The two days/ one night tour highlights the most stunning caves in the national park. It includes an overnight stay at a homestay that boasts spectacular views of the national park. It is situated in a prime location right on the turquoise Chay River where you can put your feet up and watch boats float by. It stands across towering limestone cliffs that are a feature of the beautiful World Natural Heritage site of Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park. With all the amenities of a hotel but with a rustic, authentic twist, it will serve as a place to relax with your host after an action-packed day of caving and to rest up for the next.
7:30: Our driver will pick up you at your hotel in Dong Hoi City, then transfer 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-a 1h20 minute drive). -OR- 8:15: 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.
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 height can reach to 72 m and up to 150 m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations.
12:30: Lunch at Dark cave restaurant. Here you will enjoy a traditional vietnamese dish. Vegetarian option available. Please contact us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
13:30: Visit Dark cave (located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park). Participate in the many adventure activities: Activities: Muddy bath, ziplining, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, caving etc.
Dark cave is and adventurous and action-packed experience. Visiting this cave includes zip lining over a turquoise river, swimming into the mouth of the cave (lifejackets included), walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet to illuminate the way, having a mud fight in the buoyant mud baths deep in the cave, washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave, then finally kayaking back across the river.
****Please be sure to bring: swimwear and towel. Lockers for your belongings will be provided with a 50,000 deposit which will be refunded upon return of the locker key.
Using the zipline requires you to be between 40-90kg
17:00: Return to homestay to later have dinner and relax.
After breakfast at the homestay, you have free time for relaxing and taking photos of the charming surrounding scenery.
12:30: Check out – your tour guide will pick you up for lunch in Phong Nha village. Here you will enjoy a traditional vietnamese dish. Vegetarian option available. Please contact us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
13:30: Depart for Phong Nha Cave. You will then take a 25 minute ride to the cave via traditional dragonboat. This cave is called a water cave as it boasts an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, you will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, you will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.
Phong Nha cave is not only a natural legacy of the world, nor a wonder of the country of Vietnam. It also stands as a relic system of the historic Ho Chi Minh street which, during the US war, collaborated with Xuan Son Ferry in order to create a route supporting the battleground of South Vietnam. It once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Today, this area has become the first section of the ever popular Ho Chi Minh trail, as it showcases a lush, mountainous landscape.
16:30: You will be taken back to your hotel or Dong Hoi train station. Here the tour ends!
- Free pick up service from 6:30 am to 7:30 am at the train or bus station on the first day of your tour; if required
- Drop off by tour van in Dong Hoi city or Phong Nha village.
- Van transfer
- Experienced, English speaking tour guide
- Meals as exemplified in the itinerary
- Admission fees: Phong Nha cave entrance tickets, Paradise cave entrance ticket, Dark Cave entrance ticket
- Dragon boat trip, golf cart transfer
- Service fee (equipment, zip line harness, mud bath, kayaking etc.)
- Accommodation in homestay
- Travel insurance
- First aid kit available
- If you require an invoice, there will be an additional 10% VAT charge
Items to bring on tour:
- Comfortable clothes
- Bikini for women and swimwear for men
- Clothes to change after the tour
- Waterproof phone case (optional)
- Shoes/ Sandals
Paradise Cave is the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone. 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
Paradise cave was discovered by a local man in 2005. In the same year, the first 5km of this cave was surveyed by explorers from the British Cave Research Association. Afterwards, the entire 31 km was explored then publicly announced by the British cave explorers.
Phong Nha Cave is not only a natural legacy of the world. It also stands as a relic system of the historic Ho Chi Minh trail which, during the US war, served as a secret hiding place for floating bridges that were only brought out at night to avoid targeted bombings