Come and explore Hang En Cave located within the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, and spend one night in its massive chamber below thousands of darting swifts. We offer 3-4 departures per week but places fill up quickly so please book in advance.
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!
We provide the very best adventure experiences with every aspect of the trip carefully planned including delicious meals, the highest safety standards, and friendly and informative adventure guides.
Hang En is one of our famous caves that has been featured within National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Daily mail UK and recently on Good Morning America, in front of over 6 million audience members, as well as in Pan (2015), a newly-released blockbuster film distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment (Hollywood).
Come and find out what makes Hang En so popular and amazing as many have said.
The journey starts with a short bus trip to the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. You then set off on a 2 hour trek through the forest until reaching Doong Village where you will enjoy local ethnic cuisine and spend some time with the local indigenous community, the Van Kieu people. The trek recommences after lunch for 2 more hours along the Thuong river until you arrive at the mouth of Hang En cave. Camp is set here. An ideal location, were you are fully immersed in the jungle and free to enjoy a meal as well as music by the camp fire. Camping equipment will be provided by the Tourism Centre.
The next day commences with a visit to Hang En cave and exploring the surrounding jungle. A trek back to Doong Village for another hearty lunch followed by a return journey to the Ho Chi Minh trail.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Dong Hoi, Phong Nha, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Doong Village, Swallow cave.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Pickup time from 7h00 am to 7h30 am in Dong Hoi city.|
Experienced and Enthusiastic Tour Guide
Porter (1 – 3 pax/1 porter)
Phong Nha Ke Bang Visit Fee
Caving Equipment (Shoes, sandals, helmet…)
|Location||Dong Hoi, Phong Nha Ke Bang|
|Duration||2 Days 1 Night|
|Month||April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November, October, September|
7.45 AM – 8.00 AM: Pickup & Transportation
- Car and guide will get to your stay (hotel, train station, airport…)
- 75km from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha National Park (at km 35th of Ho Chi Minh Trail)
- Move on Ho Chi Minh Trail and Understand about Vietnam History
9.25 AM – 11.30 AM: Trekking & Jungle Discovery
- Well-prepared with equipment provided (30 min)
- Trekking and Discovering
- Getting down a slope 4km
- Face with insects (mosquitoes, leeches….)
Arrive at Km35 on Ho Chi Minh Trail and we start trekking under the vast jungel. Experience starts here. Passing through the cold water, you will feel how interesting it is. After 2 hours with trekking.
11.45 AM - 1.00 PM : Doong Village Stop Point & Light Lunch
- Stop at Doong Village
- Have a light lunch
- Take a rest
We will stay at Doong Village – an ethnic minority village called “Bru – Van Kieu” in Quang Binh. We will talk to them to understand more about their cultures, stories
1.20 PM 3.45 : On way to Swallow cave
- Pass through the vast primary forest
- Get Thuong River (Cold Stream)
- Take a rest
4h00 PM 5.30 PM : Swallow cave & Hiking
- Prepare caving equipment provided
- Discover Swallow cave
- Dark spaces
- Becareful with sharp rocks
- Cool almostphere
- Swallow sounds
5h45 PM 7.45 PM : Tents Return & Dinner for BBQ
- Get back to tent
- Have dinner with BBQ well-prepared
- Enjoy night forest
- Insects sound
- Play games if possible
6h00 AM 7.00 AM : Preparation & Breakfast
- Check your belongings
- Remove tent
- Have breakfast
- Take a rest
7.25 AM – 9.30 AM: Trekking & Doong Village
- Pass through Thuong River
- Doong Village
- Have a light lunch
- Take a rest for new challenge.
10.00 AM – 11.30 AM: Climbing up & Finish
When you finish the way from En Cave to Doong Village, you have to face with a high slope. This slope proves how strong you are !
- High slope (4,5km)
- Forest Leeches
11.45 AM – 1.15 PM: Rest & Return
- Take a rest
- Wait for car
- Have special drinks
- Return to appointment
- Good luck and See you again !
“Caves astonishing, guide friendly but not too informative” in En cave
A friend and I decided not to book a tour for the caves, just to rent motorbikes and show up. When we got there, a young Vietnamese gentleman guide named Quan cajoled us into joining him and 3 others for the boat trip to the caves. We could split the price of the boat (300,000 dong) and the three other passengers were Vietnamese but spoke English as well. We joined them for a lovely boat ride down the river. Most of the time Quan spoke Vietnamese with the Vietnamese visitors, but every so often would tell us a fact or two about the caves (the formations are made from the drippings of the gradual liquification of animal skeletons and sea shells in the earth above the cave!) Or maybe he was telling us all the same information, not sure. In any case, we were content to sit back and float without much information through an ethereal paradise of cave formations, some sparkling with crystal, some of astoundingly colossal proportions. Pictures don’t do these caves justice. They are quite lit up much like Disneyland, but it doesn’t take away from the majesty. After the boat ride Quan didn’t charge us the boat fee, just asked us to write a tripadvisor review. 🙂
Visited March 2015
“”Magnificant views, good day””
It was really interesting to go to Paradise cave and Phong Nha cave. We went there by car and had lunch, all thing arranged by Netin. The service is really good. I’m very pleased and my friends are sastisfied too. The price is really cheap, and we really want to go there one more time, haha maybe Son Doong cave, but the price is too expensive haha. Cong, the English tour guide, talked too much and he sang some songs, that’s really funny on cars. And the driver is really friendly too. They always care us. We love you NETIN. I gave you 5-star and hope that you will be stronger in Quang Binh tourism.
We are holland
“Hang En 2D 1N”
We booked our Hang En 2 day 1 night adventure tour with Netin. If you have any troubles finding reviews for this trek through different companies, it is because most overnight cave tours are pretty much run exclusively by Oxalis. The other companies will provide you with transfers etc but if you want reviews for the trek itself go look at Oxalis.
As for Netin, we chose this company as they have the most competitive price and included all transfers where other companies were going to charge us big bucks. They picked us up from our hotel in Dong Hoi, dropped us to the trek at Oxalis (about 50k from Dong Hoi), and picked us up as soon as we got back from the caves the next day.
We were a little nervous because we had a connecting train to Hue at 7:40pm, but Netin assured us they would get us to Dong Hoi station on time – and they did! =)
Our guide was so lovely: she sang traditional Vietnamese songs on the way to Phong nha, gave lots of interesting information about the areas, let us have a quick shower after our trek (it was in her best interest after a 2 day hike!! haha) , she also helped us to organise our train tickets at the train station.
If you plan to base yourself in Dong Hoi, then Netin is a safe bet!
“Main gate to know Vietnam”
I couldn’t say thank them more. Without their supports and advice, I might just VISIT famous sights and TAKE photos. Because they gave me hints and answers to know more about Vietnam though their trip, I really could spend an intense time to cultivate my curiosity. I truly recommend this team to all.
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