Phong Nha Caves Vietnam Adventures -Part 2

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We turn down a tributary of the river and the brown waters disappears into a black hole…

This is the Phong Nha cave – which claims to be the longest underground river in the world and was used as a storage place/hospital during the Vietnam War.

Phong Nha Caves, Vietnam Adventures, Phong Nha Caves Vietnam, Phung Nha CavesDisappointingly, the boat is only able to go in a little ways but we are then permitted to get out and explore the cave – quite touristy with its un-magical colored lighting but…

I manage to crawl off into some dark crevasses and get lost in the mystic power of the cave.

 

 

 

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Paradise Cave

The next day we visit Paradise cave.

We reach the cave via the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail.

Along the way we see waters welling up from underground, the bubbling waters birthing instant rivers.

We then climb up a mountain and reach a small hole.

Upon entering this hole a massive cavern opens up before us, reaching a height of 100m and a width of 150m.

Still touristy, but the lighting is much more natural and…

the Giant  Stalactite and Stalagmite formations are spectacular!

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… Majestic and Impressive ~Such an overwhelming feeling standing by such beauty that has been created slowly over time!

The cave winds on for 31 km and when we reach the rope fence ending the tourist encroachment, everything in me longs to climb over and continue to explore the black depths of its power…

 

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    • Hello,

      Thank you so much for visiting my page and your nice comment. So sorry for my late reply – I am actually in Myanmar right now where internet is rare to nonexistent. I have more stories and info to post but will not be able to do so until I return to Bangkok Oct. 13th – where internet works (:. I hope to hear from you again and please ask me if you have any questions of need any further info about anything. Have a beautiful day!

  2. love your post, keep rockin dude! thumbs up!

  3. What incredible photos and adventures! I am curious as to how the river is considered an underground river? Is it actually inside the cave? How was it used as a storage place/hospital during the Vietnam War? -Was it the South Vietnamese or the North who used it? The photos of the Giant Stalactite and Stalagmite formations are very cool.

  4. Nice post. Its realy good. More information help me.

  5. wow, climbing in those caves would be super cool. How many days/hours did it take to get to the Phong Nha Caves and hike around? Do you have to do it with a guide?

  6. so cool! The cave adventures look amazing… are there quite a few caves in Vietnam? Can people climb in these caves or is it just a touristy visit? It seems the only way to reach the Phong Nha Caves is by way of boat -is that the case? Thanks for your stories… Jean

    • Hello Jean,

      Yeah the caves are amazing and there is supposedly quite a few in this area. So my ideal cave experience is one in which I pay nothing and simply explore freely the black depths of a cave – I was long for this so much when I visited these caves!!! Unfortunately I did not have the time to find anything out about the possibility of doing this. The farmstay does organize tour to nontouristy caves were it is more crawling around with light and sleeping in cave but they are very pricey. I know the government really keeps a tight reign on things and many of the caves are in national parks and highly regulated. Still seems like there should be caves for free exploration. Let me know if you figure anything out and I’ll join you! (: Thank for you comments!

      Shelly

  7. Did you go on a specific tour for both the Phong Nha Caves and the Paradise cave? Are they next to each other or separate? Very interesting experiences! Thanks for posting this great info… I want to visit Vietnam and am adding to my list of what to see… any other recommends?

    • Hello Nate,

      Thanks so much for you comments! Yes we went on two separate tours for each cave and they are in totally different location. They are a bit pricey – I think it is possible to rent a motorbike or bicycle and get to them on your own – if you have a good map. The Phong Nha cave tour actually, was not too expensive – you do still have to pay all of the cave entrance fees and boat service, which of course is cheaper if you have more people.

      As far as other recommendation, I can only speak for the south right now (will be going to the north in just a few days) but Hoi An full moon festival was definitely one of my highlights – I have a blog post about it. Mui Nhe was also beautiful! I will let you know how the north is. Have a wonderful trip and please write if you have any more questions.

      Shelly

  8. Did you see this National Geographic Special? “National Geographic Worlds Biggest Cave” it’s absolutely incredible.
    Did you see this cave or could you have? Or is it closed to tourists?

  9. Here is an excerpt from a very interesting article of a trip to the same place… doesn’t look like the Son Doong is officially open to tourists and may be too dangerous unless you have a lot of experience, but there are other really cool caves:

    “To spare a little suspense, we didn’t actually get into Son Doong, the cave featured in National Geographic and, according to the British team who explored it in 2009, most likely the world’s largest. Until then, the Deer Cave in Malaysia held the title.

    But, it turns out, you have to bring your own rope and a death wish — and the cave may not officially be open to tourists for years. (You can get a peek in the January 2011 National Geographic magazine and a televised special on NatGeo).

    Momentarily disappointed, we soon learned there are no shortages of caves in Quang Binh. Within a month of the news of Son Doong, the British Royal exploration group discovered nearly two dozen more caves, bringing the total to 150 in the large jungle-mountain reserve known as Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

    So it didn’t take long to stumble on Thien Duong, another landmark cave first explored by the same British team in 2005. In this case, the government has allowed a beach-resort developer to build sturdy staircases — no ropes, but good walking shoes needed. (Word to the wise: Spend a little time on the StairMaster before you come. You’ll climb up and down nearly 2,000 stairs.)

    At 19 miles long, Thien Duong, also known as Paradise Cave, was considered the largest cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, until Son Doong. It is still believed to be the longest dry cave in Asia, and among the most beautiful. Top government officials attended its official opening last year, though terrible floods kept the public away until last Christmas. So it was a thrill to learn we were among the cave’s first 300 or 500 visitors (depending on whom we asked).”

    Read more of this interesting story: Vietnam’s awe-inspiring caves By Mary Anne Ostrom

  10. See the incredible, breathtaking -Photographs from a National Geographic caving expedition in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park- from Matador Trips and National Geographic.

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  11. That national geographic special is very cool. I wonder if they will ever open up the Son Doong, the cave featured in National Geographic, and allow tourists to explore. That would be very cool.

    How much can you actually explore in the other caves on your own?

  12. Wow! Thanks Amanda! I have been on the move lately with minimum internet so I am a little behind in my post. I will be posting more soon, however. Thank you so much for you support!!

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