiful small lake surrounded by hills.

This Shack includes a large swimming pool built in a boat shape and a restaurant which offers a stunning view on the lake. It is a lovely place to relax after a busy day of cave exploration in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Due to the location of this accommodation, mosquitos may give you a really hard time. So, come prepared and be sure to ask for help.

Booking inquiries: http://www.nguyenshack.com/phongnha/
Overall quality: Great
Price: From about VND650,000 – VND1,150,000/night (from about USD29 – USD51/night)

#3 Phong Nha Friendly Home

With very creative infrastructural designing and heartwarming paintings all over, Phong Nha Friendly Home is a new homestay in Phong Nha that you wouldn’t want to miss. As the name goes, the staff at this homestay feels genuine joy while providing customers with a wonderful accommodation experience in Phong Nha.

Set near the ever-gorgeous Son River, Phong Nha Friendly Home has 6 rooms (including 1 dorm room) and will also let you have your peace of mind in the beautiful surroundings

 

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/phongnhafriendlyhome/
Overall quality: Great
Price: From about VND400,000 – VND1,000,000/night (from about USD18 – USD45/night)

#4 Tropical Valley Homestay

Tropical Valley Homestay is a new accommodation in Phong Nha which sets a cozy atmosphere for everyone.  It offers dorm-type room to single or double-type rooms with a lovely lookout to the garden. The owner of Tropical Valley Homestay, Quy and his family is extremely kind and friendly, their pancakes are something you must try while staying here. They offer the pickup service when you arrive in Phong Nha and their family meals are amazing for some reasons!

Adventure or Phong Nha National Park tours are available at the reception.

 

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/Tropicalvalleyhomestay/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: From about VND150,000 – VND550,000/night (from about USD5 – USD25/night)

#5 Dolphin Home

Dolphin Home is one of the most ideal places to stay for many domestic and international tourists, as it is located right in the city center, close to the beautiful beaches of Quang Binh province.

The first impression when visiting Dolphin Home is the warm hospitality and unique infrastructural designs stretching from the front to the depths of the rooms, bringing a homely and comfortable feeling to the traveler. Dolphin Home also owns an airy space on the top floor with views overlooking the Nhat Le river and a grocery store right under the main hall, providing maximum convenience for customers. Stay at Dolphin Home, visitors can easily take a bus to Phong Nha to explore some of the world’s best caves or just take it easy and enjoy the feeling of cycling around the gorgeous beach in the afternoon.

 

Booking inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/dolphinhomeqb/
Overall quality: Good
Price: From about 115,000VND – 475,000VND / night (from about 5USD – 21USD / night)

#6 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: From about VND500,000 – VND830,000/night (from about USD23 – USD37/night)

#7 Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort

Experience an iconic blend of rural relaxation and hospitality at Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort, with the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park on your doorstep, and tranquil river life just a short stroll or bicycle away. You also have the option to book a boat that’ll pick you up and get you to the farmstay through the mesmerizing river. The beautifully designed accommodation will give you sights of landscaped gardens and farm plots.

You get to be one with the Vietnamese culture, attend cookery and even weaving classes. You’ll be treated to the best local cuisine and get to interact with the friendliest staff in all of Phong Nha. The pool area has been revitalized and the lush gardens will keep your spirits high. The Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort will give you a life changing experience and make you fall in love with Vietnam.

 

Booking inquiries: https://chaylapfarmstay.com/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: From about VND2,100,000 – VND2,300,000/night (from about USD95 – USD105/night)

#8 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:  From about VND500,000 – VND670,000/night (from about USD23 – USD30/night)

#9 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 inquiries: https://www.easytigerhostel.com/
Overall quality: Excellent
Price: From about VND180,000/night (from about USD8/night)

#10 Geminai Hotel & Café

Geminai Hotel & Café is a popular accommodation based in Dong Hoi City, with uniquely designed style and luxurious facilities. Geminai’s ground floor is a large restaurant, that offers delicious Western and Oriental dishes. In addition to this, all drinks here are well prepared and flavorful, adding to the charming experience for visitors.

Geminai Hotel & Café is located on the banks of the Nhat Le river and is an ideal getaway for visitors planning to visit other tourist destinations in the area such as Bao Ninh beach, Quang Phu sand dune, Dong Hoi market. Don’t miss chance to use the free bicycles and have memorable rides on the windy roads of the city.

Booking inquiries: http://geminaihotel.com
Overall quality: Great
Price: From about VND340,000 – VND565,000/night (from about USD15 – USD25/night)

Complimentary beds in dorm room at Oxalis Home for early arriving guests

We also offer a free 6-bed dorm room at Oxalis Home for our adventurers who arrive in Phong Nha early in the morning, few hours ahead of their booked tour departure. Here you can catch some shut eye and be prepared right before your tour departs. This dorm room comes with air-conditioning, comfortable bedding and is equipped with Wi-Fi as well. This free dorm facility can only be availed by customers who arrive early in the morning on the same day as their tour departure and is only available for a short stay (2-4 hours before tour departure).

Please contact our team in advance if you arrive early and would love to stay with us before your tour at [email protected]

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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