Quang Binh- An Underground Paradise of Limestone Karsts and Stalactites
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Touted to be “the kingdom of caves”, Quang Binh is an amazing land filled with otherworldly landscapes, untouched natural forests, limestone mountains, and exotic caves. It is home to some of the incredible cave system including Son Doong Cave- the biggest of its kind throughout the world. This blissful land is no doubt a treasure trove of ultimate adventures and travel experiences. Make sure not to miss out on any enticing things to do in this hidden gem.
Trek through the lush jungle of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park
If what you’re looking for is some of the most spectacular sceneries in Vietnam, the hidden treasure of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park in central Vietnam will absolutely be your go-to destination.
This stunning 400-million-year-old jaw-dropping landscape is scattered with caves and underground rivers and properly best known for the largest cave in the world- Son Doong Cave. The park is also famous for its incredible biodiversity including globally threatened species. Only a small part of the park is open to the tourists. The entrance fee is free but you still need to pay for specific attractions. If you claim yourself as a real thrill-seeker, take a challenging trek through the jungle, ups, and downs the mountains, cross rivers, pass streams and climb up the beautiful grottoes. It’s adventurous but totally worth it.
Join a grand expedition to Son Doong Cave- the largest cave in the world
Set amidst the lush greenery of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is a masterpiece of nature with breathtaking landscapes, magnificent stalagmites, and stalactites dating back centuries ago. Not only being famous for its size and superb scenery, but the cavern is also incredible for its diverse flora and fauna. The real jungle inside the cave will lure you in all ways. The misty cloud and the timeless tranquility make it no less than a heaven on Earth with surreal landscapes.
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The cave is not yet widely open to the public, but if you’re lucky to book this cave adventure far in advance, you’ll get a chance to get lost in this out-of-this-world place. Imagine trekking into the depths of the cave on an expedition which like no others. Make sure to prepare really good health, trekking experiences and your money, too (about 3000 USD/ person).
Recently, there is only a local adventure tour company Oxalis offers tours of Son Doong Cave with the permission of the government of Vietnam. During your journey to the wild, you will be led by the best international caving team in the world and a team of professional local cavers and guides.
Take a journey out to the outstanding Tu Lan Cave System
Venturing out for 70 km away from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, you just pass the green grass fields and cornfields to reach the magnificent cave system of Tu Lan. The journey to the Tu Lan Cave is an adventure itself as you’ll trek through the unspoiled jungle, cross verdant fields lined with majestic limestone mountains and plunge into the underground rivers winding through mountains and valleys.
Apart from the wild beauty, the caves are also impressive with a plethora of swimming adventures through each cave which is surrounded by spectacular limestone formations.
For the best travel experience, take an overnight expedition to stay in wild nature, sleep in a tent under the sparkling stars, have a BBQ or get some fun by the campfire.
Step into a new world in Paradise Cave- the longest dry cave in Asia
Nestled deep in the World Heritage Site of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park, Thien Duong Cave, or Paradise Cave is an interesting place to delve into.
Stretching for 31 kilometers, this stunning cave system is no less than an “Underground Palace”- a magical wonder in the world for its spectacular beauty of colossal stalagmites and glimmering stalactites. Step your foot on a well-designed wooden path descending into a fairytale-like space, you can’t help but marvel at the vastness and unique formations created by the Mother of Nature dating back to a few centuries ago. Its stalagmites and stalactites are as far as your eyes can see with astounding shapes that evoke your creative mind.
Enjoy a delightful overnight camp at Hang En Cave
Set within the lush Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park, Hang En Cave is a nice place to spend an overnight after a day of hiking through jungles and crossing underground rivers. It is the third largest cave in the world and a stay at a campsite by the river just leaves you a one-of-a-kind experience for a lifetime.
You can take a 2-day trekking tour with one-night camping and a stop at the ethnic minority of Ban Doong village hidden amongst limestone mountains and rivers. Wade through the very own beach of Hang En, set your camp on its white sand, take in its breathtaking views every corner, you’ll forget the time.
Get captivated with delightful activities in Dark Cave
As one of the caverns in Phong Nha Cave system, Dark Cave is an amazing spot for adventurous and action-filled experiences. Apart from the untouched and pristine beauty of nature, the cave is also famous for a plethora of interesting adventures.
The journey exploring the cave is enthralling as you will get on a 400 meter-double zip-line – the longest zip-line in Vietnam to the entrance of the Dark Cave. After an amazing ride across the emerald water of Chay River, continue a 20-meter swim into the mouth of the cave. From here, walk through the dark with a head torch on your helmet and start your cave exploration. There are a lot await to be explored inside the cave.
Make your way down along the narrow passages to the end of the cave, you can a natural mud bath and many ancient fossils formed over millions of years ago. Enjoy your time in the buoyant mud baths, clean with a swim in the lake deep in the cave then kayak back cross the river. What’s there not to love?
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Quang Binh has a lot more to offer. Incredible landscapes, exotic adventures, stunning caves, and underground rivers, this hidden land has enchanted any adventure enthusiasts. Plan your trip right now and set off your journey exploring its treasure your own way!
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