Phong Nha

Phong Nha views

Phong Nha is a small, one street town in Phong Nha national park. The park is famous for containing the world’s biggest cave – the Son Doong cave. Unfortunately the only way to reach the cave is via a three day trek through the jungle, and the tours normally cost around £2,300. There’s a one year waiting list to get a place on a tour. Luckily the park also has several other record-breaking caves that can be visited easily, as well as beautiful views and magnificent limestone mountains.

Phong Nha cave

On our first day we visited the Phong Nha Cave. We took the boat 30 minutes down the river, and into the cave. Once inside the cave the driver turned off the engine, and rowed us inside. The cave is gigantic and stunning to behold, and beautifully lit up inside. It’s 7,729 metres long and contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 metre long underground river. The tourist boat can only venture into the first 1.5 km of the cave. It’s a very atmospheric and unforgettable experience.

Entrance to the cave

Paradise cave

We weren’t sure if we were going to visit the Paradise cave or not, as we’d heard it was not as impressive and could get quite crowded, but as we had some extra time we took the trip – and we were very happy that we did. To get there we had to drive 45 minutes on a motorbike through the national park, which is beautiful and consist of limestone mountains covered in jungle.

Scootering around in the mountains

Then we had to walk 2 km through the forest before we went down into a small hole. Once you walk down a staircase the cave opens up. It really is gigantic and it keeps getting bigger and bigger the further in you get. It’s an amazing experience and it wasn’t crowded at all – it helps that it’s so big. If you’re ever in Vietnam we’d recommend a visit!

Mike in the world’s longest cave – the picture doesn’t do justice to the scale of it

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