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Phong Nha Botanical Garden: Ecological Attraction In Quang Binh Vietnam

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With the total area of 40ha, Botanical Garden is is the epitome of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The garden is a great spot to explore primeval forests with diverse and precious flora and fauna, and beautiful natural landscapes.

This article is a complete guide to Botanical Garden in Phong Nha Ke Bang, with details and tips to make the best of your trip.

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In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Botanical garden:

  • General information
  • Best places to stay
  • How to get there
  • Things to know before visiting
  • Packing list
  • Botanical garden routes
  • Things to do in Botanical garden Phong Nha

 

About Botanical Garden Phong Nha

The highlight of the botanical garden is the beautiful landscape hidden in the tropical forest such as the Gio waterfall higher than 30m, Vang Anh Lake, rare forest trees with populations of green limbs, timber, etc.

Botanical Garden Opening hours: 7 am to 5:30 pm

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Botanical Garden ticket price

The entrance ticket of Botanical garden is 40,000 VND/ adult, which is around $1.8.

Children under 1.3m can get in for free.

The parking fee for each bike is 4,000 VND.

 

Best places to stay in Botanical Garden

If you’re a nature lover, you can request to stay overnight at the Botanical garden. Below is a cost

Restroom:
– 1 person: 250,000 VND / night
– 2 people: 350,000 VND / night
– 3 people: 400,000 VND / night
– 4 people: 450,000 VND / night
– Dormitory room: 90,000 VND / night / person (5-8 people)
– Tents: 150,000 VND / single / night
250,000 VND / double tent / night

Also, you can stay in Phong Nha town and ride your bike here. As the distance is only about 8 km, it only takes approximately 15 minutes to get to the Botanical Garden.

I stayed at Shambalaa Hostel in Phong Nha, which is in the same chain with Easy Tiger and Phong Nha Farm stay.

 

How to get to Phong Nha Botanical Garden

Phong Nha Botanical Garden is located in Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, about 12 km from Phong Nha Tourism Center.

To visit Botanical garden, you will need to get to either Phong Nha or Dong Hoi and drive here.

You can take trains or flights to Dong Hoi from major cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang. After arriving at Dong Hoi, you can take a taxi or local bus to Phong Nha.

You can also take a direct bus from Hanoi or Hue to Phong Nha.

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Things to know before visiting Botanical Garden Phong Nha

In my opinion, the name is quite misleading as it’s not botanic garden in a real sense, and it looks more like a jungle plot with paths.

I thought it would be a stroll around a flower garden, but it was more a hike. Most of the roads were quite challenging to walk, as they were slippery and rocky.

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What to pack for Botanical garden?

Here is the list of things you should bring when visiting Botanical garden:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes for hiking/ trekking
  • Swimming suits
  • Towels
  • Water and snacks
  • Insect repellents

 

Botanical garden routes

Visiting the botanical garden, you can choose to visit all the sightseeing routes on an area of ​​40 hectares of natural forest with about 4km of walking trails, or you can also select the following suitable paths if you don’t have much time.

After purchasing a Botanical garden ticket, you will receive a map of the Botanical garden.

Three popular trekking routes in the Botanical garden:

  • The shortest route (route 1): 40minues just to a waterfall
  • The medium route (route 2): 1 hour and a half
  • The longest route (route 3): 3 hours

trekking routes in Botanical garden Phong Nha Ke Bang Vietnam

Route 1:

Exhibitor → Tree forest → Gio waterfall

Time to visit: about 40 minutes

Main activities: See specimens exhibiting, learn the botanical world, visit the Gio waterfall.

Route 2:

Exhibitor → Animal rehabilitation zone → Vang Anh lake → Bird watching point → Tree forest → Gio waterfall.

Time to visit: about 120 minutes

Distance length: 1,500m

Main activities: See specimens exhibiting, watching wildlife, watching 1 of the ten most beautiful birds on the planet, studying the world of insects, learning aquatic species, watching Orchid flowers, bathing streams, learn the botanical world, visit the Gio waterfall.

Route 3:

Exhibition Hall → Animal rehabilitation zone → Bird watching point → Tree forest → Natural trail → Gio waterfall.

Time to visit: about 180 minutes

Distance length: 2,500m;

Activities: See specimens exhibiting, observe primates, some fruit birds, watch one of the ten most beautiful bird species on the planet, watch rare and precious trees over 100 years old, visit the Gio waterfall

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Reviews:

If you’re in a rush, I would suggest to go straight to the waterfall and enjoy the view of the Botanical garden.

Otherwise, the 1.5-hour route is an optimal one, and you will be able to see the main attractions of the forest. The main difference between the 1.5 and 3-hour course is a century-old tree.

 

Things to do in Botanical Garden Phong Nha

Visit the Exhibition house

Before entering the forest, visitors can visit the exhibition house presenting rare and precious animal and plant specimens that are typical of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

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Explore the forest

Following the small pathway, you will be able to get into the woods.

Phong Nha Botanical Garden guide

To go deep into the forest, visitors must swing themselves along a big rope running along with the slot. Slippery boulders, hidden streams, dangerous cliffs make the journey challenging and exciting.

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Although it’s quite tough to trek the forest, the journey is worth it.

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You will be amazed by the rich flora with nearly 500 tree species of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, including some rare and precious timber trees.

Phong Nha Botanical garden tree

The deeper you go into the forest, the lower the temperature, so even in the middle of the summer, the sun is hot, and the air is still fresh.

Chill at Vang Anh lake

Vang Anh lake is an interesting point of the Botanical garden.

Located quietly under the shadow of primeval forest, Vang Anh Lake is a great place to relax by swimming, camping, and resting, watching orchids, or listening to birds chirping and singing.

Vang Anh lake Phong Nha Botanical garden

Admire Gio WaterFalls (Thac Gio)

Following the uneven wooden stairs on the cliff, you will get closer to the foot of the Gio Waterfalls.

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Gio Waterfall Phong Nha Botanical Garden

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You’ll be able to touch the fresh water flowing through the big stones along with the slot, admiring the falls or taking pictures with it.

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From the waterfall, you also can enjoy the beautiful view of the forest.

beautiful view of Phong Nha Botanical Garden

 

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