Cave and jungle adventures,
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Vietnam, Central Coast and Highlands
Info : Cave and jungle adventures
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with its enormous cave systems - made famous by National Geographic Magazine's photography features.
The Son Doong cave is the largest in the world, so big that entire rainforests have sprawlled down into the caverns open to the jungle above. It looks like the stuff of dreams and appropriately was used as the setting for the lost boy's hideaway in the 2015 Peter Pan Hollywood Blockbuster featuring Hugh Jackman and Cara Delevingne.
There are various tours on offer in the national park. From the 5 day Son Doong expedition through the largest cave in the world, to shorter excursions to beautiful Hang Va cave with it's unique staligmite formations. You can camp overnight in the world's third biggest cave and at only a 2 day expedition, it's not particularly arduous and makes for an incredible memory. Certainly the photos you'll take of your camp will be breathtaking.
The experiences are off the usual tourist trail although access is relatively straight forward. Take a short dometic flight of just over an hour from Hanoi to Dong Hoi and then it's just an hour or so drive from there to Phong Nha-ke Bang.
The caving and jungle experiences fit well between exploring Hanoi and visiting Halong Bay. It allows you to see some of the country's natural beauty after some time in the city and prepares you for completely unwinding onboard a boat where physical activity is limited to swimming and making your way to an evening cocktail!
We are normally very independant travellers, but for various reasons decided in this instance to use a travel company, and what a good idea that turned out to be.