Everything's Travel Guide to Quang Binh, Vietnam

Quang Binh Province is in Central Vietnam. It connects Quang Binh with Hue, Danang and Hoian for Rod of Heritage Road. Quang Binh is becoming famous for Phong Nha Cave – the world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Nowadays, Quang Binh is widely well-known for Son Doong Cave – the new and biggest cave in the world and have set tour each one month.

  Friday, 21/02/2020, 03:16

Quang Binh locates in the Center of Vietnam, far about 500km from Hanoi and 180km from Hue. Quang Binh is longer famous for Phong Nha Cave – the world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Nowadays, Quang Binh is widely well-known by Son Doong Cave – the new and biggest cave in the world. 

Square: 8.065,3km²
Population: 877.702 people (2016)
City: Dong Hoi
Province: Quang Binh


All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Quang Binh
Quang Binh Province is in Central Vietnam. It connects Quang Binh with Hue, Danang and Hoian for Rod of Heritage Road. Quang Binh is becoming famous for Phong Nha Cave – the world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Nowadays, Quang Binh is widely well-known for Son Doong Cave – the new and biggest cave in the world and have set tour each one month.

Moreover, Quang Binh is famous for the king of cave. Therefore, it offers the journey with the discovery of complex of caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park – a World Natural Heritage.

In addition, there are many beautiful beaches to relax such as Nhat Le or Da Nhay (Dancing Stone) under Da Nhay mountain pass. The best time to visit Quang Binh is summer from May to September. At that time, you can climb up the mountains and swim down in the sea at the same time for the whole day fresh.

How to get Quang Binh:

From Hanoi, there are three ways to get Quang Binh, by flight, by train and by car. Motorbike is not recommended because the road is too far and dangerous.

From Ho Chi Minh, you should travel by plane or train only because the distance is too far to drive.

On the other hand, from Hue, Hoi An or Danang, you can get Quang Binh by bus or motorbike because the distance is not far and the road is easy to go.

If you don’t have more time, you should get Quang Binh by plane, arrive Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh via Vietnam Airline, Vietjet or Jetstar. From the airport, you can take a taxi to get Dong Hoi city (just far about 5 km).

Best time to visit Quang Binh:

Quang Binh has the monsoon-tropical weather and experiences two seasons: the wet and dry season. The wet season begins in September and lasts until March; it’s wet and rains heavily on Sep, Oct and Nov. On the other hand, dry season starts from April and lasts until August with the hottest temperatures from June to August. As Quang Binh is famous for many caves, so you should visit the destination in dry season. Therefore, from Apr – Aug is the best time to visit Quang Binh.

Things to do and see in Quang Binh:

1.Phong Nha Cave

With the length of 7,729m, Phong Nha cave has the longest underground river system in the world. To get into the cave, tourists will sit on motor boats and go along Son river. Once entrancing the cave, you can immediately feel the cool and pleasant atmosphere - with the temperature in the cave of only 18-22*C.
What an invaluable chance to enjoy the extraordinarily breathtaking beauty of the glamour of nature inside the reputable "Most Incredible Cave". Swept along the river and explore Bi Ky cave, Co Tien cave, Cung Dinh cave, etc. and witness thousands of beautiful stalactites shining in different colors and shapes.
The fares to visit Phong Nha cave usually cost 150,000 VND/ person, or 360,000 VND/ boat (available for up to 12 guests). You can both hire a boat for you only or join with other people.
Beside this common tour getting through the first 1.2km of Phong Nha Cave, sightseers can also book an adventurous tour to explore later parts of the lake and go deep inside the cave. This adventure can’t be completed on your own but requires you to book through a travel agency.

2.Tien Son Cave

Visiting the complex of Phong Nha caves, you absolutely can’t miss the destination of Tien Son cave. This is said to be a very famous and visit-worthy cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang. Usually, after visiting the ‘wet’ Phong Nha cave, tourists would visit the ‘dry’ Tien Son cave also. Phong Nha - Tien Son is considered a twins of the Creator and a unified body. Tien Son cave has a length of 980m, located at an altitude of about 200m above the Phong Nha cave ceiling.
Setting foot inside the cave and you will feel like in the magical, mysterious heaven. Nicknamed as "Nam Thien Nhat Dong" (the best cave in Vietnam), Tien Son cave is considered the castle of glamoury stalactites and stalagmites.
The entrance fares of Tien Son cave is about 40,000 VND/ person and 360,000 VND/ boat/ turn. Or tourists can hire boats to visit both Tien Son and Phong Nha caves for 390,000 VND/ boat/ turn.

3.Paradise Cave - Thien Duong Cave

Thien Duong Cave (which means “Paradise Cave” in Vietnamese), or normally compared as the "royal palace in the ground", is one of the most magnificent and fanciful wonders in the world. About 20 km away from Phong Nha cave, at a height of 191m, Thien Duong Cave or Paradise Cave is located in the heart of a limestone mountains complex. The cave is rated as the longest dry cave in Asia with the length of 31.4 km and width ranging from 30m to 100m.
Entering the cave, you will be astounded by countless stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes, then can’t help but free your mind relating these shapes to different subjects and stories. Compared to Phong Nha Cave, stalactites in Thien Duong cave – Paradise Cave have more shapes, many of which are interestingly named like the Flower Garden, The Palace in Heaven, etc.
Similar to Phong Nha cave, explorers can also choose a one-day adventure tour to discover the mysterious depth of 7000 of Thien Duong cave. In this adventure tour, you will have chance to enjoy the precious sunlight shined through the skylight (sinkhole) from the top of the mountain. The tour price for this adventure is usually about 2,000,000 VND/ person.

4.Dark Cave

Like many other caves in the Phong Nha - Ke Bang complex, the Dark Cave is both a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ cave, with a size of 5,258 m high and 80 m wide. The name ‘Dark’ is given due to the cave’s natural characteristics, as the "dark light" inside the cave is felt so thick as if it can be touched.
Dark Cave is still very pristine, without any lighting systems like Phong Nha or Thien Duong cave. This is the home to many animals like bats, swallows, and importantly is also the shelter of Ha Tinh langurs - one of the primates specified in the Red Data List of Vietnam.
Situated right by the river with high humidity, Dark Cave has special ‘green’ stalactites covered with moss. You can go on a 1-km-long wooden staircase to get into the cave and discover inside with the flashlight on your head. I bet this will be a unique experience for your journey!

5.Son Doong Cave - The World’s Largest Cave

Located in the heart of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is a new cave just been recently explored in 2009-2010 by the British Cave Research Association, and has only been open to the public since 2013.
Over 5 km long, with an average height of more than 200m and width of 150m, Son Doong Cave is large enough for an entire New York block with 40-storey buildings. The Cave has become the largest natural cave in the world.
Exploring Son Doong cave is continually voted as the best and truly life-changing trekking experience ever! Just imagine how far-out and astounding it would be to go into the largest cave in the world! Inside the cave are hidden spectacular sceneries with giant stalactites rising from the ground and stalagmites hanging from the cave ceiling, looking like alien creatures with strange shapes from afar.
And you can’t believe it, but there truly exists a primeval forest in the cave! The fog is always around covering the area, creating the cave’s own climatic conditions separating from outside. Also a lot of fossil corridors can be found here, demonstrating the evidence of life inside the cave from millions of years ago.
Due to environmental and safety and according to the decree in 2016 by the Government of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, only one tour company - Oxalis Adventure Tours has been granted permission to bring tourists to Son Doong Cave. With a participant-limited touring exploitation, the number of people successfully conquering Son Doong Cave is even much lower than the number of people once standing at the top of Mount Everest.

6 Hang En Cave

Hang En Cave (Hang Én) is the world’s 3rd largest cave, succeeded only by Deer Cave in Malaysia and Hang Son Doong, also located here in the Cave Kingdom of Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Currently considered to be the 3rd largest cave in the world after Hang Son Doong and Deer Cave in Malaysia, Hang En is quickly becoming one of the most recognisable and impressive caverns on the planet. Deep in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the two day, one night adventure has been said to have the biggest ‘wow’ factor in all of Vietnam. owering limestone mountains pierce through the jungle canopy as the Rao Thuong River meanders its way through the lush valley. For 10km the remote forest path zig zags across the flowing waterway, the awe-inspiring views only interrupted by clouds of swarming butterflies. You would be forgiven for believing you have been transported back in time to a prehistoric era; a world still completely untouched by humans. Dew sits delicately atop enormous fern leaves and birds join in with insects to provide a cacophony of chirping and humming in the background. Nothing could possibly surpass the natural beauty surrounding you on all sides. And then the cave’s opening appears…

7.Tu Lan Caves System

The system lies 70 km away from Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, next to the minority village of Tan Hoa, just past the fields of grazing buffalo and rapidly growing peanut and cornfields. After the fields, it’s a splash through the river until the first ascent is reached. An ascent over the rocky slope is followed by a descent into the jungle valley below. The first cave on the horizon from there is Hung Ton cave, accessed through its dry entrance.
The jungle is hot, and the water is refreshing. If you’re looking for a true nature here in Vietnam, this is it. When you enter the misty jungle, and expansive river caves, you will feel that you have been transported to somewhere else entirely.

8.Hang Va Cave

The karst in the Quang Binh province of central Vietnam is notable for the extensive series of very large cave passages that drain through the blocks of limestone. Many of the caves are part of the Hang Phong Nha system. In March 2012, the British-Vietnamese Caving Expedition was fortunate to be able to explore Hang Va.
The entrance to Hang Va is a collapse in the floor of a small steep valley, with cliffs to the north. A descent of about 15m leads into a stream passage that averages 5m high and wide. The cave passage contains a stream throughout the dry season. Downstream leads after 400m to a sump, we believe this water flows into Nuoc Nut Cave, though it has not been confirmed scientifically. A small passage entering the Hang Va streamway can be followed up to another small sump. This is believed to carry water from the flood stream that sinks at the bottom of the Wall of Vietnam in Hang Son Doong, about 900m away.

9.Mooc Spring

Mooc Spring from Phong Nha, heading west to the foot of the grandiose Truong Son mountain range, our car rode on quiet Ho CHi Minh road, the west branch which is winding through the peaceful villages of only about 20km.
You can walk to the source of the spring water trailers, an underground river, if you look closely you can just see the bubbling up of the water. The British Caving Society has planted little floats in many water elements around the area trying to figure out its source. One such came from 6 km away.
The water is that lovely blue/green caused by the alkalinity of the Calcium dissolved in the acidic water. After a bit of a hike over bamboo bridges and rocky paths you came to Mooc center.
After a moment, the space was vastly open, the sky with clouds, mountains extanding endlessly and a quiet gentle stream stretching at the foot of a small waterfall. The stream water is emerald and clear, a distinctive color of springs in Quang Binh karst area.

10.Chay River

Chay River - Dark Cave appears in a strange jade green, merging with the green of the forest and imposing limestone ranges. Along the river banks are immense corn fields. All come together to create such a magnificent and poetic picture. If you like trips of adventure, Chay river – Dark cave lying in system of National park of Phong Nha - Ke Bang is a suit destination.
Coming to Chay River - Dark Cave, Visitors will enjoy a 400m zip-line from the wildlife observation tower to Dark Cave by equipment dedicated for explore cave as headlight and helmet.
After swimming across the Thuy Tien Lake and soadking in the mud, viositors will return to another smaller zip-line and allows visitors to jump off into thge refreshing water. Dark cave where some adventurous games await…
Chay river with clear and blue water mixtured with forest and limestone moustain cliffs creates a wonderfull and extreme beautifull picture. Come here, adventure prefer visitors can jump down from zipline to plunge into fresh water, join underwarter game or boating kayak to sightseeing lovely scenery.
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