Phong Nha Cave, worldly recognized by UNESCO in 2003, has been attracting numerous tourists every year. In the early time when the cave is honored as the World Heritage Site, Phong Nha cave tours were as simple as sight-seeing the majestic beauty of the cave. Time by time, people are so much attracted by that grandiose beauty that they explore further and organize adventure tours for those who love this kind of tourism.
As of now, travelers can both sight-see and involve more in the nature at Phong Nha with various options. Here are some suggestions.
1. Explore 4.5km of underground river of Phong Nha Cave
Travelers bought the tour at the ticket booth of Phong Nha – Ke Bang Tourism Center, then go to Phong Nha Cave by boat at the pier next to the booth, or travelers will be carried to the cave door by a minibus. The entrance area is like an introduction to the majestic cave and the next 1.2km of middle area is for preparation.
Coming after the two areas are the dark zone which travelers have to climb the rocks, go through narrow pathways, swim across the river, walking on sandy fields, etc. Huyền Không Cave (lies within the Phong Nha Cave) and Xuyên Sơn Lake are the 2 significance of the tour. The tour price is about 100 USD (2.5 mil. VND) per pax, including a lunch, water, insurance, and operation fees.
2. Trekking through the Survival Valley (Thung Lung Sinh Ton) & E grotto
Those who are traveling on Phong Nha adventure motorbike tour are usually recommended to join the trip trekking in the nature, explore the exit way of grottos. The trekking length is estimated to be 8km, through different terrains: grass hills, dark grottos, abandoned valley, etc. There will be a BBQ lunch in the middle of the jungle, and tourists can take time swimming in a spring. The cost for a pax is around 80 USD, including take-on and drop-off, English tour guides, porter, ranger, adventure equipment, hiking shoes…
3. Wandering 7km in Paradise (Thiên Đường) Cave
The cave is a great performance of the nature: combination from natural elements and forming crystal-clear stalactite and stalagmite. Climbing over steep cliffs, kayaking, crawling will increase travelers’ endurance and curiosity during the trip. The significance of this place is the Paradise Well where the sky and earth combine and forming creatures. The tour operator charges 115 USD per pax.
4. Camping in Én (Swallow) grotto
This kind of tour does not require much health and endurance as the 3 tours above. Yet, trekking activities still remains. Travelers will go through the primitive forest, and a valley before getting to the Én grotto where travelers are allowed to settled down the camping tents and spending a night in the grotto, by a small lake, under thousands of stars. If you are planning to have a journey in Phong Nha cave tour, you should camp in Én grotto.
5. Motorbike Adventure Tour
Phong Nha cave adventure motorbike tour may suit with adventurous travelers as it combines travelling off-road with motorbikes to get to the Phong Nha, and then discover selected tours at Phong Nha. With this tour, travelers experience more with surroundings around Phong Nha, to the local people and activities.
Phong Nha motorbike adventure tour has been popular recently, especially to the young, who love new experience and involvement to the nature. Phong Nha has a lot to offer with the majestic beauty inside each caves and grottos. Not only that, the area around Phong Nha is also a treasure which you can explore and enjoy this whole new world of nature.