Breakfast at the hotel.
8:45-9:10: Our driver will pick us up at our hotel in Phong Nha village, then transfer us to Paradise Cave. 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. According to spelunkers (cave explorers), the deeper one journeys into the cave, the more one feels the wells of heavenly clarity all around. The cave height can reach 72 m and up to 150 m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations. We will then be taken by golf cart (1.6km) from the main gate through the jungle, to where we will then climb to the mouth of the cave; a climb that boasts spectacular views of the mountainous region around the cave.
12:30: Lunch at a local restaurant in Phong Nha village. Here we will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish. A vegetarian option is available.
13:30: Depart for Phong Nha Cave. Phong Nha cave is not only a natural legacy of the world but also stands as a relic system of the historic Ho Chi Minh trail which, during the US war, served as a secret hiding place for floating bridges that were only brought out at night to avoid targeted bombings. These bridges were key components in the supply chain from the north to the south by allowing supply trucks to cross the rivers. It also once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Once its location was discovered, it was heavily bombed, resulting in the external scarring we see today. This area has now become the first section of the ever-popular Ho Chi Minh trail, as it showcases a lush, mountainous landscape.
We will then take 25 minutes to ride to the cave via a traditional Dragon boat. This cave is called a water cave as it exhibits an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, we will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, we will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.
17:00: Back to our hotel. We will be on our own for the rest of the day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Phong Nha