Coming: Take a bus in.
Sleeping: Thien Phu Hostel – Nothing special but it was clean and quiet. Located right across the street from Easy Tiger – the most popular backpacker hostel and bar in the area- it was nice to stay in a quiet place and head across the street to hang out.
Overall: 7/10 Price: $6 for 4-8 bed mixed dorm Cheap
Eating: Within walking distance of the hostel there wasn’t too much. There was a local spot on the way to the caves that had amazing fried rice but we mostly ate at Easy Tiger. They have excellent pizza.
Doing: Explore the different caves, motorbike around the park, hang out at Tiger Hostel
People come to Phong Nha for the caves! Paradise Cave is the largest dry cave in the world. Visitors can go solo to the entrance, but to go farther in you must take a tour and they’re very expensive. Dark Cave is an adventure cave complete with mud baths, swimming and a zip line! It was cold and rainy when I were there so decided not to go but Phong Nha Cave was a great alternative.
Located on a river, you’ll take a boat into the cave and explore via both boat and on foot. The unique stalagmites and stalactite’s and a lake inside make this voted one of the best caves in the world.
Price- 360,000 VND for the boat (stick around for others doing the same thing so you can all split the cost)
150,000 VND for Phong Nha Cave
There are packages with other caves as well you can buy.
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a beaut.
Take a motorbike out for the day and see what else the park has to offer!
Just pay attention to where you’re going – we managed to get lost and then promptly run out of gas. The sun was setting and it started raining and what was meant to be a leisurely ride for the afternoon turned into a much longer and wetter adventure than we’d originally planned!
Price- $6-8 USD/day plus gas for the rental (split if you’re sharing)
Tiger hostel has an awesome vibe with a lot of friendly backpackers. They have food and fun drinks, a fire pit to snuggle up to after a long day of adventuring, pool tables, live music and more!
Staying: If you’ve got the flexibility, I’d stay 3 days full days. Each cave is at least a half day trip, if not longer and taking a bike out can be as short or as long as you wish! There’s plenty to do!
Going: Take the bus north to Cat Ba Island like we did, head onto Hanoi or if you’re going south head down to Da Nang, Hue or Hoi An.