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Phong Nha National Park 1-Day Tour

The old itinerary Nuoc Nut 1-day Discovery itinerary has been updated which allows to visit the 8 Ladies Cave and enjoy the peaceful of Phong Nha by kayaking on Chay river. This is the perfect itinerary for those looking for an easy and enjoyable day combining a short trek to explore a ‘wild’ cave, along with an introduction to the Phong Nha National Park.

Our Phong Nha National Park Tour is one of our most popular add-ons for guests visiting some of the larger caves in the region, or for those with families who just want a great day out! This tour gives you a chance to surround yourself by the beauty of the Phong Nha National Park, enhanced by a touch of adventure!

On this tour, guests will be taken to the gorgeous Nuoc Nut Cave, which was officially explored in 2003. With a length of 2.2 km, this cave is a part of the Phong Nha Cave System and is hydrologically connected to the Hang Va cave and Son Doong Cave, in the Phong Nha National Park. Despite being classified as wild, this 2-million-year-old river cave can be explored with relative ease. From February to April every year, you will also have the opportunity to swim inside the cave. Guests will get to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the jungle as well, which is always a highlight.

Phong Nha National Park Tour promises to bring to you a unique and unforgettable experience in the legendary wilderness of Phong Nha! Guests on this tour will also get to have a wonderful experience while kayaking down the stunning Chay River. This will help you see just how spectacular the park is from a different perspective. As your paddles make gentle ripples on the river’s surface, you may spot water buffalos and the locals going about their daily lives on the riverbanks leading to the Phong Nha National Park.

This is a day not to be missed. It is no wonder that this is one of the most popular tours around, as it combines a taste of the Phong Nha National Park for one of its wild yet accessible caves, jungle trekking, and complete with some awesome kayaking. The day will end at the Chay Lap Water Sports Center – Chay Lap Riverside, where you will have some time to grab a drink and chill by the river enjoying the last hour of sunshine before returning to your hotel.

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Quick Facts

  • Operating: from February to the end of August

  • Duration: Day Tour

  • Adventure Level: Easy (basic trekking experience required)

  • Availability: 4-5 departures/week

  • Small Group Tours: 2 – 12 pax

  • Minimum Age: 12 years old (for active guests)

  • Tour Starts: 7:00AM to 7:30AM from any local hotel in Phong Nha

  • Tour Ends: 4:30PM to 5:00PM at any local hotel in PhongNha

  • Price: Price: 1,650,000 VND/pax (price inclusive of VAT & National Park environment/ entrance fees )

Phong Nha – Nuoc Nut Cave – Chay Village – Chay Lap Water Sport Center – Phong Nha

Our tour bus will pick you up from your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM on the departure date and take you to Oxalis Adventure headquarters located right next to gorgeous Son River. At 8:00 AM, you will attend the tour briefing and be provided with the required equipment for the journey. After signing the release form, you’ll get back into our tour bus and head out at 8:30 AM to commence your trek from the legendary KM 29 Ho Chi Minh trail at 9:30AM. Start trekking for an hour through lush green jungle and learning about the biodiversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, you’ll arrive at the Nuoc Nut Cave entrance begin your exploration at 10:30AM.

As you begin your adventurous venture inside, you will meet a small entrance opening up to a much larger cave inside. You will be asked to put on your provided Petzl helmets and Petzl Pixa 3 100-lumen head lamps before proceeding deeper into the cave. Once inside the low opening, the cave enlarges dramatically and there will be many of excellent photographic opportunities. This is a wonderful chance for you to witness the marvelous formations and enormous passage with an underground river. During this time, if you’re lucky enough, a natural sunbeam will be seen around this area.

After exploring the beautiful Nuoc Nut Cave for about 3 hours, you will enjoy fresh lunch prepared by our porter team at about 1PM. Once you’re done with your delicious meal and brief rest, you’ll start trekking again and our tour bus will be waiting at the trailhead to pick you up around 2:30 PM. The bus will then take you to the wonderful Chay Village. From here, you will walk through the Chay Lap suspension bridge before getting on the kayaks and start kayaking to Chay Lap Water Sports Center at 3:00 PM. This is an experience that stays with guests as some of Phong Nha’s best memories, as you beautifully make your way down the iconic Chay River and surrounded by dreamy landscapes and incredible sights of the amazing countryside of the region. This is undoubtedly one of the best kayaking experiences you’ll ever have!  A complimentary cold drink is waiting for you once you get off the kayak, relax and take in the breathtaking landscapes around you.

Our tour bus will then depart from Chay Lap at 4:30 PM and get you back to your hotel in Phong Nha. This will mark the end of your Phong Nha National Park Tour.

Oxalis Adventure Levels

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Phong Nha National Park 1-Day Tour

The adventure level of the Phong Nha National Park tour is considered easy for anyone and kids who are physically fit and who participate in regular outdoor activities.

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease :

  • 5 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 2 km caving in river caves (cold water, 17 degree Celcius, knee deep)
  • Short swimming (from February to April every year)
  • Kayaking along Chay river & Chay Lap Water Sports Center
  • 1 day in jungle and cave of National Park

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Tu Lan 1-Day Experience

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 9km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 50m swimming in cave
  • 1 km caving
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Swimming skills are required

Tu Lan Cave Encounter

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 12km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m - 500m each cave)
  • 3 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Swimming skills are required

Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Hang Tien 1-day Discovery

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease:

  • 8 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 3 km caving
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience


Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 17km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m – 500m each cave)
  • 4 km caving
  • 3 days and 2 nights in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    • Basic trekking experience
    • Swimming skills are required

Hang En Adventure Cave Camp

Hang En Adventure Cave Camp is easy-to-moderate for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and moderate-to-hard for anyone with limited trekking experience.  Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease before taking part in the tour.

  • 22 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Multiple river crossings: 30 times (knee deep, 10 – 50 m wide river)
  • Elevation change up to 400 m (between road and valleys)
  • 4 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Hang Tien Endeavor

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 13 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • River crossings
  • 5.5 km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night camping in the jungle
  • Requirements:
    Basic trekking experience
    Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to river crossings!

Hang Tien Exploration

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 22 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 6.5 km caving
  • Elevation change up to 150 m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • 3 days and 2 nights in jungle and caves
  • Requirements:
    Basic trekking experience
    Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to river crossings!

Hang Va Expedition

Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.

  • 10km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • 3 km caving in river caves (cold water, 17 degree Celsius, waist deep)
  • 100m swimming (using life-jacket and rope) and 30m crawling
  • Elevation gain is 150m (between road and mountain top)
  • 20m traverse using rope and harness
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves
    Note: Be prepared for your shoes to get very wet due to many river crossings!

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Tu Lan Expedition

The Tu Lan Expedition is moderate-to-hard for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and not suitable for those without trekking experience. Please make sure that you have basic trekking experience, you are able to swim and your health is suitable for these activities.

  • about 30 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • about 5 km caving
  • about 800 m swimming in caves (from 100 m – 300 m each cave)
  • Elevation change up to 300 m (between valley and top of mountain – total of 1750m of ascent)
  • 1 abseil in a cave (in the dark)
  • 4 days and 3 nights in jungle and caves

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

Son Doong Expedition

The Son Doong Expedition is easily achievable for someone who is physically fit and participates in regular outdoor activities. Please make sure that you have basic trekking experience and your health is suitable for these activities:

  • 4 days 3 nights in the jungle & caves
  • 25+ km jungle and mountain trekking
  • 9 km caving including rope climbs, rocky terrain and scrambling (including 90m ascent of the "Great Wall of Vietnam"
  • Elevation change up to 400m
  • Surface/Underground river crossing: multiple times (knee deep, 10-50m wide river)

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions or chat with us if you have any questions.

We Will Provide

  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves and life-vests.
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Meals: picnic lunch
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
  • Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare meals
  • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
  • Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters only)
  • Kayaks (maximum 2 people on a kayak)

You Will Need

  • 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

  • This tour is operated from Feb to the end of Aug (closed from Sep to Jan.
  • Maximum is 12 participants per booking
  • You will pay in Vietnam Dong. The tour price is about US$72 as an estimation and could be affected by the foreign exchange rate.

FAQ: Phong Nha National Park 1-Day

What if I am a solo traveler, can I join a group?

Solo travelers are most welcome and make up a large percentage of most groups.

Why do I have to sign your Release Form?

We require customers to sign our Release Form to confirm they accept this is an adventure tour and they have to follow our guide’s instructions and safety rules. Customers also accept they have some responsibilities for their own safety.

Which months of the year do you run this tour, and which are the best months to go?

You can book the tour which departs from February to August. That is also the best time to join in the discovery and enjoy it at its best.

Do I have to know how to swim to join this tour?

Swimming is not required on Nuoc Nut 1-Day Discovery. You will spend 2 km caving in river caves with cold water, ~17 degree Celcius, knee-deep level.

Highlights of the tour?

If you are looking for a real taste of jungle life but don’t have enough time for an overnight tour, this is your top choice. You’ll get to cool off in the hot summertime months thanks to the exploration to the river cave and the primary jungle atmosphere.

Can I book a private tour?

Yes you can, please contact us via email at contact@oxalis.com.vn.

Can my kids join this tour?

Phong Nha National Park 1- Day Tour is considered easy for everyone; kids who are physically fit and people who participate in outdoor activities regularly.

Can I arrive in Phong Nha on the morning of the tour? Can I leave Phong Nha the same day as the tour ends?

The tour will depart Phong Nha between 07:00 – 07:30 am, so we highly recommend you arrive in Phong Nha one day in advance and get ready here before that time. If you plan to come to Phong Nha in the morning, please come sooner than 07:00 am in Phong Nha.

If you plan to leave Phong Nha after tour ends, please arrange your transportation no sooner than 8:00 pm.

Do you have any shoes I can rent?

Yes. We provide jungle trekking boots sized from 36 to 46 which are available for anyone to borrow on the morning of the tour date. Please be advised that you need to prepare a pair of long, high quality socks to keep you from getting blisters for the first time using our shoes.

Do I really need to book this tour in advance?

Yes. The tour is usually booked in advance. Especially if you are short of time, it’s best to plan your tour as soon as you can so that you can join on the date you most prefer.

After you make a booking, a member of our team will follow up within 48 hours with your invoice, payment link, and further tour information.

How can I pay? Can I pay via credit card? What is your cancellation policy?

You can pay via credit card through the online payment link we will provide you with. We use the online payment platform OnePay which accepts Visa and Mastercard. If you live in Vietnam, you have the option to pay via a bank transfer.

Our cancellation policy for this tour requires a 7 day advance notice: if we receive your cancellation 7 days or more in advance of your tour, we will provide you a full refund. We do not provide refunds for tours cancelled less than 7 days prior to tour departure.

What can I do with the things that I don’t want to bring with me on tour? Can I leave them at your office?

You are welcome to leave behind extra luggage at our office. Anything you choose to leave behind will get tagged and placed securely in our locked storage room, however please note that Oxalis takes no responsibility for luggage or valuables left behind. Please do not bring anything of major value with you as we will not be responsible for these items.

How can I get to Phong Nha?

Please check the Arrival & Departure Guide on our website for more information

Where can I stay in Phong Nha?

Please check the Accommodation Guide on our website for more information

For more questions and answers, please visit our full FAQ page. We have collected lots of common questions that you might share with our previous customers.

If you still have questions about this tour, please contact our local travel specialists who will be happy to answer all your questions