Phong Nha River Cruise

9 Hours

Phong Nha, Quang Binh, Vietnam


Our Phong Nha Villages Experience by Boat and Bike showcases this unique side of Phong Nha, one that exposes the rich diversity of life beyond the caves. We limit our tours to a maximum of 15 people per tour departure to really give everyone a chance to participate and enjoy the day without crowds of other tourists.

Our tour starts with an early morning visit to Xuan Son market, where you’ll have a close encounter with the towns morning activities. Then get on board and after a short boat trip you will arrive at Xuan Tien Village, where you will learn about local fsh farming practices, including the Black Carp and special eel from Phong Nha.

Continue cruising down the river to the very pleasant Gia Tinh Village, where guests will alight from the boat and have a chance to wander through the village with their guide, visiting a craft house where the locals make handmade rattan products. Here the local will show you how to make a product from rattan and you can put your craftiness to test.

You’ll then get back to the boat and float toward Gia Hung village. Here you will have a chance to learn about one of the most impressive churches of the region, if not the country, with its unique local wooden architecture. Then after a short walk, you will get to a local house where they make different types of rice cake. You will have a chance to try making it for yourselves to experience frst hand the skills needed to produce hundreds of rice cake per day. You can buy some and bring back on the boat as snack.

Then a delicious lunch will be served on the boat to help you rest and recharge for the next portion of the tour. Our boat will take you back to Lien Trach where you will have some times for swimming. It must be hot after a day of walking around. This is your chance to relax in the cool water of Son River.

You will now head down to Ha Mon boat station then start the afternoon with your bicycles – cycling through very rural farming villages, where buffaloes will compete with laughing children to grab your attention!


Operating Time

Our Phong Nha River Cruise is available all year round. We depart once every two days.

Expected starting and ending time

From 7:45AM to 3:40PM. The time is subject to change depends on the progress of the tour.

Difficulty Level

Easy. This tour is suitable for you and your family including young children. Please be advised that this tour has a cycling portion so if your children cannot ride a bike, you can either carry them on the back seat or go back to Oxalis office on the boat without cycling.

Number of participants

Minimum 2 pax - Maximum 15 pax

Minimum age

There is no minimum age requirement for this tour.


Our boat is fully equipped with life jackets for everybody on board. We also provide helmets for biking.

Booking conditions

Please make your reservation at least 24 hours prior to the departure of the tour. You are required to pay a full payment for your booking to be confirmed.

Cancellation terms

If a cancellation request is received and acknowledged more than 7 days before tour departure, a full refund will be processed.

VND 1.320.000 pax


7:45 AM

Pick up guests from Phong Nha Village to Xuan Son market and visit the local market's life. Then back to Xuan Son boat station and boat ride to Xuan Tien village. Visit Xuan Tien fish farm then walk to a local house and learn about weaving rattan products at Gia Tinh village. Boat ride to Gia Hung village to visit Gia Hung Church and experience rice cake house.

12:00 PM

Walk back to the boat and have lunch on board while the boat ride to Lien Trach hanging bridge. You will have a swimming time and enjoy the local river at lien Trach/

13:30 PM

Boat ride to Ha Mon village, short briefing for the cycling part. Bike ride back to Oxalis Home. Tour ends.


Included In Tour

  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • 3 – 4 Hour River Cruise, village walk
  • 2  hours guided cycling
  • Lunch
  • Water

*Tour excludes personal expenses and additional drinks or beers.

Bring Your Own

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses and bug spray
  • Camera or phone for picture
  • Rain poncho.


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