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Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam is a place where your travel goals and dreams will actually turn into reality.This place is heavenly in terms of the natural marvels it has, the incredible culture, the highly extraordinary adventures it offers and so much more!

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park tours are gaining an increasing popularity in Asia and even the world. People from all over the world visit Phong Nha to see a side of Vietnam and Asia that they could never even imagine in their wildest dreams!

This place is also popularly known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Asia’ owing to the fact that the adventure tours in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park have set a benchmark of supreme quality in adventure tourism, not just in Vietnam and Asia, but on a global level.


Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park has a lot to offer in terms of its scenic beauty and now we’ll tell you about some of the other places to visit and things to do!



If nature is your thing, you’re in the perfect place. A great choice, especially for families, is the Botanical Garden. There are nice walking paths, beautiful trees, and a waterfall (maybe avoid the taxidermy room though)! The gardens are located 10 km from the center of town on Highway 20 (Victory Road), en route to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. While you can venture here by bicycle, we recommend heading there by motorbike as there are no bike paths or lanes on this fairly narrow highway.

Price: 40,000 VND

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Paradise Cave is a must-see during your stay here, especially if you’re riding the National Park loop. Once thought to be among the biggest caves in the world, what is referred to as Paradise Cave is actually a dry passage of Vom Cave System. Vom Cave is the longest dry cave in Asia at 31 km. Currently tourists can visit the first kilometer of Paradise Cave, which is entered via a long set of stairs followed by a wooden boardwalk. There is a light system set up in the cave which allows you to marvel at all the formations and get some good photos as well. The price doesn’t include the electric carts which take you from the front entrance to the bottom of the stairs leading up to the cave. You’re welcome to opt out of the cart and walk instead, but the stairs aren’t optional so get those quads ready.

For more information about Paradise cave tours, please visit Paradise Cave: A Complete Guide

Price:  250,000 VND per adult and 125,000 VND per child

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Another must-see attraction in Phong Nha, this cave is located at the top of a fork in the Son River; to reach it; you’ll purchase tickets from the Tourism Center in town and then hop into a dragon boat which will take you 3 km up the river to the entrance of the cave. You’ll then continue through the first km of the cave by boat, and on your way out, be able to explore about 500 m by foot. The boat picks you back up and returns you at the Tourism Center in town. This is a great choice if the weather is too hot for riding a motorbike and you need a cool escape. The cave is artificially lit in a very tasteful manner, highlighting the most fascinating formations well and providing excellent conditions for photographic opportunities.

Price: 150,000 VND/per person entrance fee and 360,000 VND/boat (which seats 14); you can pay 300,000 VND extra for an English speaking guide to accompany you on the boat (upon availability)

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The ecotrail is tucked into the jungle just off the main road of the national park loop. The trails are defined by bamboo floorboards and clearly marked paths, and they’ll take you over gushing rivers and to some small lagoons; the first lagoon has been set up with a mini ropes course and is great fun for kids. As you venture further along the trails, you’ll find a larger area set up for kayaking and splashing around. The ecotrail can be a bit busy during the summer months when kids are out for school break, but it’s still worth a visit to if you’re looking to cool off.

Price: 80,000 VND per person for basic entrance fee; 180,000 VND for all access pass 

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Dark Cave is for the more adventurous and is a very muddy excursion. You’ll definitely want to bring a change of clothes with you and a towel if you go. The cave is reached via a very short kayak or a zipline. There are smaller ziplines and some family activities available as well, the price of which is included in the cave tour.

*Please be advised that we highlight Dark Cave in this section because many people ask about it, but Oxalis is not liable for their safety standards nor do we endorse participation in this activity.

Price (entrance fees vary): High season all-inclusive (cave and zipline) 450,000 VND per person.
Low season all-inclusive 250,000 VND per person.
High season limited access (zipline & kayak) 270,000 VND per person.
Low season limited access 170,000 VND per person.

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This cave, which also goes by its Vietnamese name “Hang Tam Co”, is located just past km 16 on Highway 20, part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Highway 20 was in fact named this because 20 years old was the average age of the youth volunteer force and frontline soldiers during the Vietnamese – American war. The cave pays homage to 8 young ladies and gentlemen who were tragically trapped in the cave during a fall-in after a bomb strike. A temple has been constructed next to the cave as a tribute and place to honor the members of these brave men and women.

Price:  Free

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If you want to see Bong Lai Valley but perhaps without making all the beer stops, maybe just pick one or two choices to check out. Bong Lai Valley is home to several families who cater to travelers in search of good food and a cold beer.

Bong Lai Valley is a beautiful rural valley in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park area and is interlinked with farms and small villages. If you’re looking to relax on a hammock for a day and watch the sunset with a cold beer, this is the place to be. All you need is a bike and a map for exploring this valley. Explore mountains and indigenous villages with lots of picturesque sights. It’s ideal to end your day by enjoying the traditional grilled chicken and cold beer. The original Pub with Cold Beer is perhaps the most well-known, but these days Moi MoiThe Duck Stop, and Wild Boar Eco Farm give them a run for their money on great views, fresh food, and incredible hospitality. Food is all fresh from the garden/farm and served family style. Going in a group is always more fun! When in Bong Lai, don’t forget to visit:

  • The Pub with Cold Beer: Chicken is the specialty of the farm to table experience, with fresh poultry and the beer is cold as advertised!

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  • Wild Boar Eco Farm: They serve cold beer and tasty freshly cooked pork along with other options, but at a more rural setting with views across the river. This is a good place to swim, learn how to make a Vietnamese conical hat with locals or just hang out in the enormous Vietnamese houses.

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  • Moi Moi Restaurant: Fantastic food options here, especially the bamboo pork. It’s a rural setting from the Bong Lai Valley, located on a small farm which develops pepper, watermelons, cassava, and corn along with other crops.

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  • The Duck Stop: Refreshment guaranteed! You can feed the ducks and click some great pictures. Pick some Phong Nha Black Pepper while you’re there.

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Price: The price of a meal per person is about 100,000 VND at these stops, depending on group size; beers are about 20,000 VND (prices subject to fluctuate)


Phong Nha does not disappoint if you want to capture some great images. Check out the following places for incredible viewpoints below!


Want to show off what a great vacation you’re having? Consider some selfies poolside onsite at Chay Lap. One sight of our delicious cocktails and food are sure to make any of your followers mouthwateringly jealous!


Yup, this provides one of the best lookouts in all of Phong Nha! Many people don’t even realize what the view offers. You can see a huge expanse of the Son River, and the karst mountains towering behind it.


This cave is located above Phong Nha Cave. When you buy a ticket to Phong Nha Cave, be sure to ask about Tien Son as well. You’ll have quite a few stairs to climb but the view is worth the workout!


When the rice paddies are at their greenest (March – April) and the late afternoon sun is casting it’s last glow across the fields, you’ll be glad brought your camera to capture the Farmstay at its best.


Situated in the perfect spot to catch the sun dip below the horizon, Bomb Crater Bar sits along the river and therefore provides an idyllic location for photographers. Bomb Crater Bar is located in Cu Lac Village, between Easy Tiger and Farmstay.


The bridge is located just outside of Phong Nha (exit town, turn left along Ho Chi Minh Highway, and you’re there!). It offers a view of the river, buffaloes grazing in rice fields, houses, churches, and more.


It’s hard to capture a bad photo of the river. There is a long stretch of river running alongside the village, just outside of the center of town. Stop at one of the ‘nuoc mia’ (sugarcane juice) stands and capture some shots.


Phong Nha does not disappoint if you want to capture some great images. Check out the following places for incredible viewpoints below!

Your best option would be to hire a licensed motorbike driver for the day who can take you around while you jump on back and soak up the views, take photos, and drink without worrying about how to get home safely.

A sample itinerary is Easy Tiger –> Bomb Crater Bar –> Moi Moi –> Pub with Cold Beer –> sunset at Phong Nha Farmstay. Or you could leave Phong Nha Farmstay sooner and enjoy Bomb Crater Bar at sunset instead. The highlight of this choice is getting to take a swim in the river while enjoying the sunset!

Price: depends how many beers you drink! Beers average about 20,000 VND each in this area


Experience an idyllic blend of rural relaxation and Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort hospitality, with the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on your doorstep, and tranquil river life just a short stroll or bicycle away.


If you’re looking for some rest & relaxation as well as some light adventure water sports, venture no farther than Chay Lap Farmstay.
Located 8 km from the National Park entrance and 18 km from Phong Nha, this countryside resort has a swimming pool, a great restaurant, and by far the best drinks list in the region.

Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, cookery and weaving classes. Meet up at the social hubs of the Farmstay either indoors or outdoors to talk over the days discoveries with other world travelers passing through. Or laze by the pool and let us bring an exotic cocktail to your sun lounge. 

For dining, you can eat inside at the air-conditioned Expedition Café (you won’t find many of those around here!), outside by the pool, or even down by the Riverside Café next to the Water Sports Center. Meals at the Expedition Café range from Vietnamese cuisine to pastas and pizza, so there’s something for everyone.


It also boasts lots of different water activities for adventurers of any age, you can be more adventurous and head down to Chay Riverside where you’ll find the Water Sports Center. Here you will have your choice of river cruises, sailing, kayaks, water skippers, round boats, and water bikes. Each of these is sure to provide a lot of laughs and fun! Light food and drinks are served at the Riverside Café.

Price: Varies by sport

Kayaks: 100,000 VND per hour

Water Skippers: 300,000 VND per hour

Water Bikes: 120,000 VND per hour

Round Boats: 80,000 VND per hour

Stand-up Paddle: 100,000 VND per hour

Private River Charters: 700,000 VND per tour (contact for details)

If you’re looking for more adventures within the National Park, Chay Lap is located only 6 km from Paradise Cave, 3 km to Dark Cave, and only 4 km to Nuoc Mooc Ecotrail. For more information or to book a few nights at Chay Lap Farmstay (highly recommended!), please proceed to their website at


With a perfect blend of classic tours and soft adventures, Di Di Thoi – a brand new travel company will get you closer to the Vietnamese and Phong Nha culture like never before.


The Phong Nha River Cruise explores villages, try local crafts, food and wine, soaking up the river life, and enjoy cycling back to Phong Nha will offer the best experiences for you through wonderful activities like cycling through the gorgeous countryside, going on a sunset cruise, kayaking on an emerald river while soaking up some fun and so much more!

For tour information, please visit:


If you have a spare morning or afternoon, consider checking out the war exhibition located near the entrance to town. It’s situated right by an open field, often used for youth football matches or otherwise occupied by cows, across the street from the Phong Nha – Ke Bang sign

While the museum itself is under repair and not open to the public, the courtyard itself is worth paying a visit to. The perfume of flowers wafts through the air and the backdrop of the mountains make for a serene stroll. There is a small bridge leading to a monument known as the Monument of the Voluntary Youth. It pays tribute to the voluntary youth force on the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnamese – American war.



All you need is a Phong Nha map and a motorbike that you could easily find any place in the town. It’s ideal to end your day by enjoying the traditional grilled chicken and cold beer in the beautiful valley.

A 65 km loop takes you through a beautiful section of the National Park, and you’ll have a chance to stop into several famous caves, including Paradise Cave8 Lady Cave, and Dark Cave. You can easily spend a whole day driving the loop, depending on how many stops you make. If you aren’t an experienced rider, we insist that you hire a licensed motorbike driver to take you around! The national park is NOT the place to learn how to drive a motorbike. There are also a couple places who can take you by car (great for families with smaller children). All you need is a Phong Nha map and a motorbike that you could easily find any place in the town. It’s ideal to end your day by enjoying the traditional grilled chicken and cold beer in the beautiful valley.

Price: Free (excluding motorbike rental and gasoline of course. But at least there’s no entrance fee to the park!)

*If you’re interested in motorbike rentals, please contact one of the following licensed drivers/companies (both offer motorbike and car services). Also, please DRIVE SLOW through the village. Many children and dogs play in the streets.

Phong Nha Backpacker Services (Phuong): +84 (0) 98 828 9807
Thang’s Phong Nha Riders (limited English): +84 (0) 164 659 0719



Oxalis Adventure always offers more than whatever you can imagine, if you have your plan to do more of our tours or simply experiencing #TheOxalisExperience thoroughly. Below are what you couldn’t miss!


If you are joining us for the Son Doong Expedition (or any of our other tours) and plan on coming early or stay late, consider visiting the other cave system Oxalis run tours to, Tu Lan Cave System. We offer 1 day tours and multiple day tours. Let’s save your energy for the big one, the rest could wait but with lots of excitement, still!

Please visit Oxalis Adventure Tours for more adventure & expedition tours information or if you still cannot decide, we have listed all of our tours by duration and tried to give an overview of what to expect to hopefully make it easier for you  to select the best adventure tour for you here! Check it out!


  • Kayaking at Oxalis

If you like starting or winding down your day with a light dose of adventure, why not rent a kayak at Oxalis Headquarters? From Oxalis, you can kayak just up the river to Ho Khanh’s Homestay or Phong Nha River House, both of which boast excellent Vietnamese coffee. Phong Nha River House also dishes up the best Vietnamese food in town. Both locations have a beach where you can leave the kayak if you pop in for a drink, but please ask the staff there to help you tie it up so it doesn’t float away.

For those who want to go a little farther, a paddle up to the entrance of Phong Nha Cave is a good choice (but please, don’t enter the cave via kayak).

Price: Kayak rentals are free of charge for customers who stay at Oxalis Home; for outside customers the price is 100,000 VND per hour

  • Beach at Oxalis

Need a lazy day? Why not spend it lounging on the beach at Oxalis! Deck chairs sit atop the sand, or you can also bring down a cushy bean bag chair to lie on. Waitstaff are happy to serve your drinks on the beach and you can take a dip in the river if you need to cool off; curl up on a bean bag chair with a book and hot coffee in the winter months.

Price: Free for Oxalis customers (hotel, café, tour customers)

Coming to Phong Nha and still not sure what to do with your extra time? Check out some blogs below, written by some lovers of the area, they paint a brilliant picture of the country:

*Prices listed in the above articles have likely changed since the hyperlinked articles were written so please refer to pricing above which is updated regularly.