Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park: the paradise of humanity in Quang Binh

Go to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park at least once to see how beautiful the scenery of the mountain is, and the emerald green season that nature casts.

If you want to go to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, but no one has passed on the experience, please find out immediately the review of this place below. It will be useful information for you to explore the beautiful corners of this site.

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
The way to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park | © Vietnamdrive

The incredible caverns in the National Park in Quang Binh, Vietnam

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is one of the vital national parks in Vietnam. It locates in Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts in Quang Binh province, about 50km northwest of Dong Hoi city, about 500km from Hanoi Capital forward the Southern.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is one of the two largest limestone mountains in the world, with more than 300 caves. People consider this national park as the cave kingdom, carrying the beauty of creation. Typically, the system of underground rivers and hundreds of costly fauna and flora species exist here, many of them are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also a paradise for scientists to explore and research the caverns and plants, and a tourist destination for millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year.

Here are some attractions and experiences for you to arrange the perfect trip to discover Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also appreciated by tourists and labeled as a fairyland in the ground. When you come here, you will admire the charming natural scenery. Its beauty looks like a water-ink painting that the Creator has bestowed on the land of Quang Binh.

1. Places to visit in Phong Nha – Ke Bang

The national park has large beautiful caves. They are the most typical attractions for visitors to explore in this area.

1.1. Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave
Phong Nha Cave | @tuannguyen1100

Phong Nha cave has a length of 8km. The cavern has the longest system of underground rivers in the world. So, the locals also call it “the wet cave”. 

To enter the Phong Nha cave, you have to use a motorboat and follow the beautiful Son River to go into the cave. When you stay inside this cave, you will feel the cool air and pleasant atmosphere. Typically, the temperature is only 17 – 20 degrees Celsius in the cave while the hot summer outside can get 35 – 37 degrees.

When you are in the cave, you can leave the boat and walk to enjoy the beautiful nature with your own eyes. All are the incredible stalactites with different colors and shapes.

The ticket price to visit Phong Nha cave is 80,000 VND / person, the boat to the cave is 320,000 VND and can carry 14 guests. You can invite more tourists to join with you, but not over 14 people who can share the payment.

1.2. Tien Son Cave

Tien Son Cave
Tien Son Cave | @bartek_83

Going to Phong Nha cave (wet cave) can not help visiting Tien Son cave (dry cave). These two caves are considered twins of creation. Coming to Tien Son cave, you will feel like you are in the realm of heaven, How mysterious it is!

Tien Son Cave is named “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong” (the top one of caves in Vietnam). The dry cave looks like a stone castle with thousands of colorful stalactites.

The entrance fee is 40,000 VND / person. The boat is 60,000 VND, which is an extra fee from visiting the wet cave.

>> Please check a tour to visit the Phong Nha Cave and Paradise Cave.

1.3. Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave
Thien Duong Cave | © Vietnamdrive

The Paradise Cave is known as the palace in the ground with the most magical and magnificent scenery. Dong Thien Duong is the longest dry cave in Asia, surrounded by Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

In the cave, there are countless stalactites and stalagmites with different shapes. The highlight is the stalactite block that looks like the statue of the Virgin Mary holding a baby. The Paradise Cave, besides Son Doong Cave, is one of the two most beautiful caverns in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourist area.

The entrance fee is 120,000 VND / person, the tram ticket for a round-trip tram is 100,000 VND for 4 people.

1.4. Mooc Spring eco-tourist area

Suoi Mooc
Mooc Spring | @justmieu

From Phong Nha cave to Mooc Spring is about 10km. This eco-tourist area has a lovely scene, suitable for relaxation when traveling to Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.

You can swim and kayak on Suoi Nuoc Mooc to explore the beautiful scenery here. Also, join with many games on the water.

The ticket price is 80,000 VND / person. Children with a height of 1.3m and below are exempt from tickets.

1.5. Son Doong Cave

Hang Son Doong
Hang Son Doong is the biggest cave in the world. Photo: @bbaum.rtw

Son Doong Cave is the largest cavern in the world when it contains a huge forest inside. Many famous TV and newspapers in the world (ABC News, CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, The New York Times) have introduced Hang Son Doong because of its incredible beauty.

However, Son Doong Cave still limits the tourists to explore it every year. And, the price for a tour can get up to 3,200 USD for 5 days. Also, you need to have good health to trek in the forest for a few days.

We also have a detailed post telling this biggest cave. Please visit Son Doong cave here!

2. The best time to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

The ideal time to travel to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is from April to September. During this period, the weather is quite clear, favorable for walking, swimming, and sightseeing at tourist places.

But, you also note that Quang Binh belongs to a tropical monsoon climate with 2 distinct seasons, including:

  • Dry season (from April to September): Outside temperature is 36-37° C, the temperature in the cave is always 20-21° C, very mild. This good time is to participate in cave exploration in the heart of the world’s natural heritage Phong Nha – Ke Bang.
  • The rainy season (from October to March next year): In the rainy season, the water of the Son River is rising, it obscures the cave entrance. So tourists can not visit the wet cave Phong Nha. But the dry cave Ten Son, Paradise Cave, are still operated normally. But, you may care about the slipper on the steps when you climb up steps to visit these sites.

>>> You can like to check survival skills in the forest.

3. What to eat in Phong Nha – Ke Bang?

Having traveled to a strange land, different from where we live, try new and local food is one of the interesting experiences, is that right? So what can we taste when visiting Phong Nha – Ke Bang?

If you want to try the typical dishes of Quang Binh people in Phong Nha, you can try a few dishes below:

Chao Canh Quang Binh
Tapioca Noodle Soup | @nguyenngoc_6.5
  • Tapioca noodle soup (Cháo Canh): This is a famous dish in Phong Nha, with typical flavors of the people of Quang Binh. The soup is usually served with spring rolls.
  • Brown rice pancakes: Unlike other types of pancakes that are crunchy, this type of Banh Xeo is very soft and fatty. Quang Binh pancakes often dip with salty fish sauce.
  • Other dishes: Oyster porridge, eel porridge, grilled fishes of carp and grouper, and grilled squid are also popular dishes that you can enjoy when traveling to this land.

4. Where should you stay to visit caves in the national park?

You can book a hotel near the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, around the parking to visit the wet cave. Another choice is that you can stay at the hotel in Dong Hoi City or the resorts on the beach of Dong Hoi.

But, you may notice the distance from Dong Hoi City to the area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is 60 km.

If you intend to travel to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park from April to September, you should book rooms early as possible. It is because that time is the summertime when the accommodations often run out and get high prices, typically on the weekends.

With this information, we hope you can have the essential knowledge to plan your holidays to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The incredible caverns are waiting for you to have an exciting exploration.

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