Highlights

An ideal family trip to explore nature and the magnificent caves of the Tu Lan cave system including trekking, swimming in natural steam, picnic lunch at the river, discovering Rat Cave, exciting mini-game. This journey creates a great bonding experience for the family. When kids interact with nature, they will gain some exercise, boost their ability to learn, and develop new skills.

  • An easy and safe 1-day trekking journey suitable for children
  • Learn and explore about the caves formations together
  • Marvel at beautiful and unusual stalactites
  • Experience nature and enjoy the fresh mountain air
  • Picnic lunch by a natural steam
  • Some exciting activities in the wilderness: swimming and mini-games...
Key Information
  • One day exploring
  • Not available in October due to annual floods. Available throughout the rest of the year
  • Tours depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Group size: 12 people maximum - Age: 6 years and above (Children must be accompanied by parents)
  • Distance: 6km trekking, 300m caving
  • Difficulty: Level 1 • Introductory

Itinerary

Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.

Morning: Tan Hoa - Rat Waterfall

07:00 - 07:30 Pick up and one-hour drive to the Oxalis Adventure office in Tan Hoa, located 70km from Phong Nha. Here you will have a tour safety briefing, sign the release form and receive the required equipment for the tour.

The trek starts after the briefing with a flat path past peanut fields and grazing buffalo and cows that leads to Rao Nan Valley.

After sightseeing at the valley, the families will cross the Rao Nan river and climb up the Laken to reach Laken Valley (Laken is named after a flower in the Nguoi Nguon's lingo). Trekking to the valley, you will arrive at Rat Waterfall, where you have a picnic lunch surrounded by a refreshing stream in the wilderness. Later on, your family will participate in enjoyable activities such as hammock setup, making Cheo salt, and other family games.

Afternoon: Explore Rat Cave

After having lunch and a great time at Rat Waterfall, the whole group will move to the back entrance of Rat Cave - A pristine cave with magnificent formations. Here, you will be equipped with caving helmets, headlights, and other safety equipment to explore the 300m length of Rat Cave like a true explorer.

As soon as you come out of Rat cave, the group will cross the Rao Nan river for a second time and finish off the trip by returning to the same path as in the morning.

Arrive at Tan Hoa office for a welcome shower and enjoy some cool drinks. Transfer to Phong Nha arriving at around 17:00 - 17:30, finishes one of Quang Binh's most unique family adventure tours.

Note

1.Guests are required to arrive in Phong Nha no later than 07:00 on the day of the booked tour departure and also recommended not to participate in any activities that might cause a delay.
2. To reach Phong Nha at a good time from the North, we recommend catching the SE3 train from Hanoi/Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi. If you’re down South, it is recommended to book a flight from HCMC/Da Nang/Hue to Dong Hoi (You are expected to arrange your own travel from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha).
3. Two complimentary dorm rooms (8-bed & 6-bed) at Oxalis Home are offered for our adventurers who arrive in Phong Nha early in the morning, a few hours ahead of their booked tour departure. You can rest here before your tour departs. Please inform us in advance if you request to stay in this room!

Adventure Level

Tu Lan Family Experience 1 Day
Adventure Level 1 · Introductory

Requires: Spirit of adventure
Expect: Easy trails, some rocky sections, optional swim

  • 1-day tour
  • Easy trek, suitable for children
  • 6km trekking, 300m caving
  • Swims and river crossings
FAQs
  • Should children take some physical training before joining the tour?

    This adventure requires children to be in good health and have some physical experiences before departure. You should encourage your child to get used to jogging/walking/cycling about 2-3km per day to strengthen his/her fitness.

  • What happens if my child cannot keep up with the others on tour?

    Our safety assistants will come all along to help all the members get over difficult terrains. On the other hand, Oxalis's tour guides will take many breaks to let everyone catch their breath and slow down if someone wears out.

  • Does my kid need to know how to swim for your tours?

    No. Swimming is not a mandatory activity in all family tours. Instead, the children will have time for swimming by the stream after lunch on the first day of the tour. Life jackets will be provided by Oxalis and are compulsory for swimming.

  • How do I get to Phong Nha?

    If you are arriving from oversea, there are two main international airports connect with Dong Hoi Airport: Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi Capital) in the north and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south. There’re many daily flights connecting between 2 main airports with Dong Hoi Airport. From Dong Hoi airport you can get a taxi to Phong Nha which takes around 45 minutes. You can choose other means of transportation. From Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An to Phong Nha by sleeper bus, or to Dong Hoi City by train. If you are planning to our tour once arrived in Phong Nha then please make sure your bus/train arrives before 6:00 am to take your tour on time.

    If your arrival time is too early, please contact us to get a FREE dorm bed at Oxalis Home to have a few hours rest before taking the tour. We have gathered all information regarding arrival and departure in the link below, please check for more details.
    https://oxalisadventure.com/arrival-departure-guide/

  • What is the weather like?

    The weather in Phong Nha is quite mild and divided into 4 main seasons.
    • Mid-November to early March: the weather is quite cold, the temperature ranges from 12-15°C;
    • Mid-March to late June: dry season, quite stable weather, light showers, temperatures in the range of 22-38°C (May to June is usually the peak heat wave, the temperature can rise up to 38 degrees);
    • Mid-July to mid-September: hot season, increased rainfall, temperature ranges from 25-35°C.
    • Mid-September to mid-November: rainy season, usually with prolonged heavy rain, possible flooding.
    Prior 1 day to your arrival to Phong Nha, you can conveniently check the weather forecast and prepare for your trip accordingly, here: accuweather.com
    This website shows an approximately accurate weather forecast of the area.

  • My child (under 16 y/o) is accompanying me. Can they join the tour?

    If your child is in the age bracket of 11-16 y/o, we offer a private tour option. Feel free to contact our adventure consultant team for assistance in this regard.

  • What benefits will I enjoy if I book multiple tours and services with The Oxalis Group?

    The Oxalis Group has four primary members:
    Oxalis Adventure: Asia’s biggest adventure tour operator, conducting jungle and cave tours in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and Tu Lan Cave System.
    Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort: One of the top accommodations in Vietnam, blending a rustic countryside aura with luxury.
    Di Di Thoi: A full service tour operator located in Phong Nha, Quang Binh, offering a variety of classic tours, soft-adventures and inspiring local experiences.
    Son Đoong Bungalow: Based in the prime location of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Bungalow offers unique features of indigenous culture, magnificent landscapes and hospitable locals.

    • You will receive a 10% discount for the second tour and onwards for Oxalis Adventure - Xiều Oxalis.
    • A special room rate at Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort at just VND 1.3 million/night, discounted from the original price of VND 2.6 million/night.
    • You will also enjoy a 10% discount on all Di Di Thoi tours.
    • Discount for room bookings at Son Doong Bungalow at VND 1.540 million for Family Room (maximum 4 adults), VND 1.120 million/night for Deluxe Rooms (1-2 adults) and VND 910.000/night for Superior Rooms (1-2 adults). Applicable to all guests booking tours with Oxalis Adventure or Di Di Thoi during the tour processing time.

    Our consultant will happily assist you, should you need further details on these benefits.

  • Where would the excess luggage be kept and how much luggage would the porters carry on tour?

    Your luggage will be kept at the offices in Phong Nha and Tan Hoa. For high-value belongings, please inform the staff, so that it can be stored safely in the locker.
    With 1-day tour, guests' items are not too many, so safety assistants can assist guests. In case guests have a lot of items, they will prepare a medium-sized backpack (type 15-20L) and bring it on their own during the journey.
    For 2-3 day tours, guests' equipment used at the camp will be supported by Oxalis porters, the maximum weight is 3kg / person / tour. The daily necessities will be brought by guests, Oxalis provides floating backpacks for visitors to Tu Lan and Hang Tien tours, guests prepare their own medium-sized backpacks (type 15-25L) when participating in Hang En and Hang Va.
    Similar provisions for the Tu Lan 4-day tour, however, luggage used at the camp has a maximum weight of 5kg / person / tour.

  • Why do I have to sign your Release Form?

    We require customers to sign our Release Form to confirm they accept this is an adventure tour and they have to follow our guide’s instructions and safety rules. Customers also accept they have some responsibilities for their own safety.

Preparations

Please visit our FAQ general page to read our specific What to Bring list before departing for Vietnam and your cave expedition.

WE WILL PROVIDE

  • Meals: picnic lunch
  • 1-liter water bottle
  • Porter to prepare meals and pump water
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Water filter (used only by guide and porters)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistants
  • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistants
  • Eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat at lunch site.
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters only)
  • Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek
  • Net hammock

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING

  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
  • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary. Gore-Tex/waterproof boots are NOT recommended as they do not drain well (if you prefer your own comfortable pair). You need to prepare your baby a pair of shoes with a good grip and quick drainage.
  • 1 backpack (15-20l) to hold personal items
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • 1 pair of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera

Pricing and availability

Please choose your departure date using the calendar below.

  • This tour is operated from mid-Nov to mid-Sep (closed from mid-Sep to mid-Nov).
  • The days in bold are still available
  • This tour price includes: VAT, environmental service fee, entrance fees, travel insurance cost.
  • 10% off for Xiều (returned customer).

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