Đồng Hới is the capital city of Quang Binh Province in the north central coast of Vietnam. The citys area is 155.71 km2. The city is a major train stop on the North-South railway, it’s on arterial Highway 1A and it has an airport. So if you’re short on time, Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave and the Dark Cave are an easy day trip from Dong Hoi. All hotels and hostels here offer some sort of transport or tour.

Here are 5 things to do in Dong Hoi:

1# Sand boarding in Quang Phu sand dunes

For Nhat Le Beach, head north on Nguyen Du Street, which turns into Truong Phap Street. Follow the coast for four kilometres. Here you can find a couple of chilled out beachside budget spots to stay; you’ll probably find yourself staying longer than you planned. Head north a further three kilometres for some sand dunes.

“Miss Grand International 2017” – at The Quang Phu sand Dunes

Sand boarding is an activity you shouldn’t miss

2# Exploring the beach

Aside from the caves, Dong Hoi has enough to hold your interest for a day, or even more during the summer months of April to October, when you can enjoy miles of beaches. To encourage tourism growth, the provincial government is offering a cash incentive per bed to new hotel developments.

The wild beauty of the Nhat Le beach is also its attraction 

Sunset in Nhat Le beach is romantic

3# Tasting Traditional food

In Dong Hoi, there are many food you should try: banh khoai (fried rice cake), banh beo (small steamed rice cake), bun thit nuong (traditional grilled pork recipe served with Vietnamese sticky rice noodle), Bun dau, spring roll…

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Spring roll

4# Visiting Paradise cave

If you only have time to visit one cave, then Thien Duong Cave will be the one. The cave was formed around 400 million years ago, surrounded by underground rivers and rocky mountains and it is still active. Some of the most spectacular rock formation with gargantuan stalactites and stalagmites almost 60-meter high are found inside this cave. A tour guide will lead you through a 1.1km path to marvel the formations while you start losing sense of time and space inside the cave.

Miss Grand International 2016 at Paradise cave

5# Booking tours with Netin Travel

NETIN Travel Company strives to create an everlasting experience for travelers with a team of dynamic and enthusiastic employees. This team of passionate local people is here to help answer all questions from concerns of customers, information on culture, history and whatever else you throw at them…

Here are some tours from Dong Hoi you shouldn’t miss:

Phong Nha cave – Paradise cave

Paradise cave – Dark cave

Paradise cave – The tomb of the Giap General

 

 

 

 

Miss Grand International 2017 is titled “Ending the War and Violence,” which is scheduled to take place from 5th to 25th of October  2017 in Vietnam,  three provinces: Quang Binh, Hue and Kien Giang.

Miss Grand International is one of the 5 largest beauty pageants in the world. Miss Grand International with the participation of contestants from 80 to 90 countries around the world are always expected of everyone. Thanks to this event, many people from many countries will know the beauty of the nature, people and culture of Vietnam – a country always peace-loving, rich potential tourism and hospitality.

Those girls are supposed to visit, support the vulnerable children of the war. They participate in charity work, peaceful campaigns to help the people who have been in a war and violence area around the world. The contest consists of: Press conferences, beautiful swimsuit contest, Traditional costume competition, preliminary and final contest.

In the morning of announcing the final results of the Miss Grand International 2016 in Las Vegas, USA on 26th October , the host – Brian White made the audiences unexpected when disclosed about the venue of Miss International Peace 2017 is Vietnam.

MC – Brian White gave the audiences the question: “According to you, where do you think always stay at home?”, The answer was Vietnam. Brian White invited everyone to watch the clip.

In the clip about 2 minutes, the nature and people of Vietnam appeared vividly. Miss Nguyen Thi Le Quyen chanted the phrase “Vietnam” in this competition in 2015 and Miss Nguyen Thi Loan with impressive dress was so beautiful at “  traditional costume competition ” in 2016.

Moreover, with this clip in 2 minutes, the world audience did not only have a chance to see the famous places of Vietnam such as Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An … but they also admire the cultural features.

SunSpa Resort (Bao Ninh commune, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh Province) is place to the national costume contest “Miss World Peace 2017“. 8-13/10/2017 is the time in Quang Binh

Here are some pictures of girls :

Taylor Kessler – Miss United States of America

Svetlana Khokhlova – Miss Russian

Huyen My – Miss Viet Nam

Caroline Venturini – Miss Brazil

Do not miss the opportunity to admire the beauty of the caves, when you have the opportunity to come to Quang Binh.

Paradise cave – Phong Nha cave

Paradise cave – Dark cave

Phong Nha cave – Dark cave

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

Phong Nha – Ke Bang – the wonderful place to visit where was considered “ an underground kingdom”. Phong Nha – Ke  Bang national park has  an ancient beauty , it is a priceless present which the God gives to Quang Binh people. Because of this reason, Phong Nha national park has become the best choice to travel for domestic and foreign tourists. If you attend to have a great trip in Quang Binh, you should to refer some experiences in this post. Let’s make your trip more exciting.

  1. The best time to visit Phong Nha:

There are two clear seasons in Quang Binh:

  • Dry season (from April to August ): The temperature is around 36- 400C but in the cave the temperature is very cool about 18-22°C
  • Rainy season (from September to March): There is much rain in this season. So if you visit Phong Nha caves in this time, you should have a perfect plan and preparing your clothes.

So from April to August is the best time to visit Phong Nha with nice weather.

  1. How to get to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

The park is about 50km from Dong Hoi city. You can get by tour, taxi or motorbike.

From Dong Hoi city you can rent vehicles:

  • If you want to have the trip by yourself, you can rent the car from 4-45 seats ( call us on 0914 666 872)
  • Taxi has price about 25.000 vnd/km. There are many taxi brands such as : Dong Hoi Taxi (0232) 3841.841; Xuyen Viet Taxi : (0232) 384.84.84;  Mai Linh Taxi: (02323) 3838383; Tien Xa Taxi : (0232) 3797979
  • You can rent a motorbike in Dong Hoi city or center of Phong Nha, It has price 150.000/day/one (call 0914666872)
  • You can contact to us to have a great tour in Quang Binh (Mrs. Lan: 0914 666. 872). We will answer all your questions about Quang Binh province.
  1. Where you stay 

There are two choices for you: living in Dong Hoi city or Phong Nha town

Some hotels in the Dong Hoi city:

  • Two-star  hotels : Nam Long plus, Ngan Ha, Thanh Phuc, Thuy Duong, Ban Mai hotel…with price about 350.000 – 550.000/a night/a room ( Not including breakfast)
  • Three-star hotels : Thanh Phuc 2, Riverside,Cao Minh, Quang Phu, Bao Ninh, Anh Linh, Luxe… with price from 500.000-800.000 vnd/ a room/ a night ( including breakfast)
  • Four-star hotels : Muong Thanh, Sai Gon with price from 900.000-1.100.000/ a room/ a night ( including buffet breakfast)
  • Five-star hotels : Sunspa resort, Gold coast resort, Muong Thanh Luxury with price from 1.100.000- 2.500.000 vnd/a room/ a night (including breakfast buffet)

Some hotels in the Phong Nha town:

  • I.P Homestay : Phong Nha lake house, Chay Lap Farmstay, Ho Khanh homestay… with price from 800.000 – 1.100.000 vnd /a room/a night ( including breakfast)
  • Three-star hotels : Heritage By Night with price from 600.000 vnd /a room/a night (including buffet breakfast)
  • Two-star hotels : Sai Gon Phong Nha with price from 400.000 – 500.000 vnd /room/night (including breakfast buffet)
  • One-star hotels : Thien Thanh hotel, Thuong Hai hotel, Thien Duong hotel… with price 300.000 vnd/room/night.
  • Motels: Easy Tiger, Huong Giang with price from 200.000-250.000 vnd/room/night.

Especially, you call us on 0914 666 872 to book rooms in Quang Binh with cheaper price than another system.

  1. The famous places to visit in Phong Nha – Ke Bangphong nha ke bang

Where will you visit in Phong Nha National Park? To visit all the best places in Phong Nha National Park, you should spend three days and two nights.There are some attractions you can refer when you get to Quang Binh.

Phong Nha Cave

Tour 1: Discovering Phong Nha cave 1.2-kilometer-long on the boat.

Phong Nha cave with 7.729-meter-length is the longest underground river in the world. When you discover this cave, you will feel the air cool and interested in wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. I am sure that it will make you so comfortable and relaxed. There are  three caves inside : Bi Ky, Fairy  and Palace cave inside Phong Nha cave with different beauty.

The price of a ticket to vistit Phong Nha cave is 150.000/ a person. The price of a boat is 360.000 vnd with maximum 12 persons. You can share the boat with other one. The more people enjoy on the boat, the cheaper you get.

Tour 2 : Discovering 4.500m Phong Nha cave on Son (Lipstick) river 

Beside the first tour, you have another choice to enjoy the Son (Lipstick) river with the 4.500m length.

To get the second tour, you should contact to travel company to pick up and drop off and the English guide whole your trip.

They will give you some equipmets such as:

+ A Kayak for two persons.

+ A helmet and a head light for exploring.

+ A life jacket.

+ A English guide.

+ 3- 4 porters.

You have to pay 1.700.000 VND/ one/a ticket at Phong Nha tourism center.

The time: one day (8.00 AM – 17.00 PM)

Tien Son Cave

After visiting the wet cave – Phong Nha, all of tourist will go to visit dry cave – Tien Son. This cave located 200m above Phong Nha cave.

Paradise cave

Tour 1 : Discovering Paradise cave on the wood floor 1.2km

“An underground kingdom “ is the name we call this cave. Paradise cave is one of the best beautiful and mysterious wonders in the world. This is also the longest dry cave in Asia with the length-31.4 km and the width from 30- 100 m and 150m in the widest place. Inside this cave, you can see a lot of stalactites and stalagmites with different beautiful shapes. The more imaginative you have, the more attractive the image is.

Tour 2: Discovering the mysterious depth of Paradise cave 7000m

Time : one day

In the risky tour, tourists will see the well of the sky where you can look up to see the vast sky. It is the reason why you come in the cave you feel like an air condition and easy to breathe .

Tourists have a chance to see no eye fishes and albino shrimps.

The price of this tour is 2.000.000 VND/one/ticket at the Paradise cave tourism center.

Dark Cave

Dark cave is a branch of the Phong Nha’s cave system. It has been discovered in 1990 and 1992 by British caving association. Dark cave is both dry and wet cave with 5.528m length and 80m height. It has been named “Dark Cave” because of its dense light making us feel that we can touch it. Dark cave has thousands of stalactites with different and beautiful shapes where is the shelter of swallows, bats and rare langur monkeys . Especially, you will enjoy the swing zipline and others exciting sport games.

Hang En

Hang En (swallow cave) is1.645m long through the mountain and making 3 gates.Hang En becomes more mysterious and sparkling beauty under the shine of light. If you want to discover this trekking – 30-meter-long and 10-meter up and down, 500-meter-hight and more 10 meter stream you have to have a good healthy.

Mooc spring ecotourism destinations

Mooc spring attracts visitors by its ancient beauty and fresh air. This is the best attractive place to relax and enjoy your life.

Thuy Cung cave

Thuy cung cave has clear-green tranquil water. This cave is considered an underwater palace with colorful and wonderful water grottoes.

You can book the trekking Sinh Ton vellay – Thuy Cung cave with 10-kilometer-long walking of Netin Travel Company .

Tu Lan cave system

Tu Lan cave system includes more 10 caves. One of them was found in 1992 and others were found in recent years. Especially Chuot cave was chose the place to make the famous movie –  Kong: Skull Island.

If you have any information want to know about the Kingdom of caves and find some tours please click to the link:

     + Website: https://www.quangbinhtravel.vn/ ; https://phongnhacave.org/

     + Hotline: 0914.666872 or 0912356056

 

The Quang Binh Tourism Department said that they would combine daily tours to the caves: Tu Lan, Paradise, Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Chay river – Dark Cave … with the film studio- “Kong: Skull Island “. The new tours will make visitors feel different, attractive.

The Yen Phu lake, where the Kong filmed

Yen Phu is a peaceful village, with green fields, majestic natural scenery.

When making the film at Yen Phu lake, the film needs more 30 cars to build the camp on a large area. When the crew left, the place was clean and there was no garbage.

Hang Chuoc is located in Tan Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, which was chosen as the cave of “Kong: Skull Island”. The cave is 500 m wide and deep, with many stalagmites and stalactites.

Cha Noi valley on Da Deo Pass is a majestic destination chosen for the monumental film sceneries of King Kong.

Da Deo Pass belongs to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang,  the Unesco World Natural Heritage site with the mountains. Under the pass is Cha Noi valley with wild landscape of rivers and streams, surrounded by imposing rocky mountains with fanciful clouds.

 To promote tourists to visit Quang Binh and enjoy the natural film studio  – “Kong: Skull Island”, the Quang Binh government will open more flights such as: Dong Hoi – Chiang Mai (Thailand); Dong Hoi – Cat Bi – Hai Phong and increase the flights of Dong Hoi-Hanoi; Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh City.

Currently NETIN has contacted investors in the province to build King Kong film tour following the route: Paradise cave – Da Deo pass – Yen Phu lake – Minh Hoa – Hang Chuot (Chuot cave). The tour program one day : exploring the film backstage and visiting Paradise Cave, one of the beautiful caves in Viet Nam.

If you want to travel to Quang Binh, you should take a look  ,A Tourist Guide to Quang Binh

Mr. Ho An Phong, the director of the Quang Binh Tourism Department said: “After Kong: Skull Island was showed, the beauty of Quang Binh was known to the public all over the world and it would surely attract to visitors  to Quang Binh. We combined with tour products around the studio, such as Tu Lan Cave, the experience of the Kong’s home to give visitors a new experience.”

Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage site in the central province of Quang Binh, has become a favourite destination of domestic and foreign tourists.

After visiting the cave, many people recognised its irresistible magic, saying that this is really the most beautiful wonder of the Creator on earth.

Thien Duong was labeled the world’s most beautiful and magnificent cave when it was discovered by scientists from the British Cave Research Association in 2005.

Located in the middle of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, about 4 km west of the Ho Chi Minh Road, the cave, which is believed to be formed hundreds of millions of years ago, is surrounded by underground streams and rocky mountains.

The cave was discovered by a local man named Ho Khanh. British explorers then explored the cave and stated that it is 31.4km long, with width from 30-100 metres wide, with the widest point measuring 150 metres and the height of around 60m. It is considered the longest dry cave in Asia.

After crossing an old forest, visitors see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars, each dozens of metres in diameter, and grandiose rock arches, which are works made by the enchantment and sudden inspiration of the Creator over the past millions of years.

After crossing an old forest, visitors see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars, each dozens of metres in diameter, and grandiose rock arches, which are works made by the enchantment and sudden inspiration of the Creator over the past millions of years.

Thien Duong cave was detected in 2005 and opened for tourists by Truong Thinh Group last September . The cave is around 60 kilometers from Dong Hoi city. It is located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. Experts said that Thien Duong is more beautiful than Phong Nha, which is called the number-one cave in Vietnam.
Its stalactites and stalagmites have been formed over thousands of years and stir the visitors’ imagination. While on the wooden walkway, one cannot help but admire this gift of nature.