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Phong Nha is located at the foot of the limestone cliffs that originated 400 million years ago, and is the gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The landscape of the park consists of limestone plateaus and tropical forests. It has a great geological diversity and offers spectacular scenery, including a large number of caves and underground rivers.
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The Phong Nha National Park is made up of pristine virgin forest that spreads through a fascinating landscape. The karst formation has developed since the Paleozoic (about 400 million years ago) making it the oldest large karst area in Asia. The area is full of large cave systems, the most famous being the Paradise Cave, Hang En and Phong Nha Cave. Hang Son Doong, now recognized as the largest cave in the world, opened in 2014 as part of a 6-day hike for a small number of tourists. The park derives its name from the Phong Nha Cave, which contains many fascinating rock formations and the Kẻ Bàng Forest.
More information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phong_Nha-Ke_Bang_National_Park
The easiest way to get between Phong Nha and Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is to fly to and from Dong Hoi. Vietnam Airlines and Vietjetair offer daily flights from Hanoi and Saigon.
Only from Hanoi: Bamboo Airways - https://www.bambooairways.com/en/
A night train from Hanoi is another great way to get to Dong Hoi. Visit this Websiteto check the availability of seats and make bookings for Dong Hoi.
You can take buses from cities such as Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An.
Coming from the south (Hoi Chi Minh) it is a very long distance - over 30 hours, and you will make several stopovers in the big cities. We recommend that you do not travel by bus or train unless you plan to stay in other cities as part of a round trip.
Once you reach Dong Hoi, you will need to arrange the transfer to Phong Nha National Park.
It takes about 90 minutes by bus to get from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha. You can take the bus from the Nam Ly Bus Stop or at any bus stop in the Tran Hung Dao Road. The bus number you should look for is B4 with the inscription Dong Hoi - Hoan Lao - Phong Nha on the windshield.
You can ask your hotel or hostel to book a private vehicle. A ride by car costs about 500,000 VND.
With the taxi
Taxis are available from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha. The prices range between 400,000 VND and 500,000 VND.
If you are traveling light, motorbike taxis are also available for this trip. These cost between 200,000 and 250,000 VND.
Due to the climatic conditions in Quang Binh, the dry season from June to August is the best time to go to Phong Nha Ke Bang. During this season the weather is dry, less rainy but hot. For those who like it cooler, Phong Nha can visit from December to February.
In winter and summer there are two main monsoon times. The wind makes the weather in Phong Nha National Park hot and dry in the summer. September, October and November are the rainiest months of a year. The rest of the year gets cooler (from December to February).
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The most fascinating caves
The Phong Nha underworld
Explore the largest caves in the world, hike through mountainous areas with local guides. Tours through the mountain areas of the PHONG NHA National Park and into the giant caves are a must.
If you have little time and only have the opportunity to see a cave, this must be it. A truly spectacular cave. The first 1 km can be seen by anyone, either during the National Park Tour or by visiting the cave alone. The 7km longer hike into the cave is one of the most incredible days you can experience in the area, but it is only offered as a guided tour.
Phong Nha Cave
This was the first cave to be opened to the public. It served as a shelter, camp and hospital during the Vietnam War. On the walls there are still many scars from this period. It can easily be visited by itself in half a day. It is definitely worth a visit, especially the traditional dragon boat ride up the river and through the cave is a unique experience.
Hang Toi (Dark Cave)
A real adventure cave, and very popular! There is no light in the cave, after crossing the river with a zip line, headlamps swim through the cave and then explore a side passage before kayaking across the river. You can explore this spectacular cave on our tour or on your own. The other entrance to the Dark Cave is located many kilometers away in the deserted valley and can be seen on the Abandoned Valley Trek. Hang Toi is a wonderful and very good example of the beautiful caves that can be found in this region.
This is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in the world and is located near Hang Son Doong (the largest cave in the world). To see this cave, you must take a day trip through the beautiful jungle and valleys in the core zone of the National Park, through a minority village and then overnight in the cave. Hang En was filmed in the Peter Pan movie in 2015 as the entrance to Neverland.
This spectacular cave is unique in the world of caving. There is still speculation about how they came about. This newly opened cave is one of the most adventurous and part of an expedition that includes another cave named Nuoc Nut.
Tu Lan cave system
One-day and multi-day hikes can be organized to this interesting cave system in northwest Quang Binh Province (outside the National Park Zone). Experience jungle camping with local Bushmen in hammocks and around the campfire. One of the main reasons why Tu Lan is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it has only recently been discovered and remains untouched by jungle adventure and speleology.
Is considered the fourth largest cave in the world with a tropical jungle inside. The Hang Pygmy Exploration was initiated in early 2018 by Jungle Boss, and has so far been visited by very few people.
Hang Son Doong
The WORLD'S LARGEST Cave was discovered in 2009 and opened in 2014 for tourism. A fascinating 45-minute documentary of the cave is under http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOsSg67tpV8 to see. This is a cave so large that a whole Manhattan block of city, skyscrapers, and everything else could fit in, and it has immense and spectacular rock formations to offer. Visitor numbers on the organized trek to this newly opened cave are limited to just over 800 tourists / year. The 4-day hike to the cave costs $ 3000 per person and is almost fully booked for 2019. There is no other way to see Son Doong than on an official tour.
Phong Nha National Park
The most popular attractions in the surrounding area
The Pub with the Cold Beer
Take a trip to the pub with cold beer. Exploring the surrounding villages by bike is a great opportunity to experience the real Vietnam, meet locals and take magical photos.
Wild Boar Eco Farm
Boar Eco Farm. Cold beer and delicious freshly prepared pork and other foods are served in the same style as the pub with cold beer, but in a rural setting overlooking the river.
Take a break at the Duck Stop on the way back from the "Pub with the Cold Beer" and feed the ducks or swim on the back of a water buffalo to take some epic photos! Get Phong Nha Black Pepper while you're there.
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The notable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and is home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia, which originated approximately 400 million years ago.