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.
In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Botanical garden:
Best places to stay
How to get there
Things to know before visiting
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
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.
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.
What to pack for Botanical garden?
Here is the list of things you should bring when visiting Botanical garden:
Comfortable clothes for hiking/ trekking
Water and snacks
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
Exhibitor → Tree forest → Gio waterfall
Time to visit: about 40 minutes
Main activities: See specimens exhibiting, learn the botanical world, visit the Gio waterfall.
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.
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
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.
Explore the forest
Following the small pathway, you will be able to get into the woods.
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.
Although it’s quite tough to trek the forest, the journey is worth it.
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.
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.
Admire Gio WaterFalls (Thac Gio)
Following the uneven wooden stairs on the cliff, you will get closer to the foot of the Gio Waterfalls.
You’ll be able to touch the freshwater flowing through the big stones along with the slot, admiring the falls or taking pictures with it.
From the waterfall, you also can enjoy the beautiful view of the forest.