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This tour is the only tour that takes you deep into both cave and jungle. Start by visiting paradise cave, then have a picnic lunch in the Botanical Gardens. Take a dip in the blue pond, then hold onto ropes, and climb ladders to get to a magnificent waterfall which boasts fantastic views of the mountainous area. Then, trek into to the Breathing Forest semi enclosure where you use your binoculars to see the endangered langur monkey; a native to this province.
With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting; making it a natural wonder that many have enjoyed since its opening in 2010. According to spelunkers (cave explorers), the deeper one journeys into the cave, the more one feels the wells of heavenly clarity all around. The cave can reach up to 72 m high and up to 150 m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations. Paradise Cave (Hang Thien Duong) was discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005. It has a length of 31.4 km, and is the longest dry cave in Asia.
The trekking on this tour takes you into the jungle of Phong Nha national Park. Tourists are not allowed to venture into the jungle on their own as it would be far too dangerous without a knowledgeable guide. The trekking segment of this tour takes you to exclusive access points in order to enjoy waterfall pools and unspoilt grounds through the jungle. You will have to hold onto ropes, climb wooden ladders, and scale mountain sides.
The eco portion of this tour gives you a first hand look at endangered species in their natural habitat. On this tour, you can learn more about the species unique to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
* Detailed time plan:
07:45- 08:00: Our car and tour guide will pick up guests in Dong Hoi and drive you to Paradise cave – the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone). It is approximately 75 km from Dong Hoi and an 80 minute drive). -OR – 8:45-9:10: Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Phong Nha village, then transfer you to Paradise Cave – the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone).
You will then be taken by golf cart (1.6km) from the main gate through the jungle, to where you will then climb to the mouth of the cave; a climb that boasts spectacular views of the mountainous region around the cave. You will then have over an hour to explore inside of the cave at your leisure.
12:00 Arrive at the Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch that that will be held next to a large pond under a small waterfall. Here, you can relax in the shade while you eat.
1:00 When you are finished lunch, you are free to swim in the pond to cool off and reinvigorate after eating. You may put on your waterproof trekking shoes to wade into the water.
1:30 You will be provided with safety gear and our trek to the waterfall will begin. You will be given information of the wildlife and geography of the area by you guide. This path will take you past permission points for regular visitors. During this trek, you will have to hold onto ropes to take you over the uneven terrain through the jungle. *At this point, you may choose to take an easier path on more level ground and meet the group at the bottom of the waterfall.* You will then begin your steep descent of the bottom of the waterfall. You will be taken to the exclusive access point where you can sit in the waterfall pools of rushing water.
3:00 You will then be taken up the side of the waterfall. You will have to use ropes to climb over the boulders and wooden ladders. This climb will take you to the top of the waterfall where you can take a moment to rest and take photos of the picturesque views of the surrounding mountainous region. Then, the leisurely hike back will begin.
3:30 You will then be taken to the Breathing Forest semi enclosure. Here you will enter the nature reserve and will be given high end binoculars so you can see the endangered langur monkey swing through the trees. You will delve 2km into the enclosure. These langurs live exclusively in Quang Binh province. Your guide will give you more information on how they came to be endangered, what conservation efforts are doing for their populations, and the difference between the kinds of species that are inside the semi enclosure.
4:30 Your journey back to Dong hoi city or Phong Nha village will begin. Your tour ends when you will be dropped off at your hotel.
****Please be sure to bring: swimwear and towel. Additionally, we recommend you bring hats, sunscreen insect repellent etc. You will have to carry these items with you on the trekking portion of the tour.
**Cost per pax: 1,350,000 VND/pax (or 60 USD/pax)**
- Free pick up service from 6:30 am to 7:30 am at the train or bus station; if required
- Free luggage storage in our Dong Hoi office –or- take it with you in our van (limited quantity; contact us to reserve)
- Pick up and drop off by van in Dong Hoi city or Phong Nha village.
- Vietnamese or English speaking guide
- Drinking water
- Lunch (Vietnamese style dish)
- Entrance tickets
- Golfcart transfer
- Equipment (helmet, binoculars, trekking shoes)
- Travel insurance
- First aid kit available
- If you require an invoice, there will be an additional 10% VAT charge