HANOI (or Ninh Binh) - DARK AND PARADISE CAVE - HUE (Train-Train)

This is by far the best Phong Nha, Ke Bang National Park Experience! Enjoy a very warm welcome from your tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. This is a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life… Dark cave is a tru... View more
Destinations: Hanoi, Dong Hoi, Phong Nha Ke Bang NP, Dark Cave, Paradise Cave
Duration: 2 Days 2 Nights

Day 1 : HANOI - DONG HOI (N/A)

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Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Dong Hoi by train

Depending on your train departure you start this journey at Hanoi’s railway station to board the train to Dong Hoi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.

Day 2 : DARK AND PARADISE CAVE (Breakfast & Lunch)


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

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 Dark Cave (located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, about 20km from Phong Nha cave and 65km from Dong Hoi (around 1h10 minutes driving). The second cave, after lunch, is Paradise cave and is about 25km from Phong Nha cave and 75km from Dong Hoi (around 1h20 minutes driving).

Dark cave is a true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head touch 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

Paradise cave is hidden deep within the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, 14km southwest of Son Trach, and shrouded by dense forest and looming karst peaks. It is the longest dry cave in Asia! This remarkable cave system extends for 31km, although only a kilometer or so is accessible, and is reputed to be the longest dry cave in the world. The diminutive cave mouth is accessed by a 500-step staircase and once inside the sheer scale of Paradise Cave is truly breath-taking! A Wooden staircase descends into this cathedral-like space, encircled with colossal stalagmites and glistening stalactites of white crystal that resemble glass pillars.

At around 5 – 5.30 p.m. we will be back in Dong Hoi city.

Please bring: swimwear and towel for swimming

The rest of the evening will be at your own interpretation and overnight will be at the hotel. Depending on your booking this will be based either on dorm or hotel room.

Day 3 : DONG HOI - HUE (Breakfast)

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Itinerary Details Day 3: Dong Hoi – Hue

After breakfast we will take you to the train station for your day train (soft seat) to Hue. Here we end the trip.

If you are short on time it it possible with this tour to continue your travels to Hue by bus or train after the tour. We will take you back to the hotel after the trip for dinner before you go on the bus or train to Hue. By bus you'll be departing Dong Hoi at 6pm and arrive in Hue at around 9pm. 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 and lunch    Day 3: breakfast
  • Transportation by minibus
  • Water and wet tissue
  • Entrance tickets with private boat and buggy
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Overnight in the hotel in Dong Hoi
  • Drop off service at train station + soft seat on day train to your destination

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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