With only one day, you can still enjoy a challenging trek, a natural swimming pool and see a spectacular cave. Hang Tien, also known as Fairy Cave has an enormous entrance, large calcite formations and unusual rock features.

  • Biggest dry cave
  • Fascinating rocky terrains
  • Jungle trekking/li>
  • Spectacular formations
  • Amazing picnic lunch
  • Gorgeous natural pool


Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.


Quick Facts

  • Duration: 1 day tour

  • Availability: Dec to mid-Sep Every Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun

  • Difficulty: Level 3 - Moderate

  • Group size: 2-16 people; 16+ years old

  • Distance: 6km trekking; 1.5km caving; 350m elevation gain; 10m ladder climb

Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Safety Briefing

You will be picked up from your hotel between 7.30 and 8am, for the an hour drive to Oxalis office in Tan Hoa, located 70 km from Phong Nha. Here you will have a tour briefing and prepare for the tour.


The trek starts off with a steep uphill section, leading into the jungle.

Some rocky sections at the top, and then a similarly steep descent before the trail levels off and you enter the valley. Turning west the trail is a large jumble of rocks to pick your way over, with the help and direction of the guide and safety team. The huge entrance is at the head of the valley. Enjoy some snacks before starting the cave exploration. As you enter the cave you will appreciate the full size of the passage. Plants and algae cover many of the calcite formations. Further into the cave you will see many unusual cave features such as a ceiling dome, and multiple layers of rock, giving the walls a stripy appearance. A 10m ladder will be climbed up with a safety rope, and a short distance later you will see the end of the cave, an opening into the jungle.


Retrace the journey back to the entrance, down the rocky valley and stop for lunch and a swim in the beautiful natural spring.

Refreshed, it’s then time for the big hill back up and down to the road for the pickup and return to the office for a shower. Transfer to Phong Nha arriving around 7pm

Frequently Asked Questions


Please visit our FAQ general page to read our specific What to Bring list before departing for Vietnam and your cave expedition.


  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Water and picnic lunch
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
  • Porter to prepare meals and pump water
  • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
  • Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
  • Eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat at lunch site
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters only)
  • Dry box is prepared in case of high water level
  • Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store any luggage you will not be taking on the trek


  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
  • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera

Pricing and availability

Please choose your departure date in calendar box below book your tour with us.

  • This tour is operated from Dec to mid-Sep (closed from mid-Sep to Nov)
  • The days in bold are still available