TRAVEL EXPERIENCE TO PHONG NHA – USEFUL TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS

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Phong Nha Ke Bang

Where can you find the breath-taking landscapes in Vietnam? The best answer for you is Phong Nha Cave. Moreover, Phong Nha Cave is really a fascinating attraction for tourists to enjoy the significant vacations. After knowing more about Phong Nha, you will be impressive and want to have a trip to Phong Nha Cave right now. For this reason, we find and summarize travel experience to Phong Nha for your adventure. It is really worth spending your time and money to travel Phong Nha Cave – The Wonder of The Creator.

PHONG NHA CAVE OVERVIEW

Phong Nha Cave is a cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Located in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, around 40 km North-West of Dong Hoi city, this cave was covered by rain forests and considered as “Thien Nam the first cave” of Vietnam.

This cave was also voted as one of the most wonderful caves in the world for seven criteria:

  • The longest subterranean river
  • The highest and widest entrance
  • The most beautiful sand and rock banks
  • The most beautiful subterranean lake
  • The widest and most beautiful dry branch cave
  • The most significant and fanciful stalactites and stalagmites
  • The longest water cave

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO PHONG NHA CAVE AND THE ENTRANCE FEE

QUANG BINH lies in the tropical monsoon region and is always influenced by the Northern and Southern climate, hence it is divided into two seasons:

Dry season (April to August): is an ideal time to enjoy the adventure tour in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The temperature outside is 36-37 degree Celsius while the temperature in the cave is 20-21 degree Celsius that is cool and comfortable.

Rainy season (September to March): features the North-East monsoon, and the average rainfall is 2.000mm-2.3000mm/year. In rainy and stormy season, it is hard to discover because water from Son River rises up and floods the cave’s entrance.

Ticket price:

+ Adult: 150.000 VND/ pax

+ Chidren (1.1m to 1.3m): 80.000 VND/ pax

+ Children (<1.1m): Free

Boat ticket: 360.000VNĐ/ boat

You can buy both tickets in Phong Nha – Ke Bang Tourism Center. The maximum number of people in a boat is 12 and the minimum is 1. Don’t need to book in advance, Phong Nha – Ke Bang Tourism Center will provide when you need, so don’t worry about decoy or cheating.

HOW TO GET TO PHONG NHA CAVE FROM HUE CITY?

With our travel experience to Phong Nha, there are many means of transport to travel Phong Nha Cave. You can transfer by train, airport, bus, motorbike or car to get there; however, if you rent a private car to go, the rider will take you to right Phong Nha Cave. And if you travel by other transports, you will be taken to Dong Hoi City, then you must continue moving by other ways: bus, motorbike rental, taxi to reach Phong Nha Cave.

All of the best options with detailed itinerary are provided in Best Ways to Travel from Hue to Phong Nha Caves. However, I highly recommend you take a private car service from Hue to Phong Nha. You can choose the picking-up place, departing time and even some attractions to stop at on the way.

Private car service from Hue to Phong Nha Caves

Private car service from Hue to Phong Nha Caves

WHAT TO DO IN PHONG NHA CAVE?

Coming to Phong Nha, visitors continue to travel by boat. It takes you about 30 minutes to go along Son River and enter Phong Nha Cave. Son River is about 35-40m in width, and is very limpid and pure so that you can clearly see schools of fish swimming. There are also green mountains along the two banks of the river. Besides, when travelling by boat, you are able to see some small boats catching fish, picking moss or see herds of bull drinking water,… This creates a peaceful scenery and makes viewers remember a beautiful village in their memory.

THE CAVE’S ENTRANCE

The entrance of Phong Nha cave

The entrance of Phong Nha cave

Reaching to the cave’s mouth, the boatman will turn off the engine and use paddles to keep going into the cave. In the cave’s entrails, the sultry atmosphere of summer immediately disappears because the temperature in cave is 17-19 degree Celsius. You will be comfortable and reduce your tiredness. Especially, when you come near its mouth, you can go up the bank, then walk to discover stalagmites and stalactites in different shapes. Here it is seen as a home for variety of animals to live under the sunlight. In hot days, animals often find their shelter in the cave, so visitors can see these animals: birds, monkey, fish, insects,…

BI KI GROTTO

Bi Ky Grotto in Phong Nha Caves

Bi Ky Grotto in Phong Nha Caves

Contrary to the tranquil scenery outside, travelling deep into the cave, the darkness makes the shimmer of stalactites twinkling, creating a mystic scenery. Going over 600m to the current of water, you will be amazed by the gorgeous scenes of the Bi Ki Grotto. This grotto is 130m in height and large like a big hall, and its underneath foundation is a smooth sand layer. Therefore, it is also called as Hall Grotto.

Besides, Bi Ki Grotto is one of the grottos owning the best admirable stalactite in Phong Nha, as well as received the best favour from nature. It is difficult to exactly describe the amazing beauty of limestone corridors with full stalactites, which are sparkling under the torchlight of the underground water. Thus, someday you should try to discover a beautiful and diversified Vietnam by yourself.

FAIRY GROTTO AND ROYAL GROTTO

Moving further, tourists will turn towards Fairy Grotto and Royal Grotto. Their pillars of stalactites have the high of 20m created by nature. Also, they are two typical grottos of Phong Nha Cave, which own the magical stalactite system, along with thousands of masterpieces created by The Creator. This brings the countless fascinating and unique images that you can’t forget.

In Fairy Grotto, nature created the shape of fairies with burnished long and blonde hair on cliffs. Moreover, Royal Grotto has the throne-shaped stalactites, carved finely by nature. If you lightly knock on the fret-shaped string of stalactites, you will feel like enjoying the melodies of the T’rung (a musical instrument similar to the xylophone).

The stone stairs in Fairy Grotto

The stone stairs in Fairy Grotto

RECOMMENDED NEARBY DESTINATIONS IN PHONG NHA – KE BANG

Apart from Phong Nha Cave, there are many popular and must-go places for tourists to explore in Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Let’s search for them and plan an unforgettable trip in Vietnam, especially in Quang Binh!!

PARADISE CAVE

About 20km further from Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave is one of the most tourist attractions in the area. It lies in the entrails of limestone mountain population with the height of 191m, and is surrounded by the primeval forest of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. In addition, Paradise Cave is rated as the longest dry cave in South East Asian. Its length is 31.4km, the width is 30-100m, and the height from bottom to ceiling is about 60m. This one is longer than Phong Nha Cave, furthermore the limestone formation is more spectacular than that of Phong Nha Cave.

Entering the cave, explorers will be amazed by numberless stalagmites and stalactites in various shapes, making them imagine vividly. The magnificent cave is called as the “Royal in the Earth’s womb”, too. It is a magical!. Also, it brings a fantastic beauty that the Vietnamese proud of it.

The Entrance ticket:  250.000VND/pax

Paradise cave in Quang Binh - Travel experience in Phong Nha

Paradise cave in Quang Binh – Travel experience in Phong Nha

 

DARK CAVE IN CHAY RIVER

Dark Cave is a branch of the cave system of Phong Nha, and is the most popular destination in the area. Its gate is 20m in width and 40m in height. Moreover, it is both wet and dry cave with the length of 5.258m and the height of 80m. There is no artificial light installed inside the cave, and the rocks inside are dark, grey or black. This is the reason why it has the name like that. Dark Cave has still been pristine with specific and diversified stalactites pillars. Many kinds of animals live inside like bats and swallows, also. With a high humidity, the stalactites and stalagmites are covered by a large amount of moss, creating a specific green.

In this trip, you will have chances to experience zip lining and rowing the kayak. Its water temperature is about 18 degree Celsius, a very cool atmosphere. Furthermore, there is a natural mud-bath at the end of the narrow passage, which is very good for your skin. Another interesting thing for you to discover further is ancient fossils which were over a million years ago.

Travelers are playing the kayak game in Dark cave - What to do in Phong Nha

Travelers are playing the kayak game in Dark cave – What to do in Phong Nha

The Entrance ticket:

  • Adult: 450.000 VND/pax (including kayak, zip lining, mud-bath, equipment, and other activities)
  • Children (1.1m-1.3m): 110.000 VND/pax (only water games, not including adventure games)
  • Children (<1m): Free (only use the swimming pool for children)

NUOC MOOC SPRING

Nuoc Mooc Spring is about 3km from the Paradise Cave, and has the wonderful natural landscape by the ecosystem diversity. Come here, you will enjoy fascinating experiences. This destination is really suitable for new experience during a hot summer. The temperature of the spring water is about 20 degree Celsius. Surrounded by majestic mountains together with the tranquil water, the scenery is like a fairy-land so that you will be full of admiration and want to stay longer. This a great place for you to relax when traveling a long distance.

The Entrance ticket: 

  • Adult: 80.000 VND/pax
  • Children (1.1m-1.3m): 50.000 VND/pax
  • Children (<1.1m): Free
The interesting games in Nuoc Mooc Spring - Travel experience in Phong Nha-Ke Bang

The interesting games in Nuoc Mooc Spring – Travel experience in Phong Nha-Ke Bang

WHERE TO STAY?

 

Recommended homestays Address Price Note
Chay Lap Farmstay Chay Lap Village, Phuc Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province. 800.000 VND
  • 14km from Phong Nha Cave, 8km from Paradise Cave, and 5km from Nuoc Mooc Spring. It’s also 57km far away from Dong Hoi Airport, 54km from Dong Hoi Train Station.
  • Free Breakfast, Free Wifi, Swimming Pool.
Phong Nha Riverside Homestay Ha Loi Village, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province 503.000 VND
  • It’s 32km far from Dong Hoi Airport.
  • Free wifi, Free breakfast, Safe Parking
  • Have a yard, garden and balcony
Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha Central Town Son Tien Village, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province 423.960 VND
  • It’s 31,4km far away from Dong Hoi airport
  • Free wifi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Have bar/living room, swimming pool, BBQ, bicycle rental
Eco Mountain Farmstay Phong Nha Town, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province. 302.337 VND
  • It’s 32km far from Dong Hoi Airport.
  • Free breakfast, free wifi.
  • Have a restaurant serving Asian cuisine, including vegan food
  • Have play-ground for children, swimming pool, bar, bicycle and car rental.
Muong Thanh Quang Binh Hotel 119 Truong Phap Street, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province. 571.429 VND
  • It’s 6km far from Dong Hoi airport and train station, and 50km from Phong Nha Cave and Paradise Cave.
  • It’s opposite Nhat Le Beach, it takes you 5 minutes to walk.
  • Free wifi, free parking, free breakfast.
  • Have swimming pool, bar, spa service and fitness center.
Amanda Hotel Tran Hung Dao Street, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province. 561.576 VND
  • It’s next to Nhat Le Beach
  • Free wife, free breakfast, parking and have bar.
Geminai Hotel 56 Nguyen Du, Dong My Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province. 260.257 VND
  • It’s 850m far from Nhat Le Beach and 5km from Dong Hoi Airport.
  • Free wifi, free breakfast, free parking.

WHERE TO EAT?

Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park has the plentiful system of rivers and springs, so ingredients have its special taste different from other places. When coming here, you shouldn’t miss to enjoy folk food of this land.

Here are some specialities that you should try:

Kind of dish Note Suggested restaurants
Tarpon hotpot One of the best dishes in Quang Binh. The fish is both sweet and leathery.
  • Lau Binh An Restaurant: 49 Ba Trieu Lane, Dong Hoi City
  • Minh Ha Restaurant: Truong Phap Street, Dong Hoi City
  • Anh Dao Restaurant: 27 Phan Boi Chau Street, Dong Hoi City
Banh Xeo Made of rice flour, dried turmeric starch, shrimp, pork, bean sprout
  • Tu Quy Restaurant: Co Tam Street, Hai Ninh Ward, Dong Hoi City
  • Co Nam Restaurant: 13 Tran Hung Dao Street, Dong Hoi City
Oyster Soup, oyster porridge, roasted oyster with onion Sweet in taste and much nutritions
  • Nghe Tam Restaurant: Quan Hau Town, Quang Ninh District
  • Hoa Huong Restaurant: Quan Hau Town, Quang Ninh District
  • Thuy Duong Stall: Phan Boi Chau Street, Dong Hoi City
Loc Cake Includes shrimp, mushroom and tapioca; it is simple but nutrious.
  • Me Xuan Stall: Le Thanh Dong Street, Dong Hoi City
  • Di Thuy Stall: 11 Thanh Nien Street, Dong Hoi City

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