Phong Nha is a small, one street town in Phong Nha national park. The park is famous for containing the world’s biggest cave – Son Doong cave. Unfortunately the cave can only be reached by three day trek through the jungle, and the tours normally cost around £2,300 and there’s a one year waiting list to get a place on one. 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 min down the river, and into the cave. Once inside the cave the driver turned off the engine, and rowed us inside. The cave really is gigantic and very stunning. It’s also beautifully lit up. The cave is 7,729 metres long and contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 metre underground river. The tourist boat goes 1.5 km into the cave, and it’s a very atmospheric and great experience.
We weren’t sure if we were going to visit Paradise cave or not, as we’d heard it was not as great and quite crowded, but as we had some extra time we took the trip – and we were very happy that we did it. 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.
Then we had to walk 2 km 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 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!