Phong Nha

Phong Nha is an explorer’s paradise. Millions of years of flooding have carved out the world’s grandest caves, winding rivers that entwine ancient karsts, and jungle-clad mountains all creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

Colossal caves may be the main attraction, but stay a little longer and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park will reveal hiking trails, rivers, and countryside lanes that are perfect for motorcyclists. This is one of Vietnam’s top adventure destinations. Even so, Phong Nha is still in the early stages of development.

Now is the time to come. The caves are pristine, the locals are friendly, and you’ll feel like you have the wilderness all to yourself. It is worth noting that many of Phong Nha’s caves are inaccessible during the rainy season (from October to December.) 

Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, with stalagmites that compete in height with London’s Big Ben. An expedition can take four days with camping spots set up on scenic parts of the trail. This is the most challenging and costly expedition in the area and is often booked out months in advance.

Phong Nha Ke Bang

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a protected area in north-central Vietnam bordering the Hin Namno Reserve in Laos. Characterized by mountains, tropical forests, and underground rivers, it’s known for its ancient limestone karsts and vast network of caves. These include the huge Sơn Đoòng cave and Phong Nha cave, which is big enough for boats. The area’s rich wildlife includes tigers, black bears, and elephants. For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Phong Nha motorbike rental Facebook page is a great place to hire a manual (essential in mountainous areas). The booking website provides access to relevant accommodation.

The nearest airport is Dong Hoi city – which can be flown to via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. From the airport, it is relatively easy to get a bus to your chosen hotel. In fact, when you book your hotel, it is worth asking if they can arrange a pick-up for you. This saves you time and effort. For more information, contact me via Facebook or check out my CV

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and teacher. I live and work in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.