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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Dear customers!

To support all travellers, when booking a daily Phong Nha tour you will take free pickup and drop off. With interesting tours from our company, you will have take more convenience and savings. In order to be a trusted friend, we give customers: Friendliness,hospitality, enthusiasm in the first cooperation.

You only need to book a daily tour at NETIN TRAVEL, immediately you will receive great incentives:

+ Your tour will remain the same price.

+ Free pick-up from the airport/ train station/ bus station/ hotel… at Dong Hoi city.

+ Free drop- off to the airport/ train station/ bus station/ hotel… at Dong Hoi city.

+ Moreover, we apply a 10% discount when registering a group (more 5 persons).

We are looking forward to receiving cooperation from customers next time!

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No. 161 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Dong Phu ward, Dong Hoi city

Phone: 0523850505

Hotline: 0914666872 Ms. Lan 0912356056 Mr. Cuong

On september 27, the Management Board of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park held a conference on tourism in the first nine months of 2016, aiming to draw the lessons of experience and the orientation of the remaining months and 2017. Attending the conference were Mr.Tran Tien Dung, vice chairman of the provincial people’s committee; representatives of the related departments and branches.

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Phong Nha Ke Bang

In the past time, total number of tourists to Phong Nha Ke Bang achieved more than 626,195 arrivals; of which international arrivals were 67,817 visitors and 558,378 domestic tourists, rose by 1% compared to the same period last year. Total revenues reached VND 102 billion.

The Park Management Board in collaboration with people’s committee of Son Trach commune and some of tourism enterprises encouraged and supported the local residents in building homestay, farmstay, hotels…

Speaking at the conference, Mr.Tran Tien Dung praised the efforts of the Management Board of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park to overcome the difficulties in the past time and implement the guidelines of the PPC on the reduction of 30% ticket price of Phong Nha Cave and Tien Son caves and other tourist routes in the Park.

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The june is also close to the wedding season, the bridegrooms are finding places to record  beautiful moments who should not miss the wedding albums with mysterious Viet Nam caves. You will have impressive and beautiful pictures.

Now we would like to introduce bridegrooms a few suggestions – the caves aren’t only famous for tourists but also the young people to record the memorable moments with wedding albums.

 1, Phong Nha – Quang Binh

The romantic marriage proposal photo on the boat in the River Son, Phong Nha.

Located at Ke Bang limestone moutain in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Phong Nha cave attracts people by mystery and clear water of Son River. Phong Nha cave is the place not popular for domestic people but also foreign tourists.

formed over 250 million years ago, caves have an average elevation of 600 meters, a narrow precipice. Surroundings really makes many people admired its beauty. Should you choose Phong Nha cave where you have wedding photos, you will have memorable time.

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The extremely charming bride is in a wedding dress on beautiful Son river.

Every year close to the wedding season, couples come here to make shimmering wedding photo albums. The stars in Vietnam showbiz  also choose this cave to visit and keep  for themselve the memorable moments of life.

 

A Viet Nam couple had the super grand wedding album throughout Viet Nam .

Coming to the mystical Phong Nha Cave, each one has different imagination when looking at stalactites. But surely, you will have impression with this hospitable land.

2, Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Ninh Binh

Tam Coc – Bich Dong (located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province) is a harmonious scenic like “Ha Long Bay on land” by gorgeous mountains, interesting caves, the charming river. There are many famous sights. If you are looking for a peace and romantic space to travel or take wedding photographs, the Tam Coc – Bich Dong will be the ideal destination.

Tam Coc means three caves: “Hang Ca”, “Hang Hai” và “Hang ba”. Each view is a different beaty.

9 địa điểm chụp ảnh cưới đẹp 'mê hồn' ở Việt Nam

The romantic picture is as a footage. The couple lost in a different world, no hustle, no bustle.

Wedding photos in Tam Coc – Bich Dong are always  mysterious and beautiful daydream.

3, Lung Khuy cave, Ha Giang

considered as the most beautiful cave, Lung Khuy was found on the rocky plateau of Dong Van, Hang Lung Khuy cave have recently been operated for tourism. It is also the  destination where couples admire romantic atmosphere.

Was discovered in early 2015, Lung Khuy is identified as the heritage having many geological values with the length up to 300m. The cave is still wild with magnificent stalactites.

The bridegroom seem to  lose in wonderland

Officially opened last year for the flower festival in Ha Giang (Hoa Tam Giac Mach). Up to now Lung Khuy cave has welcomed thousands tourists to visit. The deeper we discover, the more magnificent the cave is. Most  stalactites is yellow, the cave has no human interaction with numerous interesting shapes.

Happy couples will have the memorable time and beautiful albums when going to the most wonderful Vietnam caves!

 

 1, Huong Tich cave is in the national tourist area of Huong Son, in My Duc district, Hanoi. In March 1770, Lord Trinh Sam visited the cave and named it “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong” (the most beautiful cave of Vietnam).

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

There are many stalactites with strange shapes in the cave. They are named based on the shapes, such as Bau Sua Me (Mother’s Breast), Hoa Phien Nao (Sorrow Flower), Dun Gao (Rice Dune), Dun Tien (Money Dune), Cay Vang (Gold Tree), Cay Bac (Silver Tree). There is also the “road to heaven” and the “road to hell “. The Kwan Yin green stone statue is carved beautifully and is a very old and valuable  statue.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

2, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is called the “Ha Long Bay on land” of Ninh Binh. Tam Coc means three caves, including ” Ca” , ” Hai ” and ” Ba “. All the caves were created by the Ngo Dong River that runs through mountains. The only means of transport to discover Tam Coc is a boat. The journey to discover Tam Coc – Bich Dong is also associated with the visit to the temples in these caves.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

3, Dau Go Cave is on Dau Go Island in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province. It is divided into three main compartments. This is the first compartment.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

4, Thien Cung Cave in the north of Dau Island. On the cliff is a monumental painting recreating the fairytale characters. In the center are four huge pillars.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

5, Phong Nha Cave is located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. The way to Phong Nha Cave. Like other caves, Phong Nha has unique rocks named the Lion, the Unicorn, the Royal Palace or Buddha.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

6, Thach Dong is Located in My Duc Commune, about 5 km from the center of Ha Tien town. Thach Dong mountain is a steep limestone block. It is 90 meters above sea level and about 45 m in diameter. It has two main entrances. The wood-made Tien Son Temple is inside the cave. It was built in 1790 and rebuilt in 2003. The case is associated with the Vietnamese fairytale “Thach Sanh” so it attracts a lot of tourists

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

7, Son Doong is one of the largest caves in the world. It is located in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. The cave was discovered in 1991 by a local man named Ho Khanh. However, until 2006 the discovery of this cave was announced. The tour to Son Doong is offered by Oxalis, at the price of $3,000 a person. All tours to 2016 have been fully books.

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

Seven world-famous caves of Vietnam

 

The wanderlust travel magazine has just voted most 5 amazing caves in the world. Phong Nha Caves was also honored to be listed.
Ranked 5th on the list, Phong Nha Caves was introduced as a wonderful cave with colorful stalagmites and stalactites system

The cave was located in the centre of Quang Binh province – North Central Coast of Viet Nam far from Ha Noi 500km to the South.
This cave has been well-known like a Wonder and meets UNESCO’s criteria : The longest wet cave, Highest and largest entrance of the cave.
The largest and most beautiful sandy-bank and reefs.The most beautiful underground lake.The most magnificent miraculous stalactites.
The most beautiful underground river. Cave with high and large dry cave.

Phong Nha cave
Phong Nha cave

To get inside 9 long caves system 44,5km, guest must pass through an underground river connecting with Son (Lipstick) river; however at the first 1,5km, guest
can use hiring boat to get in. Moreover, visitors can also participate in interesting places such as climbing mountain, kayaking in march april and may.
When coming here, traveler will be attracted by white butterflies. Currently, Phong Nha caves is one of the most famous destinations in Quang Binh that attracts traveler

Beside Phong Nha caves, top 5 caves that were voted by Wanderlust, there are also Waitomo, New Zealand; Limestone cave India (America); Dan-yr-Ogof (Wales); Eisriesenwelt, (Austria)./.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in the ecological site of North Truong Son, covers administrative borderlines of Bo Trach, Quang Ninh, Minh Hoa districts (mainly Bo Trach); about 50 km northwest of Dong Hoi city, about 500 km south of Ha Noi capital, is evaluated as one of the 238 globally important ecological regions, with ranges of calcareous mountains which have almost been developing continuously with relatively unified components, is the largest Karst region with an area of over 200,000 ha. It is a typical sample of geological process of Karst category and formation of caves which have been taking place globally, not only in the field of biological diversity but also the best scenery in caves of the world .

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park has a total area of 343,638.04 ha. Of which, the core zone is 125.729,6 ha, including: strictly protected sub-zones 64,894 ha, ecological restoration sub-zone 17,449 ha,  service-administration sub-zone 3,411 ha, extended area 31,070 ha (belongs to communes of Thuong Hoa, Hoa Son of Minh Hoa district), special forest 8,364.5 ha, the land without forests 173.6 ha, other land 367.5 ha. The buffer zone is 217,908.44 ha (belongs to 13 communes of districts of Bo Trach, Quang Ninh, Minh Hoa).

Phong Nha – Ke Bang area has a group of over 300 caves multi – shaped known as the “Kingdom of the cave”, where there is a mystery of wonders and attraction, a paradise for scientists in caves, explorers and tourists. Up to now, the British cave research association in collaboration with the Geography Department of Hanoi National University has surveyed more than 170 caves with a total length of hundreds of kilometers, which have been published on the journal of International Caves  – No. 48, July 1994 and valuated as one of the most beautiful sights with characteristics as follows: the cave with the longest underground river, the highest and widest entrance, the most beautiful sandbank and reef,the most beautiful undergroud lake, the most beautiful and widest dry cave, the most spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and longest water grottos. Among the caves, Phong Nha is really prominent with surveyed length of nearly 8 km, mainly with underground rivers, Vom cave (Arch cave)  is more than 15 km long, Paradise cave is 31.4 km which are included in the list of the caves with the longest underground rivers in the world.

Along with the miraculous cave system, the Trooc river, Chay river and Son river in  Phong Nha Cave – Ke Bang region with the fresh blue streams winding among the rock mountains with forests, have created a poetic beauty as a magnificent water – color  painting.

phong nha ke bang
phong nha ke bang

The primeval forest Phong Nha – Ke Bang with tens of top of mountains of more than 1,000m high, full of obstacles and no human footprints, is an attractive place for climbing and exploration. For instance, Co Rilata peaks of 1,128 m high, Co Preu of 1,213m high. Lying among the peaks over 1,000 m, suitable for ecological tourism and climbing such as mount Phu Sinh of 965 m high, Ma Ma of 835 m high. Especially, mount Ma Tac of 721 m high.

In  Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, there is still existing a primitive tropical forest, little affected, with the covering of  more than 96.2% and features a great biodiversity. In this region, there is according to the survey data, many endemic plant species of the limestone forest such as Chò nước (platanus kerrii), Cho Dai Nghiến (Burretiodendronhsienmu), Trầm Hương (Agarwood), Ba Kích, Sao ….vessel plants include  1,762 families, 511 stains, 876 species, of which 38 species are listed in the Viet Nam Red Book, 25 species listed in the IUCN Red Book (World Union for Conservation of Nature) and 13 endemic species in Viet Nam. Scientists also discovered many rare plant species in danger of extinction such as the Calocedrus rupestris, paphiopedilum spp and many other rare plant species. Regarding fauna, 140 mammal species have been identified, 35 species are listed in the Vietnam Red Book and 19 species are listed in the IUCN Red Book, 356 species of birds, 15 species are listed in the Vietnam Red Book, 19 species are listed in the IUCN Red Book, 99 species of reptiles and amphibians, of which 4 new reptile species were discovered such as ear lizards, Phong Nha Geckos, Truong Son Vipers, crotaluses, with 18 species are listed in the Vietnam Red Book and 6 species in the IUCN Red Book, 259 species of butterflies, 162 species of fish, of which there are 4 endemic species to Quang Binh, 47 species of frogs. Especially, the forest on limestone forest is home to a significant population of primates in Vietnam, with 10 species are recorded, occupying  about 50% of total species of primate species in Vietnam, 7 species of primates are listed in the Vietnam Red Book. In comparison with other conservation areas and national parks in Vietnam, the abundance of the animal species in Phong Nha-Ke Bang is rather high. The rare species, especially primates have been found with the highest number of the country.

Besides the vegetation and wild animals, Phong Nha – Ke Bang region is also the place where the highly valuable historical and cultural heritage of many ages have ever been and is currently existing such as archaeological heritages of prehistory, Cham culture, and ancient Viet, vestiges of the base of resistance war against the French of Ham Nghi king in late 19th century at Mai Rai mountain and well-known places such as Xuan Son ferry, Ho Chi Minh trail, the Quyet Thang road No.20 which have entered into the legend associated with brilliant feats and lofty sacrifice of Vietnam people in the war for independence and unification of the fatherland.

In addition, in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang region live mostly  Chut – minority ethnic group, a few Viet and Bru-Van Kieu ethnic. In Quang Binh, there are about 3,500 heads  Chut-Sach, Chut-May, Chut-Ruc, Chut-Arem, Chut-Ma Lieng people who mostly scatter in Tuyen Hoa, Minh Hoa and a few in Bo Trach district. In Phong Nha – Ke Bang area, about 2,450 people of Chut minority ethnic present in Minh Hoa and Bo Trach districts, mostly of them are above mentioned clans, except Chut-Ma Lieng

The ethnic people of the Chut ethnic group (named as Chut Poong) and their languages that is guessed to be divided from first Viet-Muong language in about century V-VI. Name “Chut” means ‘Rem Da in Vietnamese”, means “Limestone curtain in English”.

The Chut’s people is now agriculturalists, but they used to earn a living by hunting, picking and live in extremely backward and wild conditions. Most of all Chut minority ethnic lived on shifting cultivation and wandering hill tribes in forests and caves … Today, spiritual and material life of the Chut ethnic group has been improving step by step. The Chut’s people culture that is the object of study of many scientists and it is also the attractive places for minority ethnic people cultural tourism in Phong Nha-Ke Bang Area.
During the past years, Phong Nha – Ke Bang as become a favorite tourism place of  the tourists. The number of tourists has increased more and more, especially from the time when Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park was recognized as a World Natural Heritage. Together with My Son holy land, Hoi An ancient town, Hue ancient capital, Phong Nha – Ke Bang World Natural Heritage formed and opened an original tourist route “the Central Heritage Road”, which will create the atraction to tourists.

Viet Nam’ Government is compiling scientific documentation to submit to UNESCO to consider recognition Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park as a world natural heritage for biodiversity a second time.

On December 09, The provincial People’s Committee of Quang Binh has announced that it is co-ordinating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO to organise tour to Son Doong cave for foreign ambassadors in Vietnam such as the US, Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Argentina.

son doong
son doong

The event aims to introduce and promote the uniqueness of the World Natural Heritage List’s Phong Nha cavee – Ke Bang National Park, as well as promoting Vietnam’s tourism to the globe.
As an adventurous discovery, the organisers have asked authorities to advise the ambassadors on undergoing training to improve their physical fitness and caving skills.
The event is scheduled for May 2016 with approximately 28 ambassadors participating.

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