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Chay River – Dark Cave

Chay River – Dark Cave is one of the extremely famous ecotourism destinations in Quang Binh. Located in the core area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park, Chay River – Dark Cave contains all the wild and most majestic beauty of this land. Let’s explore this poetic and beautiful place with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Chay River – Dark Cave?

Chay River, Dark Cave, an extremely famous tourist destination located in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 75 km northwest of Dong Hoi city center and about 500 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Chay River – Dark Cave unique?

Chay River is a tributary of the Son River, originating from Chay Waterfall. Although the river is only about 10 km long, it has many beautiful rapids and rocks. Besides, this tourist destination in Quang Binh also has many rare species of flora and fauna.

Dark Cave is a branch of the Phong Nha cave system, Quang Binh. The cave is 5,258m long and 80m high with many unique stalactite columns. Not only that, this is also the residence of many animals such as swallows and bats.

Because it is located in the core area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and only about 3 km from Paradise Cave. So you can easily combine exploring Chay River – Dark Cave with a tour of Thien Duong Cave, Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Or after a vacation in Dong Hoi city.

Possessing wild, majestic nature, Chay River – Dark Cave is an ideal stop for many tourists passionate about travel and exploration.

3. When is the best time to visit Chay River – Dark Cave?

To fully enjoy the beauty of Chay River – Dark Cave, you should come here in the summer, from April to July. This is the best time with moderate sunshine and little rain, so it is very suitable for traveling. Experience outdoor activities such as kayaking and zip lining. Or cave tours.

On the contrary, you should pay careful attention and check weather information if you want to travel to Quang Binh from mid-September to March next year. Because this is the rainy season, the weather is not favorable for natural exploration trips.

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4. How to get to Chay River – Dark Cave?

4.1 Moving To Quang Binh

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 From Dong Hoi city to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

From Dong Hoi city, you can rent a motorbike, self-drive car or rent a service car to get to Chay River – Dark Cave. Because the distance is more than 70 km, please consider and prepare carefully if you decide to use a personal vehicle.

4.2.1 Personal means

The travel route will start from Dong Hoi city center, go southwest to reach Highway 16. Or you can choose the route to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, then cross the forest roads to reach the Chay River – Dark Cave area.

4.2.2 Service cars and taxis to Chay River – Dark Cave

Surely those who go to Chay River – Dark Cave for the first time will encounter a lot of surprises during their exploration. So to make it easier, you can choose some of the following taxi companies in Dong Hoi city:

  • Mai Linh Taxi Quang Binh: 0232 3 85 85 85.
  • Tien Sa Taxi: 0232 3 79 79 79.
  • Phong Nha Taxi: 0232 3 86 86 86.
  • Dong Hoi Taxi: 0232 3 841 841.

4.2.3 Detailed route instructions:

From Hoang Dieu street, go towards Trinh Hoai Duc, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Phan Dinh Phung. Then, you turn right to Ho Chi Minh street/QL16. Going along Ho Chi Minh Road about 40km, you turn left onto Ho Chi Minh West/QL16 and turn left at Khanh Thuy restaurant.

Continue passing Chay Lap suspension bridge, Tram suspension bridge, turn right and go about 1 km to reach Tram Me village ferry wharf. Going a little further and you will reach the Son River. Here, you will easily see specific signage.

4.3 From Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park to Chay River – Dark Cave

To know what the Chay River and Dark Cave have, you can refer to one of the two routes as follows:

  • First Route: Depart from Phong Nha cave tourist boat wharf, go up the Son river, then move through Phong Nha cave about 1km to reach the confluence of Son – Chay – Trooc rivers. Then take a boat in the direction of Chay River about 5 km to reach Dark cave. From here you can explore this place and end the journey at Tro Mong ranger station.
  • Second Route: Travel in the opposite direction, from the ranger station starting and ending the journey at Phong Nha cave cruise site.
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5. Activities and experiences at Chay River – Dark Cave

Experiencing Chay River and Dark Cave is one of the most attractive tourist activities in the locality. Therefore, when choosing a tourist destination in Quang Binh, Chay River and Dark Cave are always on the tourist’s exploration schedule.

5.1 Boating to admire the Chay River

Chay River, Dark Cave, Mooc Stream are definitely the most ideal travel itinerary for you to fully explore the beauty of Quang Binh land. At Chay River, visitors should experience boating activities to both exercise and admire the charming natural panorama.

The beautiful scenery on both sides of the river is created from limestone banks. When the water flows down, the limestone forms into extremely strange shapes. In addition, the rows of figs on both sides of the river also create a beautiful natural green color. Rowing on the Chay River, you will not only be satisfied with the beautiful scenery of mountains, forests and rivers, but also witness many underwater creatures on both sides of the river.

5.2 Trying ziplining on the Chay River and Dark Cave

The zipline game especially attracts young people. Specifically, this activity involves you dropping yourself from above, looking at yourself under the clear blue water of the Chay River. When ziplining Chay River and Dark Cave, you will be equipped with protective uniforms to ensure safety and have the best experience.

To have extremely new moments at this destination, visitors can choose to ride the longest zipline in Vietnam inside Dark Cave. When you relax your body and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery, you will feel extremely refreshed and relaxed.

5.3 Entering Dark cave to see “stalactites in thick black curtain”

What attracts explorers and tourists to Dark Cave is that the inside of the cave is still very pristine, seemingly without any tourism exploitation. Therefore, stalactites also have many diverse shapes. The cave area is also a hiding place for many animals such as swallows, bats, and Ha Tinh langurs.

In addition, Dark Cave is also a cave area located right next to the river, so the humidity inside is quite high, creating layers of moss clinging to the stalactites. Stepping inside the cave, you will feel the magnificence of nature. This is also a place for you to freely explore biological systems as well as fossils from ancient times.

5.4 Mud bathing in Dark cave

There will be many interesting experiences inside Dark cave. If you read the Chay River Dark cave review information in advance when planning your itinerary, you will notice that a place you cannot miss is the mud bath area inside the cave.

Natural mud bath is an interesting activity that helps you and your family and friends become more connected. Besides mud bathing activities, you can also swim through Thuy Tien lake or Bong Lai lake, and explore other caves of Phong Nha Cave. These places are all very attractive and worth a try.

6. Ticket price to visit Chay River – Dark Cave

Ticket price for Chay River and Dark Cave

There are 2 different types of tickets to visit Chay River and Dark Cave tourist areas that you can consider choosing. Specifically:

  • Package ticket: 450,000 VND/person. With the package ticket, you can experience all the games inside this resort, including: mud bath, zipline swing, life jackets, head torches, helmets when exploring the cave. ,…
  • Private ticket: 270,000 VND/person. With this type of ticket, you will only be able to experience a few separate services such as: kayaking, bathing in the Chay River, and Zipline.

7. Specialties when traveling to Chay River – Dark Cave

Quang Binh specialties are quite diverse. At the Chay River and Dark Cave tourist areas, you can enjoy the typical grilled chicken dish. In addition, you can also order combos that include many other dishes such as: grilled ribs, wild vegetables, sticky rice, stream fish, etc. When you just bathe in the river and enjoy these delicious hot dishes, you will hardly have a problem. Can’t forget this attractive tourist destination.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Chay River – Dark Cave

  • 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.
  • Saigon Phong Nha Hotel. Address: Road DT 20, Phong Nha, Son Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Plus Hotel. Address: Road DT 20, Phong Nha, Son Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh.
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9. Some important notes when traveling to Chay River – Dark Cave

To make your trip to Chay River – Dark Cave more meaningful and complete, you need to refer to some necessary notes below:

  • The general requirement at Chay River – Dark Cave is that visitors must constantly wear life jackets when participating in discovery activities. It is not allowed to remove any protective clothing during the experience.
  • For zipline activities, you need to know how to swim and seriously follow the staff’s instructions.
  • You are only allowed to enter Dark Cave for mud bathing when wearing a swimsuit or bikini. If you do not prepare in advance, you can still buy it at the tourist area.
  • Chay River still retains almost all of its original wildness. So when bathing here, you should be careful when stepping on small rocks near the river’s edge.
  • The scenery at Chay River – Dark Cave is very beautiful. You should not miss out on impressive photos, prepare a waterproof bag to hold your phone!
  • Besides, personal items such as hats, towels, sunscreen, insect repellant spray, swimsuits, waterproof bags to protect your phone, etc. They are also necessary for this trip.

Chay River and Dark Cave are considered a natural masterpiece in Quang Binh. For tourists who love to explore new lands and admire natural beauty. This is truly a destination that should not be missed. Experiential activities at this resort also promise to bring you extremely comfortable and relaxing moments with friends and relatives.

If you are planning your trip to Quang Binh, immediately contact Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator in Vietnam. We will accompany tourists on every tours in Quang Binh to discover the travel beauty of Dark cave and commit to bringing you unforgettable experiences.

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