Tu Lan 1-day experience

With only one day, you will have the chance to explore Tu Lan Cave System’s untamed jungle & limestone mountain region. This is well-known as the home of the Hollywood blockbuster movie Kong: Skull Island (2017) which is listed as the best war movie of the year by ABC News.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts – the film director of Kong: Skull Island once said: “The world will pay attention because they will see how beautiful this place is; they will travel, discover and fall in love with it like the way that I did”.

With your English-speaking guide and local jungle men from the nearby ethnic village of Tan Hoa, you will trek up to 9 km through buffalo fields, dense jungle and have an opportunity to swim through an unbelievable river cave.

See the immense formations of Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) before trekking to impressive Hung Ton Cave and To Mo Valley.

You’ll get wet, you’ll get dirty and you’ll enjoy an awesome BBQ beside a stunning waterfall. This is a full day of adventure so be prepared!

This tour is to give you a taste of Tu Lan, but if you really want the ultimate adventure we encourage you to spend the night in the jungle on our Tu Lan Cave Encounter (2 days) or add another night camping in a cave on our Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer (3 days)!

Duration: 1 Day
Adventure Level: Easy (9 km) for physically active guests (swimming is necessary)
Availability: Daily (excl. Thursdays)
Group size: Average 8 - 12 pax (minimum requirement of 2 persons to operate)
Minimum Age: 16 years old
Tour Starts: 7:00 am - 7:30 am from any local hotel in Phong Nha
Tour Ends: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha
Price USD: $82 / pax (price inclusive of VAT & environment/entrance fees)
 
 
Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - To Mo - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha
 
 
Start your day with pick-up from your guesthouse in Phong Nha between 7:00 am and 7:30 am (please be ready on time).
You’ll then drive 70 km over the Da Deo Mountain Pass to reach the ethnic minority village of Tan Hoa. You can leave your entire luggage at our office in the storage room.
 
After a safety briefing, checking gear and signing our Release Form, the day adventure begins with a 2 km walk across peanut and buffalo fields to reach the Rao Nan River.
 
After crossing the river you’ll reach the impressive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) to explore its massive formations for 280 m. Then climb over the mountain and trek through Hung Ton Valley to reach Hung Ton Cave. Explore this wild cave by descending a 15 m ladder with a safety rope before swimming 50 m through the cave and following an underground river to reach To Mo Valley, where a delicious BBQ lunch will be awaiting you.
 
After swimming at the waterfall, trek over Hung Ton Mountain (1 km), across Hung Ton Valley (500 m), and another small hill down to Rao Nan River (500 m). You’ll finish the day crossing back over peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km) to the Oxalis Headquarters, where a cold drink and shower will be awaiting your return.
 
Depart Tan Hoa at 5:00 pm and return to Phong Nha at 6:30 pm and you will be ped at your guesthouse.
 
 

Adventure Level

 
Tu Lan Jungle & Cave Experience is considered easy for anyone who is physically fit and participates in regular outdoor activities, and moderate for anyone with limited outdoor experience. You will trek approximately 9 km via overgrown jungle paths and swim 50 m through a river cave (weather permitting).
 
• 9 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
• Elevation change up to 150 m (between valley and top of mountain)
• 50 m swimming in cave
• 1 km caving
 
Tu lan 1-day experience
Tu lan 1-day experience


Tour price includes:
+  Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
+  Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
+  Meals: picnic lunch (day 1)
+  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)
+  Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek

Tour price excludes:
+  Pre & Post trip accommodation
+  Personal expenses
+  Tips and expenses
+  Travel insurance

What to take:
+  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
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