Phong Nha Caves is a renowned natural wonder located in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. It is part of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning karst landscapes and extensive cave systems. Here’s an overview of Phong Nha Cave

phong nha tour
Phong Nha caves in Vietnam

Phong Nha Caves – Nature’s Hidden Gem Awaits Your Discovery

1. Introduce Phong Nha Caves in Vietnam

1.1 Location

Phong Nha Caves is a part of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, is one of Vietnam’s most renowned natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cave is located in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach district,Quang Binh Province, in the north-central part of Vietnam. It is famous for its pristine and ecological diversity with beautiful limestone landscapes and extensive cave systems.

1.2 The history of formation

Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave systems are formed by geological tectonics occurring within the Ke Bang limestone mountain range. Experiencing important tectonic periods, more than 400 million years ago during the Paleozoic era.

Phases of faulting, bouldering and folding movements. Continuously created mountain ranges due to uplift movements and sedimentary basins due to subsidence movements. Acts as the cause of all causes. To create diversity in geology, topography – geomorphology. Hydrological networks and diversity. The wonder of cave tourism in limestone formations. Phong Nha-Ke Bang develops from Devon to Carbon – Trecmi.

phong nha caves
Phong Nha – Ke Bang

1.3 Weather in phong nha cave

Coming to Phong Nha, you will feel very interesting, relaxed and comfortable because the air is fresh and cool here. The Phong Nha weather is fresh and extremely cool in the summer, although it is extreme heat outside, when entering the cave, the temperature  is only about 17°C – 19°C.

best time to visit phong nha caves
best time to visit phong nha caves

2. Best things to do in Phong Nha Caves

2.1 Camping and caving

Camping and caving is a thing to do in Phong Nha Caves which can be an exciting and unique adventure for those who are loving to explore this natural wonder. These tours should be led by experienced guides who are familiar with rich experiences, the cave terrain, safety and park regulations.

Exploring the cave’s interior, you will have opportunities to  witness the stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and other geological formations up close. You can explore the cave on foot or by boat which is an exciting and educational experience

Son Doong
Camping in Son Doong Caves

2.2 Walking & Hiking

Walking and hiking in Phong Nha is a fantastic activity for visitors to explore the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. There are many trails that take you to the entrance of Phong Nha Caves, and offer scenic views of the river as well as admire karst mountains, and an extensive cave system. This activity is the best thing to do in Phong Nha caves.

hiking in phong nha
Hiking in Phong Nha

2.3 Kayaking

World natural heritage Phong Nha – Ke Bang has become a kayaking destination chosen by many domestic and foreign tourists. With a terrain combining majestic caves, clear rivers and streams, majestic mountains and forests, this place is an ideal for tourists to kayak boats and admire the majestic nature here.

When coming here, visitors will be able to kayak deep into the cave and feel the cool air emanating from the cave and the steam. Visitors also have the opportunity to  discover the pristine and unspoiled beauty of the cave system, witness the magical sight of the stalagmites and stalactites, as well as the feast of light when shimmering light blends well with the darkness.

kayak in phong nha
Kayaking in Phong Nha Caves

3. Best places to visit near Phong Nha Cave

3.1 Hang Son Doong – The World’s Largest Cave

Hang Son Doong is one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders and is known as the world’s largest cave. This largest cave is inside enough to accommodate an entire unique world within its depths. 

The cave’s interior features lush forest, biodiversity ecosystem, and even its own climate. Nonetheless, with challenging terrain, discovery of this extraordinary cavern is limited. It has become a bucket-list destination for adventurous travelers and explorers from around the world.

son doong caves
Son Doong caves

Location: Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province

3.2 Paradise Cave

This cave is located in a part of the Phong Nha caves Vietnam– one of the beauty caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The cave has a length of up to 31.4 km, however, visitors only get to see the first 1 km of this cave. To enter the cave, you’ll get to the grand chamber after walking across a staircase made of wood. Here, you will be surprised by the magical beauty and witness beautiful stalactites hanging from the high ceiling with some even reaching down into the cavern.

phong nha caves in vietnam
Explore paradise caves in vietnam

Location: Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

Ticket price: 250.000 VNĐ for adult – 125.000 VNĐ for children from 1,1 to 1,3m

3.3 Dark Cave

Like many caves in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Dark Cave is both a water cave and a dry cave with a length of 5,258m and a height of 80m.

The cave is still pristine with thousands of stalactite columns of diverse and unique shapes and is a home for many animals such as bats and swallows. Because it is located right next to the river and has high humidity, the stalactites at Dark Cave are covered with a large amount of moss, creating a characteristic green color. In addition, visitors can kayak along the Chay river where we will feel the smooth and romantic flow with the emerald green water and the magnificent ancient Karst towers.

dark caves
Dark caves

Location: Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

Ticket price: 80,000 VNĐ for adult – 60,000 VNĐ for children under 1,3m

3.4 Phong Nha National Park

Phong Nha caves Vietnam is famous for its wonderful limestone mountains, extensive cave systems, dense forest, and diverse ecosystem. The park’s most outstanding feature is towering limestone, ragged mountains, and complex cave systems.It also home to a variety of primates such as monkeys, apes and langurs.

The limestone karst contains 17 big caves which have been explored and some 300 smaller caves and grottoes, many of them with stalactites and stalagmites. The variety of forms is immense: dry caves, terraced caves, suspended caves, dendritic caves, intersecting caves, giant speleothems and unusual forms such as sub-aerial stromatolites.

phong nha national park
Phong Nha national park

Location: Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

Ticket price: 150,000 VNĐ for adult – 75,000 VNĐ for children 1,3m – 1m

3.5 Mooc Spring

When you come here, you will be overwhelmed by the wonderful and majestic natural scenery here. Mooc Spring brings visitors a fresh, peaceful and poetic space. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and dense forest, creating a breathtaking sight.

After exploring the forest inside Mooc spring, this place also provides some entertainment such as: swimming, kayaking, fishing, rope swing,… Mooc spring is not only an ideal destination for those who love nature, but also an ideal place to relax and enjoy peaceful moments.

phong nha ke bang
Mooc Spring

Location: Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

Ticket price: 180,000 VNĐ for adult – Free for children under 1,3m

3.6 Hang En – Third Largest Cave in the World

Hang En cave is known as one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders and is recognized as the third-largest cave in the world. It used to appear in world media such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Good Morning America, and especially the blockbuster film ” Pan – Welcome to Neverland” (2015) by Hollywood studio Warner Bros.

Hang En has become a popular destination for adventurers and cave enthusiasts. Guided tours and treks allow visitors to explore the cave, spending a night or more inside. Camping in the enormous chamber is a unique and unforgettable experience, making Hang En one of the world’s most sought-after adventure destinations.

En Caves
En Caves

Location: Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

3.7 Hang Tien Cave

Hang Tien – the biggest cave of the Tu Lan Cave System – was first explored in 1994. This cave has many stalagmites and stalactites around the walls. The cave has a total length of about 3 km, including 2 branches, Tien 1 cave and Tien 2 cave, separated by a grand ancient forests with ancient trees hundreds of years old.The most prominent feature of Tien 2 cave is its wild beauty and stalactites that look like terraced fields.

Hang Tien
Hang Tien

Location: Cao Quang, Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province.

3.8 Ozo Spring

Ozo Park is located in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park complex, is the park with the longest on trees entertainment system in Vietnam and is also one of the first parks located in grand ancient forests. in Vietnam. Coming here, you will be able to immerse yourself and experience wild nature, participate in thrilling games on trees as well as exciting boating and waterfall activities.

ozo park
Ozo Spring

Location: Tan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province

Ticket price: 200,000 VNĐ for adult – 100,000 VNĐ for children from 1m-1,4m

3.9 Bong Lai Valley

Bong Lai Valley is in the countryside near Phong Nha Ke Bang area. The landscape at Bong Lai village is very peaceful with images of rice fields interspersed with farms and small villages, a destination must-visit when traveling to Quang Binh. Visitors can cycle along roads, seeing rice fields and villages nestled between mountains is the best way to experience Bong Lai Valley.

phong nha caves in vietnam
Bong Lai Valley

Location: Hung Trach, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.

4. Best time to visit Phong Nha Caves

To have a wonderful trip to explore the most beautiful caves in Quang Binh, visitors should travel to Quang Binh from November to the end of August next year. It is generally considered the best time for caving activities because the river levels are lower, making cave exploration safer and more accessible. In Particular, Quang Binh in September and October is the rainy season and the water level is high, so it is not convenient for tourists to visit.

5. How to get to Phong Nha Caves

5.1 Phong Nha Caves tour

Exploring Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh, Vietnam, is an exciting adventure that offers a wide range of activities and attractions. Discover the secrets of Vietnam’s majestic caves with local guides who have knowledgeable terrain and rich experiences. This is an adventure at Phong Nha- Ke Bang Tour to bring visitors unlimited experiences with Phong Nha caves tour by VM Travel.

dark caves
Phong Nha Caves tour

5.2 by Bus

In order to create favorable conditions for people and tourists to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang caves, the city has expanded the route from Dong Hoi city to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park to about 40 km long. So visitors can go to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang caves by bus.

5.3 by Train

From Hanoi and Saigon or other provinces with the North-South railway passing through, there are train tickets to Dong Hoi, so everyone should go to the central train station to buy tickets. Train ticket price from Hanoi to Dong Hoi is about 310k/time and from Saigon is about 780k/time.

5.4 Private Car or Motorbike

You can also rent a car to Phong Nha Caves such as a motorbike or private car from Dong Hoi city center or use Dong Hoi’s cheap airport taxi service with a package price of only 250,000 VND for shared ride and 500,000 VND /private 7-seat car.

You can book a private car with a professional English-speaking driver to make the tour more perfect.

6. Phong Nha Restaurants

Phong Nha Caves is a relatively small town, so the options for dining may be limited compared to larger cities. However, there are still some restaurants you can explore for local and international cuisine.

Dong Nam Pearl is a delicious restaurant and has an extremely beautiful space, very suitable for those who like cold and clean spaces. The restaurant is located right next to National Highway 1A, the central road of Hoan Lao,Bo Trach town. The location is very easy to find, about 10 km from Dong Hoi and convenient to move to famous tourist destinations in Quang Binh such as: Phong Nha Cave, Mooc Spring, Thien Duong Cave,…

Son Dong Restaurant is located right next to Phong Nha marina. The restaurant space is large and can accommodate up to 700 people. The dishes are mainly traditional dishes: crab soup, steamed rice, braised shrimp,… very popular. If you are looking for a place to enjoy authentic Quang Binh dishes, Son Dong restaurant is the best choice.

Veggie Box Restaurant is a famous restaurant in Phong Nha, Quang Binh. The restaurant has a large, cool and cozy space following ancient architecture. If you are a vegetarian food lover, Phong Nha Veggie Box is a suitable choice. Not stopping at the main dishes, the restaurant’s desserts are also very delicious and beautiful.

phong nha local food
phong nha local food

7. Is phong nha worth visiting?

Yes, Phong Nha Caves is absolutely worth visiting, and it has become a popular destination for travelers seeking natural beauty, adventure, and a unique cultural experience.

Phong Nha is famous for its remarkable cave systems, including Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave, and the world’s largest cave, Son Doong. These caves feature stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and unique geological formations.

Phong Nha Caves also offers a wide range of adventure activities, including cave trekking, zip-lining, kayaking, and hiking. Exploring the caves and the surrounding landscapes is an exciting adventure for those who love adventurous activities.

While coming to Phong Nha Caves, you can interact with the local ethnic communities and learn about their customs and traditions. You might be surprised by the region’s cultural diversity here.

Phong Nha caves is the best place when you travel in Vietnam, with more beautiful attractions and many interesting things waiting for you to discover and explore when you visit Vietnam. It is not only a unique beauty that nature bestows on Phong Nha cave, this place also has unique values such as geological – geomorphological value.