TOUR 3: PHONG NHA CAVE – ZIPLINE, KAYAK CHAY RIVER – DARK CAVE
Cost per pax: 60 USD
Dark cave is an adventurous and action-packed experience. Visiting this cave includes harnessed ziplining over a turquoise river, swimming into the mouth of the cave (lifejackets included), walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet to illuminate the way, having a mud fight in the buoyant mud baths deep in the cave, washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave, then kayaking back across the river to test your strength on the hanging obstacle course and open ziplines.
The Dark cave is named as such because it is one of the few caves that have had no artificial lighting installed. The cave is comprised of mostly basalt, in addition to limestone. Basalt is a black, hard rock; also contributing to the cave’s name. With this rock surrounding you, you squish through the narrow and muddy passage using only your headlamps to illuminate your path.
Phong Nha cave is not only a natural legacy of the world, nor a wonder of the country of Vietnam. It also stands as a relic system of the historic Ho Chi Minh street which, during the US war, collaborated with Xuan Son Ferry in order to create a route supporting the battleground of South Vietnam. It once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Today, this area has become the first section of the ever popular Ho Chi Minh trail, as it showcases a lush, mountainous landscape.
8.00: Pick up at GEMINAI Hotel & Café
9.30: Transfer you to Dark Cave (located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park). Participate in the many adventure activities: zip line, mudbath, kayak, swimming, etc. (65 km from the city, about a 60 minute drive).
Activities: mud bath, ziplining, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, caving etc.
12.30: Lunch at local restaurant in Phong Nha village. Here you will enjoy a traditional vietnamese dish. Vegetarian option available. Please contact us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
13.30: Depart for your exploration of the most impressive Phong Nha caves. You will then take a 25 minute ride to the cave via traditional dragonboat. This cave is called a water cave as it boasts an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, you will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, you will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”…
17.00: Back to the hotel
****Please be sure to bring: swimwear and towel. Lockers for your belongings will be provided with a 50,000 deposit which will be refunded upon return of the locker key.
Using the zipline requires you to be 40-90kg. No exceptions.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
Pick up and drop off by van, Vietnamese or English speaking guide, Drinking water, Lunch (Vietnamese style dish), Entrance tickets, dragon boat, Service fee (equipment, zip line harness, helmet, kayak etc.), First aid kit available.