Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is a world heritage with the pristine beauty that nature has gifted local people. The harmony of primary forests and Son river, as well as dry caves and watery caves, creates an ink painting seducing tourists.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang is located in Bo Trach Commune, Quang Binh province, over 40 kilometers from Dong Hoi City. Most vehicles drop you off in the central city, so you need to find another way to reach the destination.
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When to Visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang?
The spot has a tropical monsoon climate while being influenced by the environment of the South and the North. Thus, there are two seasons in Quang Binh.
The dry season (from April to August): this is a convenient time to explore the caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang. While the outside temperature is about 36 degrees, the atmosphere inside the caves is quite cool, with a temperature of 20 degrees.
The rainy season (from September to the next March): the province welcomes Northeast monsoon; the average rainfall is from 2.000 to 2.300mm per year. On stormy days, the water in Son river rises too highly to find the way to the Phong Nha caves (watery cave). However, you can visit other dry caves such as Tien Son and Thien Duong. As a side note, pay attention to planning and preparing appropriate clothing.
Phong Nha Cave
This 8-km-long cave is the most highlighted and on the list of the caves owning the longest underground river in the world.
The only way to reach the cave is going by motorboat. The cave brings you a pleasant feeling. On summer days, the bright sunlight in Quang Binh is quite hot, but as soon as you enter inside, the temperature falls into 17 to 19 degrees. During the excursion along 600 meters inside, visitors have a chance to admire the majestic natural scenes of the most fabulous cave.
Then, you can discover Co Tien cave and Cung Dinh cave to see multi-colored stalactites in various shapes, also listen to the party music of the mountain god. Besides, spend some time enjoying the splendid limestone chambers and corridors covered by sparkling stalactites, all of which bring an exciting feeling as if you are inside the mouth of a giant monster.
Entrance fees: 150.000 vnd (children below 1.3-meter-tall is free of charge)
Boat fares: 360.000 vnd/ maximum of 12 people with life vests (including children)
Thien Duong Cave
Known as a palace underground, Thien Duong is one of the most fanciful and gorgeous caves in the world. It lies inside a complex of limestone mountains with a height of 191 meters, surrounded by primary forests of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Scientists consider it the longest dry cave in Asia.
Once entering into the cave, you will get lost in a world of stalactites which has beautifully been named by explorers. For example, Thach Hoa Vien Palace is a stalactite of Ever Virgin Mary holding a baby on her arms, while Giao Tri Palace is the place where Allah holds meetings with his courtiers, around them appears unicorns and phoenixes. Compared to Phong Nha cave, this cave possesses more stalactites in various shapes.
Adults: 250.000 vnd
Children (from 110cm to 130cm): 125.000 vnd
Children under 110cm are free of charge.
Shuttle electric cars
One-way tickets: 60.000 vnd/turn
Round-trip tickets: 100.000 vnd/turn
One-way tickets: 90.000 vnd/turn
Round-trip tickets: 150.000 vnd/turn
8-seat cars: 200.000 vnd/turn/round-trip
14-seat cars: 350.000 vnd/turn/round-trip
Chay River – Toi Cave (Dark Cave)
Belonging to the Phong Nha cave system, the cave was studied in 1990 and 1992 by researchers from British Royal. Like many other caves in the area, it contains both dry and wet parts with a width of 5.258 meters and a height of 80 meters. The researchers called it Dark cave since the dark light seems to be extraordinarily dense as if people can touch it.
The cave remains pristine with thousands of stalactites in diverse and distinctive shapes, which is the shelter of bats, swallows, and, particularly, Ha Tinh langurs – a kind of primate on the Red Book of Vietnam. Due to the location near a river with high humidity, the stalactites here are covered by a large number of mosses, creating a featured green. There is no light system, so you need to climb a 1-kilometer stair, then discover it on your own by the light from headlamps. You can also take part in trying zipline and other fun games.
Adults (above 130cm, from 40 to 90kg): 450.000 vnd, including zipline through Dark Cave, exploring Dark Cave, mud bath, kayaking, zipline and bathing on the river, dangerous bridge, volleyball, underwater activities, and safety equipment.
Children (from 90cm to 130cm): 150.000 vnd, including discovering Dark Cave, mud bath, underwater games, kayaking with parents, and safety equipment, exclusive zip lines, and risky activities.
Children (below 90cm): free, including a swimming pool for kids.
You can reach the site by driving about 10 kilometers from the Phong Nha tourist area or taking a boat from Son river, then turn to Chay river about six kilometers. Dissimilar to other spots in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the ecotourism area still keeps its original and charming beauty of dreamy landscapes and fresh air, which attracts travelers to come to relax.
Package tours (comprising swimming on the stream, cliff jumping, kayaking, and safety equipment):
Adults: 180.000 vnd
Children (above 130cm): 100.000 vnd
Common entrance fees: 80.000 vnd (children under 130cm are free of charge)
Gio Waterfall (Wind Waterfall) – Botanical Garden
It is a must-see destination for those who are interested in wild nature and mountain climbing. You will have a chance to visit an exhibition of rare fauna and flora of the National Park.
Then, you will walk on a narrow trail to enter into the old forest to discover the top of the Wind waterfall. The more you go, the fresher the air is, the more comfortable you feel. After 15 minutes of trekking under the foliage of primary forests, you can see the fall with white bubbles – a majestic picture of nature. Then, head to Vang Anh lake to freely relax and swim under the lukewarm and crystal water while contemplating great hornbills and enjoy the dances of peacocks – one of ten most alluring birds in the world.
Adults: 40.000 vnd
Children: 20.000 vnd
Tam Co Cave
This cave is a part of the relic system of Ho Chi Minh Road, which was recognized as a national relic in 1986.
Being a sacred spiritual site, the cave used to be the most place to be bombed to prevent the support to the South from the North. On 14 November 1972, an American aircraft used a bomb to collapse the entrance of the cave, killing eight girls of Vietnamese voluntary youth force.
Additionally, coming to Quang Binh province, you can spend time visiting other famous attractions, such as Da Nhay beach, Ngang Pass, Vung Chua – Yen Island, Nhat Le beach, and Quang Phu dune.
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