Trekking to Swallow Cave near Son Doong - World's largest cave
  • Routing: Dong Hoi Town – Phong Nha National Park - En Cave explore – Dong Hoi Town
  • Grading tour:

    • Third world’s largest cave – Hang En Cave
    • Camping inside for one night
    • Same trekking trail to Son Doong cave
    • Fully supported – Fully inclusive
    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. 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. 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 
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    Summary
    Transfer: Private transfer 3hrs
    Activity: Trekking
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Local guide: Yes


    ACTIVETRAVEL Vietnam 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 food
    - 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.
    Min - Max List Prices ($/person)

    PHOTO

    VIDEO

    Walking pole 
    Manufacturer: Coleman, USA 
    Telescoping pole extends from 27 to 53 inches. Contoured handle grip features adjustable nylon strap and compass. Aluminum pole has steel tip with removable cover and basket for various terrains

    Gaiter 
    Manufacturer: ATV, Vietnam 
    Waterproof and breathable gaiter. Used for jungle trek

    Radio 
    Manufacturer: Kenwood, Malaysia 
    Kenwood, 16-channel VHF FM Transceiver. Used for jungle trek with group from 5 passengers up. Help to manage group

    Compass 
    Manufacturer: China
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    trip notes

    Duration: 2 days, 1 night
    Group size: 08 persons
    Depart from: Dong Hoi Town (Quang Binh Province) 
    End at: Dong Hoi Town (Quang Binh Province)
    When:  From December to May, August to September
    Activities: Mountain trekking, caving, camping 
    Trekking grade: Moderate to Challenging
    Transport: Bus, on foot
    Accommodation: 1 night camping
    Tour guide: English speaking guide
    Support crew: Porters & cook 

    Meals:
    - Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch

    What to bring
    Trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent (mosquitoes & and leeches are majority), warm clothes for cold weather, rain coat, toiletries, original passport.

    Activity

    SightSeeing Trekking Nature Explore Bird Watching Moutain Climbing

    Transportation

  • Inclusions

    Private departure and visiting excursion
    Private transfer from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha and return
    Private 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

    Travel insurance
    Visa arrangemen
    Pre and post accommodation
    Other transfer not mentioned
    Tips for guides, driver and porters
    Personal expenses
    Other services not mentioned