Cha Loi cave
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Cha Loi Cave

Indeed, Cha Loi Cave is an extremely attractive destination when you travel to Quang Binh. Besides, visiting Cha Loi cave is an opportunity for you to explore the pristine cave maze and the magnificent beauty of one of the most beautiful caves in Quang Binh. Let’s explore this magnificent cave with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Cha Loi Cave?

Cha Loi Cave is located in Thuy Ngan commune, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 45 km southwest of Dong Hoi city and about 540 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Cha Loi cave unique?

Cha Loi Cave is a system of large caves located inside the northwest limestone mountains of Quang Binh. Cha Loi Cave has a simple and rustic appearance, but inside it contains the majestic, endless beauty of nature. This place possesses a system of stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and unique geological layers similar to Hang En in Quang Binh,… It promises to bring many interesting experiences for you.

Cha Loi Cave is not only a common tourist destination in Quang Binh, it is also a historical witness to many cruel wars fought by our army and people. Besides the familiar name Cha Loi Cave, this place is also known by many other names such as Ong Giap Cave, Dai Tuong Cave. This is where General Vo Nguyen Giap and many other soldiers chose to stop when the battle in South Vietnam was extremely fierce. Inside this cave there is also a natural rock outcrop that looks like a human figure, making many people think of the talented general of the Vietnamese people.

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3. When is the best time to visit Cha Loi cave?

To explore Cha Loi cave and fully feel the impressive beauty of this place, you should choose the time to explore from April to August. This is the dry season and is also the ideal time for Sightseeing and trekking in Cha Loi cave.

4. How to get to Cha Loi cave?

4.1 Moving To Quang Binh

To explore the magical Cha Loi cave, you need to travel to Quang Binh first. By the way, here are some means of transportation to Quang Binh that you can refer to:

4.1.1 By train

If you travel from Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue or Saigon, you can buy a train ticket to travel to Quang Binh.

Traveling from Hanoi: the train from Hanoi – Quang Binh takes about 10 hours. Seat tickets cost about 300,000 VND, bed tickets range from 500,000 – 700,000 VND depending on each floor. Those traveling from Vinh and Thanh Hoa can also use these trains.

From Da Nang, Hue: Hue is 160km from Quang Binh, traveling by train takes about 3 hours. The distance from Da Nang to Quang Binh is longer (about 270km), taking about 6 hours by train.

Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon you can book train tickets to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh station. The lowest ticket price is about 400,000 VND and can be up to 1,300,000 VND/ticket if you choose the type with better quality service.

4.1.2 By passenger car

When traveling to Quang Binh, in addition to the train, you can choose to travel by bus.

Traveling from Hanoi: Quang Binh tourist bus from Hanoi takes about 10 – 12 hours and costs 200,000 – 450,000 VND depending on the time. Buses from Hanoi usually depart at about 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Quang Binh at about 6:00 a.m. the next morning.

From Da Nang: the bus to Da Nang – Quang Binh takes about 5 hours, available at any time. Reference ticket price: 150,000 VND.

Traveling from Saigon: you can catch a bus at Mien Dong bus station for about 500,000 – 600,000 VND. However, note that because of the distance, if you choose to take a bus, it will be quite difficult and time-consuming.

4.1.3 By plane

If you want to save more time, you can book a plane ticket to Quang Binh.

Traveling from Hanoi: from Hanoi to travel to Quang Binh, you can buy a plane ticket with a flight time of about 1 hour.

Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon to Quang Binh by plane, flight time to Quang Binh is about 1.5 hours. The advice for you is to consult and book tickets early to book tickets at good prices.

4.2 Travel from the Dong Hoi to Cha Loi cave

Starting from Dong Hoi city center, you move along Quang Trung street, then Hung Vuong street to the south about 10 km to reach Quan Hau intersection. At this 5-way intersection, you continue going straight to enter provincial road DT4B and move southwest about 4 km more to meet the intersection with National Highway 9B. From here, you turn left and follow Highway 9B southwest for about 25 km, then come to another intersection. From here, you turn right and go about 3 km more to reach the entrance sign and Cha Loi cave.

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5. Explore the splendid beauty of Cha Loi cave

Cha Loi Cave has a 3-storey structure, about 30m to 100m wide and an average height of 60m. The 2nd floor is the cave entrance, from the cave entrance you will move down to the 1st floor and finally climb to the exit on the 3rd floor. Just standing right at the cave entrance you can feel the cool breeze blowing from the cave. .

Cha Loi has an extremely impressive stalactite system. These masterpieces of creation will definitely make you freeze. In particular, each year, stalactites will grow about 0.03mm longer, so you absolutely must not touch or touch them.

The stalactites in this cave contain a lot of silicon, so if you shine a flashlight on them, they will have shimmering and extremely magical colors. In the cave, there is also a stalactite shaped like the bust of General Vo Nguyen Giap and many other head-shaped stalactites.

6. Activities and experiences at Cha Loi cave

6.1 Conquering Cha Loi cave

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Discover the extremely attractive Cha Loi cave tour now. According to Quang Binh’s travel experience at Cha Loi cave, to make this adventure tour the safest, you need to fully prepare a helmet, flashlight, trekking shoes, gloves,…

The journey to conquer every corner of the cave and get a breathtaking view requires you to walk, climb and swim. In the cave, there are sections where the water is only knee-high, and other sections are as high as chest level.

The cave also has an underground river system with cool, clear water. The cave also possesses small lakes – home to many types of extremely special transparent fish and shrimp.

6.2 Exploring the “tunnel of love”

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According to experience going to Quang Binh, Cha Loi cave possesses an extremely unique “tunnel of love”. “Tunnel of Love” is a heart-shaped passage created by wind, water and stalactites.

Under the light, the stalactites seem to be plated with gold. The cave also becomes unusually splendid and sparkling. The vast tunnel is associated with love stories and rumors that if you don’t have a lover, you can come here to pray. “Tunnel of Love” is also an ideal check-in location for you to take beautiful photos.

6.3 Camping in the valley of love

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One of the experiences that tourists enjoy when exploring Cha Loi cave is camping in the valley of love in Coi village. A large space surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers will definitely make you fall in love.

Camping in the Valley of Love is an opportunity for you to enjoy rare moments of peace and erase all the worries in daily life. Don’t forget to explore the unique culture and delicious cuisine of the Van Kieu ethnic people living right here.

6.4 Trekking Cha Loi cave

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To get to the cave, you need to walk a 10km long road, through pristine forests, and over the deep rocks of Vuc Hang Coi. In particular, you also have to swim through the underground river with a temperature of 17 – 20 degrees Celsius. For those who love to exercise and conquer nature, this is definitely an ideal destination and not to be missed.

Note, for the journey to explore Cha Loi Cave to go smoothly, you should prepare yourself with good physical strength, check the schedule in advance and listen to the tour guide’s instructions to avoid getting lost.

6.5 Experiencing the life of local people

The village of the Bru – Van Kieu people is definitely an indispensable destination in the journey to discover Cha Loi Le Thuy Cave in Quang Binh. Here, you will experience and explore the unique culture of the local people.

Not stopping there, you can also participate in wedding ceremonies and extremely unique customs of worshiping the Living. In addition, after exploring Cha Loi Cave, you can also visit Tien Son Cave in Quang Binh.

7. Specialties when exploring Cha Loi cave

After exploring and fully participating in the activities at Cha Loi cave, you return to the restaurant to enjoy the specialties of this land.

7.1 Banh Hoi

Although it looks quite similar to Banh Xeo (Southern) and Banh Goi (Northern), the unique flavor of banh hoi still brings a very different feeling. The crust is made from ground rice flour, mixed with turmeric powder and chicken eggs to give it a beautiful yellow color. The filling includes bean sprouts, meat, and shrimp. When eaten, the cake will be served with herbs, lettuce, green bananas, sour star fruit and a rich dipping sauce with a bit of nutty peanuts.

7.2 Banh Beo

The simple dish is so familiar to Quang Binh people that it is easy to find a Banh Beo shop everywhere. Banh Beo with shrimp and lice has now become a specialty that attracts tourists. The cakes are thin, small and beautiful, fragrant with the scent of new rice, soft and flexible, sprinkled with golden prawns, rich in spices and a little crispy pork rinds. Dip with sweet and spicy fish sauce, all the flavors of the cake blend together to make diners remember it forever.

7.3 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.

7.4 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.

7.5 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 exploring Cha Loi cave

If you want to spend the night in a wild and majestic place, camping is the ideal choice. If you want a comfortable place to stay overnight and prepare for your next exploration journey, then you return to Dong Hoi city and spend the night there.

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.

8.4 Guesthouses:

  • High Dream Hostel. Address: 72 Cao Ba Quat, Dong An, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Motel April 30. Address: Truong Phap Street, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Tinh Tam Guesthouse. Address: 44 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Phu ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Phuong Anh Guesthouse. Address: 48 Le Quy Don, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Thien Loc Guesthouse. Address: 27A Hoang Dieu, Nam Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

Cha Loi Cave is an extremely suitable place if you love exploration and adventure. With mysterious beauty, shimmering stalactites and a system of underground rivers and lakes, Cha Loi Cave – Quang Binh will definitely make you go from one surprise to another. In addition to exploring the wild and majestic natural beauty, you will also have the opportunity to experience many extremely new activities.

What are you waiting for? Don’t book to explore this magnificent cave right away? Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator, we will accompany you on your tours in Quang Binh to discover the charming of Cha Loi cave with many interesting activities and unforgettable experiences.

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