The Tu Lan Cave System is located at Tan Hoa village, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh. It is about 70km North-West of Phong Nha and discovered by Only 3 caves, Tu Lan, Hang Ken and Hang Tien were explored on the 2010 expedition. In 2012 the BCRA expedition came back and explored more caves including Hang Hung Ton, Hang Uoi, Hang Chuot, Hang Son Oxalis, Hang To Mo and Hang Kim, and a few more caves have been found in 2013 in this area. The Tu Lan cave system became popular when Carsten Peter (NatGeo photographer) took a photo in Hang Ken that won so many prizes in National Geographic Magazine in 2011. The cave system is now open for tourists and managed by Oxalis Company Limited, a specialist caving and jungle trekking company. The intent of Oxalis is to keep this cave system totally natural, no construction and housing will be built in this area.

There are many spectacular untouched caves in this limestone mountain area with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, as well as underground rivers and waterfalls making Tu Lan a unique spot for both sightseeing and adventure. Tourist will walk under the immense valley, wade slippery mud, and swim across the rivers with the temperature of 200c that will surely satisfy and make good impression for tourists.


       The trek to Tu Lan cave system in Minh Hoa, about 70km from Phong Nha, in far distance is the Rat cave at  Tu Lan valley.

 

               

                             Tú Làn: Bức tranh thuỷ mặc đất Quảng Bình

                            

Hang Toi (Dark Cave) is about 50km north-west of Dong Hoi belong to Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh. It is the only cave in Vietnam that has opened “cave mud bath” tourism service, attracting both International and Domestic Guests.

Located in the heart of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Dark Cave is typical of the geological formations from 400-500 million years ago and it was found in the years of anti-America resistance war by local people and used as a bomb shelter. The British Cave Research Association was first discovered in 1992 and named Hang Toi. This cave is a branch of Phong Nha cave system with 5,258m long and 80m high; the entry of cave is 30m high and 10m wide with heavy forest around the cave mouth.

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Hang Toi has a primitive beauty with thousands of several spectacular stalagmite and stalactites and there is a natural lake (Thuy Tien lake) and mud bath of 20m2 wide is very good for the health.

This is a shelter of many species of animals like bat and swift, especially, Ha Tinh langur – one of primate species listed in the Vietnam Red Data Book.

Currently, the Dark cave has been managed combining with Chay river – dark cave by Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourism centre. Participating in this tour, visitors will have a chance to enjoy zipline on air lengthening over 400m before getting inside the dark cave by professional caving equipment and have mud bath.
After successfully exploring and mud bath the cave, it’s time to take could i have herpes the kayak and paddle back to the boat station.