Spectacular, jaw-dropping, unreal, mind-boggling- there are simply not enough adjectives to explain the wonders of Phong Nha National Park. See the highlights of this UNESCO Heritage Site, hiking through some of the 100-kilometres of prehistoric caves, cruising turquoise underwater rivers and biking past fields of limestone karsts.
Hike below the earth’s surface to remarkable Wine and Paradise caves, part of the 104-kilometres of caves in Phong Nha.
Take a relaxing boat trip, cruising 2.5km to see the mystical Phong Nha Water Cave’s stalactites and the turquoise waters.
Pedal quiet laneways through farming villages and rice paddies surrounded by limestone karsts.
Explore Phong Nha National Park - 3 Days / 2 Nights
Upon arrival to either Dong Hoi Airport or Dong Hoi Train Station, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The UNESCO-celebrated Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of the world's two largest limestone regions and is the oldest major karst in Asia. This National Park contains and protects over 104 km of caves, grottoes and underground rivers making it one of the most outstanding limestone karst ecosystems in the world. Many of these are still unexplored and so far only a total of 20 caves with a total length of 70 km have been surveyed. The karst landscape is not only complex but also ancient (more than 400 million years old), with high geo-diversity and geomorphic features of considerable significance in the world.
Upon arrival into Phong Nha, begin exploring with an easy, guided half-day biking adventure around Bong Lai village and the surrounding peaceful countryside. Cycle on quiet village paths and roads past rice paddy fields and small hamlets, stopping for plenty of photo ops along the way. At lunchtime, relax and spend quiet time enjoying tasty local style dishes and cool drinks.
After finishing the cycling route, embark on a relaxing boat trip along the Son River to explore the popular Phong Nha Water cave. Board a private boat for the 2.5 km cruise down the Son River to the mouth of the cave. Pass by the entrance to the 'Cave of Teeth and Wind' and enter the mystical tunnels, filled with giant stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear waters.
NOTE: Average length cycled can vary between 8-20 kilometers on an adjustable route.
Overnight in Phong Nha Lake House.
After breakfast, depart early in the morning when the weather is still cool to visit the Wine Cave. Enjoy a peaceful morning walk through a village and see local daily activities and picturesque rural landscapes along the way. The smaller Wine Cave, while not nearly as large and spectacular as the other caves in this area, has stories and historic significance as a place where the Viet Cong once produced wine during war times. It also served as bomb shelters for local people hiding from the bomb raids during the 1960s – 1970s.
After visiting the Wine cave, transfer to the Paradise Cave area to enjoy a simple local style lunch. After lunch visit the Paradise Cave, the most famous in the region. Here will be a chance to see one of the larger and most impressive accessible caves in the entire area. After climbing approximately 400 stairs, arrive at the entrance of the cave. Descend into the cave on stairs and a wooden walkway, made to protect and preserve the fragile cave formations. This walkway continues for 1 km through the enormous, well lighted cave, past many impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
Overnight in Phong Nha Lake House.
Enjoy breakfast at the Lake House before transferring back to Dong Hoi Airport or Train Station. Alternatively, transfer by road south to Hue stopping to visit the DMZ and other places of interest.
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