Caves in Quang Binh

Caves in Quang Binh: Quang Binh, a province in central Vietnam, is named 'Kingdom of Caves'. Next to Son Doong, Thien Duong...Quang Binh which has many spectacular caves, is an ideal choice for explorers.

Caves in Quang Binh

The "Kingdom of Caves" is the name used to designate the land of Phong Nha Ke Bang in Quang Binh province since the beginning of 2010. In 2014, this name becomes more and more popular because the images of the Son Doong Cave began to cover reputable publications such as National Geographic, CNN, Huffington Post, Business Insider...

So far, many famous newspapers and tourism magazines like Channel News Asia, Culture Trip, Bright Side...have used this name to call Phong Nha Ke Bang and Quang Binh. There is not yet an official census of the number of caves in Quang Binh, but it is sure that Quang Binh has the most caves in the country.

According to Mr. Le Thanh Tinh - Director of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, more than 350 caves in Quang Binh have been discovered in 25 years, especially in Phong Nha Ke Bang. More than 30 caves have been exploited for tourism. Besides Son Doong, some famous names are the En Cave, Pygmy Cave, in the third and fourth largest position in the world.

About 70 km from Phong Nha Cave, Tu Lan is also a system of more than 20 caves that are gradually being discovered with many unique stalagmites and stalagmites.

Son Doong cave

Son Doong Cave: 3 million years old, in 2009, Son Doong is recognized as the largest cave in the world. With a length of almost 9 km, some ceiling positions have height up to 200 m, 160 m wide. The cave of Son Dong can surprise all its explorers.

The cave has two natural wells, which are also the only two places where sunlight shines. These wells explain the vigorous growth of a primitive forest with large tropical trees such as coconut, palm trees…in the cave.

Son Doong has a large system of underground rivers, formed by two rivers of Khe Ry and Rao Thuong. The enormous size of the cave helps the clouds to form in the cave itself thanks to the underground rivers. The clouds grow larger, covering the cave's largest cavity, creating a spectacular sight. The last challenge of exploring Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh is to conquer the 90-meter high limestone wall, also known as the '' Vietnam Wall ''.

En Cave: This cave is in the third largest in the world that allows travelers to explore Son Doong more quickly. The cave stretches for 2 km through giant limestone blocks in the central part of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. There are three entrances to the En Cave, whose largest and most famous is 120m high and 140m wide.

Caves in Quang Binh

The primitive, dense forest surrounding the cave creates a wonderful setting. We must see to believe. In some places, ceilings reach 100 m in height and 180 m in width, so high that the intense light from professional floodlights cannot touch the walls of the cave.

Pygmy Cave: This is the fourth largest cave in the world announced by the Royal British Cave Association. The cave is located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Bo Trach District. The entrance is 100 m high and 845 m long. During the day, light can enter the cave, allowing the ferns to grow well. The entrance to the cave is also where campers sleep on the second night, during the three-day, two-night trip.

Va Cave - Nuoc Rut: Va Cave was discovered in 2012, connected to the Nuoc Rut Cave, a wet cave more than 2 km long. The conical stalagmites are one of the most distinctive features of Va Cave. No one is sure how these cones are formed. The Va Cave also has its own fauna: blind fish and shrimp that can live only in the environment without light.

Thien Duong Cave: Located at an altitude of 360 meters above sea level, Thien Duong Cave has a temperature difference of 9 to 10 degrees C from the outside. The small entrance is hidden behind the cliffs and the canopy of the forest. The cave is divided into several large lounges, the largest being more than 200 m and more than 100 m high.

Caves in Quang Binh

The stalactites and stalagmites in the cave have images similar to the cultural symbols of the region: Female Buddha, Genii, houses on stilts and terraced fields as in the mountains...The emulsion system of the Thien Duong Cave is rich and multicolored which continues to be formed thanks to drops of water coming down from the ceiling.

A wooden bridge 3.5 meters long and over 1000 meters long was built for visitors. For trekking enthusiasts, it is possible to do more than 7 km of hiking by navigating on the 60 to 100 meters long underground stream, through fresh streams to reach the majestic Sun Well.

Tu Lan system:

A total of 20 caves were discovered in the Tu Lan system with a length of 20 km. Of these, 10 caves were put in tourism. Here are some of the most famous caves:

Tu Lan Cave was discovered in 2010, with two dry and humid entrances of 2.2 km long. The favorite places in this cave are the beautiful valleys that have been chosen by many teams of filmmakers for their films.

Hang Tien Cave: Discovered for the first time in 1994, Hang Tien is the largest cave in Tu Lan system. Hang Tien Cave is 2.5 km long, with the exit leading to the primary forest. During the summer, Hang Tien is a dry cave, but during the rainy season, a large river appears inside...

Photo: Internet; Source: Caves in Quang Binh of Guide du Vietnam