Hang En – Ban Doong Village – Phong Nha
Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up your belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 and trek to the entrance of Hang En. The entrance seems small for such a large cave which lies ahead; as you make your way to the main passage of the cave, you’ll be astounded by the view. From 9:30 – 12:00 pm, you’ll explore Hang En: the cliffs above the beach, ancient fossils, and of course, the exit, which was featured in the Hollywood movie Pan.
After your exploration of the cave, you’ll have lunch on the beach within the cave while soaking up your surroundings. For the following few hours, make your way back through the mountainous river valley, through jungle and across streams, until reaching the minority village, Ban Doong, around 2:00 pm. Spend about 30 mins getting to know the elders of Ban Doong and then continue on. Enjoy a water break by the stream as you prepare for the biggest challenge ahead, climbing the treacherous hill up to the Ho Chi Minh Road. Watch out for leeches and push ahead to the road, where cold drinks are waiting. Return by vehicle to Phong Nha by 5:30 pm.