Phong nha - kẻ bàng

World Heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, with its karst mountains, underground rivers, historic sites, extensive caves và unspoilt jungle, is packed with opportunities to lớn hike, bike, paddle or relax in one of Vietnam's most spectacular and interesting regions.

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The national park is famously home to Hang Son Doong, discovered in the early 1990s and confirmed as the biggest cave on the planet only in 2009. In recent years the cave has become one of the hottest tickets in travel for in-the-know adventurers. Negotiating its 5km-long cavern is superbly exciting, but guided tours are limited & beyond the budget of many. Luckily there are many other activities – both below & above ground – to lớn occupy travellers in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang area.


Arrange a tour with the Phong Nha Farmstay lớn explore the region's wartime history, either in a restored US Army jeep or in the sidecar of Soviet-era Ural motorbike. Tours negotiate winding roads past roaring rapids & sheer cliff faces around rugged Highway 20, and sections of the famed Ho đưa ra Minh Trail, which was vital to lớn the Vietnamese war effort. You can also visit poignant Hang Tam co (Eight Lady Cave), now a memorial to eight Vietnamese pioneer soldiers who perished in 1972 after a US bombing raid sealed the entrance khổng lồ the cave.

Hiking the jungle above the caves

Join a jungle hike with one of the region's excellent local trekking guides. Hai’s Eco Conservation Tour involves a day exploring the jungle & a visit khổng lồ Phong Nha's Wildlife Rescue và Rehabilitation Centre. You'll find the friendly hai at his relaxed Bamboo cà phê in the town of Son Trach most evenings. Another trekking option is with Dzung of Jungle quái thú Trekking, who runs a one-day tour around the Ho chi Minh Trail, also visiting the remote Abandoned Valley area of the national park.

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Relaxing by the river

After active days underground or trudging through the jungle, a more relaxed pursuit is lớn spend a few hours at the Nuoc Mooc Ecotrail. A series of linked walkways & bamboo bridges winds through a forested limestone labyrinth of pristine pools và turquoise springs. Kayaking is available on a small lake, & there’s a rustic rope bridge – a bit of a thrill after a lazy lunch in one of Nuoc Mooc's open-air gazebos.


Discovered in 2012, and only opened khổng lồ visitors in 2015, Hang Va is the newest underground adventure in the Phong Nha region. Leading caving outfit Oxalis runs two-day/one-night adventures that include travelling along an underground river in the nearby Hang Nuoc Nut cave. After overnighting at a jungle camp near Hang Va's entrance, visitors explore the cave's spectacular partially submerged stalagmite field. Bring a sense of adventure – ropes & harnesses are used extensively during this experience.


Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park abuts the village of Son Trach, about 50km from Dong Hoi, in Vietnam’s north-central region. Regular local buses links the two towns. Hotels can also organise lifts in private cars from Dong Hoi. Son Trach has an ATM, and a growing range of accommodation và eating options.

Access to the park is quite tightly controlled (the park is still riddled with unexploded ordnance). Officially you are not allowed khổng lồ hike here without a licensed tour operator. You can travel independently (by motorbike or car) on the Ho chi Minh Highway or Hwy 20, both of which cut through the park.

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