Spectacular caves in Vietnam

Vietnam is known as a country with diverse landscapes, ancient history and culture, local food, and in recent years, Vietnam is also famous for one of the world's leading destinations for caving. It can be said that Vietnam has some of the most majestic caves in the world, from the limestone caves in Halong Bay and the Ninh Binh waterways to the Phong Nha-Khe Bang National Park with Phong Nha Paradise Cave and Son Doong - the largest Cave in the world. Exploring these caves may be an interesting experience for you on your next holiday to Vietnam.

1. Son Doong (Quang Binh province)
Son Doong has a worldwide reputation as it’s not only the biggest cave but also one of the longest caves in the world. The cave is situated in the center of Phong Nha Ke Bang national park, Son Doong Cave was discovered in 2009-2010 by cave experts from the British Cave Research Association (BCRA). Son Doong cave is up to 5km long, 200m  high and 150m wide. This cave is so hard to explore that fewer people have trekked into it. So far, only Oxalis Adventure company has been licensed to organize the Son Doong Cave Expedition program. Therefore, it is always on the list of must-visit adventure destinations for adventure enthusiasts around the world.

2. Tu Lan Caves (Quang Binh province)
Located just 70km from Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, the Tu Lan caves system is a complex of beautiful and famous dry and wet caves in Tan Hoa, Quang Binh. It’s hidden behind growing cornfields or green rice fields, next to the minority village of Tan Hoa. This system includes more than 10 caves, among them, some were firstly found in 1992. The first cave is Hang Ton that was found in 1992 and explored more in-depth in 2012. Coming here, you will see the huge and spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, limestone in these caves. Outside of the caves is a marvelous scenery of the charming lakes, waterfalls, and lush flora … like you are in heaven. However, for exploring these unique caves, you also have many unique experiences. You have to track through the remote and untouched jungle; sleep under the stars, in a hammock, or on a camping bed; especially, you will be able to swim in the unbelievable deep underground river that wind gracefully through mountains to come to the heart of the caves of Tu Lan. And when swimming, the deeper you go, the more daylight will fade behind the entrance of the cave. It’s a memorable experience in this lifetime.

quang binh cave

3. Phong Nha cave (Quang Binh province)
Located on Son river in Quang Binh province, Phong Nha cave is considered the longest majestic river cave all over the world. Phong Nha is prominent with a length of nearly 8 km. It was first “discovered” in 1899 and opened to tourists in 1997. To visit Phong Nha cave, you can only take the boat trip starting from the boat station at the Phong Nha Ke-Bang Tourism Center within 30 minutes of flowing on Son river. From the outside, the entrance of the cave attracts tourists with a stunning beauty that is not the same as any others. You will admire the pristine beauty blessed the nature with the harmony of the primeval forests here and the Son River, with the dry cave and the water cave. And inside Phong Nha cave, the stalactites and stalagmites in various shapes, some look like a kind of tree or flower and some look like animals basing on your imagination. All made this destination a picturesque scenery.

4. Paradise cave (Quang Binh province)
As a cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Thien Duong cave which is 60km northwest of Dong Hoi, is an attractive destination for many tourists. This place is dubbed as “the palace in the ground” because it has a length of more than 31.4km, a width of 30-100m, and a height of about 60-80m, and it’s considered the longest dry cave in the world. The cave gate allows only one person at a time to walk through it. Immediately, you will see a large space with many shapes of special stalactites and Asia’s longest wooden bridge (1km). All which are illuminated by the lights will make it more sparkling and mysterious.

5. Tam Coc (Ninh Binh)
Located about 100 kilometers south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province, Tam Coc is a beautiful natural destination that is well known as the Inland Halong Bay or Halong bay rice fields, … In Vietnamese, Tam Coc means three caves referred to as Hang Ca (First cave), Hang Hai (Second cave), and Hang Ba (Third cave). Tam Coc scenery is beautiful by a harmonious combination of stone and water. Ngo Dong river meanders between rice paddies and limestone caves.  A 3-hour walking in a sampan on the Ngo Dong river while floating along the river, you will be impressed to admire the rock shapes, the charming stalactites hung on the ceiling of the limestone tunnel. Especially, in the rice harvest season (just before or after Vietnamese Lunar New Yea, depending on the weather), you will admire the picturesque golden fields. With beautiful landscapes and a tranquil atmosphere, this is the highlight of Ninh Binh that you must see when traveling to Vietnam.

phong nha cave

6. Sung Sot cave (Halong bay)
Situated in Bo Hon island, in the heart of Ha Long Bay world heritage, Sung Sot cave is one of the biggest and most spectacular caves in the Bay. This is also a famous place for both tourists in Viet Nam and tourists all over the world. In the past, the French tourists visit here and they were so surprised by the stunning view and the massive enlargement of the areas (about 10.000m2 in width) although, from the outside, this cave has a very small area. In Vietnamese, Sungsot means surprise, so that’s the reason why the cave has named Sung sot. Deeper inside Sung Sot cave, there are many surprising spectacles created from the various special shapes of stalactites for travelers to discover such as an ancient banyan tree having luxuriant foliage, dinosaurs, Seabear, etc. the best place to capture the stunning view of Ha Long bay is the highest destination of the cave which is interesting attractions in Halong.

7. Luon Cave (Halong’s smallest cave)
Luon Cave is one of the most famous wet caves in Halong bay and is considered as the heaven of splendid nature and wonderful sceneries. The cave is located about 14 km southeast of Tuan Chau Island and just 1 km from Sung Sot Cave. In Vietnamese, Luon cave means “Tunnel cave”. And it’s only explored to this cave by kayak or local sampan boat. The cave has about 60m long and 3m wide with the mouth of the cave is artificial but it’s natural. Once you pass under the arch, you can see the sheer limestone cliffs plunging into the cool, green lake, especially some mischievous monkeys make their home here.

8. Huong Tich cave
Far about 70km in the southwest of Hanoi, Huong Tich cave is considered as the biggest honoring place at the heart of Huong Son relic complex in My Duc District of Hanoi which is compared to large dragon jaw. Coming to this cave, you can admire stalactites on the ceiling and rising from the floor with unique shapes and especially many precious statues. This destination attracts hundreds of tourists to the festival of Pagoda.
If you love to discover the caves in Vietnam, now plan your trip – adventure awaits!

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