Tu Lan cave system tour 3Days

Tour Code: IGT-CAV-19

Duration: 3Days / 2 Nights

Price: From US$ 230 – 510/ Pax

The Tu Lan, Hang Ken, Hang Hung Ton, Hang Chuot and Hang Kim, Hang Song cave system is located at Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh. It is about 70km North West of Phong Nha. The system is spread over 4 valleys with beautiful mountains and rivers. There are beautiful stalagmites and stalactites inside the caves, small waterfalls and underground rivers making Tu Lan a unique place for adventure trekking and caving.

The tour is designed for 3 days and 2 nights trekking, giving you more time to explore the caves and enjoy the scenery. There are 2 or 3 moderate hills to cross and you will visit Ken Cave, Tu Lan Cave, Hung Ton Cave, Chuot Cave, Kim Cave, camp overnight in the jungle, and enjoy good food prepared by your guides and porters.

Tour starts at 07:00am from Phong Nha and finishes around 17:00pm at Phong Nha town.

Highlights: Primary forest; Kim Cave; Chuot Cave; Tu Lan Cave; Ken Cave (Featured in Nat Geo magazine in March 2011); Ken waterfall; Overnight in jungle

Trekking gear: Helmet, trekking boots, trekking pole, headlight, hammock, sleeping bag.

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ITINERARY:

Day 1: Phong Nha -Tan Hoa-Tu Lan (L, D)

  • 08:00 Depart from Phong Nha to Tan Hoa Village
  • 09:30-11:30 Visit Chuot cave and La Ken Valley
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch in La Ken Valley
  • 12:30-14:00 Visit Gibbon Cave
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Trek to Hung Ton valley
  • 15:30-16:30 Explore Hung Ton cave and swim through Hung Ton wet cave
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Prepare camp site in To Mo valley
  • 17:00-18:00 Dinner, overnight in To Mo Valley

Day 2: La Ken Valley – Tu Lan (B, L, D)

  • 08:00-Breakfast and start swimming through Kim cave to get to Tu lan valley
  • 09:00-11:00 Trek to Tu Lan Valley,
  • 11:00-12:00 Prepare camp site
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch at Campsite
  • 13:00-17:00 Visit Ken Cave (swim in the cave)
  • 17:00-18:00 Dinner, overnight in Tu Lan valley

Day 3: Tu Lan-Tan Hoa-Phong Nha (B, L)

  • 08:00-Breakfast
  • 09:00-14:00 Visit Tu lan cave and trek back to Tan Hoa village over the hills;
  • 14:00-Lunch at local restaurant
  • 15:00 Car pick-up and transfer to Phong Nha
  • 16:30 Arrive Phong Nha.

Land price per person (PRIVATE Tour):

Group 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-8 pax 9-12 pax Note
Cost
510 300 260 245 230 Extra porter is US$20/Day

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Tour includes:

  • Picnic lunches
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast (at the cave)
  • Entrance fees
  • Trekking gear
  • Tour guide
  • Porter (3 Pax share 1 porter)
  • Transportation (during the tour at Phong Nha)

Excludes:

  • Hotel (Before and after the tour)
  • Breakfast and dinner before and after the tour
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • VAT
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Lunar New Year visit to Thien Duong Cave

It is over 60km from Dong Hoi City to the northwest and is just 4km off the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The prehistoric cave in Son Trach Commune of Bo Trach District is part of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park which was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.

Thien-Duong-Cave Lunar New Year visit to Thien Duong Cave

Thien Duong is 30km long and 60m high and its width ranges from 30m to over 150m, and is at a height of 360m above sea level. According to scientists at the British Royal Cave Society, it is the longest dry cave in Asia. Its highlights are unique stalactites in shapes of Bodhisattva Buddha, kylin (unicorn) and phoenix. The cave also has the longest wooden stairway in Vietnam which is over one kilometer long with local authorities expected to extend some more kilometers onto the stairway.

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English couple and passion for caves in Vietnam

Dr. Howard and his wife Dr Deb – an English couple – have joined 14 expeditions to Vietnamese caves over the past 20 years and contributed to UNESCO’s recognition of Phong Nha-Ke Bang as a World Natural Heritage Site. They have spend most of their lifetime on cave expeditions. Howards has been exploring caves in the UK and Europe since he was 15.

dr-Howard-and-Deb English couple and passion for caves in Vietnam
Being attracted by the limestone karst mountains were, so they decided to go to Asia in 1990. The couple patiently sought the cooperation of regional agencies and organizations. Finally, they got some help from Hanoi General University, now named Hanoi National University, to make their trip to Vietnam possible. After that, they focused on exploring destinations in Vietnam. Being a member of the British Cave Research Association, Howard has led an expedition team on trips to Vietnam since 1990. The team has cooperated with Hanoi National University to conduct 14 journeys to different localities in Vietnam, including Quang Binh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh, Lang Son, Cao Bang and Ha Giang. It has discovered nearly 300km of caves in Vietnam.

The team of this couple found Khe Ry in Quang Binh Province in 1997, the world’s longest underground cave. In 2009, it discovered Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, also in Quang Binh. Their reports have contributed to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park being recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site.

According to Dr Howard,Vietnamhas one of the world’s most impressive limestone areas. Clearly, many caves situated in Ke Bang Mountain have yet to be found, Howard and his team hope to continue their search with the cooperation of the Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Besides, the couple has helped call on the international community to pay attention to the protection ofVietnam’s nature and environment. They have also shown a number of well-known film crews aroundVietnam. Through the films, the world has become more aware of Vietnam’s beauty and the world’s biggest cave, Son Doong, in Quang Binh

Their most recent visit to Vietnam is from March 3 to April 26, 2012, along with their team and some film crews to make documentaries about caves in Quang Binh. In 2010, the British expedition team took the film crews and reporters from Kyodo, NHK, BBC, and National Geographic among others, to Vietnam to shoot films about Son Doong Cave. In 2011, they invited representatives from the BBC to Quang Binh to make another film about Son Doong Cave.

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Phong Nha comes to life off screen

If saying in cinema terms, Vietnam can be considered the superstar of Southeast Asia. Endless war movies and the odd love film have beamed images of its beautiful scenery and jungle vistas to television screens and cinemas across the globe.

Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-comes-to-life-off-screen Phong Nha comes to life off screen

Before we’d even set foot in the country, my boyfriend and I had very clear expectations about what we would see. Naive as we were, our preconceptions could not have been more wrong …..until we went to Phong Nha-Ke Bang, the national park which borders Laos.

It was there that much of the hand to hand jungle combat made famous in films such as Platoon actually took place. For the first time, the scenery we passed corresponded with all the movies we knew – rivers and jungles and dense vegetation, as well as rice paddies, villages and traditional rural life. There is much in the area for those that are interested in finding out about the American War and local tour operators run trips to many sites in which key battles took place. Significant sections of the famous Ho Chi Minh trail are located in the park, and it is possible to visit the nearby Vinh Moc tunnels, the Ben Hai River Museum, and the Hien Luong Riverbank where the former demilitarized zone was officially set.

But Phong Nha is more than the sum of its war connections. Due to its biodiversity, unique beauty and geodiversity, the national park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Hidden in the depths of the mountains is the spectacular Son Doong (the world’s largest cave, discovered in 2005). If that doesn’t satisfy your caveman instincts, pop into Phong Nha cave which contains hundreds of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites as well as the world’s longest underground river.

The trickiest thing about the area is getting there. Be warned:  it is remote, but worth the journey, and the cheapest option is a six hour haul by local bus from Danang. Our bus ride entailed an ongoing game of musical chairs while passengers and their luggage (including a motorbike) were shuffled around the available space. We slept at the Phong Nha farmstay, a little utopia with a swimming pool at the end of a rice paddy, and spent happy evenings there meeting other travelers and trying local dishes.

My favorite day was actually the least activity packed – I simply went for a walk with some new friends along the local roads. I’ll forever chuckle over the excitement we caused when we walked past a school – all the children burst through the gate and surrounded us, laughing and demanding to have their photos taken. Their enthusiasm and warm welcome, in the midst of the beautiful national park, is one of my happiest memories from our travels in Vietnam.

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The central region attracts visitor in the occasion of 2 September

With the advantages of the location of the four world heritages, the central region ofVietnamalways attracts visitors especially in the occasion of Independence Day 2 September. This 2 September, the day is on weekend; therefore, it is very suitable for families to organize the short leaves of 3-5 days.

phong-nha-ke-bang-heritage The central region attracts visitor in the occasion of 2 September

The travel agents have prepared a lot of tours to bothVietnamand other international destinations to attract visitors with the same price as normal days. According to the travel agents, the trend of this year’sIndependencevacation is in some areas of central regions ofVietnamlike Hoi An, My Son (QuangNamprovince),Hue, Phong Nha – Ke Bang (Quang Binh province) which are the world cultural heritages.

Meanwhile, it is quite quiet in this 2 September in Danang city when most of the travel agents have not received the full booking.

According to them, since the decision of shorten the summer vacation and lengthen the New Year vacation for pupils, the occasion of 2 September is not the high season for domestic traveling because the families are preparing for their children to be back to school at that time.

On the other hand, the visitors to Da Nang are mainly small groups and favor the leisure tour than sightseeing, therefore, the type of Danang – Hoi An – Ba Na is most favored. Visitors to the central region in the occasion of 2 September often use one or two days for their vacation, so the near destinations like Ba Na, Thien Duong cave (Quang Binh province), etc are most chosen.

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Tourism month of Quang Binh 2012

Phong-Nha-–-Ke-Bang-National-Park1 Tourism month of Quang Binh 2012The tourism month of Quang Binh in 2012 is the series of activities organized from April to June 2012 including the followed main activities:

Implementing the tourism activities of cave discovering:

  • Discovering the route Rao Thuong – Hang En.
  • Discovering the route Phong Nha cave in the depth of 1,500m.
  • Discovering the route Hang E and Sinh Ton valley (E cave and existing valley)

Location: Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park

 

Processing the festival activities tourism:

  • Organizing the festival of Flower dancing – dry oaring
  • Organizing the festival of praying for fish
  • Boat racing competition in Nhat Le River
  • The celebration night, performing in most areas of province
  • Organizing the introducing kiosks to broadcast the tourism services (International expo of 3 countries –Vietnam–Laos–Thailand)
  • Organizing the commercial and tourism expo of three countries in Dong Hoi city.
  • Organizing the food week to introduce the nice food of Quang Binh province.

Location: Dong Hoi city.

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Phong Nha Ke Bang grottoes and caves overview

Phong Nha Ke Bang has numerous grottoes and caves. Besides the grotto and cave systems, Phong Nha has the longest underground river, largest caverns and passageways.

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Vietnamese and British scientists have so far surveyed a total of 20 caves with a total length of 70 km. Of these surveyed caves, 17 were in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang area.
The Phong Nha cave from which the name to the whole system and the park is derived is famous for their rock formations which have been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.

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Phong Nha – Ke Bang also contains two dozens of mountain peaks with over 1,000 metres height. Noteworthy peaks are the Peak Co Rilata with ta height of 1,128 m and the Peak Co Preu with a height of 1,213 m.
The park is part of the Annamites eco-region. According to the results of initial surveys, the primary tropical forest in Phong Nha – Ke Bang 140 families, 427 genera, and 751 species of vascular plants, of which 36 species are endangered and listed in the Vietnam Red Book. The forest is also home to 98 families, 256 genera and 381 species of vertebrates. Sixty-six animal species are listed in the Vietnam Red Book and 23 other species in the World Red Book.
In 2005, a new species of gecko was discovered here by a group of Vietnamese biologists together with biologists working for the park, Cologne Zoo in Germany and the Saint Petersburg Wild Zoology Institute in Russia.

phong-nha-ke-bang-cave-entry1 Phong Nha Ke Bang grottoes and caves overviewBesides the grotto and cave systems, Phong Nha has the longest underground river. The Son and Chay are the main rivers in this national park. Most of caves here have been shaped by Son and Chay Rivers. The Son River flows into the mouth of the Phong Nha cave and keeps on underground, where it is called as the Nam Aki River. It emerges 20 km to the south near Pu-Pha-Dam Mountain.
There are over ten spectacular streams, springs and waterfalls in Phong Nha-Ke Bang area, namely: Gió waterfall, Madame Loan waterfall, M?c stream erupting from a limestone mount range, and Tràng  An stream.

Incoming search terms:

  • phong nha ke bang
  • phong nha
  • Big Cave Phong Nha - Ke Bang
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Son Doong cave

The biggest chamber of Son Doong is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide.

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Son Doong Cave (in Vietnamese: Hang Son Ðoòng, meaning Mountain River Cave) is one of the most newly-found caves in the national park. Found by British cave scientists of the British Cave Research Association, it is regarded as the largest cave in the world.The biggest chamber of Son Doong is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. With these tremendous dimensions, Son Doong overtakes Deer Cave of Malaysia to take the title of world’s largest cave. Because the fast flowing underground river in the cave deterred the explorers from going farther, they are only able to estimate the length of the cave using a flashlight. They will carry out further exploration in the near future. The cave had been discovered by a native man in 1991, but he could not remember the way to the cave until January, 2008. From the end of March to April 14, 2009, he helped the explorers to traverse the 10 kilometer forest pass to access the cave mouth. Because of the difficulty in traversing into the cave as well as dangerous conditions in the cave, the cave will be open only to scientists in the near future. The cave was found by a local man named Ho-Khanh in 1991. The local jungle men were afraid of the cave for the whistling sound it makes from the underground river. However, not until 2009 was it made known to the public when a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Ke Bang from April 10–14, 2009.Their progress was stopped by a large calcite wall. According to Limbert, this cave is five times larger than the Phong Nha cave, previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Son Doong is over five kilometers in length.

Incoming search terms:

  • son doong cave
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Tu Lan Cave System

Tu-lan-cave-300x200 Tu Lan Cave SystemThe Tu Lan Cave System comprises of Tu Lan cave, Ken cave, Chuot cave, Kim cave, and Song cave is located in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province. This is a Karts center of 200ha next to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The cave system was discovered by Only 3 caves, Tu Lan, Ken cave and Tien cave were explored on the 2010 expedition. In 2012 the BCRA expedition came back and explored more caves including Hung Ton cave, Uoi cave, Chuot cave, Son Oxalis cave and Kim cave, 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 Ken cave that won so many prizes in National Geographic Magazine in 2011. The cave system is now open for tourists and managed by Oxalis. The intent of Oxalis is to keep this cave system totally natural, no construction and housing will be built in this area. The objective is to make everybody feel like the first person in the area. There are several tour options from one day to 6 days and from very easy to very hard treks. (July 2013).

Map of Tu Lan cave system:

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Phong Nha Ke Bang – a wonderful destination

Before discovery of Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha held several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, as well as the largest caverns and passageways.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang area is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos with a total length of about 70 km, of which only 20 have been surveyed by Vietnamese and British scientists; 17 of these are in located in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang area. After April 2009, total length of caves and grottoes are 126 km.Before discovery of Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha held several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, as well as the largest caverns and passageways.

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The park derives it name from Phong Nha cave, the most beautiful of all, containing many fascinating rock formations, and Ke Bang forest.

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The plateau on which the park is situated is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karst landform in Southeast Asia.

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