This is by far one of the best Phong Nha, Ke Bang National Park Experiences, especially for those short on time. Dark Cave is a true experience, zip-lining and swimming to get into the cave and walking through the dark with only your head touch on your mini... View more
Travel Styles: Adventure Tours , Backpackers
Destinations: Hanoi, Dong Hoi, Phong Nha Ke Bang NP, Dark Cave, Paradise Cave
Duration: 2 days & 1 night

Day 1 : Hanoi - Dong Hoi (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi - Dong Hoi

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Dong Hoi by train

Depending on your train departure time (our preferred train leaves at 8.10pm) you start this journey at Hanoi’s railway station to board the train to Dong Hoi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin. Estimated arrival time 6.24am. A taxi to the train station should be around $2, please be at the train station 30 minutes before departure.

Day 2 : Paradise and Dark Cave (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Paradise and Dark Cave

Itinerary Details Day 2: Dong Hoi – Dark Cave – Paradise Cave – Dong Hoi - Hue

From the train station (arrival time depending on your train) our driver (he will show a sign with your name(s)) will pick you up and take you to the hotel for breakfast. You can leave your luggage that you don’t want to take on this day safely behind! At around 8 a.m. we’ll start this beautiful and adventurous day to the 2 most impressive caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

The first exploration of this day will be Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia!

Thiên Đường Cave, or Paradise Cave, is a cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 60km Northwest of Đồng Hới city. Thiên Đường Cave is located on an elevation of 200 meters above the sea level, near the west branch of the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Karst peaks surround the area of the cave and its remarkable cave system extends for 31km, though most people only visit the first kilometer. The scale is breath taking, as wooden staircases descend into a cathedral-like space with colossal stalagmites and glimmering stalactites.

After lunch, we will go for Dark cave.

Dark cave is a true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head torch on your mining helmet, having a mud fight in the mud baths deep in the cave and then washing yourself clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave.

Activities: Muddy bath, zip lining, swimming, kayaking. Bring swim wear! 

At around 5 p.m. we will be back in Dong Hoi at the hotel to enjoy dinner.

If you travel on by bus to Hue, you will be picked up at the hotel at around 6pm.

If you travel by train, we will arrange the private car to drop you off at the train station. Train leaves Dong Hoi at 7.40pm - estimated arrival time in Hue is 10.42pm.

Here we end the trip.

If you prefer the train the departure time will be 7.40pm and you'll arrive in Hue at around 10.30pm. Please feel free to contact us and inform us about your preferences.

Please be aware that the due to safety regulations the zip-line (only the first part of the Dark Cave Experience) cannot be used for people under 40 and over 90kg.

What’s included?

  • Soft sleeper berth on the overnight train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi
  • Pick up service from Dong Hoi train station and transfer to the hotel
  • Meals: day 2: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation by minibus
  • Water and wet tissue
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Drop off service at train station + local bus to Hue

What’s excluded?

  • Beverages 
  • Travel insurance, tips and personal expenses
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  • Booking Invoice from us
  • Valid Passport with valid visa
  • Cash for personal expense
  • Swimwear and towel

Dietary or special food request

In order to take care of your special food request we would like you to inform us by email in advance.

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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