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. Than overnight in hostel.
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
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.