WATCH OUT FOR DINOSAURS
HANOI I DONG HOI I PHONG NHA I HANG EN CAVE I VUANG TAU I BINH BA I NUI LE I SAIGON
WHEN TO GO
16 HOURS 30 MINUTES FROM AUCKLAND
If you are looking for a trip that is jam-packed with adventure and intrepid discovery, look no further than the beautiful and wild Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. On this daring 6-night trip, you will experience the best that the world’s largest cave has to offer; from underground rivers, moss-slick boulders, awe-inspiring wildlife to hair-raising activities peppered across the cave. Son Doong is for both the curious and the adventurous. Discovering a cave as big as Hang Son Doong is like finding a previously unknown Mount Everest underground. Navigating an algae-skinned maze, expedition organisers will lead the way across a sculpted cavescape. Meeting local communities along the way, this promises you an authentic connection with Vietnam that you will never shake off.
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Depart from Hanoi on a short morning flight to the city of Dong Hoi. You will dive headfirst into spiritual immersion as you journey alongside Buddhist pilgrims to Phong Nha National Park. Breathing in the wafts of mother nature, any pre-trip stresses will soon melt away. This is a trip that promises no shortage of wondrous moments.
You’ll arrive at your first destination by private transfer where you’ll be outfitted with the kit and equipment required for you to successfully undertake your journey. Following the river, the first leg of your journey sees you straight into the wilderness. Along the way pass several isolated villages where you’ll get a glimpse into raw rural Vietnamese life. Stop for lunch in the company of the locals and listen to their stories and tales, giving you a final burst of inspiration to reach base camp. Arriving at the notoriously elusive entrance of Hang En, welcomed only by thousands of swifts, you’ll make your home at the spectacular campsite perched over the edge of the river amid dense forest.
After a well-deserved overnight rest at base camp, keep moving towards the Son Doong entrance, where a photographic moment is a must. Atop a ridge, you’ll experience something rare in today’s bustling world: absolute silence. All harnessed up, you’ll start the 80-meter descent into the cave. You’ll instantly feel how far removed Son Doong is from the rest of Vietnam. After a rewarding seven-hour hike, gaze at the most spectacular views in the biggest part of the cave and take it all in. There is a jungle inside Vietnam’s mammoth cavern, with the shrill call of birds and macaque monkeys’ echoing off the limestone. You are now part of the unseen world beyond the skylight.
A new day and a new part of the cave to explore. Watch out for Dinosaurs; is what it was called when it was first discovered. The prehistoric atmosphere makes the reference obvious. This morning our expert guides will take you on a fascinating full-day trek, introducing you to the geology of the area and the diverse native wildlife. Witness the panoramic views, a nature photographers dream.
THE GREAT WALK
As your time in Son Doong comes to an end, a final day of adventurous escapades awaits. Embracing the Great Wall of Vietnam, you’ll scale the wall in three sections. What ever your level of experience may be, be prepared to see the cave from a unique perspective. After lunch, the day builds to an unforgettable passage of flowstones and cave pearls. This heart-thumping stretch varies from calcite covered animal skeletons to thick jungle. When night falls, a well-deserved final meal out on the patio winds down your all-Vietnamese adventure, but you will certainly be leaving tomorrow with an everlasting hunger for caves.
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