With a complex geographic structure formed hundreds of millions of years ago, which stands out as Son Doong – the world’s largest cave, Phong Nha Ke Bang National park has become a popular destination in Vietnam for adventure seekers.
In this article, you will know the ten amazing things to do in Phong Nha Ke Bang National park, with tips to enjoy the best of your trip to this natural wonder.
Ride a scooter around Phong Nha National Park
Riding a bike exploring Phong Nha National park is a fantastic experience that you should not miss on your trip to Phong Nha.
As the park is enormous, you will be alone on your bike most of the time, enjoying nature. You will be amazed by the peaceful atmosphere and the majestic landscape of the surrounding areas.
Tips for riding bikes in Phong Nha
If you’re not an experienced driver, I suggest not riding a motorbike in Phong Nha as some parts of the road can be dangerous. Also, there’re lots of cows walking on the streets, so you might hit them.
Please note that it gets dark after 5:30 pm, and most of the roads don’t have street lights, so you should arrange your travel time appropriately.
Where to rent a bike in Phong Nha?
You can rent a bike easily in Phong Nha town. I rent mine from Motorvina, and it was in good condition.
Watch the sunset at Phong Nha Farmstay
What is better than sipping a cocktail and enjoying a beautiful sunset after an adventurous day in Phong Nha?
I had a fun time chilling at the pool while watching the sunset at Phong Nha Farmstay. The beautiful view of the sunset on the paddy field is impressive. Notably, there’s also a Happy hour drink from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for visitors at this Farmstay.
Explore Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave, or Thien Duong Cave, should be on your list of places to visit in Phong Nha.
Paradise cave is located in the heart of a population of limestone mountains at the height of 191m, surrounded by the forest belonging to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
As its name suggests, when you first step into Paradise cave, you will be lost in a vast maze with stalactites and rocks, creating a sparkling and fanciful scene like in paradise.
The deeper you get inside, the more you admire and fall in love with the spectacular beauty of this 31.4 km long cave.
Tips: Day trip from Hue
If you only have time for a day trip to Phong Nha from Hue, you can book this tour, which includes a day trip to Paradise Cave and Phong Nha’s iconic sights (churches, bridges, and Doc Mieu base – DMZ of Vietnam)
All of this makes a picture of a charming, peaceful life amidst the wilderness of the forest.
You can also rent a boat or join tourist boats to explore the shore’s beauty or stop along the river and try local dishes such as grilled fish.
Make a wish at Duck Stop
I heard about this place from other travelers when I visited Phong Nha. As its name, Duck stop is a place where you can play with the ducks.
What can you do at the Duck stop?
The most popular activity to do here is “Wishing with a duck.”
Holding a duck and letting it go while making a wish may sound silly, but it’s fun, especially if you’re seeking a relaxing afternoon.
Also, the kids at Duck stop can speak English well, and they will show you around the Pepper farm, teaching you how to each Banh Xeo, or take you to the hill where you can get a great view of Bong Lai Valley.
Get a cold beer at The Pub with Cold beer
The Pub with Cold Beer is an ideal stop for those who love chilling and enjoy the “Farm to table experience.”
You can relax in the hammock, enjoy the beautiful view and the food. For those who like an unordinary experience, you may catch and kill the chicken.
How to get there?
The Pub with Cold Beer is located close to the duck stop, so you won’t miss it. The roads are quite worn and bumpy, so be careful when driving!
Chill at Wild Boar Eco Farm
Wild Boar Eco Farm is an Instagrammable spot at Bong Lai Valley that you should not miss on your trip to Bong Lai Valley, Phong Nha.
The view from a hammock on the terrace is extraordinary and breathtaking. It’s relaxing to lay in a hammock watching over the river and the mountains with a beer.
Also, you can walk around the farm and enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
Don’t forget to get on the swing and take some beautiful photo shots while you’re here.