Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park Headquarter
3. Paradise Caves of Phong Nha ke BangAnother UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park which is world famous for having more than 300 caves and grottoes. Son Doong cave was recently discovered which has the largest cave passage in the world spanning around 5 km long, 200 meters high and 490 meters wide. Most of the caves are still unexplored. The trek to Son Doong is very costly, it costs around 3000 USD for a 7-day trek inside the cave.Picture Courtesy for the above image : @oxalisvietnam
Son Doong Cave Eta Phong Nha Fun Parker Nazionala
When I saw the photo of Phong Nha cave which led me to Vietnam, I had no idea the reality would be way better than what I was in that tiny frame. I managed to visit a few of the 300 caves and the only regret was missing out on the Son Doong Cave which is the world’s largest cave! These caves are not only of geological importance but also has great historic importance. They were used as bomb shelters, ammunition depots and hospitals during the American war.
reached dong hoi at 7 am. Take a taxi or bus whatever is convenient to Phong Nha National park. I took a cab bcz bus was not available. Reached phong nha after 1.30hrs by taxi. Take a hostel. Get ready for boat trip to phong nha cave magnificent cave must visit. Return after 3 hrs thn i took a bicycle tour to nearby cafe it was fun. Then overnight in hostel.
+ Vietnam has so many beautiful towns to visit and to live in. Dalat was a beautiful hill-station. Hoi An is a place where time slows down. Phong Nha has some of the biggest caves on earth. Hue is nice old town. We still did not visit Mui Ne and Nha Trang and Mekong Delta. Hopefully in our next trip we will. Selling Bikes in Saigon:
The Paradise cave (opened to public in 2011) can be best reached by a motorbike – a number of options available to rent one in about 100,000 VND- the roads can get slippery due to the rain so make sure you ride around the area only if you are sure of your riding skills. Another cave that you can (and must) visit on your own is the Dark Cave here you zip-line your way inside the caves, get real muddy walking your way through it, wash off in the river and kayak your way out on the land- sounds amazing isn’t it?Other things to do:Apart from the above mentioned caves there are a number of cave system that are not advisable to reach without a tour operator since the park has one of the highest concentration of unexploded ordnance in the world. You can take one of the tours to the Tu Lan cave or Son Doong cave – I recommend taking an overnight tour to these caves as a lot of time goes in hiking through the jungle to reach them also camping in the caves would be closest to a magical experience.The national park has to offer one of the hardest eco trail and a large number of fauna & flora, one can hike their way to a new adventure. And at the end of the adrenaline packed day you can choose to relax by the Mountain River Café, order special chocolate coffee and let the mesmerizing beauty of Phong Nha Ke Bnag leave you breathless.I would love to know about your experience in Phong Nha and suggestions. If you want more information feel free to comment, or write to me.Happy Travelling!This travelogue was first published by https://khyatimaloo.wordpress.com/
Phong Nha is a small town towards the Center of Vietnam. It is known for its national park which includes the world's biggest cave (Son Doong cave). I took the night bus from Hanoi to Phong Nha (experiencing the night bus is a must). This bus runs everyday from Hanoi backpackers Downtown. I stayed at the Phong Nha backpackers which was nothing great. Easy tiger hostel comes highly recommended amongst backpackers I did not do Son Doong cave since it takes 3000 dollars to see it. Instead, I did a full day tour of dark cave and paradise cave. Followed by the highlight of my trip, a two day one night excursion to the Tu Lan cave system through Oxalis Adventure tours. Though this tour is expensive, I would highly recommend it. This includes trekking through pristine jungles followed by a lot of swimming in the caves. Also, you get to stay in the Jungle for one night.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Day 8 Visit Paradise Cave – Dark Cave - Hue (BL) Am: Having breakfast with Homestay family. You will take a kayaking route for more interesting and exciting trip. You begin to kayak at Rustic Chay Lap on the Tro Oc River and on 1.3 kilometers, then steering right into the Chay River and passing Chay Lap Village on the right. You will reach Dark Cave on the left of river to discover this beautiful cave which is the part of Phong Nha Cave System with the special green color water and so cold. Here is the chance for you to admire and get closer at close Range Station looking up from its mouth in a kayak. Kayak back on the river and past the Ranger Station, the water is still as you glide along the valley river. Have lunch at restaurant Pm: This afternoon, the guide will take you to visit “ Thien Duong Cave” or called Paradise Cave on Ho Chi Minh West Branch Trail. En route you have the chance to admire the imposing rock mountains that gives you the impressions. The Paradise Cave is a dry cave and appreciated the most stunning cave in Phong Nha Caves System because of its size and unique making a deep impression for the visitors. To get inside the cave you will be on golf car transfer 2 km and pass through rare trees to discover the great structure and the stalactites and stalagmites inside. All these are the creation of nature, only the 1.1 kilometers wooden pathway through the cave were man-made. After that you leave Quang Binh for Hue city. On arrival, check in hotel. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel.
We then booked a direct night bus from the hostel to Sơn Trạch, the village with Phong Nha caves. When booked at Google Hostel you got a free night accommodation without paying more for the bus ticket. But we actually booked another Hostel when we arrived as the free hostel was not the nicest. They also sell motorbike rental service where you drive the scenic route down to Hoi An and get you baggage sent there to be collected when you return bike in Hoi An.