Deep Into Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park hides a mind boggling system of underground caverns, rivers, historic sites and jungle. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003, the remote national park is located about 60 kilometers from Dong Hoi airport, Quang Binh and is home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia. The park is teeming with cave systems, some stretching five kilometers that can be explored on foot. Some estimated to be as old as 400 million years.

Spectacular stalagmites and white crystal stalactites resembling glass pillars grace the insides of these caves, whilst above ground the scene is equally impressive. The park is set in nearly 900 sq km of unspoiled forest and tropical jungle, home to several species of mammals including elephants and a wide variety of birds.

There are an exciting number of ways to explore these caves. For beginners we suggest venturing into Thien Duong or Paradise Cave, while the more advanced explorer can test their skills at Son Doong.

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