Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of the most ancient and largest tropical limestone areas in the world with an area of over 200,000 ha and the system of more than 300 large and small caves. A trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang from Hanoi is a great choice during when you travel in Vietnam.
Things to know before traveling to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Phong Nha Ke Bang is located in Bo Trach, about 50 km Northwest of Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh. Most of the vehicles only take you to Dong Hoi city center then you need to continue to Phong Nha Ke Bang by taking a taxi, private car or bus.
Taking a train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi is one of the safest means of transportation for your trip to Phong Nha.
Vietnam Railways offers daily trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, and the railway distance is about 522 km from Hanoi station to Dong Hoi station.
The journey takes around 9 hours 30 minutes to 11 hours depending on the train.
From Hanoi, you should choose the train SE1, SE3 or SE13 that departs from Hanoi station in the evening and arrives at Dong Hoi station in the next morning, so you will have a full day exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang.
Viollet Trains and New Livitrans Express offer private train service from Hanoi to Dong Hoi. By booking a private train, you can experience high-quality service while staying in a deluxe sleeper 4-berth cabin.
After arriving at Dong Hoi station, you will need to take private transfer, taxi or bus to Phong Nha. The travel distance is approximately 50 km.
You can select seats while booking online train tickets with Baolau. The seat selection includes:
Hard berth (6 berths in a cabin)
Soft berth (4 berths in a cabin)
All carriages and cabins for these selections are equipped with air-conditioner and comfortable seats/berths.
Each passenger can carry up to 20kg per person, and you can purchase food and drinks on board from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.
Hanoi station: 120 Le Duan Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi.
Dong Hoi station: Sub-regional 4 (Tiểu Khu 4), Nam Ly Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh
Hanoi to Phong Nha Bus
Duration: 9 hours 45 minutes
Traveling from Hanoi to Phong Nha by bus is one of the most common options. The journey from Hanoi to Phong Nha Quang Binh takes almost 10 hours.
Queen Cafe offers a daily bus to Phong Nha from Hanoi, and the departure time is 6:45 pm with the arrival time is 4:30 am. You will arrive directly at Phong Nha so there’s no need to take any extra transfer.