The recent announcement by Quang Binh Province of additional tours in the Highlands is certainly one to be welcomed. More specifically, the Vom and Gieng Vooc Caves within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park will now be accessible to tourists with qualified tour guides and the necessary equipment available. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest cave, Son Doong is already a major attraction.
Son Doong was actually only found by accident less than 30 years ago by a local man seeking shelter from a storm. He left once the weather improved but was unable to find it again for many more years. It only opened to the public about 5 years ago. Its size is truly great; a block of New York skyscrapers could be put inside which demonstrates its height and width before you consider its length.
Initially, there are two new tours to consider, one just a single day and the other with overnight camping. Many tourists take a Vietnam holiday itinerary because of the chance to explore the natural environment and these tours provide extra reasons to do so. It is a real experience to camp overnight, enjoying the sounds of the forest and seeing the diverse flora and fauna that the Central Highlands possess.
The two caves are lovely. Vom is close to the Ho Chi Minh Highway, and has a large entrance, a sinkhole and an underground stream runninginto the Chay River. Gieng Vooc Cave with its streams and four lakes is 400 metres long, fairly short but with beautiful and spectacular stalactites.
They add to the attractions of Quang Binh because apart from Son Doong, there is also Paradise Cave, over 30 kilometres long and thought to be the driest cave in Vietnam if not the whole of South East Asia. The stalagmites and stalactites are again a major attraction within Paradise Cave.
A good Vietnam travel agent can prepare a Vietnam tour package itinerary that explores the caves of Quang Binh but also include some time on the beach. It is a great place to relax after a busy holiday itinerary. The Province has over 100 kilometres of coastline and an interesting history. Central Vietnam has some notable cities other than Da Lat. Hue was the ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty when the French occupied the region, and Hoi An is even older, a trading port during the Champa Kingdom from the Middle Ages.