Caving and Camping (3 nights)

HCM 402-201
Highlights
  • Camp beside a waterfall
  • Historic sites in Hue – the former capital of Vietnam
  • Adventure in the amazing Tu Lan jungle and cave system
Program Overview
Country: Vietnam
Depart: 02/11/2017 0630
Return: 02/14/2017 1530
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Strenuous
Capacity: Min. 11/ Max. 30
Program Fee
$1287 (early booking: $1213)

Field Class Conflicts
  • Art 492A: Seminar: Art History
  • GR 330: Urban Geography
  • NR 355: Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • RRM 400: Food and Society
  • PHIL 172 500: Religions of the East
  • HIST 465: Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam
  • ECON 202: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MGT 475: International Business Management
  • NR 370: Coastal Environmental Ecology
  • JTC 430: Advanced Digital Documentary Photography

This program provides an overnight trip to explore the fascinating jungle and cave area of Tu Lan, located 70km North-West of Phong Nha. You will experience the best camping adventure in Vietnam beside a stunning waterfall deep in the jungle. Spot flying foxes in the early evening as you enjoy a delicious meal cooked over the fire. The trekking distance is about 7km per day and there are 2 moderate hills to pass. Safety is absolutely paramount and participants will be provided with helmets, life jackets, headlights and trekking boots. All camping gear will also be provided and carried by local porters. A highlight of the park is Thien Duong or Paradise Cave. This astonishing cave, which was only opened to visitors in 2011, is situated deep in the National Park and extends for 31KM. Accessible via a wooden walkway, this huge underground space is full of gigantic stalagmites and other such grandiose formations.

In combination to this trip is a stop to visit Hue – the former capital of Vietnam between 1802 and 1945. The Complex of Hue Monuments is a unique example of a planned and fully defended feudal capital city in southeast Asia. A cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel, built between 1804 and 1833, this heavily fortified structure is still very much the heart of modern-day Hue and despite a checkered history, the fortress remains superbly intact. There will be time for exploration before moving on to Long An Palace. Situated outside the citadel walls and only reopened to the public in 2012 after four years of extensive renovation, this baroque-influenced palace is now home to the Royal Fine Arts Museum. Inside this highly rated museum are several thousand antiquities including porcelain, silverware and paintings, many of which belonged to the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Itinerary

Day 1

*All times are approximate and subject to change. Please be flexible. 

  • 06:30 Depart Saigon port for the transfer to SGN airport for flight to Dong Hoi.
  • 10:45 – 11:30 Meet your local guide and then transfer group to city centre
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Have lunch
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Transfer to Paradise cave
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Visit Paradise cave
  • 16:00 – 18:00 Transfer to Tan Hoa camping site
  • BBQ dinner at camping site
  • Overnight at Tan Hoa camping center (very basic)

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the campsite
  • 08:00 Depart from trekking point at Tan Hoa village
  • 10:30-12:00 After a safety briefing and gear check, it’s off and away for a full day of trekking! The trek begins with a 2.5km march across fields of peanut crops, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks, and down to the Rao Nan River. The adventure accelerates with a 30m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening where you can catch your breath before a 100m descent in elevation down to Hung Ton Valley. Visit Hung Ton Cave, To Mo Valley
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch at To Mo Waterfall
  • 13:00-15:00 After lunch, the adventure picks up again with some serious trekking from Hung Ton Valley and over to Mango Mountain, then back down into Tu Lan Valley (3km). By mid-afternoon, Tu Lan campsite will be on the horizon, where swimming can be enjoyed in the beautiful waterfall.
  • 15:00-17:00 Prepare camp; afternoon activities include exploring and swimming through Ken Cave, located next to the camp site.
  • 18:00: Enjoy a tasty dinner then sleep will come easy in comfortable hammocks set up amongst the trees!
  • 20:00 Overnight in Hammocks at campsite in front of Tu Lan Cave – A beautiful beach in front of the cave

Day 3

  • 07:00 – Breakfast
  • 08:00 – 09:00- Explore Tu Lan cave (both wet and dry sections)
  • Lunch at your campsite
  • Swim and trek through Hang Kim Cave to To Mo valley then swim through Hung Ton cave. Group also visit Rat cave after crossing Hung Ton valley.  
  • Group will reach Tan Hoa where you are welcomed back with a cold drink. Showers are available for cleaning up and change before transferring to Hue.
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Overnight at Muong Thanh Hue hotel  (Subject to availability)

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • 07:30 – 10:00 Begin the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel by cyclo ride from your hotel.
  • 10:00 – 11:15 Transfer to Phu Bai airport (Hue) – On the way stop at a local restaurant for a light lunch with a bowl of Bun Bo Hue (Beef noodle) – a special dish of Hue.
  • 15:00 Upon arrival in Saigon, meet your local guide then transfer back to Nha Rong Port

Meals Included

3 breakfasts
4 lunches
3 dinners

Special Note

– Hard trekking – student under 16 is not recommended
– For adventure students only, students should have previous experience trekking and swimming abilities.
– Good trekking shoes, rain gear, warm clothes, and insect repellent are highly recommended.
– Personal luggage should be no more than 6kg while trekking.