Sinh Ton Valley - Thuy Cung cave
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Sinh Ton Valley – Thuy Cung cave

Coming to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave, you will be immersed in strangely beautiful natural scenery. There are rolling mountains, winding rivers and streams, valleys of primeval forests with green trees as far as the eye can see.

In particular, this is a rich cave system, such as: Thuy Cung cave, the back door of Dark cave. With natural and pristine beauty, it’s very ideal place for tourists who love to explore caves. Let’s explore this beautiful place with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Sinh Ton Valley – Thuy Cung cave?

Sinh Ton Valley – Aquarium Cave is located in the world heritage complex, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Located in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 52 km west of Dong Hoi city center and about 500 km south of Hanoi capital.

2. How are Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave unique?

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. Some species are listed in the red book such as red heron, wild rose,…

Thuy Cung Cave is located in the cave system of Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Initially, Thuy Cung cave was also known 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.

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3. What is the best time to visit Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave?

Sinh Ton Valley – Aquarium cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, 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 hazards. However, after November, when the rainfall gradually decreases, you can still visit dry caves such as Tien Son cave, Thien Duong cave, Thuy Cung cave,…

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4. How to get to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave?

4.1 Moving To Dong Hoi City, 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 Traveling to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave from Dong Hoi city

Because Sinh Ton Valley – Aquarium Cave is located in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang heritage complex, you need to go there first. From the center of Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh, you go along Highway 16 about 45 km northwest to reach the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park area. After that, you continue to move to Km15 West Branch of Ho Chi Minh Road to reach Sinh Ton valley – Aquarium Cave.

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5. Exploring the beauty of Sinh Ton valley and Thuy Cung cave

The journey to explore Sinh Ton valley begins with a walk across the grassy hills to reach the Dau Rai primeval forest. From here, you go back along Tien stream to the back door of Dark cave – Nuoc Lan cave.

Nuoc Lan Cave is likened to an ancestor’s wine bottle, nestled in groves of trees growing from rocks. Outside the cave entrance are giant rocks covered with green moss, just like a screen serving to block the rain and wind. Inside the cave, there are many pristine white stalactites along with an underground stream of rugged, interlaced rocks, attracting you to explore further.

From Nuoc Lan cave, you will continue your journey to Sinh Ton valley, where there are spectacular limestone mountains. In particular, this place also has a lot of bamboo and bamboo trees, which are extremely useful for indigenous people in collecting bamboo shoots. Coming to Sinh Ton valley, not only will you simply visit, you will also accumulate more knowledge about the biodiversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang mountains and forests.

Aquarium Cave is located right in the middle of Sinh Ton valley, like an aquarium on the ground. Inside the cave are stalactites with diverse colors and beautiful lines creating a mysterious feeling in the middle of the jungle.

After the journey to Sinh Ton valley – Aquarium Cave, you can spend a day resting, then continue to explore other destinations inside Phong Nha – Ke Bang such as Phong Nha cave, Thien Duong cave, …

6. Enjoying specialties when traveling to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave

When traveling to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave, 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 porridge soup, snakehead fish porridge, salted chicken, Khoai 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 Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy venison, mountain goat meat, wild bamboo shoots, and extremely unique salad dishes.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave

7.1 Homestays 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, you will be submerged in the magnificent natural scenery. You can also 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.

7.2 Hotels And Resorts In Dong Hoi City

Because Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave is only about 52 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.
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8. Some famous tourist attractions near Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave

8.1 Phong Nha Cave

Nestled inside limestone cliffs surrounded by tropical forests. Phong Nha Cave was once voted one of the 7 new wonders of the world. Possessing a length of up to 7,729m, this was also voted as one of the most beautiful caves in the world. When going inside the cave, you will be captivated by the ecosystem, fresh air and enchanting magical beauty.

8.2 Paradise Cave

Thien Duong Cave is also a cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang relic area. Many people also call this place by an extremely beautiful name “The underground palace”. Thien Duong Cave is considered the most majestic and splendid cave in Vietnam. With a length of more than 32 km and a width of 69 – 80m. This cave has been rated by the British Royal Society as the longest cave in Asia.

Sinh Ton Valley – Thuy Cung cave belongs to the world natural heritage Phong Nha Ke Bang. It’s located in the middle of a vast primeval forest. This is an extremely interesting and unique destination that you should not miss when traveling to Quang Binh.

Please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator. For more useful information about the destination, as well as attractive tour schedules. We are pleased to accompany you on your adventure holiday in Quang Binh to discover the travel beauty of Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave with exciting activities and memorable experiences.

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