Son Doong Cave Expedition — Activities organised for travelers
Travelers will have many interesting activities in nature, such as pitching tents for 5 nights in the cave, having chicken BBQ or pork with salt made by local cooks, swimming in the subterranean river, using the husk toilet…
Each Son Doong Cave Expedition tour has up to 10 people in maximum, 99.9% of which are full tours.
A Hong Kong billionaire’s team consists of just six individuals, including a cameraman, individual photography, and the billionaire’s assistant. Furthermore, the expedition crew always comprises cave specialists, medical professionals, guides, assistant guides, cooks, and porters in addition to tourists.
The Son Doong Cave Expedition tour lasts 7 days, 5 of which tourists get the opportunity to experience living in the natural environment by eating, drinking, camping, resting in tents, swimming in spring… The journey includes two nights in Hang En Cave and three nights in Son Doong Cave.
Porters are the people that transport the luggage of passengers as well as the essential personal belongings for the adventure such as stoves, pots, tents, etc. During the first two years of tour exploration, all culinary utensils are brought in and out at all times.
However, by 2016, the firm chose to keep several important items in the cave, such as gas stoves, gas bottles, pots and pans, and so on, for tour teams to use sequentially, and to decrease the difficulty for the porter crew. During their breaks, porters frequently play chess, and many visitors are eager to join them.
The first meal of the trip is at noon and foods are held right on the forest path, on the way trekking from Ban Doong to Hang En Cave.
The expedition crew includes the head chef and two sous chefs, who arrive at the campsite at midday to cook meals and organize lodging for everyone.
In addition to the delicacies made and consumed directly in Son Doong Cave, tourists on this discovery trip may eat fresh fish or specialities from the nearby villages in Phong Nha Cave.
It often takes about 2 hours for cookers to prepare meals. The menu of dishes is various but chicken BBQ or pork with salt are local specialties and are dishes that most people expect.
In the evenings, travelers and porters often play chess together, play guitar, sing songs and chat to each other …
Inside the tent of tourists, sleeping bags are prepared neatly.
A toilet using husks to decompose, it is very convenient and is prepared by a tour company during Son Doong Expedition. Each campsite always has at least two toilets cleared by staff.