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  • Duration:2 days 1 night
  • DestinationsSwallow cave ( Hang En )

Come and explore Hang En Cave, located within the Phong Nha -Ke Bang National Park, and spend the Night undergroundin its massive chamber below thousands of darting swifts.

Hang En Cave is probably the world’s 3rd largest cave and is quickly becoming one of the must-see natural wonders in Vietnam. Its size will blow you away, and our campsite located within the cave beside a lazy river will leave you speechless. You’ll examine fascinating fossils in one part of the cave over 300 million years old, and around every corner be subjected to the most picturesque views.

A stop in the ethnic minority Ban Doong Village, set amongst the limestone mountains is a highlight for many, not to mention the pristine jungle, many river crossings, and jovial porter team made up of local jungle men!

This 2-day-1-night tour will truly be an unforgettable experience during your time in Vietnam.

Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night

Adventure Level: Moderate for physically active guests (25km)

Hang En Cave Adventure 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 before taking part in the tour.

  • 25km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Multiple river crossings: 30 times (knee deep, 10–50m wide river)
  • Elevation change up to 400m (between road and valleys)
  • 4km caving
  • 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves

Any member of the guide team reserves the right to turn around any person at any time without compensation or refund as deemed necessary for safety or conservation reasons.

Availability: Regular Departures (check availability in calendar) (operates from late December to the end of August)

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Tour Starts: 7:30am –8:00am from any local hotel in Phong Nha

Tour Ends: 5:00pm –5:30pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha

Day 1
Day 1: Phong Nha – Ban Doong Village – Hang En

Start your ultimate adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:00 am and a short transfer to Oxalis Headquarters.

Learn all about safety collect your gear and sign our Release Form before driving 45 mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. At 10:00 am, leave the road behind for the jungle. A steep jungle hill starts the journey, with a refreshing river at the bottom. Hike through rich primary forest to reach the Ban Doong minority village, where a hot cup of tea welcomes you. Feast on a picnic lunch which takes place shortly after wards at about 12:30 – 1:00 pm, near the river. Then it’s back into the jungle, through rivers and streams, and along the river valley until Hang En lays on the horizon.

Enter Hang En around 3 pm, and take a quick rest as the porter team sets up camp on the beach within the cave. For the next couple of hours, complete the adventure by preceding the rest of the way through the cave to the breathtaking exit, a scene made famous in the film Pan. Return to camp through the dry passage to the viewpoint high above camp, where 300 million years old fossils can be seen. Enjoy your downtime relaxing or swimming in the natural pool before a sizzling grilled dinner is served, complete with rice wine and the sounds of swifts overhead.

Day 2
Day 2: Hang En (Swallow cave) – Phong Nha

Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up your belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 am to leave Hang En. Take one last look at the entrance, almost hidden amongst the jungle.

Have lunch with your group from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and then it’s time to start the journey home. Trek for the next hour along a shady path through the river valley. And then from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, make your way up the hill to the pickup point, where our driver will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Return to Phong Nha between 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

What is Included?

  • Permission to discover the cave
  • Transfer two ways from/to Phong Nha Only (Pick up at Dong Hoi: 4 seat car = 30 US$; 7 seat car = 45 US$; 16 seat car = 59 US$)
  • English speaking guide
  • Porters & Cook
  • First-aid kit and travel grears
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses

What is Excluded?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the progra
  • Personal cost

Frequently asked Questions

Special note?

Group size: average 10-16 pax (minimum requirement of 2 persons to operate) * Set departure tour are available on Mon, Wed, Fri, costs 327 USD per person. This tour starts in Phong Nha village (Son Trach commune)

What to bring:?

Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent (mosquitos & and leeches are majority), warm clothes for cold weather, rain coat, toiletries, original passport. Note on client safety: We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD$327 USD$320/person
Total $ 320 USD

Trip Facts

  • Private car
  • Less than 12 people
  • Hue
  • Local food
  • Hotel