Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful caves including the largest cave in the world, Hang Son Doong. Take a trip to Paradise Cave that’s over 31 kilometers long or explore the cavernous depths of the Dark Cave. Take a motorbike out and explore the breathtaking landscape filled with towering karsts, lush rice fields, and mesmerizing sunsets. Here is a list of things that are a must do while visiting Phong Nha.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens offers guests a glimpse of the wildlife that inhabit Phong Nha. There is a monkey enclosure that provides refuge for local monkeys and offers protection from poachers. You can purchase fruit from the general store there to feed the monkeys. A nature trail to the right of the monkey inclosure takes you through the forest to a beautiful waterfall that cascades down the mountain.
At the length of over 31 kilometers, Paradise Cave is one of the longest caves in the world. Most tours only allow you to view the first kilometer of the cave which is still a pretty big distance. Descend into the depths of the cave and you can see just how vast its caverns really are thanks to the well-lit wooden walkway. Enormous stalagmites rise from the floor of the cave that look otherworldly. The only thing to match the size of the stalagmites were the daunting stalactites that converged down from the cave ceiling.
For those seeking an adventure go check out the Dark Cave by the Chay River. The Dark Cave can only be viewed through tours which include a 400 meter zipline from the wildlife observation to the caves entrance. For those who don’t want to zipline, kayaks are available for use to get to the cave entrance. Headlamps and other gear are provided to help guests traverse the pitch black cave. A cavern inside the cave is filled with rich mineral mud that guests are allowed to take a dip in. Afterwards jump into the river to wash off and enjoy another zipline that takes you from the landing near the Dark Cave Restaurant into the river. A trip to the Dark Cave is a must for outdoor enthusiasts!
Check out our post about the Discovery Caves Tour to read about our first hand account of seeing the Botanical Gardens, Paradise Cave, and the Dark Cave!
The Duck Stop
The Duck Stop is must-see for anyone traveling to Phong Nha who wants to enjoy a cold beer and feed some friendly ducks. Located just 15 minutes by bike from the main road on Phong Nha, visitors can feed the ducks, have a delicious pancake meal, and ride a water buffalo named Donald Trump. The farmer who runs the Duck Stop is eager to show visitors a good time and will give a tour of the farm.
The Pub with Cold Beer
If you take a ride to the Duck Stop then you’re bound to ride past the Pub with Cold Beer. As the name suggests, this stop has chilled beer to cool you down from the heat of Phong Nha. Not to be confused by two other stops with the same name, this pub has tables, bathrooms, and a view overlooking a small river. You can stay the night at the Pub with Cold Beer as it is also a homestay.