Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a national park in the northern central area of Vietnam. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the area has around 300 caves and grotto’s. It is also home to the world’s largest cave. Amongst the multiple caves is forest and limestone areas. This makes for a great place to stop over for a few days whilst exploring Vietnam.
- Caves, caves and more caves. You can’t go to this place without exploring at least one cave! There are so many but some of the more popular one’s include Phong Nha cave. This is famous for its long underground river and there are several rock formations within the cave. The cave is 7729 metres long. Paradise cave is another popular cave which used to be the largest cave until a recent discovery. It is larger than Phong Nha cave and has some beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. There is also the dark cave. This cave is unlit, hence the name dark cave, and this allows you to enter with just your head torch as a guide whilst sliding through all of the mud. So if you fancy a mud bath this is the one for you.
- The Botanic gardens are mostly a forest area which you can go trekking through. There are also waterfalls and natural pools that you can swim in. The landscape is very beautiful and this is a great place to go self-exploring the natural beauty of the park.
- One of my favourite things to do was to take a bike ride outside of the park area. You will cycle through villages with tons of children waving and shouting ‘hello’ at you. Some of the roads are terrible and are almost impossible to cycle on as they are steep uphill mud pits. After sweating like a pig in the heat trying to cycle, and eventually giving up and walking, we arrived at ‘The Pub with Cold Beer’ and had a well-deserved drink. Here they can cook you a fresh meal, so fresh in fact you can kill the chicken yourself, which I did decline. Or you can simply lie back in one of their hammocks for an hour or two with a cold beer.
Where to stay:
There are a few hostels in the area if you’re looking for somewhere cheap to stay. Easy Tiger Hostel is by far the best hostel, in my opinion. They have 4 or 6 bed dorms and every other night there was a live band playing. Even people from other hostels would come down for a drink in the evening. The food there, although a little more expensive than other places, is AMAZING!
The travelling nurse x