Located in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh provice, more than 500km from Hanoi and just 50km from Dong Hoi city. Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park is one of the most amazing national parks in Vietnam you should visit. The highlights of this park are amazing Phong Nha cave (Water cave), Tien Son cave (Dried cave) and mysterious Paradise cave.
Traveling to Phong Nha, travelers will have an opportunity to take the beautiful boat trip on Son river to visit Phong Nha cave (Water cave) – the world heritage site. This cave is known as one of the oldest Karst Mountain in Asia which formed more than 400 million years ago. This is the longest underground river system of more than 7km long and 50 meters height, the largest area of the cave is 145m. Phong Nha cave is also called fairy cave because of different shape and size of stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave.
Not far from Phong Nha cave, visitor can explore Tien Son cave, it is located in 200m above the sea level with 1km long, this cave also has thousand of stalagmites and stalactites natural shaped in different fairy-tail formations. Exploring this cave, visitors can visit about 400m with light system only because underground of this cave is quite dangerous.
Only 18km from Phong Nha cave is Paradise cave. It is considered as “The Eden on the earth” with naturally primitive feature, this cave looks like a landscape painting very attractive to travelers. Getting inside the cave, travelers will very surprised because of the special stalagmites, stalactites system with sparkling, mysterious beauty, out of human beings imagination.
How to get Phong Nha – Be bang national park?
There are so many ways for visitors to travel to this place as below:
+ If you are in Hue you can take private transfer, bus or train, it takes you only 3,5 hours to get to this place.
By train: You can take train number SE2 departing Hue at 15:30, arrivaving Dong Hoi at 18:30, or SE4 departing Hue at 16:45, arrivaving Dong Hoi at 19:35.
By bus: There are some buses with various times you can choose to travel to Phong Nha from Hue such as VM travel, it departs at 7:00 AM in every day to Phong Nha, besides this travel agent also organize the package group trip with usd $ 30 per person including air-con bus, lunch at Phong Nha, Boat trip, tour guide, entrance fee.
By private transfer: This service is very easy for you to rent from hotel, travel agents in Hue.
+ If you travel to this place from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, you can get the tourist train, airplane to Dong Hoi city, and then get taxi to this park.
From Ho Chi Minh: The distance from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi is 1200km, Vietnam railway offers 4 trains for this route including SE2, SE4, SE6 and SE8.
From Hanoi: The distance from this city to Dong Hoi is 500km, Vietnam railway also offer 4 trains including SE1, SE3, SE5 and SE7.
From Ho Chi Minh: You can get the flight of Vietnam airlines, Vietjet air and Jetstar air.
From Hanoi: You can get the flight of Vietnam airlines and Jetstar, however please note that Jetstar do not organize the daily flight.
The best time to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park
Being similar to the weather in others destinations, Phong Nha – Ke Bang also has a typical tropical monsoon weather. It is very hot with high humidity in summer with the temperature can go up to 42oc. It winter, it can be down to 5oc on January. The rainy season is from September to December. Therefore, the best time to travel to this part is from February to August.
Entrance fee to visit Phong Nha national park:
+ Phong Nha cave: 150.000 vn dong per person
+ Tien Son cave: 80.000vn dong per person
+ Paradise cave: 250.000 vn dong per person
Boat trip to Phong Nha is 400 000 vn dong per boat
Hotels to stay in Phong Nha
If you are looking for a memorable trip to Phong Nha national park, staying in this place for 1 or 2 nights to explore all the beautiful destinations will be the good idea. However, because it is closes to Hue city, so you do not have much choice but you also can find very good hotel from 2 to 5 star such as Phong Nha Mountain House, Phong Nha Farm Stay, Paradise hotel, Thuong Hai hotel, Ho Khanh Homestay.
Being one of the most highlight tours in Ho Chi Minh trail, this trip is a great way for travelers to see what happen in the background of national park, and be sure that travelers will have unforgettable time when visiting this park in their Vietnam travel.