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Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is one of the most famous and attractive destinations in Vietnam. With its wild beauty and magnificent cave systems. This national park attracts many visitors from all over the world every year.

Phong Nha Ke Bang is not only one of the most important nature reserves in Vietnam. But also a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Let’s explore this magnificent National Park with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in two districts of Bo Trach and Minh Hoa, Quang Binh province. Inn the North Central region of Vietnam. This national park is about 50 km northwest of Dong Hoi city center, and 500 km south of Hanoi capital.

Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park

2. How is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park unique?

Characteristics of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park are majestic limestone systems and 300 caves of different sizes. The caves here all have underground river systems and rare primary flora and fauna. Among them, Son Doong cave was discovered and honored as the largest cave in the world.

Phong Nha Cave was formed hundreds of millions of years ago. Due to the weathering process occurring in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang limestone mountain. The cave was first explored around the end of the 19th century by a French priest named Léopold Michel Cadière. And then it was named “The First Cave of Indochina”.

The name Phong Nha cave was widely popularized after many expeditions by Vietnamese scientists in conjunction with the British Royal Cave Association. These expeditions lasted from 1992 to 1997.

The cave is 7,729 m long, the cave entrance is 20-25m wide, 10m high, 83m deep, including 12 main caves and many connected sub-cave branches. The characteristic of this place is that it possesses many stalactites with many beautiful, eye-catching shapes. Moreover, with a cool, pleasant atmosphere, which is very popular with tourists.

It is worth visiting Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park

The name Phong Nha – Ke Bang is derived from two names: Phong Nha cave and Ke Bang limestone mountain forest area. Previously, Phong Nha cave was one of the first caves discovered in this area and was considered the largest and most beautiful cave here. Currently, Phong Nha Cave is also one of the famous tourist destinations in Quang Binh with many domestic and international tourists.

This is an important nature reserve in Vietnam, and also a world-famous tourist destination. This place possesses beautiful and majestic cave systems, combined with the pristine nature of mountains and rivers, creating a beautiful natural picture. Besides, this national park is also home to many rare species of animals and plants.

Although often called Phong Nha Ke Bang cave, Phong Nha cave is actually just one of many other caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. This place is also famous as “Nam Thien’s First Cave”. When it became the first point to be put into operation for tourism in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Quang Binh.

With an ancient limestone mountain system and a large number of caves. Phong Nha National Park has developed many types of adventure tourism. Such as: caving, canyoning, canoeing,…Every year, the National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang attracts many tourists from all over the world to conquer and explore the mysterious caves here.

In 2003, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park was recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage in terms of geology and geomorphology. By 2015, this place was recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage for the second time in terms of biodiversity and ecology. This marked an important turning point in the conservation and tourism development of this region.

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3. Records of Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave

Phong Nha Ke Bang surprises the whole world, especially researchers, with its best features:

3.1 The cave has the longest water cave – 28 km

Traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang, you will be impressed with Hang Vom – the longest water cave with a length of up to 28 km. In the Phong Nha – Ke Bang limestone block, the Vom cave system has a quite significant scale. It starts from Ruc Ca Roong cave located at an altitude of about 360m above sea level, stretching from South to North.

3.2 The cave has the highest and widest cave entrance today

The cave entrance is up to 20m wide and 10m high, looking like a large bowl upside down on the water, making it easy for boats to pass through. This is also the intersection of light when the boat floats on the clear and smooth surface of the river like a mirror. It gradually enters the darkness and discovers mysteries.

3.3 The cave contains the widest and most beautiful sandbanks and reefs

The underground rocks in the cave are shaped by nature such as lions, unicorns, Buddha statues, royal palaces, temples,…They are one of the unique features that make visitors curious to predict the correct names according to their natural forms.

3.4 The cave has the most beautiful underground lake

The underground lake with deep blue water and a length of up to 13,969m is an attractive spot when traveling to Phong Nha cave. Coming here, you can experience rowing to explore and leisurely see the magical world before their eyes.

3.5 The stalactite system in the cave is beautiful and majestic with the most shapes

Not only does it possess beautiful reefs and underground lakes. This place also makes many visitors overwhelmed by the magnificent and magical scene of the massive stalactite system. The magical hands of nature also paint many masterpieces with countless strange and attractive images.

3.5 The cave owns the longest underground river in our country at 1,500 meters

The underground river in the cave has a length of up to 1,500m. A journey where you will discover the majestic, wild beauty, and witness with their own eyes the magical scene. When the magical shimmering light blends with each other.

3.7 The cave has the largest and most beautiful dry cave

Visiting Thien Duong cave with a length of 31.4km, you can follow the wooden corridor pre-arranged at the resting place to admire the magnificent stalactite system here. The deeper you go inside, the more adventurous tourists have the opportunity to personally discover what a masterpiece of nature is. Seeing each stalagmite and stalactite with a variety of designs and sparkling colors. own color.

To fully experience every moment and not miss any interesting discovery activities in Phong Nha Ke Bang. You should spend about 1 day sightseeing in leisure and comfort.

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4. When is the best time to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in Quang Binh province, in the Central region of Vietnam. So it is characterized by a tropical climate with 2 seasons: rainy season and dry season.

  • Dry season: lasts from April to August with an average temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are June, July and August.
  • Rainy season: lasts from September to March of the following year. The rainiest time is in September, October and November. This is also the flood season with rising river and lake water levels. It causes many dangers for people and tourists.

According to Phong Nha Ke Bang travel experience, the most beautiful time to travel to Phong Nha – Ke Bang is in the dry season from April to August. Because at this time the weather is sunny and convenient for sightseeing, rafting and wading in streams. Enjoying the rivers and lakes of Phong Nha – Ke Bang. In particular, this is also the most ideal time to conquer caves because it is not yet the rainy season, the caves are still dry and easy to move.

You should avoid traveling to Quang Binh during the rainy season. Especially from September to November. Because at this time the Quang Binh river water rises, causing flooding and easily leading to flash floods and potentially life-threatening landslides. However, after November, when the rainfall gradually decreases, you can still visit dry caves such as Tien Son cave, Thien Duong cave,…

Tien Son Cave

5. How to get to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?

5.1 Moving to Dong Hoi city – Quang Binh

To move to Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park, you need to go to Dong Hoi city first and then from here continue to move to Phong Nha. Dong Hoi is a large city and the center of Quang Binh province, so you can choose many means of transportation to get here.

5.1.1 By Bus

As an important traffic hub on the North-South connecting route, you can easily book a bus to Dong Hoi. For tourists in Central or Northern Vietnam, the bus will be an extremely ideal choice to save money without spending too much time traveling. Travel time by bus from Saigon to Dong Hoi will take about 1 day (24 hours), so those in the South should consider using other means.

5.1.2 By train

Dong Hoi Station is located on the Thong Nhat railway line, so there are many trains running through here with many time frames for you to choose from. If you are in Hanoi, you can choose trains departing at night to arrive in Dong Hoi early in the morning to save time. Or you can choose a flight that departs at 6:00 a.m. (SE7) and arrives in Dong Hoi at 4:00 p.m., which fits the hotel check-in time.

For those of you in Saigon, you should choose trains that leave in the morning and arrive in Dong Hoi the next morning. If you have plenty of time, you can take the train for a very different travel experience.

5.1.3 By airplane

To serve the travel needs of people and the increasing number of tourists. Quang Binh province has built Dong Hoi airport with flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The flight time to Dong Hoi is only about 1 hour and 30 hours. So those in the South will not need to worry about having to spend too much time getting to Dong Hoi.

5.2 Traveling from Dong Hoi city to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

5.2.1 By motorbike

Motorbikes are always the choice of tourists who love to explore no matter where they travel. So how many kilometers from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha? From Dong Hoi city center, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is about 45 km with 1 hour and 30 minutes of travel.

From the city center, you follow Highway 16 (Phan Dinh Phung street) about 40 km to Phong Nha welcome gate. Then turn left and run a little further to reach Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Motorbike rental prices in Dong Hoi fluctuate around 150,000 VND/day.

5.2.2 By taxi

If you travel to Phong Nha – Ke Bang with your family, a taxi will be a more suitable and safer choice. Especially on hot days in the dry season in the Central region. Taxi price from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha is about 400,000 VND/way for a 4-seat car. If you take a taxi from Dong Hoi airport to Phong Nha, it will be a bit more expensive!

5.2.3 By bus

There is only one bus route in Quang Binh from Dong Hoi city center to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which is bus route B4. However, the bus system has not been thoroughly invested in, so the quality is not good, a bit small and old. Bus B4 ticket price is 35,000 VND/trip. If you want to catch a bus from Dong Hoi airport to Phong Nha, there is currently no such bus route.

Phong Nha cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park

6. Sightseeings in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a large area with many attractions and discoveries. We have compiled for you some of the most prominent locations here:

6.1 Phong Nha Cave

This is one of the most typical and famous caves you should visit when traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang. Because it is a wet cave, you will need to sit on a boat during the tour in Quang Binh to visit and explore the cave. The boat cruises down the blue Son River, taking you to visit Phong Nha cave with its colorful stalactites. Travel experiences here are loved and chosen by many tourists.

6.2 Tien Son Cave

Because it is located next door, if you have bought a boat ticket to visit Phong Nha cave. You can stop by Tien Son cave to visit without any additional costs. Although located next to Phong Nha wet cave, this is a dry cave, so you will not need to take a boat. Entering the cave, you will walk on the stairs installed by the management here to visit the cave. The million-year-old stalactites here will definitely make you excited.

6.3 Paradise Cave

As the name suggests, this is the most famous limestone cave here with stunningly beautiful stalactites. Because it is the longest cave (31.4 km), you need to overcome a long journey, 524 steps, to be able to visit the cave. Those journeys will be extremely worth it, because the heavenly scene here will make you have a dream-like experience.

6.4 Cha Loi Cave

This is a new tourist destination put into operation in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park. The journey to explore Cha Loi cave has many interesting activities for you to experience. You can visit many historical relics such as: Long Dai ferry port, A72 information station,…In addition, you can also participate in activities such as camping, and bathing in streams to enjoy nature. Book Cha Loi Cave trekking tour now with Origin Vietnam for more exciting experiences.

6.5 Chay River – Dark Cave

Chay River and Dark Cave are two famous tourist attractions in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Coming here, you will experience many interesting adventure games such as ziplining through Dark cave, kayaking on the river, and exploring Dark cave. With the deep blue river and beautiful landscapes on both sides of the Chay River. It will give you refreshing moments of immersion in nature.

6.6 Pygmy Cave (En Ruc Cave)

This is one of the largest caves and still retains many of the most pristine parts in Phong Nha. Just by coming to the store, you can admire thousands of swallows flying in and out, creating an interesting scene. Besides the unique geological beauty of the cave, this place also has many attractive recreational activities for you. Camping in a cave, swimming in a cave, and climbing up a sinkhole are great experiences at Pygmy Cave.

6.7 Ozo Park

If you want to participate in many exciting games and enjoy the fresh air in the forest, Ozo is an ideal place for you. The park is located right in the Phong Nha Ke Bang national park area. So it has extremely poetic forest and water landscapes. You can participate in kayaking, walk through the forest on a wooden bridge, or participate in exciting rope games.

6.8 Son Doong Cave

Experienced backpackers traveling to Quang Binh believe that exploring Son Doong cave is only really suitable for people with good health and adventurousness. Son Doong is the largest natural cave in the world with a system of stalactites; Giant stalagmites shoot back from the ground to the ceiling of the cave. It creates millions of strange shapes.

6.9 Sinh Ton Valley

Sinh Ton Valley is home to many types of terrain, including limestone mountains, flat land, non-karst terrain, primeval forests, caves, and underground streams. In addition, the valley is also home to many species of birds and many rare plants. Among them, some species are listed in the red book such as red heron, wild rose,…

6.10 Aquarium Cave

Thuy Cung Cave is located in the cave system of Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Initially, Thuy Cung cave was also famous as Nuoc Xanh cave. The origin of the name comes from the fact that the water here is strangely blue and carries many unanswered mysteries.

6.11 Mooc Stream

Mooc stream ecotourism area is located on a trail deep in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park. The road to Nuoc Mooc stream is covered with dense green primeval forests.

The most beautiful time to visit Mooc Spring in Quang Binh is in the summer. The clear blue water at the bottom of the dark old forest canopy will dispel the sweltering heat of summer. Coming to Phong Nha Ke Bang and visiting Mooc spring, you will enjoy fresh air and wonderful moments while soaking in cool water.

6.12 Botanical Garden (Phong Nha Botanic Garden)

Phong Nha Botanical Garden is a nature reserve of Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park with an area of ​​up to 40 hectares. With the wild and majestic beauty of nature, this place is not only an attractive destination for researchers. But also very popular with tourists when traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang.

Coming to the botanical garden, you will have the opportunity to learn about wild nature and the rich and rare flora and fauna ecosystem of the primeval forest. The highlight of the botanical garden is the beautiful view of the tropical forest with the Gio waterfall over 30m high, the dreamy Vang Anh lake, the lush jungle…

If you don’t have enough strength to trek in the forest. You can stop by the specimen gallery to admire Vietnam’s rare endemic flora and fauna at Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park.

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7. Cultural value of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is a place that preserves many historical and cultural relics. Including ancient Cham and Vietnamese relics. Such as Cham altars, Cham inscriptions carved on cliffs, stone statues, Buddha statues, ceramic fragments, tablets and many archaeologically valuable relics.

In addition, Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave also has Vietnamese historical value as it was once the residence of King Ham Nghi during the Can Vuong movement. This place was also used to hide goods and valuables. bulky iron ferry to transport to the front line.

With what nature bestows, the value of Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also recognized in many different fields and by many international organizations and scientists.

8. Specialties when traveling to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

When traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang, you will have the opportunity to explore many famous restaurants and enjoy unique specialties of the Central region of Vietnam. The restaurants here are not only famous for their beautiful space and professional service, but also offer a variety of unique dishes.

Specialties in Quang Binh that you should try include soup porridge, snakehead fish porridge, salted chicken, potato fish hotpot, carp fish cake, eel porridge, goby fish braised with turmeric, snails, tapioca cake, banh Xeo, …

Not only that, according to the experience of exploring Phong Nha National Park, when coming to Phong Nha Ke Bang you will also have the opportunity to enjoy venison, mountain goat meat, wild bamboo shoots, and extremely unique salad dishes.

9. Accommodation when traveling to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

9.1 Hotels and resorts in Dong Hoi city

Because Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is only about 45 km from Dong Hoi city center. You can choose to rest in Dong Hoi city with many high-class hotels. Most tourists go to Dong Hoi and then Phong Nha to visit beautiful places and then return to Dong Hoi to rest. Some high-end hotels that you can refer to:

  • Vinpearl Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Saigon – Quang Binh Hotel. Address: 20 Quach Xuan Ky, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • 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.

9.2 Homestays located right at Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

A homestay experience close to nature is always chosen by tourists when traveling to Quang Binh. In recent years, not only foreign tourists but also young Vietnamese people are very fond of this unique type of homestay accommodation.

Coming to stay at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, you will be immersed in the magnificent natural scenery. You also can enjoy the fresh air of Phong Nha mountains and forests next to the legendary Son River. Some beautiful homestays in Quang Binh near Phong Nha that you can refer to:

  • Jungle Boss Homestay: designed in the style of a garden so that visitors can have the most interesting experiences.
  • Phong Nha River House: located right in front of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the homestay is designed with full amenities.
  • Son River House: Homestay is located right next to the Son River so you can enjoy the fresh air every early morning.

These are also homestays near Mooc stream and other Phong Nha tourist destinations. Such as Phong Nha cave, Tien Son cave, so you can easily move there.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is a unique and wonderful destination for nature and exploration lovers. If you are planning your upcoming vacation to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Please contact Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator in Vietnam.

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