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From Dong Hoi: Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave Tour & Lunch

1. From Dong Hoi: Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave Tour & Lunch

Departs: 8:00am from Dong Hoi, 9:00am from Phong Nha Depart from Dong Hoi and Phong Nha town on a scenic drive to Paradise Cave. Go on a short buggy ride, then explore the inside of this cave, known for its large stalactites and stalagmites. Eat lunch in a local Vietnamese restaurant, then go on a boat ride. Explore inside Phong Nha Cave, then return to Dong Hoi. Begin with a morning pickup in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha. Next, drive about 43 miles (70 km) to Paradise Cave. Arrive at Paradise Cave, a limestone cavern that was discovered by a local man in 2005. Travel in a buggy and walk for about 570 meters before you enter the cave to explore the interior. Relax at a resting site, then step inside Paradise Cave, also called Thiên Đường Cave. Marvel at the spectacular stalactites dangling down from the roof. Finish your visit to the cave, then travel along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and hear more fascinating facts about Vietnamese history along the way. Eat lunch at midday at a local restaurant and enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine. After eating, head to Phong Nha Cave, famous for its long underwater river. Ride a boat along the Son River, also called the Lipstick River, from the tourism center and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the journey. Spend some time inside the cave and appreciate its geological features. Look at some of the famous rock formations as well. Finally, exit the cave. Travel back to Dong Hoi to conclude your adventure.

From Ninh Binh: Hue Transfer by Sleeper Bus with Cabins

2. From Ninh Binh: Hue Transfer by Sleeper Bus with Cabins

18:30 Tourists come to Ninh Binh FootPrint Travel Office for check-in.There're wifi, wc , english speaking staff in the office. 19:00 Bus comes to pick you up at Tam Coc Discovery Travel office. 20:00 Arrive Com Hue Restaurant. You can have dinner here or take a rest in 30 minutes and return the bus keep our journey. 21:00 Arrive Thanh Hoa Province. Riding by the highway to Vinh 22:00 Arrive Vinh City. Should slow down music from your phone for others sleeping. 02:00 Next day arrive Dong Hoi , Quang Binh Province. 06:30 Arrive Hue City.It time to check everything belong to you make sure you will not forget anything on the bus. 07:00 Drop off at No 2, Lam Hoang, Vy Da, Hue City center.Trip End

From Phong Nha/Dong Hoi: Paradise and Phong Nha Cave Tour

3. From Phong Nha/Dong Hoi: Paradise and Phong Nha Cave Tour

Your driver and guide will collect you from your hotel in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha to begin your 1-day cave tour First, you will arrive at Phong Nha Cave, formed an incredible 400 million years ago. Ride along the river to arrive at the mouth of the cave, taking in the breathtaking cave sand beaches and ancient rock formations. Explore the cave, getting off half way back to the entrance to go further by foot, so that you will have the chance to enjoy the cave up-close. After arriving back at the boat port in Phong Nha Village, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to the Paradise Cave, stretching an incredble 31 kilometers in total, with heights of up to 72 meters and width of 150 meters at certain points. It is labelled as one of the world's most beautiful dry caves.

Phong Nha & Paradise Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/Phong Nha

4. Phong Nha & Paradise Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/Phong Nha

Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone. With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting; making it a natural wonder that many have enjoyed since its opening in 2010. The cave height can reach to 72m and up to 150m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations. Visiting this cave includes a buggy ride through the jungle, a 200m sloped hike up to the mouth of the cave and a 1km exploration down into the cave along wooden boardwalks installed to protect the ancient stalagmites and stalactites. All of the magnificient formations are delicately lit up to highlight its grandeur. Phong Nha cave or the “river cave” is situated along the historic Ho Chi Minh trail and stands as a relic system of the American/Vietnam war. This cave was actively used to aid the route supporting the battleground of South Vietnam. Safe from the routine bombings, it was used as a place to hide secret floating bridges that would be brought out at night and placed over the river to help trucks get supplies to the south. It once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Today, this area has become the first section of the ever popular Ho Chi Minh Road, as it showcases as lush, mountainous landscape. Visiting this cave includes a 6km dragon boat ride up the turquoise Son river and into the cave where you can marvel at the cave’s magnificient structure. Drift 1km into the cave before exploring 300m on foot. Tour Itinerary 07:30- 07:45 You will be picked up at hotel in Dong Hoi/ or in Phong Nha at 8:45 09:00 You will explore the most impressive Paradise cave - the longest dry cave in Asia. 12:45 Lunch at local restaurant. Vegetarian option available. 13:30 Visit Phong Nha cave (50 km about the city, 45 minutes driving). After 25 minutes on boat, visitors will arrive Phong Nha cave, take a couple hours to see the cave. This cave is called as water cave, is famous for its rock formation which has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”. 16:00 – 17:30 Tour ends and gets visitors back to hotel.

Hue: Transfer to/from Airport, Hoi An, Danang by Private Car

5. Hue: Transfer to/from Airport, Hoi An, Danang by Private Car

Agreed Time: Our experienced and friendly driver will pick you up from your hotel in city center to depart for Private Car Transfer Hue to/from Hoi An or Da Nang. Today, you can choose to have direct transfer or choose some options with stops for sightseeing tour on the Best Coastal Scenic Route in Central Vietnam: 1 - My Son Sanctuary: located about 40km from Hoi An Ancient Town and constructed between the 4th and 14th century by Cham people to worship Shiva, Vishnu, Brama and some other Gods and Goddess of Hinduism. 2- Ba Na Hills is a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountains west of the city of Da Nang, in central Vietnam. The station, advertised as "Da Lat of Danang province" by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. Linh Ung Pagoda is situated near the station, with a cable car nearby to tourists and from the resort. The Ba Na Cable Car, opened on March 29, 2013, holds the world record for the longest non-stop single track cable car at 5801 meters in length. Its latest tourist attraction is the Golden Hand Bridge Danang. 3 - Marble Mountain: All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Thuy Mount (Water Mount). Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the caves, making this a famous tourist site. This area is also famous for stone sculpture making village and stone-cutting crafts in the foot of the mountain. 4 - Linh Ung Pagoda on Monkey Mountain (Vietnamese: Chùa Linh Ứng Bãi Bụt): also known as Lady Buddha Pagoda in Da Nang is one of the three most famous Linh Ung Pagodas in Da Nang. Not only famous for its sacred spiritual culture, but also known as a famous Tourist Destination of Son Tra Peninsula. Possessing a prime location, unique architecture, plus the beauty of the charming countryside make any visitor super-heartened every time they visit. 5 - Hai Van pass: This is well known as Cloudy Pass, the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam where you can overlook the mountain, sky, and ocean. This is a pass just north of Danang city with recent historic significance. 6 - Lang Co bay: Lang Co bay is known as Village of the Storks located in central of Vietnam and at the bottom of Hai Van Pass which defines two different climatic zones. This is also recognized as one of the most World beautiful Bays. 7 - Lap An Lagoon: Lap An lagoon is a small attractive lagoon with a turquoise mountain on one side and 10 km of beachfront on the other. If you arrive here on lunch time, try tasty seafood and see the landscape beside the local restaurant and fishing village. 8 - An Bang Cemetery: Tombs City of Ghosts is located in An Bang Village, Phu Vang district of Thua Thien Hue province in Central Vietnam. This cemetery with hundreds of huge, colored tombs/mausoleums of all shapes. An Bang is a tranquil village near Thuan An Beach, about 35 kilometers East of Hue City. Therefore, the local people call it City of Ghosts.

Paradise Cave & Dark Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/Phong Nha

6. Paradise Cave & Dark Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/Phong Nha

Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone. With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting; making it a natural wonder that many have enjoyed since its opening in 2010. The cave height can reach to 72m and up to 150m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations. Visiting this cave includes a buggy ride through the jungle, a 200m sloped hike up to the mouth of the cave and a 1km exploration down into the cave along wooden boardwalks installed to protect the ancient stalagmites and stalactites. All of the magnificient formations are delicately lit up to highlight its grandeur. The Dark cave is an adventurous and action- packed experience. Visiting this cave includes harnessed zip lining over a turquoise river, swimming into the mouth of the cave (lifejackets included), walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet to illuminate the way, floating about in the buoyant mud baths deep in the cave, washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave, then kayaking back across the river to test your strength on the hanging obstacle course and open ziplines. The Dark cave is named as such because it is one of the few caves that has had no artificial lighting installed. The cave is comprised of mostly basalt, in addition to limestone. Basalt is a black, hard rock; also contributing to the cave’s name. Tour Itinerary: 07:40 - 07:45 You will be picked up at hotel in Dong Hoi/ in Phong Nha from 08:45-09:00 and drive you to Paradise cave - the longest dry cave in Asia. 09:30-10:00 Go by golf cart (1.6km) through the jungle, to then climb to the mouth of the cave to see spectacular views before exploring 1km into the cave. 12:30 Lunch at Dark cave restaurant. Vegetarian option available. 13:30 Visit Dark cave. Participate in the many adventure activities: long zipline, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, water zipline,… The venture into the cave in the dark for cave exploring and mud bathing. 16:00 – 17:30 Tour ends and gets visitors back to hotel.

Tour Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park 2 days 1 night

7. Tour Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park 2 days 1 night

Day 1: Paradise cave – Dark cave (_, L, D) 8h.00: We start going to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – World Natural Heritage. Tourists will have a chance to see the hightlight destinations such as Dong Tien slope, Tra Ang cross road, pay a visit to the vast primary forest. Besides, Tourists will understand more about historical value from the famous sites like Eight-lady cave, 20 Road – Victory. 10h00: Visiting Paradise cave – The longest dried cave in South East Asia with the length researched 31,4km. Being with the system of splendid stalactites and stalagmites, Tourists will admire the wonderland. It takes you about one hour to explore inside the cave. 12h.30: Having lunch at restaurant. 13h.30: After having lunch at Dark cave restaurant, tourist will move to the attractive destination with a lot of activities. Tourists enjoy Zip lining to go to Dark cave directly . The Dark cave has been exploited with equipments: head-lights, helmets, swimwears. Tourists will have experiences in both of walking and swimming on the Thuy Tien cool lake. Especially, Taking a mud bath inside the cave is the unforgettable tim for all in this tour. 16h 45: Coming back the hotel at Phong Nha town/Dong Hoi city, having dinner at Phong Nha town. Day 2: Phong Nha Cave – Phong Nha Botanic Garden – Dong Hoi (B, L, _) 8h.00: You will be transferred to Phong Nha cave, and enjoy its beauty by boat. You explore 1,2 km of the cave on the wooden stair (Hang tien cave, Cung Dinh cave, Bi ky cave). 10h00: Having lunch at restaurant. After taking for rest and having lunch, visitors explore the Phong Nha Botanical Garden, a part of the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh. The garden is home to Gio (Wind) Waterfall, Vang Anh Lake, a prototype exhibition house, a propagation section, and pristine forest patches. Its diverse flora provides a rich habitat for various species of birds and mammals. 17h00: Turn back to Dong Hoi. End the trip Phong Nha Ke Bang 2 day 1 night

From Hue: Phong Nha Cave Full-Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Hue: Phong Nha Cave Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Take a 3-hour ride from Hue to Phong Nha Cave. On the way we stop to visit some of the most famous battle-field in the Vietnam War, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, lying in the Demilitarized Zone of the Vietnam War. The bridge is located right on the 17th parallel, crossing the Ben Hai River at the section running through Hien Luong Village, Vinh Thanh Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Central Vietnam. During the 21 years of the Vietnam War, from 1954 to 1975, Hien Luong Bridge was the boundary dividing Vietnam into two regions: the North managed by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the South by the Republic of Vietnam..Have lunch at a local restaurant then get on boat and cruise along the river to Phong Nha Cave which is designated as Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After that, you will take a 25-minute ride to the water cave walk to discover the dry cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside.

Phong Nha Cave & Dark Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/PhongNha

9. Phong Nha Cave & Dark Cave 1 Day Trip From Dong Hoi/PhongNha

Phong Nha cave or the “river cave” is situated along the historic Ho Chi Minh trail and stands as a relic system of the American/Vietnam war. This cave was actively used to aid the route supporting the battleground of South Vietnam. Safe from the routine bombings, it was used as a place to hide secret floating bridges that would be brought out at night and placed over the river to help trucks get supplies to the south. It once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Today, this area has become the first section of the ever popular Ho Chi Minh Road, as it showcases as lush, mountainous landscape. Visiting this cave includes a 6km dragon boat ride up the turquoise Son river and into the cave where you can marvel at the cave’s magnificient structure. Drift 1km into the cave before exploring 300m on foot. The Dark cave is an adventurous and action- packed experience. Visiting this cave includes harnessed zip lining over a turquoise river, swimming into the mouth of the cave (lifejackets included), walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet to illuminate the way, floating about in the buoyant mud baths deep in the cave, washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave, then kayaking back across the river to test your strength on the hanging obstacle course and open ziplines. The Dark cave is named as such because it is one of the few caves that has had no artificial lighting installed. The cave is comprised of mostly basalt, in addition to limestone. Basalt is a black, hard rock; also contributing to the cave’s name. Tour Itinerary 07:40 - 07:45 You will be picked up at hotel in Dong Hoi or in Phong Nha from 08:45 -09:00 and drive you to the Dark cave. Participate in the many adventure activities: longzipline, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, water zipline,… The venture into the cave in the dark for cave exploring and mud bathing. 12:45 Lunch at local restaurant. Vegetarian option available. 13:30 Take a 30 minute ride up the river to Phong Nha cave via traditional dragon boat. Inside the cave, the driver will turn off the motor to admire the cave’s splendour. You will then explore 300m further into the cave on foot. 16:00 – 17:30 Tour ends and gets visitors back to hotel.

Dong Hoi/Phong Nha : Paradise Cave and Dark Cave Adventure

10. Dong Hoi/Phong Nha : Paradise Cave and Dark Cave Adventure

Explore the longest dry cave in Asia, Paradise Cave, and the Dark Cave on a full-day tour from Dong Hoi. Enjoy a guided tour of the caves, and participate in adventure activities such as ziplining and kayaking. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha. Drive to Paradise Cave, the longest dry cave in Asia. Go by golf cart through the jungle to the mouth of the cave to see spectacular views before exploring 1 km into the cave. After your visit to Paradise Cave, head to the Dark Cave for lunch at the Dark Cave restaurant. If you have a vegetarian diet, let the tour operator know in advance. Then, visit the Dark Cave and participate in adventure activities such as ziplining, swimming, kayaking, and an adventure course. Finish your day with a water zipline before heading back to your hotel.

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We were lucky, the four of us had booked and were traveling alone in a 7-seater. Our tour guide Luna was very nice and friendly. she told us and explained a lot about the caves. The journey to the heights was already very interesting. the driver drove safely. I can highly recommend this excursion. We were lucky, we had booked as a group of four and were traveling alone in a 7-seater. Our tour guide Luna was very nice and friendly. she told us and explained a lot about the caves. The journey to the heights was already very interesting. the driver drove safely. I can highly recommend this excursion

both the paradise cave and the Phong Nha cave are amazing. it was an awesome trip. we liked a lot that we could walk freely in both caves and that the guide waitet for us as we walked the way to the cave instead of the buggy ride. very good traditional food. it was also vegetarian and gluten free

I liked the tour and the caves were really pretty. However, you need to be aware that you will have to walk up a mountain to get to the paradise caves and inside you have to walk a lot of steps. Given the heat, it can be challenging for older people.

All in all it was very good. We were surprised that the food tasted good. The caves really impressive. Thank you for the lovely day

It was great. very well organized. very interesting and the guides were great. THANKS.