This 2-day trek is an opportunity to escape civilization, pick up your camera and go deep into the rugged and untouched nature of the remote Tu Lan cave system: caves, karst mountains, jungle and waterfalls.
A completely different experience to any other cave system in the area, this photography tour maximizes your time in the jungle and caves with a wide variety of photogenic locations to capture your next best nature shot. One of the caves featured on this tour already had its beautiful formations featured in National Geographic by a world-renowned photographer.
Led by a professional caving guide and guide assistants, you’ll be presented with a range of viewpoints along with additional lighting to capture the best shots inside the caves, and some spectacular overlooks in the jungle.
It is a demanding tour as each day is extended to give you the longest time possible to capture your shots. You’ll also have the chance to capture some incredible nighttime photographs around the campsite and looking out of Ken cave.
This tour is intended for those who are serious about photography. You are responsible for your own camera and Phong Nha Caves does not provide lessons on how to use your camera, though some general guidance will be provided with regards to lighting the caves. Of course, our guides are always available to model for you in the caves if you need some perspective in your shots.
The rewards for this exploration also include watching flurries of butterflies surround camp in breeding months; sleeping under the stars, in a hammock, with the breeze floating lazily around you; sitting by a campfire; and listening to the beautiful waterfalls cascading nearby.
Please note that drones are not allowed on our Photography tour unless it is a private tour and permission has been granted by the Ministry of Defense for special purposes. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Tu Lan
You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:00 am, before venturing off to the village of Tan Hoa, located 70 km away. After a safety briefing and gear check, you need to sign our Release Form before it’s off and away for a full day of trekking. The trek begins with a 2.5 km march across fields of peanut crops, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks, and down to the Rao Nan River. The adventure accelerates with a 30 m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening where you can catch your breath before a 100 m descent in elevation down to Hung Ton Valley. Lunch will be enjoyed in the Hung Ton Cave opening.
After lunch, we allow plenty of time for photography in Hung Ton Cave and throughout Kim Cave. With climbing, trekking, and swimming through river caves, this will surely be a highlight of your photography travel in Vietnam. Snacks are available during the afternoon. Arrive in campsite between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm and get ready for the best BBQ jungle dinner in the world (probably)! Optional shots include the exit of Hang Ken cave after dinner and maybe a shot of the stars if we are lucky. Sleep will come easily in comfortable hammocks or tents.
Tu Lan – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha
The second day starts with a hearty breakfast at 7:30 am and more cave photography challenges. Set off from the campsite and start cruising into Tu Lan cave entrance where there are opportunities for amazing shots of a blue lagoon. Making your way up to explore the dry part with some climbing and squeezing; at that point set up your tripod and capture some stunning shots of cave formations.
Walk through the forest path to the campsite for more jungle shots and enjoy a delicious lunch served next to the waterfall. After lunch, we will return the same way, through Kim Cave, To Mo Valley and Hung Ton Cave, giving you the opportunity for some last minute shots.
Arrival in Tan Hoa is followed by a chance to take in the scenery with a cold drink in hand. Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change, and then departure back to Phong Nha is at around 5:30 pm, with arrival in Phong Nha by 7:00 pm.