Gobsmacked and Awestruck in Phong Nha, Vietnam

If you are wondering whether a trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam is worth the effort, then wonder no more.  This is one of the up and coming tourist destinations in Vietnam and well worth a visit.  The area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 due to it’s spectacular world class caves and beautiful countryside, but it’s changing rapidly as more and more tourists flock here to experience the chilled vibe and stunning cave tours.  I have not doubt that more and more beautiful underground worlds will be discovered in the next few years, but don’t wait too long to come here!  

These are a few of the photos we took on our trip to Phong Nha.  The highlights of this area include borrowing rickety bikes and  cycling around the vietnamese countryside, meeting locals and exploring rural villages, visiting ‘The Pub with Cold Beer’ for the freshest chicken dinner possible and a cold beer and, of course, exploring some of those gobsmacking caves.

The mud-filled Dark Cave was definitely the most adventurous and exhilarating of the caves.  Paradise Cave was the most gobsmackingly stunning, with the unique Phong Nha cave coming in a close second.  We are desperate to see Hang En cave on our next visit.  Hang Son Doong would be an adventure of a lifetime but it’s a bit out of our price range.  We met a couple travelling in Laos who had just come back from hang Son Doong and, despite saying that it was the most physically demanding thing they ever done, they described it as the most awe inspiring experience ever –  and these were well-travelled people.

As you can see from the photos, we took kids with us to Vietnam.  They were a variety of ages, ranging at the time from five to ten.  The Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park area is fab for kids and we’d recommend bringing them here.  Some of the tours are definitely not kid-friendly but there’s plenty to see and do whether you are an adult or not.

Read our full guide to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park here.

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