Son Doong Surroundings: Trekking to En Cave & National Park
  • Routing: Dong Hoi Town – Phong Nha National Park – En Cave (3,5 km away Son Doong cave) – Dong Hoi Town
  • Grading tour:

  • Trekking inside the third world’s largest cave adventure – Hang En Cave in Phong Nha National Park
    Jungle, dirt hiking on the same tracks to Son Doong cave - the world largest cave while cheaper price, shorter in duration
    Exploring underground streams, primitive jungle, amazed stone formations etc. makes you feel of getting lost in an alien world

    HOW TO GET THERE
    From Hanoi or Saigon:
    By train: You can take night train from train station, will get to Dong Hoi city about the next morning.
    By air: There are 4 flights per week from Domestic airport to Dong Hoi Airport
    By night bus: Sinh cafe, Hoang Long, Camel bus, Trekking travel, Dong Hien
    From Saigon: There are 4 flights per week

    TERMS OF CONDITION
    Responsibility:
    All possible care is taken to ensure that our suppliers maintain the highest possible standards. However, we are not responsible in any way for prob
    Day 1: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Ke Bang - Hang En cave
    07:00: ActiveTravel Asia cave trekking guide will meet you at your hotel in Dong Hoi (transfer excluded). Our guide briefs the tour plan on the way we transfer to Phong Nha Ke Bang national park, whose the core is the world-class, famous caving system. Unloading things then we start hiking into jungle. You will be escorted and supported by an experienced guide, porter(s) and a forest ranger.

    11:30: We hike to Doong Village, stop for picnic lunch in the village. After lunch we begin a trek through jungle toward En Cave (Swallow Cave). The trek trails include up then down muddy, dirty paths and twist along beautiful streams.

    14:00 Finally arrive at Hang En Cave after about 2 hours hiking. The cave makes a very first but unforgettable impression by its giant, 120m high mouth. Getting inside, you shortly find the place where Carsten Peter took the winning photo of monthly Natural Photography Award by National Geography.

    Hang En cave has several “sky wills” on its dome which are actually sinkholes. These “sky wills” lead sunlight deeply into underground then reflect to the inside lake surfaces. That makes the entire scenery sparkling, splendid as in a magic world. You also encounter hundred sleeping swallows (“En” in Vietnamese). The living of swallows here is the reason for this cave’s name.

    Set the tent, catch natural fish for our dinner there. Free time to chit chat with our guide to know more about the cave before sleeping time.

    18:00  Have dinner and sleep in tent.

    Summary
    Transfer: Private transfer 3hrs
    Activity: Trekking, camping, En Cave discovery
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Local guide: Yes
    Support team: Yes (porters, rangers)
    Accommodation: Camping

     

    Day 2: Hang En (Swallow cave) - Dong Hoi
    08:30 Breakfast at the campsite and prepare for leaving. Please keep in your mind responsible travel ideas - leaving nothing behind.

    Hiking back on the same muddy, trek trail toward Doong Village where we have lunch break before driving to Dong Hoi Town (transfer excluded). Back to your hotel and free time to relax and get ready for your next adventures in Vietnam or Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.

    End of the services.
    Summary
    Transfer: Private transfer 3hrs
    Activity: Trekking
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Local guide: Yes

     

    ActiveTravel ASIA provides:
    - Camping gears: hammocks, tents, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags
    - Supporting equipment: head torch, climbing ropes, light raincoats
    - First aid kit: related medicine for first and trekking tour
    - Porters (based on 2 pax vs 1 porter), cook and 01 ranger
    - Vietnamese foods
    - Net (catch fish on the way to the cave or at stream near basecamp) 


    You should bring with:
    - Trekking clothes (one more to change at night), 02 pairs of socks (long socks)
    - Trekking boots (the item that you are familiar with)
    - Personal back-pack (to carry personal items and water, 02 person should carry only one back-pack)
    - Personal daily use and items, mosquito spray, hat and sun glass
    - Recording facilities: good camera, pens and notebooks (for daily dairy)
    - Hand torch, climbing gloves.
     
    Note on client safety
    This tour is close on Oct & Nov due to bad weather. ActiveTravel Asia reserves the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
    Min - Max List Prices ($/person)

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    WHAT TO BRING

    Trekking boots (or our sandals with local socks), sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent (mosquitoes & and leeches are majority), warm clothes for cold weather, rain coat, toiletries, original passport.

    First Aid Kit includes such items as bandages, plasters/band aids, tub grip/support bandages, iodine, dressings, electrolyte solution for dehydration, and medicine for insect bites. If you have any medical history please let us knows in advance.

    Some candies or cookies for the kids in the village (optional)
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    trip notes

    We reserve the right to deviate from this
    itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of
    visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.




    Activity

    Trekking

    Transportation

  • Inclusions

    Visiting excursion
    English speaking guide
    Porters (based on 2 pax vs 1 porter), cook and 01 ranger
    Camping gears and supporting equipment
    Natural and authority Permission to discover the En cave
    Meals, snack food and drinking water
    First aid kits and entrance fees
    Taxes and service charges

    Exclusions

    Private transfer from Dong Hoi & Return: 70$ for 7 seater car, 110$ for 16 seater van.
    Air ticket from Hanoi to Dong Hoi 90 - 100$/person/way by Vietnam Airlines (one flight per day)
    Travel insurance
    Other transfer not mentioned
    Tips for guides, driver and porters
    Personal expenses
    Other services not mentioned