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May 20, 2019
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Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park In Vietnam

When mentioning about the caves in the world, Vietnam is probably an interesting destination for those who desire to explore many mysterious and attractive caves. The largest cave in the world is Son Dong which is in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The way to get to Son Doong cave is not easy but worthy to see and enjoy the incredible beauty of Nature Mother. Besides that, Phong Nha cave, Paradise cave, Dark cave are also wonderful to visit. You can explore its own mysterious and desert beauty which is also in this National Park. To be honest, Quang Binh province is so lucky to be given many things by nature.

Among them, Phong Nha cave is voted to be one of the largest caves in the world because:

  • The longest underground river
  • The cave door is so high and wide
  • The sands are so beautiful
  • The stalactite system is so mysterious and attractive

Let’s collect some necessary information to explore and experience the system of these caves.

Where is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam?

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is in Bo Trach district, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province which is in the Middle of Vietnam.

It will take you about 300km from Da Nang city towards the Northern, 1200km from Ho Chi Minh city towards the Northern and 500km from Ha Noi capital towards the Southern.

 

How to go to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

Firstly, you need to come to the central city of Quang Binh province – Dong Hoi city. The transportation here is quite easy and convenient, you can consider to choose the most suitable option for you:

From Ha Noi, you can take a bus to get to the national park directly. If not, you can also take a flight to Dong Hoi airport or take a train to Dong Hoi train station.

Bus company: Camel bus – 459 Tran Khac Chan street, Ha Noi city.

Phone number: 0243.9036.036

From Ho Chi Minh city, you can take a flight within only 1 hour and a half or take a train within 1 day.

From the Middle, you can take a bus or train within just a few hours to get to Phong Nha cave directly.

From Dong Hoi city, you can rent a motorbike or a car to drive to Phong Nha – Ke Bang by yourself within only 30-45 minutes.

Motorbike for rent: 150.000 VND/day

4-45 seats car: You can contact at your accommodation and deal the price with the driver.

dong hoi airport

 

The climate in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

The climate here has 2 obvious seasons:

Dry season (from April to August): The weather is quite hot, the temperature is from 33-36 Celsius degree, however, the temperature in the caves is just around 20 Celsius degree. It’s so suitable to visit the dry caves as well as the water caves.

Rainy season (From September to March): This is the time that you should usually follow the weather forecast to not delay your trip because of the typhoons every year in the Middle. At this time, it’s quite hard to visit the water caves because its door is covered by the water, you can’t see anything, so that you can just visit the dry caves.

 

Where you should stay in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

There are 2 options for you to choose the more convenient place to stay. You can stay in Dong Hoi city or Phong Nha – Ke Bang area with cheap price.

Recommendation:

Sea Land homestay is an interesting place to stay with local people. The price is just from 10 USD, you will have a comfortable bed and enjoy good services. Moreover, the owner can recommend you many things to see to the fullest in Quang Binh province.

Phone number: 0978211325

Sea Land homestay in Phong Nha Ke Bang

 

What will you see in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

Take a boat to see the peaceful nature on the way to visit the caves

Before getting inside the caves, you will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful nature of Son river – the clear water surface, somewhere has the sounds of birds, stream,… And at the front, the caves are getting closer. It’s so amazing and excited.

To start this trip, you need to have enough 10 people on a boat, if not, you need to pay a little more money to start with the smaller group and don’t need to wait for anyone.

 

Phong Nha Cave

This is the most popular cave here, the length of it is up to 8km. The temperature here is just around 20 Celsius degree, you will feel comfortable to experience and feel its majestic beauty. From here, the boat is not working anymore, you need to ride it yourself on the river. In Phong Nha cave, you will be diving into the majestic and desert beauty of the stalactite system which has many different shapes. With the natural light, Phong Nha cave is so picturesque because of its colorful stalactites.

 

 

Dark Cave

Dark cave is a part of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The length is up to 5km and the high is about 80m. Here is especially a sanctuary of many animals such as bats, swallow birds…Moreover, a kind of primate in the red list of Vietnam as langurs is also staying in this cave.

Dark cave is quite dark as its name and there is no lighting system as other caves, so you should prepare the LED light to use it when exploring. Its beauty is so desert and mysterious, you may feel like be able to touch the darkness at the front.

 

In addition, the system of Chay river in Dark cave area is developed with many services for tourism. There are so many interesting activities such as rowing the Kayak boat on the river, overcome the dangerous bridge, mud bath service, Zip-line and other games. You may like it and feel so excited to enjoy the fresh water and play many funny activities with your friends.

 

Paradise cave

Paradise cave is as a palace in the ground which is judged as one of the longest dry caves in Asia. The length of this cave is up to 31.4km, the wide is from 30 to 100m. Coming to this cave, you will see so many different shapes of colorful stalactites with many special names and be diving into the mysterious world. Comparing to Phong Nha cave, the stalactites in Paradise cave is more diverse of the shapes.

 

Nuoc Mooc stream

This stream will take you about 20 km from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, you can also easily take a motorbike or car to this attractive and desert place. From here, you will be diving into the flow of fresh water. Besides that, you can experience many interesting activities on the river such as jumping down, rowing the Kayak boat,…

 

Windy waterfall – Botanical garden

Windy waterfall (Thac Gio) will take you about 9km from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. This is a great destination for those who like to explore many kinds of wild animal and many rare plants in the red list.

Following the tour guide, you will walk along the old-growth forest to enjoy the fresh atmosphere and see the majestic beauty of Windy waterfall. Then, you may like to swim in Vang Anh lake with the fresh water.

 

What to eat in Quang Binh province?

The cuisine of the Middle is so famous and diverse with so many kinds of attractive and characteristic food. And each province also has its own tastes and cultures. Let’s explore how amazing it is in Quang Binh province.

  1. Vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork – Bun Thit Nuong

This is a special food of the Middle with the special taste of barbecue pork and local fish sauce. Bun Thit Nuong is so attractive for those who like to explore the local foods while traveling and this one is so good in Quang Binh province. Let’s try to feel it.

Recommendation:

“Bun thit nuong” Ly Ly – 124 Hai Ba Trung street, Hai Thinh ward, Dong Hoi city.

 

  1. Sea snake foods – con “den bien”

“Den Bien” is a kind of small snake which is so common in Quang Binh province. It is made into many kinds of different food such as spring roll, hot pot, porridge,… Let’s try its taste to know why it is a special animal in Quang Binh.

 

  1. Eel porridge and Oyster porridge

Eel and oyster are also special animals in Quang Binh province and made into porridge. These tasty foods have nutrition facts with the cheap price (just 25.000 VND – 1 USD/pax). It looks so curious to try how delicious it is.

Recommendation:

“Chao Hau” O Mai – Quang Trung street, Quan Hau town, Quang Binh province.

Oyster porridge

 

Eel porridge

 

  1. Rice cake – banh beo

This kind of food is so common everywhere in Vietnam and it is from the Middle. Each province has its own special taste.

“Banh Beo” is made from rice flour. It is mixed with some dry shrimp, scallion oil and local fish sauce – all of these materials create a special food which is so attractive and tasty as Banh Beo.

Recommendation:

“Banh Beo” co Van – 80 Le Thanh Dong street, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province.

 

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is still a mysterious place to make many people desire to explore its beauty. If you have a chance to come here, let’s relax yourself and experience what nature gives to this land to the fullest. Hope you have a great trip with these helpful information.

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