Dong Hoi can be reached by plane with Vietnam Airlines from either Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City. You can also take an overnight train or bus from Ha Noi which are both quite convenient, though it can be difficult or more expensive to arrange train tickets before arriving in Vietnam (we recommend www.vietnamimpressive.com if you choose to book in advance). You also have an option to take the train, bus or private car from Hue, Da Nang or Hoi An. You should be in Phong Nha 1 day before your departure to prepare the best for a real adventure tour. We provide transportation for you from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha, and from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi at the completion of your trek. We will also transfer you to the airport/train station from Sun Spa Resort in Dong Hoi when you depart. Please refer to our arrival & departure guide online at Arrival/Departure guide.
No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay. Including tax.
We understand that you may not have a printer handy when you’re traveling so it is not necessary to have a printed copy. However, we require that you show ID matching your reservation and also the Order # that is immediately emailed to you after you make your reservation.
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Dear valued customers,
USD and VNĐ are accepted in our tour. You can exchange your currency by getting to Banks or Money store.
Please remember that if you pay by USD, we take 1 USD by 21.000 VnĐ. It is better if you have VNĐ in payment.
Wear whatever is comfortable. It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers. It is preferable to dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable
+ Phong Nha caves – Paradise cave : When you attend to this tour, you don’t need to swim or do any wateral activities, inflattable games. Please wear sport clothes in summer holiday and when the weather turns cold, just bring your jacket to keep warm incase.
+ Paradise caves – Dark cave – Zipline – Kayak – Having mud bath : This tour requires you to swim and attend to inflattable games, please prepare an optional clothes to change when you attend to dark cave site after you finish paradise cave.
For long-day-tour we will prepare carefully for you, just bring your belongings and personal things following you.
We hope you have a good trip !
Not much, remember our trips are all inclusive. We do suggest you bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry extra snacks and water.
A small tip that When you attend to the tour Dark cave, zipline, kayak, having mud bath, please look for a plastic water resistant bag to keep your cellphone safely.
It is better if you have water resistant camera
You must call 72 hours ahead of your scheduled tour for a full refund. Within 72 hours you will assess a $35 termination fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you decide not to show up.
Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.
It is relatively easy to reach Phong Nha from Hanoi and vice versa with a number of transport options including train, bus and of course by flight. Most bus companies will now stop directly in Phong Nha, and taking a bus is therefore becoming a popular choice amongst travellers as it saves on the additional transfer required from Dong Hoi (closest train station and airport to Phong Nha).
From Ha Noi, we recommend the Hung Long Bus Company and we’d suggest purchasing your ticket at Hanoi Backpackers, which is easy to find at 9 Ma May in the old quarter, where all the team speaks English.
You will need to be at Hanoi Backpackers at 6:00 PM where you will meet the bus and travel a short distance further to the office of the bus company to pick up other guests, before the 7:00 PM departure from Ha Noi to Phong Nha. You can also try and book at any travel agent in the old quarter and they will provide you with a map to the departure point which is located on the highway.
The sleeping bus is comfortable, air-conditioned and occasionally has wi-fi if you are lucky. There is a small toilet at the back of the bus and you’ll also make a stop along the way near Ninh Binh, where there are (basic) toilet facilities.
It costs VND 300,000 from Ha Noi to Phong Nha. The bus stops at the Easy Tiger Hostel between 5 – 6 AM in the morning in central Phong Nha, where you can rest and enjoy breakfast. Oxalis provides free pick up from the Easy Tiger Hostel for all tours.
It is important to select a train with an arrival time in Dong Hoi at least 2-3 hours before your tour departure, as you will need to still make the 45 mins journey by taxi/private transfer to Phong Nha (additional VND 660,000 for transfer from Dong Hoi). We recommend the following trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi:
• SE1 – departs Ha Noi at 7:30 PM (19:30) and arrives the following morning in Dong Hoi at 5:35 AM
• SE19 – departs Ha Noi at 8:10 PM (20:10) and arrives the following morning in Dong Hoi at 6:24 AM
If you join in Tu Lan 1-Day Experience, you shouldn’t arrive at Phong Nha by train on the departure date because the train can be delayed. We suggest you reach here by a Hung Thanh bus to Phong Nha straightly on departure date or by flight/train 1 day before departure date.
If you plan on going to Hanoi the same evening you finish your tour with Oxalis then it is possible to take the overnight train from Dong Hoi (except on the Tu Lan 1-Day Experience, in which case we suggest the overnight bus). We recommend booking a private transfer back to Dong Hoi though ahead of time so you can depart immediately for the station upon returning from your jungle trek. We recommend taking the following train from Dong Hoi to Hanoi:
• SE4 – departs Dong Hoi at 7:52 PM (19:52) and arrives the following morning in Ha Noi at 5:30 AM
You can find the full list of available trains here: Hanoi to Dong Hoi Train Schedule, and here: Dong Hoi to Hanoi Train Schedule. Of course, please contact our team if you have any further questions about train travel.
Of course, the easiest mode of transport is to take a flight here from Hanoi, it being just a 1 hour and 25 mins flight. However, you have to factor in the time travelling to the airport (1 hour from old quarter). It is best to check the Vietnam Airlines website ahead of time to ensure you can catch a flight on your desired travel dates, otherwise we recommend the train or bus to save your travel days. If you take a flight you will have to book a transfer from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.
Hue is located just a few hours drive from the jungle and caving capital of Vietnam. It is a relatively convenient route with trains and buses of offer from a number of companies, as well as it being a short drive by private transfer if you preferred.
If you are traveling from Hue to Phong Nha by Bus, you can catch the Hung Thanh bus at 49 Chu Van An, Hue between 4:30 – 5:00 PM. The bus will drop off in Phong Nha around 9:00 – 9:30 PM. The price is 150,000 VND per person. You also have the option of the Tan Nhat Bus, departing from 1A Hung Vuong St (center of Hue City) at 7:00 AM and arriving into Phong Nha about 11:00 AM. The price is 250,000 VND per person.
If you are going from Phong Nha to Hue by Bus, we recommend the Hung Thanh Bus Company, which departs between 5:00 – 6:00 AM from the Easy Tiger Hostel, and arrives in Hue City between 9:30 and 10:30 AM. It costs VND 150,000 per person and bookings can be made at the Easy Tiger Hostel. You also have the option of the Tan Nhat Bus, departing from the Phong Nha Tourism Center at 4:00 PM and arriving into Hue at 8:00 PM. The price is 250,000 VND per person.
If you would like to catch a night bus from Phong Nha to Hue, you can catch the Phong Phu Bus from Easy Tiger, departing at 9:00 PM and arriving at 3:00 AM into the center of Hue. The cost is 200,000 VND per person. Please be advised that this bus stops often, both in Dong Hoi and outside of Hue. If you take this bus, we suggest that you book accommodations ahead of time in Hue and alert them to expect you in the very early morning hours.
Hue is just a short 4-hour train journey from Dong Hoi and is a popular city to visit before or after one of our caving adventures. However, the connections in the late evening or morning are not great and would have you arriving in Dong Hoi at a bleary-eyed 1:00 AM or 04:30 AM, making it difficult to check in to any hotel.
We would suggest arriving the day before if you intend on taking a train from Hue to ensure you have plenty of rest before your jungle and caving adventure. We would therefore recommend the following trains from Hue to Dong Hoi.
• SE2 – departs Hue at 3:31 PM (15:31) and arrives in Dong Hoi at 6:30 PM (18:30)
• SE4 – departs Hue at 4:47 PM (16:47) and arrives in Dong Hoi at 7:37 PM (19:37)
If you are travelling from Dong Hoi to Hue directly after your tour then we recommend the following option if you don’t mind arriving in Hue a bit later in the evening (make sure you have a hotel organised):
• SE5 – departs Dong Hoi at 7:40 PM (19:40) and arrives in Hue at 10:42 PM (22:42)
Of course, you have quite a few more options if you choose to stay an additional night in Phong Nha, with some early morning trains departing Dong Hoi to Hue at 5:50 AM, 6:28 AM and 7:40 AM. Don’t forget you will need to arrange your transfer from Phong Nha to Dong Hoi in advance if you plan on making your early morning train.
You can see a full list of times on the Vietnam Railways website here: Hue to Dong Hoi Train Schedule or Dong Hoi to Hue Train Schedule.
Da Nang is the biggest city in central Vietnam with beautiful beaches, mountains and a 45 mins drive from the UNESCO world-heritage town of Hoi An. It is a 7 hour train/bus journey between Da Nang and Phong Nha.
Unfortunately at this time (fall 2015), there are no reliable bus companies running consistent buses between Phong Nha and Da Nang/Hoi An. It is possible that in the future, the Phong Phu bus company will restart their transits from Phong Nha to Da Nang/Hoi An, and we also hope that in the future, the Camel Travel bus company will have consistent buses running from Hoi An to Phong Nha.
To travel from Hoi An to Phong Nha by bus, the easiest way is to get to Da Nang first, either by local bus or taxi. From Da Nang, you can then take the local Phong Phu Bus departing for Phong Nha from the Da Nang Central Bus Station at 11:30 AM, and arriving in Phong Nha at 5:30 PM. It is a comfortable sleeper-style bus that usually has WiFi. Some local agents in Hoi An and Da Nang will be able to sell you tickets for this bus service, or you can go directly to the ticket booth in the Da Nang Central Bus Station. Ask for the Phong Phu Sleeper Bus ticket, which should cost around VND 220,000 – 300,000 per person. Please note that you will need to buy a ticket for Da Nang – Quy Dat, but be sure to let the agent and bus driver know you will actually be stopping in Phong Nha.
To travel from Phong Nha to Hoi An by bus, we also recommend the Phong Phu Bus, which departs at 9:00 PM from Easy Tiger and arrives into Da Nang between 5:00 – 6:00 AM (for 300,000 VND). Notify the bus company at the start of your trip that you would like to go to Hoi An and upon arrival at the Da Nang Bus Station, they will put you on a local bus to Hoi An free of charge.
We recommend arriving the day before your tour if you are taking the train from Da Nang to ensure you get a good nights sleep and not arriving too early in the morning. Do not forget if you are travelling on the train to Dong Hoi, you will need to book an additional transfer between Dong Hoi and Phong Nha (VND 660,000 each way).
• SE2 – departs Da Nang at 12:46 PM and arrives in Dong Hoi at 6:30 PM (18:30)
• SE4 – departs Da Nang at 2:13 PM (14:13) and arrives in Dong Hoi at 7:37 PM (19:37)
If you are travelling from Dong Hoi to Da Nang after your tour then we would advise against the evening train which arrives in Da Nang closer to 1:30 AM. We recommend spending an additional night in Phong Nha and taking the following morning train:
• SE3 – departs Dong Hoi at 7:40 AM and arrives in Da Nang at 1:00 PM (13:00)
You can see a full list of all train departure times on the Vietnam Railways website: Danang to Dong Hoi Train Schedule or Dong Hoi to Danang Train Schedule.
We are happy to offer you with a private transfer between Da Nang or Hoi An and Phong Nha. To and from Da Nang it costs VND 3,300,000 and to/from Hoi An VND 3,900,000 each way in a comfortable 4 – 7 seater car. Please indicate the number of passengers when booking a private transfer with us.
Ho Chi Minh City, also still known by its former name of Saigon, is the biggest city in Vietnam. It is a focal point for those looking to see highlights such as the Mekong Delta, and it’s also a hub for international travel.
The only practical way to journey between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Phong Nha is to take a flight with Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific or VietjetAir to Dong Hoi City (located 45 mins drive from Phong Nha). The tickets cost between 1,800,000 – 2,800,000 VND (80 – 120 USD) each way.
The bus and train journeys are both just too long to be viable options for those wanting to get quickly between the two cities. Alternatively, for those on a budget but who have a little bit more time, it’s common to find that the cheapest flights are often available between HCMC and Da Nang or Hue (versus direct to Dong Hoi). From Da Nang or Hue, one can find a train to get to Dong Hoi, or even a bus to Phong Nha directly.
We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.