Not only Son Doong, Tu Lan Cave in Quang Binh is also a Highlight

Tu Lan cave is breathtakingly beautiful but the journey to conquer the cave system is also very difficult and risky.

Tu Lan cave is breathtakingly beautiful but the journey to conquer the cave system is also very difficult and risky.


Vietnam beauty is everywhere! From the border land in the Northern with rock plateau of Ha Giang, gorgeous yellow terraced rice fields in harvest season, quaint villages in the northern midlands, white sandy beaches stretching in the Central, luxuriant bustling fruit orchards in the South... So many amazing sites by great Mother Nature’s hand make people overwhelmed! 


Mentioning the incredible magnificent artworks of the nature, everyone will think about places like imposing and mysterious caves of Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Son Doong... However, few people know that in Quang Binh there is a cave system which is also pretty, wild and attractive - Tu Lan caves system, located in the village of Tan Hoa, Minh Hoa district, Quang Binh province.


Located about 70km to the northwest of Phong Nha, Tu Lan caves system has newly discovered since 2009, therefore it remains intact with wild beauty of nature that few places have: the breathtaking forest, the river, the great grotto arches.... Tu Lan is mysterious but really attractive...


If you love exploring and be ready for a trip of a lifetime, put Tu Lane in your bucket list to go! The conquest to Tu Lan is never easy and boring. You will have to go deep into the forest, through the lush green rice paddies, to the valley deep in the forest, and then swim across so many streams. Your clothes will be dry then be wet, and wet then dry. To come to Tu Lan, you not only need the full protection outfit, but above all  - the ingenuity, perseverance, and of course the passion to discover.


This is not an easy experience, so make sure you are healthy and experienced enough in trekking, you also need good swimming skill because cave systems of Tu Lan is different from Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park System’s. Tu Lan caves are located quite low with many streams and rivers which are always full of water. That means you will have to cross spring sand then climb mountains continuously. Remember carefully that explore Tu Lan is not simply a normal trip: you not only just walk, you have to swim, go hiking, climb, even swing – it’s truly an amazing adventure like in a movie. 


Like any other journey, you will have your achievement after all. If you go to the mountain,  at the end of the climbing, you can stand on the top and see the world below. After you overcome the long road to Tu Lan, you can swim in the cool underground spring water and see stalactites in the cave. 


The last stop of this trail is a dry cave with very large arch, with two adjoining doors allowing sunlight shines deep inside, and you can see magnificent stalactites and cave with many shapes and sizes. Lots of stalactite and stalagmite columns seem to be covered with glittering iridescent paint or carved with diamonds! Such an unspeakable beauty!


Tu Lan journey takes about 4 days and 3 nights, and a lot of effort, willpower, but in return, you will have abundant experience, knowledge and great memories!

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