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Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a giant natural and geographic museum covers an area of 220,000 ha. It has huge value due to the complicated in geographic structure and the answers to many questions about what happened billions of years ago. There are more than 300 limestone caves have been found along with a complex of rivers and underground streams throughout the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. This area also has a very diverse ecosystem with more than 60 kinds of plants are mentioned in the Red List and over 500 animal species.

I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

1. Weather in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

It has a monsoon tropical climate like the other parts of the North Central Region. The temperature in average is around from 20oC to 25oC. Most of the rain occurs from September to December. The humidity is around 84%. There are 2 seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.

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Rain-rate-phong-nha-ke-bang-2018Annual temperature and amount of rain in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

a. The dry season in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

The dry season is from April to August. It is hot with the average temperature is 28oC, the highest is 41oC and really rare of rain. The hottest time of the year is from June to August.

b. The Rainy season in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

The rainy season is from September to March. It is pretty cold with the average temperature is 18oC, the lowest is below 6oC and rain a lot. 88% of annual rain occur in September to December and the coldest period is from December to February.

2. Best time to travel to Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Remember that a lot of caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang, including the famous Phong Nha cave, have to enter by boat. In the rainy season, the water level rise due to the rains will seal the entrance so you can visit the dry cave only. In addition, there are a lot of activities you can’t experience at this time in the year.

Best-time-to-travel-to-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: dulichquangbinh.info

On the other hand, the dry season nearly has no rain at all so you can experience every activity. Despite the hot temperature, the atmosphere in the cave is just about 20oC. It is awesome. So, it is the best to visit Phong Nha Ke Bang during the dry season, especially from April to August. The weather in this period is quite stable with less of rain

II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO PHONG NHA KE BANG

1. Getting to Dong Hoi City from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

To arrive in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, you must get to Dong Hoi City first. There are a few options you can choose to get to Dong Hoi City from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

a. Catching a flight to Dong Hoi City from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Flight-to-Phong-Nha-2018Airline is the most comfortable option to travel to Dong Hoi. Source: guru8.net

There are several flights from Hanoi and HCMC to Dong Hoi every day.

Click here if you want to book tickets

Airline ticket price
* just a reference price and doesn’t include tax*
From Hanoi   

  • Vietnam Airlines: Starting from VND 1,400,000
  • Vietjet Air: Starting from VND 390,000
  • Jet Star Airway: Starting from VND 1,900,000

From Ho Chi Minh City  

  • Vietnam Airlines: Starting from VND 1,400,000
  • Vietjet Air: Starting from VND 750,000
  • Jet Star Airway: Starting from VND 930,000

b. Catching a train to Dong Hoi City from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

The train seems to be the cheapest way and you’ll have the chance to watch the roadside sceneries. But the downside is that this is a pretty long trip and it might make you feel exhausted. You can start from Hanoi Station in Hanoi or Saigon Station in HCMC.

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Remember that train ticket can’t be purchased outside Vietnam’s territory and it is the best if you buy the tickets at the station.

The price for a soft seat with air condition in the train departs at 09:00 in Hanoi Station is VND 708,000
The price for a soft seat with air condition in the train departs at 09:00 in Saigon Station is VND 450,000*

*It’s just a reference price and it can change at the time you book.*

c. Getting to Dong Hoi City from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by shuttle bus

shuttle-bus-phong-nha-ke-bang-2018Shuttle bus is usually be chosen by young people. Source: hontamresort.vn

From Hanoi

Brand name Departure at Price (VND) Contact
Minh Map 16:30 at No. 699 Giai Phong 200,000 (+84) 905 291 428
Hung Long 18:30 – 20:30 at No. 26 Pham Hung 200,000 (+84) 2323 889 889
Ha Quang travel 20:00 at No. 64 Nguyen Hoang 200,000 (+84) 967 778 770
Dong Hien 17:30 at No. 643 Pham Van Dong 200,000 (+84) 2438 327 330
Nhat Tuan 16:00 at Yen Nghia Station 250,000 (+84) 916 604 779
Hoang Linh 17:30 at No. 100 Nguyen Hoang 200,000 (+84) 2466 573 777

From Ho Chi Minh City

Brand name Departure at Price (VND) Contact
Hoang Long 07:00 – 21:00 at Mien Dong Station 610,000 (+84) 2323 845 668
Minh Huy 04:00 at An Suong Station 500,000 (+84) 941 034 034
Mai Linh 09:00 – 15:00 at Mien Dong Station 640,000 (+84) 2835 112 888
Sy Quan 06:00 at Mien Dong Station 600,000 (+84) 975 240 827
  • Travel tip: Hotels in Dong Hoi close quite early so you should call and book the room before starting the trip.

2. Getting to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park from Dong Hoi City

a. Getting to Phong Nha Ke Bang by shuttle bus or taxi

Phong Nha Ke Bang located in Bo Trach district, 50 km far from Dong Hoi City in Northwest.
You can get to Bo Trach from Dong Hoi City by bus then hire a motor taxi (or “xe om”) to arrive in Phong Nha. The price of a bus ticket is VND 20,000 and there is one bus every 45 minutes.

Taxi provider in Dong Hoi
  • Sun Taxi:                (+84) 523 535 353
  • Dong Hoi Taxi:      (+84) 523 841 841
  • Xuyen Viet Taxi:   (+84) 523 848 484
  • Mai Linh Taxi:       (+84) 523 835 835
  • Quang Binh Taxi:  (+84) 523 828 282

b. Getting to Phong Nha Ke Bang by private vehicle

You can hire vehicle in Dong Hoi to get to Phong Nha Ke Bang. Hiring a car is the best option. because the road is quite long and deserted and you may face big trouble if something goes wrong with your motorbike. You might not visit much because most of the time you spent on driving and finding the way. After all, make sure that you have enough health and safety equipment before starting.

Vehicle-hiring-Phong-Nha-Ke-bang-2018Source: thuexemaydalat.net

Usually, you can hire a motorbike at the hotel where you stay. But if they don’t have this service, there are some contact for you

Leasers name Type of vehicle Price (VND) Contact
Phong Nha tourist 4 seats – 45 seats car 800,000 – 1,200,000 /day for 7 seats car
1,200,000 – 2,300,000/day for 16 seats car
(+84) 987 503 456
Xedulich360 4 seats – 16 seats car 700,000 – 1,300,000/day for 4 seats car
1,400,000 – 2,000,000 /day for 16 seats car
(+84) 983 911 900
Eagle Tourist Motorbike 150,000/day (+84) 905 066 818
Thuexemaydonghoi Motorbike 100,000 – 150,000/day (+84) 898 613 889
Linh Huong Tourist Motorbike 150,000/day (+84) 911 373 848

III. THINGS TO DO IN PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

1. Exploring the biggest ancient cave in Vietnam

Phong Nha Ke Bang is one of the largest limestone areas in the world. After billions of years of groundwater erosion, this area forms huge limestone caves with various stalactites and stalagmites. In most of the water cave, due to the high humidity, colorful mosses appear in the stalactites and stalagmites make it even more magnificent.

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Phong Nha cave is the longest water cave in the world with more than 7,700 m long and was recognized as “the best cave ever”. Thien Duong cave is one of the most gorgeous caves with a lot of interesting shape of stalactites and stalagmites. Or En cave, which is more than 1,600 m long, goes through the whole mountain, follow the Rao Thuong stream.

If you choose to go further in the cave, there are many interesting activities are waiting for you and we guarantee it is all memorable experiences.

2. Enjoy the majestic, pristine nature

the-beauty-of-valley-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018The beauty of Bong Lai valley. Source: diemhendulich.com

Besides of cave exploring, you should not miss the chance to experience the beauty of nature in Bong Lai valley. Hiring a bicycle and a map then you can travel around Bong Lai valley through the old trail in the jungle, experience the daily life of local people. Then when you are tired, reward yourself with a roasted chicken and cool beers.

Ziplining-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: vietnamtourism.gov.vn

Trekking in the forest is another option. You can discover the diversity of eco-system in Phong Nha Ke Bang by yourself as well as visit the wildlife sanctuary and Phong Nha animal rescue station to learn more about endemic and rare species.

3. Having fun with the activities in Suoi Nuoc Mooc eco-tourism

It is a source of clean water rising up from the foot of the mountain, flowing to the Chay river. In the upstream, there is a 90 m2 large pond with large stones and beautiful flower underneath the tall trees. In downstream there are countless rapids, reef and beautiful waterfall.

suoi-nuoc-mooc-phong-nha-2018Source: blog.traveloka.com

In Suoi Nuoc Mooc, you can choose to get around by boat instead of walking with Kayak sailing. You will feel the gorgeous and charming nature of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, freely participate in many interesting activities like swimming in the cool fresh water and jump in the water from a high spot.

You can also stop by the river bank, enjoy a simple meal of Vietnamese cousin with grilled meat, fish, rice ball with sesame, etc.

Price: VND 180,000 for adult and VND 100,000 for a kid
Email: phongnhakebangdl@gmail.com
Phone: (+84) 918 841 455

IV. WHERE TO TRAVEL IN PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

1. Phong Nha cave – The most prominent cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Phong Nha is the most prominent cave here, about 8km long, mostly has the underground river. Underground river in Phong Nha cave is classified as the longest underground river in the world. The temperature in the cave is much lower than the outside which you can feel it clearly. Inside the cave, there are many beautiful stalactites with different colors and shapes.

Phong-Nha-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: baobinhduong.vn

But it is just the first 1.2 km of the cave. You can choose to go further by registering with your travel agent. The duration of this trip is 1 day, exploring 4.5 km deep down underground by Kayak boat. There is no phone signal nor nature light in here so it will be one of your remarkable experiences.

Deep-in-Phong-Nha-Cave-2018Deep inside Phong Nha cave. Source: bestprice.vn

The price for exploring the first 1.2 km of Phong Nha cave is VND 150,000/person.
If you go which crew we recommend you to hire a boat for your own. Each boat can carry 12 people max. The price is VND 360,000/boat.
The price for further exploring is VND 1,700,000/person and only available for who is on the tour.

2. Tien Son cave – The twin brother of Phong Nha cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Tien Son cave is usually the next destination after Phong Nha cave because it located at the height 200 m above the ceiling of Phong Nha cave with 980 m long. If Phong Nha is considered as the Sea king’s palace then Tien Son is considered as the god’s place in the sky.

Tien-Son-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: camnangdulich4mua.com

The price for exploring Tien Son cave is VND 80,000/person
The price for hiring a boat to visit both Phong Nha and Tien Son cave is VND 390,000/boat

3. Thien Duong cave – The most gorgeous cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Being called as the underground palace, Thien Duong cave is one of the most magnificent and magical places in the world. It is 20 km far from Phong Nha cave, in a limestone mountain at an altitude of 191 m. This is the longest dry cave in Asia with 31.4 km long. The stalactites and stalagmites in Thien Duong cave is more diversity than in Phong Nha cave and you have to use your imagination to understand them.

Thien-Duong-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: medium.com

Like Phong Nha cave, there is a tour for people who want to go further than the first 1.2 km. The further tour will take you 1 day to explore 7 km more. Here you have the chance to admire the amazing light from the skylight in the cave’s ceiling, the non-eye fishes and totally transparent shrimps that you can’t find them anywhere on the surface.

The price for the ordinary tour is VND 250,000 for adult and VND 125,000 for a kid.
The price for the extended tour is VND 2,000,000/person.
The price for tickets to transfer guests from the center to Thien Duong cave: VND 150,000 for two-way by 6 seats electric car.

4. Dark cave – Experiencing the deep shadow of Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

The reason for the name “dark” is because of the “dark light” in the cave as thick as people thought it was possible to touch by hand. It has a part is dry than the other has the underground river. This cave is quite pristine that there is no electric light inside and you have to use the specialized light equipment. The stalactites and stalagmites are covered by colorful mosses, makes it even more gorgeous. The dark cave is the inhabitant of Hatinh langur as well as bats and swallows.

Dark-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-201Source: thanhnien.vn

You can participate in some interesting activities like aerial zip line swing to Dark cave, zip line swing to Chay river, mud bath inside Dark cave and many more.

The price for visiting Dark cave is VND 80,000/person
The price for visiting and playing is VND 270,000/person
The all-in price (including mud bath) is VND 450,000/person

5. En cave – One of the biggest caves in the world in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

En-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: mytour.vn

En cave is 1,645 m long, get through the whole mountain and is recognized as the third largest cave in the world. In En cave, the blue of the water surface twinkle under the light from the skylight make everything in the cave extraordinary beautiful, which Phong Nha cave or Thien Duong cave can’t have. It is a good choice to replace exploring Son Doong cave if you don’t have enough conditions yet. In addition, there are a lot of swallow nets and bats in the cave ceiling is the reason why they call it En cave.

It is really beautiful but it is hard to arrive at. It is 30 km trekking including 10 km uphill, 10 km more downhill through a more than 500 m height mountain and 10 km of wading stream, crossing forest. It is dangerous to trekking alone so you better hire a guide to not to get lost. Make sure that you have enough health for this trip because not everyone can make it.

 

En-cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: phongnhaparadisehotel.com

Price for a 2-day tour to En cave is VND 7,500,000/person. This service only available from late December to August, 2-3 tours per week

Contact for booking tour: contact@oxalis.com.vn or click here

6. Thuy Cung cave – Exploring the wonderful nature of Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Thủy Cung cave is famous due to the strange jade green of the water. The reason for this color is still unknown. To explore Thủy Cùng cave, you need specialized light equipment and swimming a lot. Inside the cave, you see the beautiful colorful stalactites and stalagmites and the echo of people’s voice everywhere.

Thuy-Cung-Cave-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: tourguide.edu.vn

Exploring Thuy Cung cave is a part of a 2-day tour visits Sinh Ton valley – Thuy Cung cave. This tour requires good health and can sleepover in the forest one night.

The all-in price applies to two customers and more: VND 4,350,000/person
Contact: info@quangbinhtravel.vn
Phone: (+84) 911 366 567

7. Tu Lan cave system – The ultimate challenge in Phong Nha Ke Bang

Tu Lan cave system lies 70 km away from Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, near Tan Hoa ethnic minority village. There are more than 10 different caves in the system, some had been found since 1992, some had just been found recently. To get to Tu Lan, you have to trek through the pristine forest, the majestic limestone mountains and swimming in the cool water that winds through the mountains and valleys.

Tu-Lan-Cave-System-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Tu Lan cave system. Source: litcheetravel.com

The final reward is beautiful limestone formations deep inside the cave, the joyfulness when you see the light on the other side of the cave or the gorgeous scenery at the campsite. Furthermore, you will have a good time when sleeping under the stars, singing, storytelling and drinking around the campfire and experience one of the few areas with the greatest biodiversity in the country.

Trekking-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Trekking to Tu Lan cave system. Source: baodulich.net.vn

There are many different tours to discover Tu Lan cave system base on your conditions. In general, you have to be healthy, play sport regularly and have experience in long trekking.

To see more detail, please click here

8. Suoi Nuoc Mooc eco-tourism – The end of the adventure in Phong Nha Ke Bang

After finishing all adventures and conquered every cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Suoi Nuoc Mooc eco-tourism seems to be the finest place for you to relax. It lies under the shadow of tall trees and surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, makes it is like a beautiful jade in the middle of the forest. You shouldn’t come here alone because there are many activities require from you a partner.

Suoi-Nuoc-Mooc-Eco-tourism-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: mekongdeltaexplorer.com

Here where you can enjoy the cool water, listening to the flowing of stream and birds singing, participating in some action games or just simply reading a book on the roofs, breathing fresh air and watching the peaceful surrounding.

The price for visiting (you can only take photos): VND 80,000/person.
The all-in price: VND 180,000/person.

  • Travel tip: think twice before buying a ticket. Because you can’t change the ticket after buying it.

V. WHAT TO EAT IN PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

1. Chao Canh – An ideal choice to begin a new day in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Snakehead fish Chao Canh is a regular breakfast dish in Quang Binh. The broth is made from crab, fish bone and pork in hours. When used, they put in it “banh canh”, snakehead fish fillet, shrimp, and fried lean pork. Sometimes, they serve it with some “nem”.

Chao-Canh-Phong-Nha-2018Source: dulich.tuoitre.vn

The “banh canh” is big and soft and the broth tastes fragrant and sweet. What a good way to start a new day.

Try this out at Suong Hong restaurant
Address: 38 Nguyen Trai Street, Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi.
Price: VND 20,000 – 25,000

2. Banh Loc – A little secret makes it special in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

“Banh Loc” is made from cassava flour, shrimp and pork. First, the dough is stuffed, steamed, cooled and then be stuffed again. At this time, they add in it a shrimp, a little of cooked pork then use banana leaves to wrap it, then stream it.

Banh-Loc-PHong-Nha-2018Source: tintuc.hues.vn

This dish is served with spicy sauce and chili. Some people said that the sauce is the main factor that decides whether this dish is delicious or not.

Try this out at Me Xuan restaurant
Address: Alley 15, Le Thanh Dong, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
In business from 07:00 – 22:00
Price: VND 20,000 – 30,000

3. Banh Xeo with brown rice – A special dish you can find only in the South

This “Banh Xeo” is made from brown rice so it is more pliable and tasty. The cooked one is reddish-white, floating pattern on the surface. It is served with banana fish, “nom”, herb, rice paper and spicy sauce. This banana fish is made from chopped banana, then boiled and shaped into the shape of fish.

Banh-Xeo-Quang-Binh-Phong-Nha-2018Source: sondoong.info

You can try this dish at Aunt Hoa restaurant
Address: Thanh Tan Village, Quang Hoa Commune, Quang Trach District
In business from 08:00 – 21:00
Price: VND 10,000 – 30,000

4. “Ram Den Bien” – The dish is made from Sea snake in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Den Bien is a kind of sea snake, small and elongated, around 1 – 2 m length, scaly, rough and flat-tipped. They are highly recommended due to the high value of nutrition and delicious. One of the best dishes from Den Bien is “Ram Den Bien”. You will find it crispy, flavorful and sweet in a unique way that can’t be explained by words.

Ram-Den-Phong-Nha-2018Source: thuonghieuvietnoitieng.vn

Try out this dish at Hai Yen hotel restaurant
Address: Truong Phap street, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh

5. “Banh Beo Dong Hoi” – A specialty in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

The famous “Banh Beo” in Dong Hoi city is one that you shouldn’t miss. It is not just because the flavor and taste but the skillful arrangement is the attraction. The round cake is arranged in a flower shape, the shrimp paste is sprayed on the top, looks eye-catching. It is served with diluted fish sauce.

Banh-Beo-Phong-Nha-2018Source: todata.vn

Try this dish at Aunt Tiep restaurant
Address: No. 27 Le Thanh Dong, Dong Hoi city.

6. Ruoc snail – The best dish for a cozy night with friends in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Unlike the other kinds of snail, Ruoc snail after being marinated in salt, lemon leave and chili, will be quickly fried and served with sauce.

The cooker must be very skillful so the meat inside won’t be shrunken, lose its sweet and crunchy.

ruoc-snail-phong-nha-2018Source: foody.vn

You can try this dish at Phuong Ha restaurant
Address: Sub-zone 15, Bac Ly Ward, Dong Hoi City

7. Chat Chat with rice paper – A simple prominent dish in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Chat Chat looks like claim. They are famous due to the nutrition and delicious. Chat Chat usually appear in the summer, hiding under the sand. After being boiled can be used for Chat Chat soup or fried Chat Chat with rice paper. Chat Chat with rice paper is sweet, flavorful and a little bit crunchy.

Chat-chat-phong-nha-2018Source: dinhthanhhai.com

You can try this in Nguyen Sack restaurant
Address: Son Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

VI. WHERE TO EAT IN PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

There are some high-rated restaurants in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park for you

1. Nguyen Sack Restaurant

This restaurant located right in the national park area and impresses the customers by its interesting decoration, delicious food and warmly welcome attitude.

Nguyen-Shack-Restaurant-Phong-Nha-2018Source: booking.com

Address: Son Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Phone: (+84) 966 550 042

2. Omar’s Namaste Indian Restaurant

Famous for the spicy Indian cuisine and vegetarian dishes. Enthusiastic service attitude is another advantage in this restaurant.

Omar’s Namaste Indian RestaurantSource: namasteomar.com

Address: DT20, Son Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Binh Tri Thien, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 1263 013 556

3. Lantern Restaurant

Delicious food, suitable price are the most common feedbacks in this restaurant.

Lantern-Restaurant-Phong-NhaSource: lanternvietnamese.phong-nha.com

Address: Xuan Tien Village, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District
Phone: (+84) 973 014 807

4. Phong Nha Bamboo Café

They have a cozy space with interesting decoration and good service attitude.

Phong-Nha-Bamboo-cafe-2018Source: phong-nha-bamboo-cafe.com

Address: Phong Nha, National Park Table
Phone: (+84) 523 678 777

VII. WHERE TO STAY IN PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

1. Resorts and villas in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

a. Phong Nha Lake House Resort – The fancy lakeview in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

phong-nha-lake-house-2018Source: sondoong.info

Situated on the bank of Dong Suon lake, a 10-minute drive from Phong Nha cave, 20-minute from Nhat Le Beach and a 30-minute drive from Dong Hoi airport.

They offer lake view rooms with air condition, bed net, private bathroom, luggage storage, laundry and airport shuttle service. There is The Lake House restaurant serves tasty Asian and Western dishes. 

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9.1/10 8.5/10 4.5/5

Advantage:

  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Poolside bar

Price (from):

  • VND 400,000 for 8-Bed Dormitory Room
  • VND 1,400,000 for Deluxe Double Pool View
  • VND 2,000,000 for Deluxe Lake View Family Room

Address: Hung Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Quang Binh
Phone: (+84) 978 266 326

b. Victory Road Villa – An ideal place for vacation in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Victory-road-villas-Phong-Nha-2018Source: booking.com

Victory Road Villa offers an ideal destination for travelers who seek for a unique, comfortable and convenient accommodation in Dong Hoi. All units include a kitchenette with stovetop, microwave, fridge and kettle, a swimming pool, a terrace, a private balcony open to the mountain, smart TV and free parking site.

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9.7/10 10/10 5/5

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Bar
  • Free breakfast

Price (from):

  • VND 3,500,000 for Villa 1-bedroom and living room
  • VND 3,400,000 for Villa Family
  • VND 10,000,000 for 3-bed Penthouse Apartment

Address: Road 20, Phong Nha, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 2323 675 699
Email: info@victoryroadvillas.com

c. Phong Nha Little Villa – An mountain view accommodation in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Every room in here is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat TV and a private bathroom. They also offer free buffet breakfast, free hire hiring and an on-site restaurant with mountain view.

Dong Hoi airport is 35 km far from here

Phong-Nha-Little-Villa-2018Source: agoda.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9/10 N/a 5/5

Advantage:

  •         24-hour front desk
  •         Shuttle service
  •         Bar
  •         Free breakfast

Price (from): VND 363,000 for a Double Mountain View Room and VND 530,000 for a Family Mountain View Room.
Address: Highway 16, Village 3, Phuc Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh, Phong Nha, Vietnam

2. Hotels and hostels in Phong Nha Ke Bang

a. Son Tinh hotel – One of the highest rating accommodation in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

All rooms feature satellite flat TV, private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Every room has a terrace, some have a balcony. There is 24-hour front desk service and an ATM. You can also enjoy the delicious meal at the on-site restaurant.

Bike hiring available.

Son-tinh-hotel-phong-nha-2018Source: booking.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9.4/10 9.5/10 5/5

Advantage:

  • Bike hiring
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Cancelation policy
  • Free breakfast

Price (from): VND 300,000 for Superior Single Room and VND 350,000 for Double Room
Address: Son Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Dong Hoi, Vietnam

b. Greenfield Ecostay – Enjoy the simple rural daily life in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Greenfield Ecostay offers free Wi-Fi, children’s playground, a terrace and an oven. Some have a balcony with mountain views. They provide Asian style breakfast and Asian cuisine at the in-house restaurant. This area is popular for cycling and bike and car hire are available in this property. 

Farm-stay-greenfield-ecostay-phong-nha-2018Source: booking.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9.9/10 N/a 5/5

Advantage:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Pet allowance
  • Free breakfast
  • Bar

Price: VND 400,000 for Twin Room with Garden View and VND 1,000,000 for Deluxe Family Room
Address: Road 15, Phong Nha, Son Trach ward, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh, Phong Nha, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 918 431 489

c. Heritage by Night Hotel – The best place to find a tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang

Located in Phong Nha eco-tourism, Heritage by Night offers high-quality service and convenience. You can also participate in amazing games in this property like trekking, outdoor swimming pool, darts, cycling or drinking in the poolside bar, and enjoy the delicious meal at the restaurant.

Besides, you can find here a lot of information for cave exploring tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Heritage-by-Night-Hotel-phong-nha-2018Source: agoda.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 7.9/10 7.5/10 3.5/5

Advantage:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Bar
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking site

Price (from):

  • VND 200,000 for 8-Bed Dormitory Room
  • VND 500,000 for Double Room with Pool View
  • VND 600,000 for Twin Room

Address: Son Trach (TL20), Phong Nha, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh), Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 919 167 246
Email: phongnhakebangdl@gmail.com

d. Phong Nha Midtown Hotel – A good accommodation in middle Phong Nha town

Located in Phong Nha Town, Phong Nha Midtown Hotel offers convenient rooms with flat TV, free Wi-Fi, town view and in some room is mountain view. Here you can find much information of discovering tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang.

Car hiring service available.

phong-nha-midtown-hotel-2018Source: booking.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 8.7/10 8.5/10 4.5/5

Advantage:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking site

Price (from):

  • VND 300,000 for Double Twin Room
  • VND 375,000 for Family Room with Mountain View
  • VND 700,000 for Superior Room

Address: Phong Nha town, Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 127 996 1579
Email: contact@phongnhamidtown.com

3. Homestay in Phong Nha Ke Bang

a. Linh’s Homestay – A cheap but good accommodation in Phong Nha town

Located in Phong Nha town, Linh’ Homestay offers free Wi-Fi, sun soak terrace and balcony. There are English/Irish style breakfast and vegetarian dishes.

Bicycle and car hire are available on this property. 

Linh'homestay-phong-nha-2018Source: booking.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 8.9/10 9.5/10 4.5/5

Advantage:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking site

Price (from):

  • VND 100,000 for Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
  • VND 200,000 for Double/Twin Room with Mountain View
  • VND 300,000 for Triple Room

Address: Thon Tuan Tien, Son Trach, Bo Trach, Phong Nha, Quang Binh, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 949 308 123

b. Chay Lap farmstay – Enjoy the rural life in Phong Nha Ke Bang

Chap Lap farmstay offers accommodation in Phong Nha town with free Wi-Fi and outdoor swimming pool. Every room is equipped with flat TV, private bathroom, some have mountain views and garden view.

Bike and car hiring available

chay-lap-homestay-phong-nha-2018Source: blog.traveloka.com

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9.1/10 9.1/10 4.5/5

Advantage:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Price (from):

  • VND 1,500,000 for Superior Room
  • VND 2,000,000 for Deluxe Room
  • VND 2,500,000 for Deluxe Cottage

Address: Phuc Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 931 357 677
Mail: info@chaylapfarmstay.com

c. Nguyen Shack – Phong Nha central town – One of the best accommodation in Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam

Nguyen Shack offers accommodation in Phong Nha town with terrace and balcony open to the mountain, free parking site, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk. In addition, the on-site restaurant in this property is one of the best place based on customer feedback.

Bike hiring available.

Nguyen-Shack–Phong-Nha-2018Source: sondoong.info

Sources Booking.com Agoda.com Tripadvisor.com
Rating 9/10 9/10 5/5

Advantage:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shuttle service
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar

Price (from):

  • VND 213,000 for Basic Room with Shared Bathroom
  • VND 113,000 for a bed in 2-bed Dormitory Room

Address: Phong Nha Town, Son Tien Village, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Phone: +84 966 550 016
Mail: info@nguyenshack.com

VIII. MUST-KNOW TIPS FOR PHONG NHA KE BANG TRIPS

Son-River-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Son river. Source: tranthanhsang.com

  • Prepare a good health because you will have to move a lot
  • Remember to use anti-mosquito cream and sunscreen to protect your skin
  • Sports shoes are recommended, in some trekking tour, you are required to wear specialized shoes.
  • Phone number of Head of mobile ranger team: (+84) 917 945 333
  • Phone number of Car rescue in Quang Binh: (+84) 526 262 626

IX. TAKING A TOUR FROM DONG HOI CITY TO PHONG NHA KE BANG, VIETNAM

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a very large area that you can’t explore in one day. Therefore, we recommend you to choose 2-day or 3-day tour for the best experience.

Upstream-Son-River-Phong-Nha-Ke-Bang-2018Source: phongnhaexplorer.com

1. 3-day tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

They will pick you up from the station or airport to the hotel before starting the tour.

Day 1: Phong Nha Cave – Chay River and Dark Cave
Morning Moving in the boat on Son river from Xuan Son Dock and watching the charming scenery and peaceful village life on both side of the river

Explore Phong Nha Cave – the longest water cave in Southeast Asia

Afternoon Experience the activities in Chay River like Zipline jump on the river, water sports, swimming, Kayak sailing,

Explore the Dark Cave with specialized equipment of the explorer, swimming in Thuy Tien underground lake or mud bath right inside Dark Cave.

Day 2: Thien Duong Cave – Nuoc Mooc Stream
Morning Explore Thien Duong Cave which is one of the most magnificent and fanciful in the world
Afternoon Visit Suoi Nuoc Mooc eco-tourism, explore the diversity of eco-system in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and participate in activities like Kayak sailing, swimming, etc
Day 3: Dong Hoi – Deo Ngang – Vung Chua – Lieu Hanh Princess temple – Da Nhay – Quang Phu sand dune
Morning Visit Deo Ngang to enjoy the magnificent view of nature in Dong Hoi

Pray for your health and luck as well as your family and friends in Lieu Hanh Princess Temple.

Visit Vung Chua – Dao Yen where General Vo Nguyen Giap stays for the eternal sleep.

Afternoon Visit Da Nhay beach – one of the best beach in Quang Binh

Visit Quang Phu sand dune – which changes its own shape every day.

Price: VND 4,000,000 for adult and VND 2,000,000 for kid (All-in price)
Email for tour booking: contact@phongnhaexplorer.com
Phone: (+84) 935 758 884

2. 2-day tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

They will pick you up from Dong Hoi city before starting the tour.

Day 1: Thien Duong Cave – Chay River and Dark Cave
Morning Exploring Thien Duong Cave which is one of the most magnificent and fanciful in the world
Afternoon Experiencing the activities in Chay River like Zipline jump on the river, water sports, swimming, Kayak sailing,

Exploring the Dark Cave with specialized equipment of the explorer, swimming in Thuy Tien Underground Lake or mud bath right inside Dark Cave.

Day 2: Phong Nha Cave – Phong Nha Plants Garden
Morning Moving in the boat on Son River from Xuan Son Dock and watching the charming scenery and peaceful village life on both side of the river

Exploring Phong Nha Cave – the longest water cave in Southeast Asia

Afternoon Visiting the gallery includes the rare and typical animals and plants of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Going deeper into the forest to conquer Thac Gio Peak

Relaxing in Vang Anh lake, swimming and watching the dance of peacocks

Price: VND 2,950,000 for adult and VND 1,475,000 for kid (All-in price)
Email for tour booking: contact@phongnhaexplorer.com
Phone: (+84) 935 758 884

3. 1-day tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Tour name Route Time (daily) Price (VND) Contact
Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Ho Chi Minh trail – Tam Co cave – Thien Duong cave – Dark cave 09:00 – 17:00 1,350,000 for adult

675,000 for kid

phongnhakebanginfo@gmail.com

(+84) 918 841 455

Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang on boat Phong Nha cave – Dark cave – experience the locals daily life by bike 9:00 – 17:00 1,600,000 for adult phongnhakebanginfo@gmail.com

(+84) 918 841 455

Exploring Phong Nha cave, Thien Duong cave Phong Nha cave – Thien Duong cave 08:15 – 15:30 1,350,000 for adult

675,000 for kid

phongnhakebanginfo@gmail.com

(+84) 918 841 455

 


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