1,Phong Nha Bamboo Café

Bamboo Cafe is a local restaurant and bar, opened since July 2014, located in Phong Nha town. They are working on how to build this hidden gem as the best place for relaxing and chilling out for all  travelers passing by this region.You will find this place has really  friendly staff; great vibe; good local and Western foods; and amazing fresh drinks.

 If you want to find a space where you can find the mixture of old style; modern; friendly and natural decoration. You should come by and have a drink. Making your travel easier and happier is their priority. Many local specialties and also vegetarian foods will be showed in detailed to you by a professional team here. If you want to explore delicious food, this is a place not to be missed.

Cost: The spring rolls cost VND60,000, sweet and sour ribs with rice go for VND80,000 and a Phong Nha vegetarian volcano (tofu, mushroom, tomato, onion and capsicum) costs VND50,000.

2, Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger is the kind of place where you can instantly make a bunch of new best friends simply by sitting down. The telltale buzz of a good backpacker joint seeps out of the front gate and onto the street long after most other restaurants close.

The Easy Tiger kitchen serves meals and finger food from 6am to 10.30pm, focusing on Western dishes with a local twist. The bar is open until 11pm, offering a range of beer, sodas, fresh juices, smoothies, wines and even ciders, with free drinking water refills. Easy Tiger is also known for its in-house band that plays three to four nights a week, filling the space with hits and classics.

Cost: Drinks range from VND15,000 for a soda and VND20,000 for a Huda beer to VND80,000 for a Magners Apple Cider.

3,Capture Vietnam Café

Capture in Phong Nha is famous for Western food and great wood fire pizza. Fresh juices and healthy smoothies go a long way when dealing with the warm weather here. Come try their desserts (carrot cake, chocolate cake, brownies, muffin, cookies…) also ice cream ( vanilla, coconut, chocolate, mango, mint ice cream) all great. Also, they have gluten free polenta. They also have nice postcards and stamps.

On a cold rainy day there is NOTHING BETTER than discovering a warm, cozy, place with delicious food. The wood burning oven at this restaurant is by far the focal piece. The pizza is delicious, and uses many premium imported toppings. From 3-5pm they have special 10″ pizza + local beer deals for only 60.000 vnd. That’s insane!

Cost: Food prices range from a veggie hummus sandwich at VND70,000 to a classic pizza at VND180,000. Drinks prices range from VND15,000 for a soda and VND20,000 for local beer to a Capture Nutella frappe at VND90,000

4,Bar Bomb Crater

Bomb Crater Bar is located right on the Son river, just 3km from Phong Nha Village (Son Trach) on the Old French Highway. Cold drinks and great service make this the perfect place to stop along the road between Phong Nha and the Bong Lai Valley or the Phong Nha Farmstay if you are out on a cycle ride or just looking for a cold drink, a place to relax or somewhere to watch the sunset.

The location on the river is great for a swim and is a relaxing and chilled out place to have a beer, coffee, cocktail, smoothie or a bite to eat.

Cost: A Huda beer costs VND20,000, soda is VND15,000 and mixed drinks are VND50,000. Snacks range from VND5,000 for a bag of crisps to VND70,000 for a meal.

5,East Hill Phong Nha

East Hill is Phong Nha’s most bizarrely creative establishment, perched on the top of a mound of earth. The owner originally opened it for the backpacker market, but now most of his customers are Vietnamese — students and teachers from Dong Hoi.

The café looks out over the valley and you can almost taste the peaceful silence that washes over you with the breeze. Bright yellow flowers waft gently on one side and a long wooden bench rims the front of the café hut, laden with a few big smooth stones on which someone has painted the Wifi password. Order a morning ca phe den or sua da and join the locals as they watch the sun wake up.

Cost: Ranges from VND15,000 for beer to VND17,000 for a delicious coffee.

These places are very close to the famous caves: Paradise cave, Phong Nha cave and Dark cave. A popular tour company, Netin Travel can provide you with the opportunity to experience Vietnam through the professional guide of friendly local people.

Phong Nha cave – Paradise cave

Phong Nha cave – Dark cave

Paradise cave – Dark cave

Located in the core zone of Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park,  on the bank of the Chay River, Dark Cave was operated for tourism by many domestic and international travel agencies. Dark Cave become one of the most attractive destinations in Quang Binh. Its formation is about 400-500 million years. During the American war, Dark cave was used as a bomb shelter.

In 1992, the cave was discovered by the British Caving Association. Due to the intense darkness covering the corners of the cave, they called it “ Dark”. The cave is 5.258m long, 80m high and 50m wide, including 2 doors: front door adjacent to Chay River (30m high, 10m wide) and back door (50m high, 20m wide). In the cave there are many wonderful stalactites with various shapes and colors. The old stalactites have turned color, the place is lemon yellow, white lime, moss green. In particular, the Dark Cave ‘s stalactites is with parasitic ferns. The image is rare in other caves.

Zipline from the high tower

According to scientists, these stalactites are remnants of the period of geological intense movement. The Dark cave has the underground river and a natural freshwater lake called Thuy Tien. Moreover, there is a mud late, the width about 20 m2 with essential minerals that is good for human health. In addition, Dark cave area is also home to animals such as: bat, swallow … especially Ha Tinh langurs – named in the Viet Nam’s Red Book.

Dark cave is managed by Phong Nha – Ke Bang Tourism Center, invested and operated with many attractive services. From the zipline tower, visitors can experience with a 400 meter long zipline service across the river to the front door of the Dark cave. After exploring and mud bathing in the cave, guests will kayak to discover the Chay river, then continue to swing the zipline to float down the river and participate in many exciting underwater games.

Mud bath in Dark cave

1, What should you bring ?

  • In order to prepare for the trip, you should prepare yourself a swimwear to take a mud bath.
  • And those who do not take a mud bath in the Dark cave, you can wear any clothes that you feel the most comfortable. But the best to swim is wearing swimsuits for swinging zipline.

2, How do visitors buy tickets ?

Because the ticket is not returned, you should determine in advance.

There are two types of tickets:

+ The first type: 450.000VND /a ticket.

The ticket  includes: zipline, kayak, mud bath, equipments (a zipline belt, a life jackets, a headlight, a helmet), other underwater games.

+ The second type: 370,000 vnd / a ticket

It includes: Zipline, Kayak, Life jackets, other underwater games.

3, What should you do to save time and enjoy quickly ?

When you buy tickets, you go quickly to change (choose clothes for each type of service). Get a life jacket in hand.

Then you line up in circles to wear the zipline belt. The guide will provide a headlight,  helmet. You should try the lamp. As the cave is so dark, you need the light.

After finishing all, please wear a life jacket and go onto the zipline tower to swing , mud bath, rowing the kayack , bathing stream, playing other games…

If you want to join the tours, you can refer more:

Paradise cave – Zipline – Chay river – Dark cave 

Phong Nha cave – Paradise cave

Paradise cave – Mooc spring

 

 

Cave expert and explorer Howard Limbert, tells us more about his fascinating career which has included mapping 300km of caves in Vietnam

Howard spends a lot of time in Phong Nha National Park, located in the northwest of Vietnam, close to the border with Laos. It’s home to the planet’s largest deposit of limestone and contains some the world’s most magnificent caves, perfect for exploring.

How did your interest in caving start?

I started caving while at school. It was a choice of cross-country running or outdoor activities, which included caving, climbing and sailing – an easy decision!

How long have you been caving in Vietnam?

Our British team has been exploring caves in Vietnam since 1990 and our next big expedition is in early 2014. Our team is very experienced and we have had a lot of success in exploration over the last few years.

What has been your caving highlight?

There are many to choose from but I’d probably say leading an exploration of Hang Son Doong with the British Cave Research Association in 2009/10. The cave had been discovered by a local man back in 1991 but it was the first time it had been properly surveyed. It is quite exciting that even today it is possible to find a new wonder of the world.

What makes Hang Son Doong so special?

Its scale and beauty – it is a staggering 200 metres wide, 150 metres high and 9 kilometres long.

When you find a cave which hasn’t been explored, what typically happens?

Usually we are in teams of three or four. One person will take measurements, the others will find the way through and photograph the cave. We often go into the jungle or caves for a week at a time. Underground camps are set up to enable us to go further into the cave.

Why is Phong Nha so special for caving?

Quite simply it has the best caves in the world owing to the quality of the limestone and the high rainfall. It has the largest cave in the world, the longest underground river in the world and is also part of the largest single block of limestone in the world.

Aside from caves, what else does the area have to offer?

Jungle walks and treks, kayaking and mountain biking are just a few other attractions that can be found in the park. A lot of people really like to mix walking in the jungle with some easy caving to experience jungle life.

What impact has tourism had on the area?

Until recently the village had poor roads and no electricity. Paradise Cave at Phong Nha – ideal for adventurous souls to explore This has changed now and tourism has certainly played a major part in that improvement.

How do you help?

Our aim is to give more local people jobs assisting visitors in the caves and jungles of Phong Nha. It was once a very poor province and now over 2,000 people are employed because of the caves and national park.

What’s next?

Our guides often tell me of new caves they have found in the jungle. In the next few weeks we’re off to see them. Life is never dull over here! Guided trips into Phong Nha, Paradise and Dark Cave can be organised. The region is reached with flights from Dong Hoi, Hanoi or Saigon.

Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Milkway Cave - Ninh Binh

 

Milkway Cave – Ninh Binh

Dark Cave, Phong Nga, National Park

Dark Cave, Phong Nga, National Park

 

 

Tourist route discovery of Sinh Ton (Survival) Valley and Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave) has a total length of 9 km (4.5 km for exit and 4.5 km for entry). Travelers will be taken to the start point at the Km15 or Km18 on West branch of the Ho Chi Minh road, the Survival valley of 2,000 ha width, surrounded by huge limestone mountains and the vast primeval forests, caves in the middle of the Aquarium with watercolor blue, cool, create a beautiful scenery to fascinating people. The Survival valley is more attractive because there is plenty of oil otter populations endemic trees, patches of paintings untouched, many plant species richness. It is an opportunity for visitors to gain a better understanding of the value of forest biodiversity World Natural Heritage National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang.

After experiencing at the Survival valley by flashlight, visitors will continue to explore the 600m depths of Hang Nuoc Lan (Water Diving cave) – the backdoor of Hang Toi (the Dark Cave) and Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave) with exotic color of blue water. Here, travelers will explore the mysterious Aquarium palace cave which is located in the heart of the limestone between the jungles.

This new route will be a mysterious and ideal destination of world natural heritage site – Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park for people who like discovering the nature.

thung lung sinh ton 3 Thung lũng Sinh Tồn Hang Thủy Cung

The Sinh Ton (Survival) Valley

thung lung sinh ton 2 Thung lũng Sinh Tồn Hang Thủy Cung

surrounded by huge limestone mountains

hang thuy cung 5 Thung lũng Sinh Tồn Hang Thủy Cung
Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave)

hang thuy cung 6 Thung lũng Sinh Tồn Hang Thủy Cung

Inside the Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave)

Hang Toi (Dark Cave) is about 50km north-west of Dong Hoi belong to Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh. It is the only cave in Vietnam that has opened “cave mud bath” tourism service, attracting both International and Domestic Guests.

Located in the heart of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Dark Cave is typical of the geological formations from 400-500 million years ago and it was found in the years of anti-America resistance war by local people and used as a bomb shelter. The British Cave Research Association was first discovered in 1992 and named Hang Toi. This cave is a branch of Phong Nha cave system with 5,258m long and 80m high; the entry of cave is 30m high and 10m wide with heavy forest around the cave mouth.

darkcave_quangbinh

Hang Toi has a primitive beauty with thousands of several spectacular stalagmite and stalactites and there is a natural lake (Thuy Tien lake) and mud bath of 20m2 wide is very good for the health.

This is a shelter of many species of animals like bat and swift, especially, Ha Tinh langur – one of primate species listed in the Vietnam Red Data Book.

Currently, the Dark cave has been managed combining with Chay river – dark cave by Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourism centre. Participating in this tour, visitors will have a chance to enjoy zipline on air lengthening over 400m before getting inside the dark cave by professional caving equipment and have mud bath.
After successfully exploring and mud bath the cave, it’s time to take could i have herpes the kayak and paddle back to the boat station.