Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park30 mars 2015
Today, we went on a tour to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
Phong Nha Ke Bang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003 because it is one of the world's two largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes. 126 km of cave system have already been discovered but there are many areas still not well explored. Among the caves, Son Doong Cave, discovered in 2009, is considered the largest cave in the world! You could explore it during a 6-day trekking for only US$3000...
So we were picked up ar our hotel at 8:30 am and arrived at the first cave one hour later. We first visited Paradise Cave and it was awesome! The cave was discovered in 2005 and opened to public in september 2010. It is 31,4 km long, the height can reach to 100 m and 150 wide. You can only walk 1 km inside but it is so huge, spectacular and the rock formations are stunning.
During the tour, we met Janine and Ben, a lovely German couple travelling around the world for 7 months, with whom we had great conversation.
Then, we had lunch in a restaurant which was good with plenty of different Vietnamese dishes (and even French fries :-)).
After lunch, we visited Phong Nha Cave on a boat. This cave has the longest underground river with 13,9 km. There are the broadest and most beautiful fine sand beaches inside the cave, and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. It was really impressive to be on a boat inside the cave. The boat tour was 1 km long inside the cave and then, we were dropped off and walked around 1,5 km inside the cave.
We deeply enjoyed our tour in Phong Nha Ke Bang. These caves are the most impressive caves we have ever seen. It was magical!
We got back to our hotel at 5:15 pm and then, had dinner and a nice evening talks with Janine and Ben.