Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Caves
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The spectacular system of underground rivers and passages still has some Cham altars from the 10th century.
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  • 4boysdad
    Townsville, Australia131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phong Nha Cave wow
    I included this area in our holiday to specifically visit the three caves close by after reading about them in various travel guide. Access to the Phong Nha cave is via a 25 minute boat ride which gives an interesting view of the town built along the river banks. Tickets must be bought before entering the embarkation area. As we had our own guide we had the boat to ourselves but I suspect the others were a mixture of family groups and individuals. The boat takes you 500 meters into the cave before dropping you back at the walk way that traverses the interior of the cave. Both sections provide views of spectacular formations in a range of amazing colours. The walking section is easy to travel as it is well constructed with even boardwalks and hand rails. There is a flight of steps at the exit point but with with a low level of fitness everyone should handle these with minimal difficulty. Before embarking on the return journey (in the same boat- so remember the number) take the time to wander in the market on the quay to buy drinks, ice cream or food and souvenirs. There are toilets located in the market. I highly recommend this attraction. I have seen nothing like this in Australia for colour or size the cave is truly spectacular.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • QuanLee
    Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning experience with an master artwork by nature
    Amazing trip to Phong Nha cave with my family. the cave is away the city centre around 45km (1,5 hours by car). Firstly we access cave by boat, it took around 30 minutes on the boat but we really enjoy it. we were lucky to travel on a beautiful weather day. My kids enjoy the boat trip. The only thing we think it could be better if the boat use the electric engine or better engine, the current one is ran by fuel so it was so noisy and sometime not good impact on the customers when we enjoy the sceneries along the river, anyway the boat driver and the tour guide were so nice that make us forget the engine. Entering the cave was an stunning feeling. the cave is really a magnificent artwork which we can not imagine how could mother earth can create it. We love the cave and the way how was it built. if we have another chance, we will be back with an kayak boat for an adventure trip (6km deep to the cave).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Chris
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    6 of us on a kayaking tour was lucky enough to be the only one in the caves. We kayaked around 2k into the caves which go for 11k. We walked though the cave system for another approximately 2k. Fantastic experience. I have been in many caves but to be able to go into the caves and climb around and go to remote parts with supervision was fantastic. We were shown an ancient script on the walls, fossils in the rock, climbed through chamber after chamber. Fantastic
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji1,138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    We came on part of a two cave tour and this cave system was the second stop. Arrived around 2.30pm and there was a handful of tourists but certainly not crowded. It took longer getting to the cave entrance then being inside the caves. Don't get me wrong the local boat rowers have their work cutout for them and give them praise for having to paddle 10 plus adults 1km. The boat turns around at the entrance to the longer hike exhibitions that go deep within the system. The slow paddle makes up the bulk of the inside experience and only 10 minutes of walk once you get off the boat on the way back out. Would highly recommend doing the longer expeditions over the quick day tours as you get to kayak and then hike deep within the cave. Looking forward to coming back one day.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Chris_B
    Ketton, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful caves
    What an amazing underground experience. Paradise Cave is spectacular while the Dark Cave is an adventure. There is quite a climb to the entrance of Paradise Cave and our calves felt tight the next day but it was well worth it to see the massive stalagmites and stalactites. The Dark Cave is accessed by zip wire or kayak and then a short swim. Our guide, Leon, made sure we were safe and comfortable and showed us different parts of the cave including the mud pool and an area that most tourists don’t go. Both caves were extraordinarily beautiful. At the Dark Cave there is also kayaking, zip lines and water fun in the river. The health and safety rules are a little more relaxed than the UK but that made the facilities all the more enjoyable, and we felt safe the whole time. The following day we went to Phong Nha cave. This was rather more leisurely as we did most of the trip including inside the cave by boat. It was a brilliant excursion.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand892 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat trip and 2 caves
    We waited at the ticket office for enough people to join the boat. We had 4 people and there was a couple already there and another two lots arrived very shortly after. We all wanted to add on Tien Son cave, so all paid for both caves and the share of the boat to get there. The boat trip is nice, very loud and had to wear life jackets but was quite scenic. First you stop at the Island where market stalls are set up with good, food and drinks plus toilet facilities. You follow a path to the left and have 1 hour to walk through Tien Son cave first which was worth it in our opinion, then meet back at the boat and they turn off the engine and paddle through the cave. It is worth taking a photo of your boat number and also remembering who else was with you (other people) (ie lady with orange shirt etc..) so if everyone is ready to go at the same time. Not as spectacular as Paradise cave but still worth it. The cave goes for ages and rowing through the darkness is quite cool. On the way out you stop and get to walk around and take some nice photos before getting back to the boat, approx 30 minutes which was plenty. It wasn't too crowded but some of the stairs are not easily navigated by older people and good shoes are needed to make it easier. Was a lovely morning out and we all enjoyed.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 April 2024
  • India11
    Guildford, United Kingdom887 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cave, especially when not many people in it
    Utterly amazing! We went on our own to avoid crowds - going by boat to Phong Nha cave in the morning (and Paradise cave with a private driver in the afternoon). Shared a boat with friendly German couple we met at the ticket office and decided to have a boat for just us four, despite the ticket seller trying to persuade us to go with four loud young men, just to save a little money. Went to Tong Sien cave first - nice to walk around it with virtually no one else there. Good to go to Phong Nha in the morning as it was pretty empty - for so e reason the day tours all go in the afternoon. Loved going into the cave in the boat before walking around it. Magical place.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • suejim126@yahoo.co.uk
    Sheffield, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnicent cave system
    We took a peaceful trip up the river in a Dragon Boat and then were rowed through the magnificent cave system. It was an awesome experience. The cave goes a long way back, and some formations are spectacular. Highly recommended. It costs 150,000 VND (£4.74) to visit the cave, and you have to hire a Draggon boat to take you, which costs 360,000 VND (£11.39). We chose to go on our own, but if you want to lower the cost, you can wait to share a Dragon Boat with others. The trip took around 3 hours.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Pratiksha
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phong Nha Caves: A Journey Through Time on a Mystical Boat Ride
    The Phong Nha caves offer a magical journey that seamlessly blends a scenic adventure with a glimpse into a geological wonderland. A boat ride on the greenish-blue waters takes you past towering geokarsts, culminating in a mystical entrance to the cave. Inside, the cooler air and strategically placed lights create an awe-inspiring display of stalactites and stalagmites. After disembarking, explore further on foot, marveling at the incredible rock formations sculpted by nature for millions of years. This unforgettable experience is a must-see for any visitor to Vietnam.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
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Beth
Bristol, UK1,157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Nightmare to actually get tickets. You have to pay 150,000 dong for your ticket then wait for 11 other people so you can all pay for a boat at 550,000 dong between you. Why not just charge everyone 45,000 dong which is a twelfth of the boat price?! We had a nightmare trying to badger passersby into joining our boat and eventually found 10 people. The boat journey itself was nice and the caves interesting. Dont really think it's worth the amount they charge though
Written 2 March 2020
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kielersprotte15
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did the 4.5 km kayak tour in the Phong Nha Cave and really liked it! We were a group of 6 people with one tour guide and one porter. We kayak and also hiked into different parts of the cave. We were served a nice vietnamese lunch in the cave and there was also the possibility to go swimming (but its not a must). Before we were worried about the temperature as now in december it was quite cold outside, but inside the cave it was about 20 degrees and not too cold. We were fine with shorts (your legs get a bit wet during kayaking) and a tshirt. You are also given some plastic sandals and a dry bag to use during the tour. It was quite adventurous - which was what we had hoped for! You really go inside parts of the cave where not many people go. This also means you climb over rocks, hold onto ropes etc. without a very well maintained path, which can be slippery - so be prepared for that! Overall very nice and fun day.
Written 20 December 2022
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Edwincrb
Hanoi, Vietnam29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Gliding in gondolier style into a spectacular cave the is kilometres long. Seeing sculptures that are unbelievable. Imagination, shows an alligator, a lion, a mother and child's heads, stepped water falls...We went three times over 20 days.
That is how extraordinary the caves are..........
Written 19 August 2020
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QuanLee
Shawnee on Delaware, PA166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Amazing trip to Phong Nha cave with my family. the cave is away the city centre around 45km (1,5 hours by car).
Firstly we access cave by boat, it took around 30 minutes on the boat but we really enjoy it. we were lucky to travel on a beautiful weather day. My kids enjoy the boat trip. The only thing we think it could be better if the boat use the electric engine or better engine, the current one is ran by fuel so it was so noisy and sometime not good impact on the customers when we enjoy the sceneries along the river, anyway the boat driver and the tour guide were so nice that make us forget the engine.
Entering the cave was an stunning feeling. the cave is really a magnificent artwork which we can not imagine how could mother earth can create it.
We love the cave and the way how was it built. if we have another chance, we will be back with an kayak boat for an adventure trip (6km deep to the cave).
Written 4 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
6 of us on a kayaking tour was lucky enough to be the only one in the caves. We kayaked around 2k into the caves which go for 11k. We walked though the cave system for another approximately 2k. Fantastic experience. I have been in many caves but to be able to go into the caves and climb around and go to remote parts with supervision was fantastic. We were shown an ancient script on the walls, fossils in the rock, climbed through chamber after chamber. Fantastic
Written 2 October 2023
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India11
Guildford, UK887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Utterly amazing!
We went on our own to avoid crowds - going by boat to Phong Nha cave in the morning (and Paradise cave with a private driver in the afternoon).
Shared a boat with friendly German couple we met at the ticket office and decided to have a boat for just us four, despite the ticket seller trying to persuade us to go with four loud young men, just to save a little money.
Went to Tong Sien cave first - nice to walk around it with virtually no one else there.
Good to go to Phong Nha in the morning as it was pretty empty - for so e reason the day tours all go in the afternoon.
Loved going into the cave in the boat before walking around it.
Magical place.
Written 21 April 2024
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Chris_B
Ketton, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What an amazing underground experience. Paradise Cave is spectacular while the Dark Cave is an adventure. There is quite a climb to the entrance of Paradise Cave and our calves felt tight the next day but it was well worth it to see the massive stalagmites and stalactites. The Dark Cave is accessed by zip wire or kayak and then a short swim. Our guide, Leon, made sure we were safe and comfortable and showed us different parts of the cave including the mud pool and an area that most tourists don’t go. Both caves were extraordinarily beautiful. At the Dark Cave there is also kayaking, zip lines and water fun in the river. The health and safety rules are a little more relaxed than the UK but that made the facilities all the more enjoyable, and we felt safe the whole time.
The following day we went to Phong Nha cave. This was rather more leisurely as we did most of the trip including inside the cave by boat. It was a brilliant excursion.
Written 8 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Pratiksha
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Phong Nha caves offer a magical journey that seamlessly blends a scenic adventure with a glimpse into a geological wonderland. A boat ride on the greenish-blue waters takes you past towering geokarsts, culminating in a mystical entrance to the cave. Inside, the cooler air and strategically placed lights create an awe-inspiring display of stalactites and stalagmites. After disembarking, explore further on foot, marveling at the incredible rock formations sculpted by nature for millions of years. This unforgettable experience is a must-see for any visitor to Vietnam.
Written 5 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

suejim126@yahoo.co.uk
Sheffield, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took a peaceful trip up the river in a Dragon Boat and then were rowed through the magnificent cave system. It was an awesome experience. The cave goes a long way back, and some formations are spectacular. Highly recommended. It costs 150,000 VND (£4.74) to visit the cave, and you have to hire a Draggon boat to take you, which costs 360,000 VND (£11.39). We chose to go on our own, but if you want to lower the cost, you can wait to share a Dragon Boat with others. The trip took around 3 hours.
Written 24 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We waited at the ticket office for enough people to join the boat. We had 4 people and there was a couple already there and another two lots arrived very shortly after. We all wanted to add on Tien Son cave, so all paid for both caves and the share of the boat to get there. The boat trip is nice, very loud and had to wear life jackets but was quite scenic. First you stop at the Island where market stalls are set up with good, food and drinks plus toilet facilities. You follow a path to the left and have 1 hour to walk through Tien Son cave first which was worth it in our opinion, then meet back at the boat and they turn off the engine and paddle through the cave. It is worth taking a photo of your boat number and also remembering who else was with you (other people) (ie lady with orange shirt etc..) so if everyone is ready to go at the same time. Not as spectacular as Paradise cave but still worth it. The cave goes for ages and rowing through the darkness is quite cool. On the way out you stop and get to walk around and take some nice photos before getting back to the boat, approx 30 minutes which was plenty. It wasn't too crowded but some of the stairs are not easily navigated by older people and good shoes are needed to make it easier. Was a lovely morning out and we all enjoyed.
Written 14 April 2024
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