Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Quang Binh Province, in north-central Vietnam, about 500 km south of the nation’s capital, Hanoi
The remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed approximately 400 million years ago. Riddled with hundreds of cave systems – many of extraordinary scale and length – and spectacular underground rivers, Phong Nha is a speleologists’ heaven on earth. Its collection of stunning dry caves, terraced caves, towering stalagmites and glistening crystal-edged stalactites represent nature on a very grand scale indeed, and are beginning to create a real buzz in Vietnam, as more and more riches are discovered.
Serious exploration only began in the 1990s, lead by the British Cave Research Association and Hanoi University. Cavers first penetrated deep into Phong Nha Cave, one of the world’s longest systems. In 2005 Paradise Cave was discovered, and in 2009 a team found the world’s largest cave – Son Doong.
Above the ground, most of the mountainous 885 sq km of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is near-pristine tropical evergreen jungle, more than 90% of which is primary forest. It borders the biodiverse Hin Namno reserve in Laos to form an impressive, continuous slab of protected habitat. More than 100 types of mammal (including 10 species of primate, tigers, elephants, and the saola, a rare Asian antelope), 81 types of reptile and amphibian, and more than 300 varieties of bird have been logged in Phong Nha.
When to go?
The best time to visit Phong Nha is in March and April. Between May and September is ok but can be very hot so March and April is the sweet spot. In October and November the Phong Nha area can see heavy flooding due to a combination of being on low ground and typhoon season.
How to get there?
There are various connecting options such as bus, train or flight from Hanoi, Hochiminh to Dong Hoi city. From Dong Hoi city, you can take a taxi, motorbike taxi or a shuttle bus to Phong Nha-Ke Bang (50km distance). Tours to Phong Nha cave from Hue city is available as well and please contacts our team for detail information.