Covering nearly 3,000 square kilometres of jungle-covered mountains, beautiful and unspoilt Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park conceals some of the most spectacular caves in the world.
Well, if the word “cave” for you conjures a dark, damp hole and a case of claustrophobia, you’ve clearly never been to Phong Nha National Park. Occupying the long, thin spit of land that connects Vietnam’s mountainous north with its lush, rich “rice basket” in the south, Phong Nha’s magnificent mountain scenery alone would make it worth a visit — but its vast caverns filled with underground lakes and towering rock formations are something else entirely.
It’s no overstatement to call Phong Nha one of the most spectacular caving destinations in the world. Its largest cavern, Son Doong, could house an entire New York City block – and you could land a Jumbo Jet inside yawning Hang En Cave with room to spare. Though some of these caves are difficult and expensive to get to, many more are surprisingly accessible. Take a boat ride into Phong Nha Cave, for instance, and you can walk between rock pillars on a subterranean beach, while in Paradise Cave, you can wander along boardwalk to see towering cascades of stalactites. More adventurous expeditions are an option too, if that’s your kind of thing. Why not get us to arrange an adrenaline-pumping multi-day trek where you can swim in underground rivers, scramble along dark passages, and camp by waterfalls deep in the jungle?
With its most spectacular cave only discovered in 2005, and more coming to light every year, Phong Nha is always changing. We think that makes it one of the most exciting destinations in the world today.