Phong Nha

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Discover Phong Nha

Phong Nha is a destination that is not included in every travel itinerary. This is because it requires more travel time than most destinations in Vietnam. Maybe that is also the reason why you can still experience an almost untouched landscape here.

The main reason to visit Phong Nha is, of course, its enormous cave system. It consists of hundreds of caves, which include the world’s largest cave (Hang Son Doong) and the longest dry cave in Asia (Paradise Cave).

The centre of Phong Nha itself is not much more than a street with guesthouses and hotels. Do you want a more unique experience or are you a big nature fan? Have a look at accommodations further away from the centre like Phong Nha Lake House Resort.

Phong Nha - Vietnam

Which caves to visit?

Phong Nha Cave is the closest to the centre. You can reach this cave on foot from the main street. That’s also why it is a great cave to visit when you arrive in the afternoon or still have a morning to spend in Phong Nha.

Most other caves are about half an hour’s drive from the centre. You can visit them by joining a tour or renting a motorbike.

When you rent a motorbike, you can visit several caves and the botanic garden in one day by making a 65 km loop through Phong Nha National Park. If you want to go on an adventurous caving experience, have a look at Hong Tai Cave, also referred to as the dark cave.

Did you get enthusiastic reading about Hang Son Doong Cave? I am afraid I have to disappoint you. There is only one organisation permitted to operate a limited number of tours in the world’s largest cave. You have to book this tour at least one year in advance.

However, there are great alternatives for big cave fans who want to have an extraordinary experience. These include a jungle trek, river crossings and sleeping at the entrance of the world’s third-largest cave (Hang En).

Visit the Oxalis website for more information about these tours.

How to get to Phong Nha

Leaving fromDurationPrices fromSee details
Hanoi3-12 hoursfrom 281,000 VND ($11.50)Hanoi to Phong Nha
Cat Ba6.5-12.5 hoursfrom 712,000 VND ($30)Cat Ba to Phong Nha
Ninh Binh8-9.5 hoursfrom 428,000 VND ($18)Ninh Binh to Phong Nha
Hoi An6.5-8 hoursfrom 407,000 VND ($17)Hoi An to Phong Nha
Hue4-4.5 hoursfrom 183,000 VND ($7.50)Hue to Phong Nha
Dong Hoi1-1.5 hoursfrom 50,000 VND ($2.10)Dong Hoi to Phong Nha
Phong Nha city pinpoint on map

Our favourite places to stay in Phong Nha

Thao Nguyen Homestay

Thanks to the great hospitality of the family, this homestay will feel like your home. After a day of trekking you can take a dive in the pool or sit back and relax with a Netflix movie. The homestay is located right in front of the bus stop in the center of Phong Nha. Rooms with mountain views already start from $21,- including an outstanding breakfast!

Bonus: Free cancellation policy till the last day!

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Phong Nha Rustic Home

Want a more unique experience? The interior of Phong Nha Rustic Home creates a real rustic feel which makes you feel one with nature. It's located outside the city center, but you can use their free-bicycle rental to explore the National Parks or get to the center. Rooms start from $24.

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Based in Bali, Maarten’s passion for travel is undeniable. In 2016, he decided to quit his job as a stock analyst and started doing what he always dreamed of: travelling through South East Asia and helping other people plan their trips. When he is not working on Gecko Routes, you’ll find him surfing in the ocean or exploring the best gems of Indonesia.