Phong Nha Cave is the most famous cave in Quang Binh, Central of Vietnam. According to Wikipedia, “Phong Nha Cave is a cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. The fact that, it is 7,729 meters long and contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 meter underground river”.

Phong Nha Cave’s Location

Firstly, Phong Nha cave is located in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province about 45km from the northwest of Dong Hoi city. From Dong Hoi city to Phong Nha Cave, visitors will go on the legendary Truong Son Road. After arriving at Phong Nha tourist center, visitors take a boat on Son River to visit Phong Nha. Phong Nha cave is considered the “The First Cave” of Viet Nam.

Covered by tropical forests, Phong Nha is the first cave to be put into tourism exploitation in Phong Nha – Ke Bang area. People often call “Phong Nha – Ke Bang Cave“. The name of “Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park” is also derived from the name “Phong Nha Cave”. However, Phong Nha cave is one of the caves like many other caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Wharf at Phong Nha, Son River
Boat in the poetic Son River on the way to Phong Nha

Phong Nha Cave’s Formation

Secondy, according to scientists, Phong Nha Cave’s formation is a natural process that took place 250 million years ago. Topographic form of  Phong Nha – Ke Bang’s is mainly from limestone mountains and land mountains. Average height 600 meters, narrow walls, vertical walls. Phong Nha cave is in the southeastern part of Ke Bang Limestones Mountain in a strongly weathered limestone area, with an area of ​about 10,000 km2, extending 200 km in the North of the Truong Son range, and going through Laos. There are underground flows inside this limestone.

The nice landscape along the river

Addtionally, the flow on the surface can be seen as the Son, Trooc, Chay and Rao Thuong rivers originating from small streams, to the En cave, the big stream flows underground into limestone mountains to form caves. The two sides of the Son River are the life of the local people here. People around here often drive boats to serve tourists visiting Phong Nha Ke Bang.

The entrance gate of Phong Nha

With a length of 7,729m, a depth of 83m, a height of 50m with a lot of small and large grottos including Bi Ky cave, Tien cave and Cung Dinh cave.
This cave is a type of underground flows in the mountain with many typical stalactites. Legendary, the falling stalagmites at the entrance of the cave have contributed to the poetic name of Phong Nha, which means “Wind through the teeth”. Thus, the name Phong Nha also comes from here. The stalactites are considered beautiful and take millions of years to form.

Stalactites and Stalagmites of Phong Nha cave

Phong Nha is famous for its unique stone blocks named after natural shapes like “Lion”, “Unicorn”, “Elephant”, “Palace” or “Buddha statue”. After about 19km underground under the Truong Son range, the river appears at the cave gate with blue water color in the dry season and red color seasons.

Besides, visitors can also explore the creation of stalagmites and stalactites in some of the 14 rooms inside the cave. Inside about 1km is Bi Ky cave, a sub-branch deep in Phong Nha cave, about 600m from the gate. Many people believed that from the 9th century to the 11th century, Cham people chose this place as a place of worship.

Many different kind of rock shapes inside the cave

After dozens of Vietnamese, French and British Scientists’s discovery, Phong Nha cave is still very mysterious. At present, many places in Phong Nha Ke Bang are opening for tourism. However, Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave is still the first choice of tourists. The Phong Nha tour is not only suitable for many age levels but also very poetic while going down the Son River to explore this cave.

Some records of Phong Nha Cave

7 The best of Phong Nha Cave
1. The longest water cave (Roof Cave-28km)
2. The tallest and largest cave gate
3. The most beautiful sand and rock beaches
4. The best underground lake
5. The most magnificent and miraculous stalactites
6. The longest underground river in Vietnam (13,969 m)
7. The largest and most beautiful dry cave.

Fares to visit Phong Nha Cave


Now you can visit the Phong Nha Cave for the first 1.2 km. If you want to visit more, you can join the Xuyen Son Ho adventure tour to explore Phong Nha Cave 4500m. With 2 tours of Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave, visitors can choose the form of tour for themselves.
Adults: 150,000 / 1 guest.
Boat price: 360,000 / 12 guests. (Phong Nha boat ticket 2-way round trip)
Please contact us to organize a professional Phong Nha Tour. Combining with other places in Phong Nha Ke Bang visitors can have many different tour options. The beautiful images of Phong Nha Ke Bang are waiting for visitors to explore and experience.

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