If you are short of time, and only have the chance to see one cave, this has to be the one. This truly spectacular cave is the largest dry cave in the world. The first 1km can be seen by anybody, either on a tour or by visiting the cave by yourself. The 7km trek into the cave is one of the most incredible days you can have in the area, but is only available as a guided tour.
Hang Toi (Dark Cave)
A real adventure cave, newly on the map here in Phong Nha, and still without the lights and large tourist groups to spoil the experience. You can explore this spectacular cave on our National Park tour or independently, and after kayaking across the river, enjoy swimming through the cave with your headtorch leading the way, then explore a side passage. Hang Toi is a wonderful and very accessible example of the beautiful caves that are found throughout this region.
Phong Nha Cave
This was the first cave in the area to be opened to the public and at the time was the largest known cave in Vietnam. It was used for shelter, as storage, and as a hospital during the American War, and there are still many scars from that time to be seen on its walls. It can easily be seen by yourself (we don’t run tours there), and is well worth a visit, especially for the journey up the river and in to the cave in a traditional Dragon Boat. The Phong Nha Tourism centre, where the boats leave from, is a short walk from Easy Tiger, and most mornings a group leaves together after the free 9am information talk to share the cost of the boat.
Tra Ang Cave
This cave was only opened to the public in August 2016 and is unspoiled by any development. It is reached by a short walk through the jungle to where you have a barbecue lunch prepared by the porters before swimming into this cave to explore with a helmet, head torch and life jacket.
Tu Lan Caves
These caves are not in the National Park, but since tours started going this year they have become the talk of town. A visit to the Tu Lan cave systems involves jungle trekking, river crossings, underground swimming, and plenty of adventure. Tours go for 1, 2, or 3 days
Hang Tien and Hang Tien 2
Hang Tien is in the Tu Lan Cave system and you can see it on a one day tour or a two day tour. The two day tour includes the newly discovered Hang Tien 2, the biggest cave in the Tu Lan system. The trek extends for through fields and forest before becoming more rocky and challenging as you approach the cave. Captivating limestone formations and swimming in a freshwater spring make this a rewarding exploration.
One of the largest and most beautiful caves in the world, Hang En is close to Hang Son Doong (the world’s biggest cave) and is part of the same cave system. The huge cavern with it’s river and lake is spectacular, especially if you catch a moment with sun rays streaming in the entrance. To see this cave involves a day trek through beautiful jungle and valleys, and through a minority village. After time spent exploring the cave you stay overnight in a tent on a sandy beach in the cave or in the Jungle Camp and trek back the next day.
This spectacular cave has unique formations that we previously unknown in the caving world. There is still speculation about how they were formed. This newly opened cave is one for the adventurers and it is seen on a 1 night 2 day expedition that includes another cave called Nuoc Nut.
Hang Son Doong
THE world’s biggest cave, only discovered in 2009. A documentary on it can be seen on YouTube. A cave so big that a 747 could fly through the largest cavern. The 6 day trek to the cave costs from 64,500,000vnd per person (which is around US$3000). There is no other way to see Hang Son Doong other than on the official trek with the licensed operators.