Quang Binh is interested by tourists in recent years with great attractions such as Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Nhat Le beach, Quang Phu Sand dunes, Mooc Spring…You are in Da Nang and you want to go to Quang Binh, you should not miss this article!

Distance  from Da Nang to Quang Binh

The distance from Da Nang to Quang Binh is about 235km. There are bout 3 ways to get Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.

1, By motorbike or private car

Starting from the inner city of Da Nang, you go through Hai Van pass through Thua Thien Hue province and then to Quang Tri province. From here you can also choose to go to Quang Binh by 1A Highway or Ho Chi Minh Road. It will take you about 6 to 7 hours to get there. But you have to consider carefully when deciding to go by motorcycle. You need to know about Vietnamese transportation and have a motorcycle license. If you rent a car you will be active time but the cost is usually higher than the rest.

2, By bus

Also, if you do not go by car or by motorbike, you can choose a passenger bus to start the journey. Many busses from Da Nang to Quang Binh, I can recommand as Hoang Long, Nam Tao, Trung Tinh Hai Au … The start time is about 9p.m. The price is about 180,000 – 220,000 VND depending on the quality

The best way: you can catch the bus at any time. You move to the central bus station in Danang, the bus departure from 6 am to 5 pm everyday.

3, By train

This is also a very popular choice. Price of soft boat is about 330,000 VND

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departure time12:4614:1303:0222:5909:2509:2518:40
End time18:4519:5209:1604:5015:5415:5400:49

Don’t hesitate to contact to NETIN travel if you want to rent a good quality car from Da Nang to Quang Binh (4 seats, 7 seats, 29 seats, 45 seats).

Netin Travel will help you have a unforgettable in Quang Binh if you like to go with the tour

Daily tours – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

NETIN TRAVEL COMPANY

Address: 161 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh

Hotline: 0914 666 872

 NETIN TRAVEL TEAM

Dong Hoi city is always an attractive destination for tourists. When coming to Dong Hoi, tourists don’t only explore the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, beautiful beaches, delicious food, they also have a opportunity to visit spiritual attractions. If you join the daily tours of Netin Travel, you will receive free airport pick-up.

In addition, you can refer to other ways of transportation from the airport – Dong Hoi city:

1, By Private car

At present, there are also many companies that provide the pick up/ drop off services. The price depends on the road and type of cars ( bout 300.000 vnd/ 7 seat car). You can contact for airport pickup service: 0914 666 872

2, By Taxi

I will recommend some prestigious taxi branches for you to choose. From the airport to Dong Hoi city center about 7 km. The price fluctuates around 200,000 vnd, it also depends on the quality or the type of cars.

– Mai Linh: 0232. 385 85 85

– Dong Hoi: 0232 3841 841

– Xuyen Viet: 0232 384 84 84

– Tien Sa: 0232 379 79 79

– Sun: 0232 353 53 53

3,  By Motorbike with a driver (xe om):

Transport by motorbike with a driver is the cheapest mean. It is everywhere. You can bargain for the cheapest price. It costs about 100,000 vnd.

If you need more information, please contact: 0914 666 872 (email: netin.info@quangbinhtravel.vn) for more information.

Wish you have a fun trip!

 

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

 

 

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.”

Nearly 30 years ago, a British woman was with her husband and the expedition. They have explored millions of kilometers through the forest, swum through hundreds of kilometers above the underground river … to come to Son Doong.

That woman is Debora, Howard Limbert‘s wife – the team leader of the British Cave Research Association.

In the 5 th may 2015, after nearly 30 years with searching, exploring and studying caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh), Mr Howard recieved “Third Class Labor Medal” by the President. AT the award, Mr. Howard Limbert thanked to Mrs Debora – his wife, who is also the only woman of the expedition have been with him for almost 30 years to find and discover hundreds large and small caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang.

In 1990, That was the first time the British expedition have explored the caves of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the people here were very impressed. Because among the expedition more than a dozen people, there is only one woman. “That day, Mrs. Debora was very young and beautiful. But like other members of the expedition, she still had to carry many kilograms of devices on the back and through the forest, searched caves lasted for months. We really admire her “- a long-time staff workin in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park recalled.

Howard also shared many times, he did not expect to get his wife, a trusted partner like that. “I am extremely lucky to have her share the caving hobby. She is always with me, cares for me, and comes to everywhere I come in all the adventure expedition “- Mr Howard told lovingly.

Morever, Ms. Debora is a real expert of geodesy and mapping of caves, a member indispensable in the expedition. “For people to be able to visualize the shape of the cave system in Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Debora directly seted up field mapping, as well as helped experts to make 3D models.  And to have a ” 150km cave road ” in Phong Nha as everyone knows, her hard work is great “- Mr. Howard said.

Son Dong cave’s beauty.

In 2009, Son Doong was firstly announced as the world’s largest cave. Mrs Debora was the one who directly work with the largest news agencies in the world such as BBC, CNN, the cast and crew from Hong Kong, Britain, the United States … “leading the way” for them to Son Doong. And since then, the wonders, the stunning beauty of Son Doong has made millions of hearts sobbing and decide to discover …

This year already at the age of 57, but her enthusiasm about the trip through the forest to find new caves has not reduced. “I remember trips at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 (57 caves have discovered), when the whole expedition came into together these areas without water, must learn to take water from the trunk taught by local people. We also see the huge bombs left over from the war … Now I just hope to have lots of health to continue to explore, look for more new caves “- Mrs. Debora shared.

 

In the past, war was a factor attracted to foreigners to Vietnam. But today, the amazing diversity of natural scenic attractions makes Viet Nam become a new destination for foreign filmmakers and visitors. Thereby, the beautiful and romantic images across all parts of the country are promoted effectively.

Here are the blockbusters filmed in Vietnam. If you are intending to travel Vietnam, you should take a moment to look over the films.

PAO’S STORY

The film “Pao’s Story” won the “Golden Kite” award, which was produced in 2006. The context is Dong Van, Ha Giang.

Through films, the director has brought tourists to the lives of the people here, creating a feeling of closeness, warmth. The brilliant brocade colors of upland ethnic girls, the feeling of enjoying the fields of immense triangular circuit makes many tourists eager to visit this wonderful land.

Pao’s house – where the beauty hold visitors

Promote tourism from the cinema is one of the effective ways applied by countries in the world but is still new in Viet Nam. With tourism potential, beautiful views of the river, mountains, sea, Viet Nam is attracted to the crew, the actual program towards. If we know use well, that way the will be effective communication to numerous domestic and international travelers.

PAN

The romantic limestone mountains and the majestic beauty of Ha Long bay takes audiences into a “magical fairytale world” at Neverland lands.

Meanwhile, rice field images with winding river next to mountainside under blue sky of Ninh Binh becomes a mermaid lake in the movie scenes.

In particular, the scene at the entrance and inside the En cave in Quang Binh is used in a importance and attractiveness scene of the film. For these images, from mid-2014, 10 experts came En cave  located at Phong Nha Ke Bang national park to make 3D scenes, photographies and filming inside the cave structure. Then, the actors acted on the blue background and they puzzled again.

Overall, “Pan” is a highly entertaining film with beautiful pictures. The film is suitable for the all familes to enjoy. It emphasis on family love, friendship, encourages children to explore.

THE CHINESE BOTANIST’S DAUGHTERS

Launched in 2006, “The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters” won prizes at the World Film Festival Montreal and Toronto.

 

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is the context of the film. Friendly photos, rolling mountain forests of Ninh Binh has contributed to a tragic love between An and Ming. In addition to Ninh Binh, the film also was filmed in Sapa, Ha Tay.

THE QUIET AMERICAN

Adapted from the famous novel by British writer Graham Greene, the film’s a story about a love triangle between Thomas Flowler, Pyle and Phoenix. The context is Indochina wars in the final stages.

The film was shot around the S-shaped strip of land, from Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Hoi An, Da Nang to Sai Gon. The Director Dang Nhat Minh once said, “ The Quiet American has great scenes of Hanoi and Hoi An”.

INDOCHINA

“Indochina” is a 1992 French film set in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s to 1950s shot in Viet Nam. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards. Catherine Deneuve was also nominated for the best actress. This is the only Oscar nomination of Catherine Deneuve’s career to date.

Indochina has some scenes in Halong Bay, Thai Hoa Palace of Hue Citadel, Tu Duc Mausoleum (Hue), Tam Coc Caves in Ninh Binh flange.

LOVER

Adapted from the novel of the same name, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film told the story of the forbidden between a underage French girl with a wealthy Chinese boss.

Shot in 1989 and completed in 1990, this is the first film shot in Western Vietnam since 1975. In late 1991, Lover was released in Ho Chi Minh city. Viet Nam is the first country to watch the film.

Since being launched, the film has received good response from the audiences and filmmakers. The film won the Cesar Award and the Association of cinema sound editor.

Promote tourism from the cinema is one of the effective ways applied by countries in the world but is still new in Viet Nam. With tourism potential, beautiful views of the river, mountains, sea, Viet Nam is attracted to the crew, the actual program towards. If we know use well, that way the will be effective communication to numerous domestic and international travelers.

 

 

If you like adventure travel, the Chay River – Dark Cave (located in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park ) suitable destination to explore and experience.

Chay River is famous for green water. The river is more beautiful with woods and the imposing limestone cliff. Coming here, tourists like feeling adventurous can jump down the zipline (a form of swing) to drop into the cool waters, participate in water games or kayaking to admire the romantic scenery.

Boating on the Chay River about 5 kilometers, you will reach the Dark cave. The stalactites in this cave makes tourists impressive. Because of Located on the Chay River. So the cave has high humidity and its stalactites is covered with a large amount of moss creating a subtle blue. Entering the cave, darkness around the corner  making tourists’s experience more interesting.

 

You will experience the feeling of adventure when ziplining to Dark cave.

When discovering the Dark cave, you should be equipped headed flashlights to watch the stalactites in the cave, fossils of insects and molluscs clinging on limestone cliffs. It takes you about 1 km  to see a narrow slit winding muddy cave. Here, you will experience the interesting feeling when sliding down the slope with thick sludge rock (such as children’s slides), and then drop into a deep hole with slush for a relaxing soak . The mud in cave is very pure and beneficial to health because the underground river inside cave flows into the Chay River brought a huge amount of mud, to be purified by erosion and limestone blocks.

To enter the cave, you can swim or kayak.

According to the guide of NETIN TRAVEL, journey to conquer the Chay River – Dark cave is for people who have good health to discover the wonder of nature. However, if you do not want to participate in adventure activities, you still can have fun at the Chay River area, outside the Dark cave with fun sports activities underwater.

 

Moving in the shadows in the cave gives tourists a feeling of adventure.

If you don’t have experience in traveling by yourself, to ensure safety, you should book the tour.

Dark cave – Zipline – Paradise cave

Among  the 57 new caves announced by the experts , Hang Tien 2 is considered a  beautiful cave. This cave has been licensed for tourism by the Quang Binh Provincial government  in early July  2016.

(22/6/2016)Today, Mr Howard Limbert , the cave expert announced 57 recently discovered caves in Quang Binh. Among these caves, the British cave expert  evaluates Hang Tien’s  potential  position.

Along with Hang Tien 1, Hang Tien 2 is called ” anonymous Paradise ” in  mountainous region, Cao Quang (Tuyen Hoa district) bordering Tan Hoa (Minh Hoa district). This is the last cave of Tu Lan cave system, located outside the national park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which is known as the Kingdom of the cave.

Hang Tien 2 is 2,519 meters in length. The cave has the deepest place about 94 m above the ground. There is a nice stream outside the cave. Its mouth is about 3 meters high but only 1.5 meters wide. The most prominent feature of Hang Tien 2 is the border (on) on the ceiling of mysterious rock . The main arch of the cave is about 400 meters long , about 30 meters high. Tien Cave Tien Cave 2 and 1 are both dry caves, a stream just created in the flood season. The cave’s ceiling is with countless colorful paintings. Many sections have walls with beautiful stalactites. The stalactite is formed from hundreds of years with many shapes makes up the beauty of the cave. Because the cave’s natural beauty is so rare , It is named Hang Tien – Fairy Cave, associated with the legend, “The fairy down to earth”.

Previously, the local people explored Hang Tien 1 and 2 but they don’t have any specialized agency surveyed before. In 1994, the British Caving Association made a survey this cave for the first time . Last March, the cave experts  continued to discover  the entire length and width of this cave as well as made specific plans on tour operators, submit them to  the People’s Committee of Quang Binh province.

On the same day with the announcement of 57 recently discovered caves in Quang Binh, the provincial People’s Committee allowed the Oxalis company  open  tours, taking tourists to the Hang Tien 1 and 2 according to the tour experience (1 day), exploring (2 days) and exploring the cave system with Tu Lan (5 days).

Mr Chau A – the CEO of Oxalis company  said that “Hang Tien 2 will officially welcome guests from the beginning of July. The tour will have the number of tourists from 8-20 people.

 

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

 

 

1, Son Doong cave, Vietnam

Son Doong cave is located in  Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Tan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. The cave is the largest natural cave in the world. The cave is a part of the underground system with more than 150 other connections in Vietnam near the border with Laos. The New York Times ranked Son Doong cave in 8th of 52 places you should visit in 2014.

Son Doong cave is very large with a length of at least 5 km, the equivalent capacity of 68 Boeing 777 aircraft. Even this figure may be larger.  According to scientists, today the most modern facilities has not fully explored the real length of this cave.

Eden in Son Doong Cave

Not only the enormous size, Son Doong cave is also famous for a variety of biological landscape. In the Son Doong cave, explorers discovered a primitive forests with rich vegetation. There wasn’t human traces inside. Experts have called the forest  in this cave “the Garden of Eden” to express the beauty of this aesthetic.

2, The gate of hell, Turkmenistan

Darvaza Crater is also known as the gate of hell with the giant fireplace. In 1971, the geologists drilled to a gas bag filled with methane. To avoid poisonous gas leakage, they decided to burn it and hoped the gas would run out within a few weeks. However, until now the flames are still burning here and never turn off.

3, Troll’s Tongue , Norway

Trolltunga is famous for Troll’s Tongue, a ledge jutting out at an altitude of 700 meters in the Ringedalsvatnet lake. Scientists believe that this rock was generated about 10,000 years due to the disintegration of the large rock.

4, Stairs to Heaven, Oahu, Hawaii

Haiku is popular for “Stairs to Heaven”. It was built in the 1940s as a part of the communications network of the US during the World War 2. From here, visitors can watch the pretty scenery, Oahu . However, recently the storm has damaged stairs, so it isn’t used  any longer.

5, Devil’s pool , Zimbabwe and Zambia

This is a small lake located on the  Victoria Falls border between two African countries. It is at an altitude of 108 meters. The guests can take a dip and enjoy the interesting feeling, “suffocation” on the banks of the falls.

6, The cliff, Moher, Ireland

The cliffs can reach more than 200 meters high above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head. This is one of the attractions of Ireland and visitors can admire but not necessarily on the edge of the cliff cycling.

7, Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska, United states

This cave is located in the glacier with 19 km length at Mendenhall Valley. It is accessible by kayak. A new study says that the glacier was shortened more than 3 m in 1958 because of the warming of the earth.

8, The Kjeragbolten rock, Rogaland, Norway

This famous rock is situated at an altitude of 984 m. The rock is the favourite place for tourists who love adventure in the world  taking pictures but they will have to go through a long journey about 1,000 m mountain road.

9, “Swings in the end of the world”, Ecuador

Swinging in seismic monitoring stations in Ecuador is considered one of the most dangerous games in the world. Here, visitors swing up while the bottom is a scary canyon.

10, Neptune Islands, Australia

Since 2002, this is the only place in Australia licensed for shark cage diving. Thus, visitors will have the opportunity to come closer to white sharks. However, you should make sure your hands and feet are always in the cage.