In this tour you will explore from the larger entrance of Hang Ruc Mon. (‘Hang’ is the Vietnamese word for ‘cave’.) Your day will begin with a nice and relaxing drive through the Da Deo mountain pass where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain views and think jungle. We will then arrive at Yen Phu village where you will start a light trek towards Yen Phu lake that is full of water buffalo and cows for a perfect picture opportunity. After that we will continue making our way to Chut village where you will begin trekking to the mouth of the cave, on arrival our local porters will have a delicious BBQ lunch and you will get the chance to sit back and relax before entering Ruc Mon. Once inside the cave you will be swimming, climbing and bouldering until we reach the first dry cave (level 1). Ruc Mon has four levels of dry cave and you will get to explore all of them, if you are an adventurous person this tour is definitely for you.
This cave was only recently discovered and accessible for tourists, so you can lead the way and be one of the pioneering adventurers here! Hang Ruc Mon is 16 kilometers long, up to 35 meters high and 13 meters wide, making it in the top three largest caves in the Phong Nha area. By joining this expedition with Green Land Tours you can experience the incredible world beneath the earth’s surface; beautifully sparkling rock, towering stalagmites and stalactites dripping down to form over hundreds of millions of years. The stone formations in this cave include; flow stone, drapery and cave pearls, making this exploration incredibly exciting and unique. En route you will get to visit local villages, Yen Phu Lake as well as one of the dramatic filming locations of the latest King Kong movie! There are no other companies going to Hang Ruc Mon, so if you want to get off the beaten track and discover true peacefulness in the Vietnamese countryside, this is the tour for you. Our friendly guides will help you along the way, leaving you feeling comfortable and safe throughout and the stunning scenery will help you to relax and rejuvenate you.
So prepare to be amazed- our customers words not just ours! As you embark on your experience meeting the Chut minority people, trekking, swimming a little and using ladders and ropes through four floors of our amazing Hang Ruc Mon.
We look forward to welcoming you to Phong Nha and Hang Ruc Mon!
Duration: 1 day
Adventure Level: Moderate for physically active guests
Group size: Average 2-20 pax (minimum requirement of 2 persons to operate)
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Tour starts: 7:00 am- 8:00 am from any local hotel in Phong Nha
Tour Ends: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha
Price: 2,450,000 vnd/pers (price inclusive of VAT & environment/ entrance fees)
We will provide you with the following:
✓ Caving and safety gear: caving helmet, headlight, life jacket, gloves, socks
✓ 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes
✓ Travel towel
✓ Professional english-speaking tour guide and guide assistance
✓ Free pick up from guest’s accommodation
✓ Complimentary lunch
✓ Porter to prepare meals and water
✓ Dry box for phones and small cameras
✓ First Aid kit
Please also bring with you the following:
▪ 1 long sleeved shirt
▪ 1 pair of long pants (preferably quick-dry)
▪ 1 pair of swimwear
▪ 1 set of clothes to change after the tour
▪ Recommended personal items: mosquito repellent,sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera
We would like to remind our expedition members not to bring jewelry and other valuable accessories.
Unexpected changes on itinerary might happen due to the weather conditions
Phong Nha - Hoa Son - Hang Ruc 1 - Tang Hoa
7:30 ~ 8 AM: Your day kicks off nice and early; you will be collected from your accommodation in Phong Nha between 7.30/8am. Once everyone has been picked up you’ll be driven 30km over the historic Da Deo Mountain Pass. Here you’ll enjoy some breathtaking views looking down into the jungle and get some insight into the history of the area and the mountain range through which you’ll be exploring. Upon reaching Yen Phu village you will set off towards Yen Phu Lake, the residence of the famous giant King Kong.
9:15 AM: Once you arrive at the lake, a perfect photo opportunity, your guide will give you some information as you have a chance to appreciate the peaceful nature alongside the cows, buffalos and birds. When you are ready you will head back to the van and drive a little further to reach a different minority village, where you will meet the Chut people.
11:00 AM: When you arrive and park, you will embark on a thirty minute walk to the Chut village where you can spend some time to get acquainted there. You can leave your excess luggage and just take your tour necessities. Then you’ll hit the trail! It is a 2km trek past peanut plantations and many water buffalo. After wading across the river you’ll reach the ginormous entrance of Hang Ruc Mon. When you reach the entrance to the cave you will have some time to relax and rest your legs while a delicious BBQ meal is prepared for you. A vegetarian option is always available. You will feast local style where all the food is spread out onto banana leaves, you can pick and choose what you want and wrap it up in spring roll rice paper.
12:30 PM: Re-energised for the next part of the tour, you enter the cave by leaping into the crystal clear water, sure to wake you up after lunch and prepare you for the adventure! It is a leisurely swim, approximately 1.5km to the dry path. From here you will explore the many huge chambers from this entrance of the cave. Pause to respect millennia of history that it took to form the incredible stalagmites and stalactites, rare stone formations exclusive of other caves you might see in the Phong Nha area. You can find fossils, see cave pearls and lose yourself happily in this cave. Touch the stone where the water has shaped its path, dip your hand into the deep dimples that have eroded away over time. You can spend about three hours in here, pausing for breaks if you feel tired, or going deeper into the abyss if you dare! Once back at the cave entrance, you’ll have a chance to dry off and after a half an hour trek you will arrive back at the village.
5:00 PM: Once back among the Chut people you will enjoy their warm hospitality and a hot or cold drink. Vietnam is home to 54 unique minorities, each with their own language, culture and customs. You’ll find yourself helpless to the charms of the Chut people of Tang Hoa.
5:30 PM: The last leg of the tour is the journey back into Phong Nha. You’ll have time to reflect on the sights and experiences of your day and share email addresses and photos with your group.
7:00 ~ 7:30 PM: Arrival back into Phong Nha! You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Phong Nha where you’ll be free to recount your day to fellow travelers, or friends and family back home. And you still have plently of time to get ready for an evening out, or to get ready if you need to take a night bus!
One of the best days of my life. Haven't seen such a huge cave on a while. It was very pretty inside. We climbed to the top of a 250 cliff, i couldn't believe it when we reached that top! Was just wow