If you’re a passionate traveller and wish to experience the hidden beautiful places of the world, you must visit the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Parkin the central region of Vietnam. Mountains, rivers, caves, jungles, valleys, you name it! When you travel to Phong Nha, you’ll surely find a wide array of activities to choose from since it is considered to be one of the best places in Vietnam and is home to some of the world’s most colossal and spellbinding caves; the most revered ones being the world’s largest cave – Son Doong, the third biggest cave in the world – Hang En, the cave with the rarest and most extraordinary cave formations ever seen – Hang Va, one of the most prominent and gorgeously mysterious cave systems in the world – Tu Lan Cave System and other tourist caves like the Phong Nha cave, Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. When in Phong Nha, you can also visit the Bong Lai Valley and Nuoc Mooc Eco-Trail to truly be able to admire the natural beauty in this part of the world.
Apart from the many majestic caves to explore in the region, the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is also where the spectacular Phong Nha Botanical Garden resides. The Phong Nha Botanical Garden is one of the best attractions in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Amongst others, visiting the Phong Nha Botanical Garden is surely one of the answers if you’re wondering what to do in Phong Nha!
About the Phong Nha Botanical Garden
Travellers often find it difficult to properly describe the beauty of the Phong Nha Botanical Garden and say that it’s one of the most tranquil areas they’ve been in during that Vietnam travels. If you’re a fan of solo exploration, visiting the Phong Nha Botanical Garden is an ideal choice for you! This place spans over 40 hectares and its diverse ecosystem is known to be home to over 500 plant species.
Once you make your way here, you will receive an English language map of the whole area while signing in. This informative map will cost you just VND 40,000. The tropical forest inside is absolutely stunning and at no point will you get lost, as it is very easy to follow the designated trail.
While trekking along the path, you will be surrounded by biodiversity like never before; lots of plants of different species will be seen with signs. Make sure to not miss the gorgeous orchids and the birds as well. To get the best out of your journey to the Phong Nha Botanical Garden, it is recommended to visit during the cold days between December and February, as it is quite refreshing.
• You will find a Wildlife Enclosure here, where you can enjoy mild trekking and see animals like Langurs and some others.
• Don’t forget to spend some time admiring the 100 year old Sao trees. You will have some great photography opportunities here.
• At the end of the Phong Nha Botanical Garden you will be greeted by the fantastic Thac Gio waterfall. This waterfall is 30 meters high where you can enjoy the powerful cascade of cold refreshing water!
• The Phong Nha Botanical Garden is also home to the Vang Anh Lake, which has amazing fresh blue water. You can take a dip here and swim after a steamy hike through the wilderness.
• Make sure to also check out the prototype exhibition house, propagation section and pristine forest patches inside the Phong Nha Botanical Garden.
• At some points during the trek you will also get to enjoy some bouldering over some rocks which are mostly slippery and you will do this with the aid of a rope handrail.
• You have the opportunity to take part in a guided plant tour along the fantastic scenery of the Phong Nha Botanical Garden.
It is recommended to wear non-waterproof shoes that provide great grip or better yet sandals.
The Phong Nha Botanical Garden has 3 different routes that you can take to explore the various attractions of the garden.
• Route 1: The first route can be taken if it’s only the Thac Gio waterfall that you’re interesting in experiencing. This will take you somewhere between 25-40 minutes depending on your speed and general trekking experience.
• Route 2: The second route is relatively longer and will allow you to see both the gorgeous Vang Anh Lake and the Thac Gio Waterfall. This route will take you roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes, but you will get the best of both these attractions of the botanical garden.
• Route 3: The third route is basically the one you take on the second route if you add in the whole trek through the jungle loop inside the garden. This will take you around 3 hours.
How to get to the Phong Nha Botanical Garden
The Phong Nha Botanical Garden is located around 12 KM away from the Phong Nha Tourism Center, which is in the Phong Nha town. From the entrance of the Phong Nha town, which is the turnoff from the Ho Chi Minh Highway East with the big sign “Phong Nha – Ke Bang”, just drive roughly 4.5 KM; you will arrive at the left turn that leads to the road that goes into the Phong Nha Botanical Garden.
Visiting the Phong Nha Botanical Garden
You can visit the Phong Nha Botanical Garden daily between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Visiting the Phong Nha Botanical Garden is free of cost and you will have to pay for each attraction separately. The admission fee for the Botanical Garden is VND 40,000 (includes map) and you’ll pay around VND 5,000 for parking your motorbike.
What else to do in Phong Nha?
Are you looking for something else to do in Phong Nha, another easy-going, relaxing place or a real adventure in the Adventure Capital of Asia – Phong Nha?
Our What to do in Phong Nha page is what you cannot miss!
Or pay a visit to our Paradise Cave, Phong Nha Cave, Dark Cave, Bong Lai Valley and Nuoc Mooc Eco-trail travel guide, we’ve listed some important things to know to help you make your way around our little town!
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-Day: Our 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 Day: This 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 descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.
• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 Day: This 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 Days: Our 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 a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).
• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 Days: For 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 Days: A 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 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 Days: A 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).
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 Days: This 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 Days: This 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 Days: You 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 Days: By 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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