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Hang En Cave

Hang En cave or En Cave is one of the caves in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. If you are passionate about exploration and are dreaming of experiencing Hang En – the 3rd largest cave in the world, let’s start now. Let’s explore this magnificent cave with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Hang En cave?

Hang En cave is an extremely large cave located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Belongs to Tan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 65 km west of Dong Hoi city and about 512 km south of Hanoi capital.

En cave gate

2. How is Hang En cave unique?

Hang En cave is located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with a length of 1.6km, 3 doors and a ceiling in some places up to 100m high and 170m wide. Hang En was formed by the erosion process that took place over millions of years when the flow of the Rao Thuong River passed through the limestone mountains.

The cave was discovered by British explorer Howard Limbert and his wife in 1994. This name comes from the image of swallows living in this area. After that, Hang En cave was recognized as the third largest natural cave in the world, behind Son Doong Cave and Deer Cave in Malaysia.

In 2015, images of Hang En and Son Doong cave were broadcast live by America’s Good Morning television. Also that year, Hang En along with the world heritage complex of Trang An and Ha Long Bay were chosen as the setting in a famous movie called Peter Pan.

Furthermore, Hang En cave is praised by the world’s largest travel magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and Lonely Planet. On November 26, 2023, Hang Son Doong, Hang En and Hang Va appeared in episode 6 – EXTREMES of the famous documentary series Planet Earth III made by BBC.

Camping in En cave

3. When is the best time to conquer Hang En cave?

Because it is located deep in the limestone mountain complex of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and having to go through nearly 11 km of crossing the pass and wading streams. To ensure safety when conquering the Hang En cave, the most ideal time to start the journey to explore Hang En in Quang Binh is from around April to August every year.

At this time, the weather in Hang En cave is quite stable, sunny, little rain, temperature ranges from 22 – 38 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the water level of underground streams and rivers during this time has dropped to low levels, suitable to safely experience and explore the space inside Hang En cave.

4. How to get to Hang En cave?

4.1 Moving to Quang Binh

To get to Quang Binh, you can choose many types of means of transportation depending on distance and personal finances. Specifically:

Plane: The fastest way to travel to Quang Binh is by plane, which helps save time and ensure health for the upcoming Hang En cave trekking journey. The flight time from Hanoi to Quang Binh is 1.5 hours in the City. Ho Chi Minh – Quang Binh takes about 10 – 20 minutes longer.

  • Passenger car: In fact, travel time is quite long, if departing from Hanoi it will take about 8.5 hours. As for the city route. Ho Chi Minh – Quang Binh, it will take you 24 – 26 hours if traveling by bus.
  • Train: If you want to travel by train, you can take the Hanoi – Quang Binh route in 10 hours or 3 hours if departing from Hue. Train: The train will depart at night and stop at Dong Hoi station. Then visitors need to catch a bus or take a taxi to get to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
  • Motorbike: If you are in the neighboring provinces of Quang Binh, you can travel to Quang Binh by motorbike. Traveling by this means of transportation, you can admire the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road and be more proactive in your journey.

4.2 Traveling from Dong Hoi to En

Starting from Dong Hoi city center, you move west along Ly Thuong Kiet street, F325 and Phan Dinh Phung street for about 7 km then reach the intersection with National Road 1A. From here, you go straight onto Highway 16 and continue moving northwest about 33 km when you come to a fork. Then, you turn left onto provincial road DT20 and continue moving southwest for about 14 km when you come to an intersection with National Highway 15. From here, you turn left onto Highway 15 and move southeast. About 12 km more to get off the bus. From this point, you have to walk about 10 km to reach Hang En cave.

En cave

5. Highlights when participating in the tour to explore Hang En cave

5.1 Camping in the most unique place in the world:

Hang En cave’s camping area is located in the middle chamber of the cave, where there is a cave entrance high above, below is a wide sandy beach with a blue lake and next to it is the Rao Thuong stream flowing through. Hang En campsite receives light from the cave entrance every day, especially from December to the end of February every year, when the rays of sunlight shine deep inside the cave, brightening the entire cave dome, creating a strange scene. Rare virtual.

5.2 Immersing yourself in a unique natural swimming pool:

The campsite has a cold water lake flowing from an underground cave creating a blue lake, the water temperature in the lake is about 17 to 25 degrees. Warm in winter and cool in summer. Meanwhile, the water in the nearby stream brings warm water from outside the valley into the cave due to its long flow under the sunlight.

5.3 Admiring the giant cave:

Hang En cave has a length of nearly 1.6km, a cave that carries water from Ban Doong to Son Doong Cave. The cave is divided into 3 chambers: the entrance chamber, the middle chamber and the exit chamber. Hang En cave has a huge size, with sections of the cave arch up to 140m high and nearly 200m wide. Hang En is currently one of the largest natural caves in the world.

5.4 Trekking in the primeval forest:

Hang En cave is located in the core area of ​​Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, where there are ancient forests thousands of years old. 70% of tourists’ trek routes are walking under the canopy of primeval forests.

5.5 Exploring Ban Doong:

Tourists participating in the tour to explore Hang En – Quang Binh will stop at Ban Doong of the Bru-Van Kieu people. Here visitors can learn about culture, life, visit the village’s school, visit stilt houses and have lunch in one of the houses of the people in the village.

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6. Activities and experiences when conquering Hang En cave

Not only is it famous for being a large cave, but the wild beauty of this place has attracted the attention of many domestic and foreign tourists. When you come to Hang En cave, you will have fascinating experiences.

6.1 Learning about the life of the Bru – Van Kieu people in Doong village

On the journey to explore Hang En cave, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the life of the Bru – Van Kieu ethnic people in Doong village. The lives of people here are almost separate from the outside world due to the rugged terrain. However, after the Hang En cave tour took place, people’s lives have improved significantly.

With only a short 15-minute break at Doong village, visitors will have the opportunity to chat with people to better understand life here. You will hear stories about the villages, mountains and forests as well as their simple lives.

6.2 Camping in Hang En cave

After a long walk and crossing rivers and slopes, visitors will reach the camping site to rest. During this journey, visitors will gather with the group to enjoy rustic dishes from chefs with simple local ingredients.

6.3 Admiring the beauty of unique stalactites

You will wake up to welcome a new day by the sound of flocks of swallows chirping. The journey to explore Hang En cave with stalactites with a life of up to millions of years. These stalactites are formed in the cave by drops of water flowing down from the cave dome.

Visitors will travel a distance of about 1.6km to reach the back door of Hang En cave. This place is a majestic primeval forest with all kinds of mysterious flowers. It makes you lost in a vast paradise between nature, heaven and earth.

6.4 Witnessing with your own eyes millions of swallows residing in the cave

It would be interesting to witness firsthand the activities of millions of swallows residing in the cave, wouldn’t it? Don’t forget to take some beautiful photos. This is definitely a 1-0-2 check-in point in Quang Binh.

7. Meals when conquering Hang En cave

When participating in the Hang En cave trekking tour, you will eat traditional dishes that are easy to prepare when you bring them along. In addition, after finishing the tour, you can return to Dong Hoi city to enjoy the dishes of this beautiful land.

7.1 Fresh Seafood

Traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

7.2 Porridge Soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. A bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh .

7.3 Bot Loc Cake

The filter pulp shell is thin, transparent, fragrant and flexible. The filling includes shrimp – caught in the estuary so it has a taste that is both sweet and a little salty of the sea, pork and wood ear mushrooms (mushrooms) stir-fried moderately thick and fragrant with pepper. Quang Binh tapioca cake really becomes impressive when dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce and a few leaves of raw vegetables.

7.4 Eel Porridge

This is a memorable country dish for tourists when traveling to Quang Binh. The fresh eel pieces are stir-fried with meat before to absorb the spices, spicy and tingling, fragrant with pepper, making the porridge more flavorful. A bowl of hot, fragrant eel porridge, each piece of eel is juicy and flavorful with chopped coriander and onions.

7.5 Oyster Porridge

After cleaning, fresh oysters are stir-fried to absorb spices, fragrant with onions and slightly spicy with pepper and chili. Wherever the customer calls, the shop owner puts the oysters into pre-cooked rice porridge, heats it up, and adds herbs and chopped green onions. Thus, oyster porridge is greasy, delicious and full of nutrition.

7.6 Snakehead Fish Porridge

This is a rustic dish made from brown rice flour and snakehead fish. It’s called porridge, but the form of this dish resembles Banh Canh. Red rice is thoroughly soaked, ground into flour, and then kneaded until smooth. Then it is rolled into small fibers and boiled. When eating, the cake dough is placed in a bowl. Place the snakehead fish on top with a little cilantro and pepper and add broth. The broth has a special sweet taste, the noodles are chewy and crispy and very delicious.

8. Accommodation when conquering Hang En cave

Because this is a trekking tour, the main form of overnight stay is a camping experience at Hang En cave. After finishing the journey, you can return to your hotel in Dong Hoi city to rest and relax.

8.1 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8.3 Homestays:

  • Ocean View Homestay. Address: Truong Phap Street, Quang Phu Village, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Dolphin Homestay. Address: 42 Nguyen Du, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • RiverView HomeStay. Address: 93 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • ADP Homestay. Address: 42 Le Quy Don, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

9. Some famous tourist attractions near Hang En cave

Quang Binh is one of the extremely famous places with majestic natural beauty. Let’s learn now about the most attractive tourist destinations when visiting Quang Binh:

9.1 Chay River – Dark Cave

One of the attractive places on the Quang Binh tourist map near Hang En cave is Chay River – Dark Cave. The landscape here is tropical with cool green forests surrounding emerald water. You will have the opportunity to freely participate in adventurous games and explore the mysteries inside the Dark Cave.

9.2 Tien Son Cave

Tien Son Cave also belongs to the Phong Nha Ke Bang relic cluster and is a “fairyland”. This place has thousands of sparkling marble blocks in many different shapes.

9.3 Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave is one of the largest caves in the world and was recently discovered. This place is likened to the Great Wall of Vietnam because of the majesty and grandeur of the landscape inside.

Besides its huge size, Son Doong also has an ecological system with diverse biological landscapes and rich vegetation. However, for reasons of ensuring safety and wild beauty, Son Doong is currently not open to welcome tourists. If you want to have the opportunity to visit and explore Son Doong cave, you need to book an expedition tour and ensure a number of health factors.

9.4 Mooc Spring

Mooc Spring is located right near the Phong Nha – Ke Bang relic complex. This place is likened to an “emerald” with clear, cool blue water and surrounded by majestic mountains and forests.

When you have the opportunity to visit Mooc spring, visitors will be extremely impressed with the beauty of the cool blue water and pristine tropical forest. There are many exciting games here such as kayaking, ziplining,…

9.5 Paradise Cave

Thien Duong Cave is famous as the “underground royal palace”. The splendor of the splendid stalactites is the main attraction for tourists. The stalactites have diverse and rich shapes and many different colors. The longest wooden road and bridge system in Vietnam takes visitors to fully visit this mysterious cave.

10. What to prepare when conquering Hang En cave

Below are the items you need to prepare when visiting and exploring Hang En cave:

  • Long pants and 1 long-sleeved shirt.
  • Shorts and 1 t-shirt to wear when camping.
  • Hat if participating in the tour in the summer.
  • One pair of climbing shoes (should be specialized shoes).
  • Sandals.
  • Towel and swimsuit
  • 1 – 2 pairs of socks, long, thick
  • Backpack containing personal belongings, water, and expedition hat
  • Personal belongings: glasses, camera, clothes, toiletries,…

11. Some important notes when conquering Hang En cave

The journey to explore Hang En cave in Quang Binh is an extremely new experience, so you need to research carefully and remember a few notes to make the trip safe and meaningful such as:

  • Understanding the instructions and procedures for exploring Hang En cave. At the same time, you will sign the tour company’s liability waiver and then receive safety equipment before starting the journey.
  • Do not climb on stalactites and do not touch stalagmites.
  • Do not break trees or touch natural creatures that live in the cave.
  • Treating waste with rice husks to decompose and protect the environment.
  • Do not use chemical products that affect water sources such as shower gel, shampoo, dishwashing liquid, etc.
  • Resting in the tents prepared by the tour and not doing adult things to ensure civilization.
  • Do not leave trash behind after leaving Hang En cave.
  • All eating activities, personal hygiene and sightseeing must comply with the regulations and instructions of the tour leader.
  • Limiting cooking with wood to avoid affecting the formation of stalactites in the cave.
  • Bringing waste such as foam boxes, plastic bags, and plastic bottles outside the cave for destruction.
  • Forming the habit of picking up trash along the way to protect the environment and the wild beauty of the cave.

The journey to explore Hang En cave is truly one of the most wonderful adventures that not everyone has the opportunity to experience. So, if you have the opportunity, please enjoy it to the fullest and take lots of memorable photos.

If you are planning your upcoming vacation to Hang En cave, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator. We will accompany you on your tours in Quang Binh to discover the beauty spot of En Cave with unforgettable experiences.

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