Ma Da Valley and Tra Ang Cave one day jungle hiking
Phong Nha, Quang Binh
Phong Nha, Quang Binh
Ma Da valley and Tra Ang Cave one day jungle hiking is a great opportunity to get into the jungle without taking on a major expedition in an area where few tourists have been before. Explore an unspoiled cave, swim in a stunning lake, and experience authentic Vietnam whilst supporting employment for local people. What a great day out seeing the National Park and trekking through the jungle!
Ma Da valley locates in a remote area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The Ma Da Valley was opened to tourism in August 2016. This new area of the world heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park includes the Tra Ang cave and Ma Da Lake.
Tra Ang Cave locates on the Phong Nha- Ke Bang administrative and services subdivision on the road no.20 Quyet Thang. It was discovered in 2014 by the British Cave Research Association with a length of 1km and 50m in width. Tra Ang is a cave with green and cool underground river systems contain pristine stalactites with various shapes and colors. Currently, Tra Ang is being surveyed to become the popular tourist route.
Ma Da valley and Tra Ang Cave one day jungle hiking represents a great opportunity to experience authentic Vietnam. This tour requires a total of 8km of primary jungle hiking on a small trail to explore the untouched Ma Da valley, swim in the crystal lake of Ma Da, enjoy a fantastic jungle barbecue lunch prepared by our local team, and swim into Tra Ang cave to explore one of the beautiful river cave in Phong Nha. The whole experience is spectacular!
* Activities: 8 km of Jungle hiking, Swim in Ma Da crystal lake, Jungle BBQ, Swim into Tra Ang cave.
* Adventure level: Medium-high – fitness for the challenging terrain of the 8km hike. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age and people have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
– Gear provided: Vietnamese soldier trekking boots if required (we suggest bringing your trekking shoes just in case our boots don’t suit you), headlight, helmet, gloves, and life jacket.
– Gear to bring: Trekking clothes (long trousers and shirt), personal toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, swimming gear.
* Detailed time plan: Tour departs daily from 8:00 a.m to 17:30 p.m.
08:00 am: Pick up at the hotel in Phong Nha Center and transfer to Jungle Boss Homestay.
08:30 am Team meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park. Water trekking shoes, lunch, water provided. Definitely use the water trekking shoes provide, otherwise, your nice shoes will be soaked for days. Bring socks and perhaps blister band-aids, since shoes may rub against the skin after 6 hours of hiking.
08:45 am: Depart for Ma Da valley by motorbike or van (dependant on weather and group size).
09:00 am: Arrive at the trek departure point and start trekking through the jungle to the Ma Da valley. Let wear sneakers cause the rocks are sometimes really sharp and slippery. Also, take a full bottle of mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves. There are many river crossings.
10:00 am: Reach to Ma Da Lake – swim into Ma Da crystal lake. The natural pool in which you get to swim is really beautiful and blue and you can dive from rocks into the water.
11:00 am: Start trekking to Tra Ang Cave. Some of the rocks outside Trang An felt particularly tricky. So you will need the guide’s help all the way. Your guide and porter always lookout for how you are doing.
12:00 pm: Arrive at Tra Ang Cave and time for lunch. Particular mention has to be made of the food – a huge amount of barbecue pork and tofu laid out on bamboo leaves with all the accompaniments to make your very own fresh spring rolls. And they are delicious.
13:00 pm: Swim into Tra Ang Cave to explore 600m of Tra Ang Cave with life jackets and head torches. It is an optional option depend on your health. Let’s try it!
15:30 pm: Start trekking to be back Ho Chi Minh road.
16:30 pm: Arrive at Ho Chi Minh road, enjoy a cold drink on the road. The cold drinks at the end of the trek as we emerged from the jungle as dusk fell was a fitting end to a brilliant day. Great value for money!
Cold drink17:00 pm: Drive back Phong Nha and your hotels in Phong Nha. Tour end!
Note: If your hotel in Dong Hoi city, the surcharge is 30 USD.
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