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Phong Nha: The best motorbike loop in Vietnam

“Clunk, thud, vroom!”

Motor biking in Vietnam and especially in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is what motorcycling dreams are made of; the thrill, the peace, the nature, the sights and the unending roads.

Exploring the marvels of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park on two wheels will give you an inexplicable rush! Let the throttle do the talking as you traverse the serpentine roads of the jungle clad Karst Mountains, while making coffee stops at the surrounding villages to let the local culture slowly sink in.

This region is surely a paradise for motorcycle adventurers as it offers tons of opportunities to off-road, flat out and ride hard into some truly breathtaking corners on the hilly terrain. Ride into the Bong Lai Valley, Phong Nha Botanical Garden, Nuoc Mooc Springs Eco trail, road to dark cave and much more! Be sure to ride around the ethnic villages to spend quality time with the locals!

About the Phong Nha Motorbike loop in Vietnam

A 65 km loop takes you through a beautiful section of the National Park, and you’ll have a chance to stop into several famous caves, including Paradise Cave, 8 Lady Cave, and Dark Cave. You’ll also be riding on some parts of the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail, which is now a highway. While on this sensational ride, keep your cameras ready to shoot the beautiful wildlife as well!

You can easily spend a whole day riding the loop, depending on how many stops you make. If you aren’t an experienced rider, you can hire a licensed motorbike driver to take you around!

All you need is a Phong Nha map and a motorbike that you could easily find any place in the town. This motorbike tour in Vietnam is a must do for all motor biking enthusiasts.

This spectacular motorbike ride in Phong Nha, Vietnam will require you to fill up your tanks with about 3 liters of fuel to ride through the day on the entire loop. You can choose to go in either direction; traffic is usually very scarce in Phong Nha. However, slush, mud, water and pebbles may make it slightly risky; don’t rush. Ride easy!

Clockwise Route

Doing this Vietnam motorbike tour of the Phong Nha loop on the clockwise route is considered to be the best and most adventurous way to do it!

All you have to do is follow the road into Phong Nha town by moving in the same direction for about 3 km. Take a left for Highway 20 (known as Victory Road – a part of Ho Chi Minh trail)  will lead you directly into the National Park. You’d be happy to know that independent travellers are allowed inside the National Park without any assistance from a tour guide or company. Once inside, you’ll need to pay for all the attractions separately.

The Phong Nha Botanical Garden will be your first stop, where you can go for an unguided trek through the park. Keep trekking on the trail and you’ll find the Thac Gio Waterfall at the end.

From the Phong Nha Botanical Garden, you resume your Vietnam motorbike trip by riding to the intersection with the Ho Chi Minh West Highway. From there, ride on straight for approximately 2.5 km and you’ll find yourself at the Eight Lady Cave (Tam Co Cave) and temple.

Now ride back to the intersection. Here, you’ll take a left turn on to the Ho Chi Minh Highway West. Ride for about 5.5 km and you’ll be facing the entry fate to the Paradise Cave, known as Thien Duong Cave in Vietnamese. Exploring this cave as a solo traveller who is doing a motorbike ride in Vietnam, it shouldn’t take you more than 2 hours to get in and out of Paradise Cave.

After the cave encounter, you ride back to the same highway. Keeping riding towards the north till you come across the Nuoc Mooc Springs Eco Trail. This is a natural spring where you can chill out for a while and take in the peaceful sights.

From the Nuoc Mooc Springs Eco Trail, you can continue on your motorbike straight towards Dark Cave or Hang Toi cave. This cave is a great avenue for thrill seekers who can enjoy activities zip-lining, caving, swimming or mud-bathing inside the cave etc. It shouldn’t take more than 1.5-2 hours for you to enter, enjoy and exit.

You can complete this clockwise motorbike loop in Phong Nha by riding another 11 km and you’ll arrive at the Ho Chi Minh Highway East. From there, take a left and ride on for about 10-11 km and you’ll be back in Phong Nha town!

This awesome motorbike loop in Vietnam will surely accentuate your overall Vietnam travel experience. Motorbiking in Phong Nha will make you feel like the hero of your own adventure movie! Ride safe!

Check out Vietnam: Package Tours to Experience Phong Nha or 23 things to see and do in Phong Nha to find lots of exciting tours & activities for travelers to explore the whole region of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. 

Oxalis Adventure Tours:

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m decent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or a too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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