Quang Binh, which has a 116.04 km-long shoreline, is Vietnam’s undiscovered beauty. The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a well-known local attraction designated by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage, is located in Quang Binh, a province favored with beautiful landscapes. Beautiful grottoes and caves with amazing stalactites and stalagmites are part of the complex. In addition, Quang Binh is home to a number of historical and cultural landmarks, including the Hoang Phuc Pagoda, the Dong Hoi Citadel, the Nguyen Dynasties, the Bau Tro Cultural Archaeological Site, etc. Additionally, there are several ethnic groups whose customs and cultures are highly fascinating and varied.
World- famed Quang Binh travel sites & its top 15 attractions to explore
With certain well-known, unspoiled natural wonders like the Son Doong caverns and the UNESCO-designated Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh will be a popular travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts.Here are our recommendations for the top 15 tourist sites you must see when visiting Quang Binh.
Phong Nha cave
Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park is pristinely untouched, with numerous breathtakingly beautiful caverns on towering limestone mountains, and with its abundant fauna and flora. It was designated as part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2003. If you don’t join exhilarating expeditions to explore this national park & those grottoes, trips to Quang Binh province will undoubtedly be a major miss.
Phong Nha Cave, known as “the most wonderful cave in Vietnam” and consistently rated the most beautiful cave in the world, is situated in the middle of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Take the power boat along the Son River for 30 minutes to get to the grotto, where you may marvel at the gorgeous limestone mountains en route. Then, row the boat through the cave entrance to explore this lovely cavern.The longer you explore within, the more amazing it gets with its cold, fresh air and amazing stalagmite and stalactite formations that date back more than 400 million years.
The third-largest grotto in the world, En Cave, is a must-visit location for adventure travelers. The 1.645 meter-long En Cave spans three cave entrances and is situated to the southeast and northwest of the Rao Thuong (Rào Thương) flow stream.The distinctive features of this cave include its distinct habitat and climate, as well as the ancient forest and a secret river, which give visitors an unforgettable experience.The National Geographic Magazine (USA) named En Cave as one of the most amazing caves in the world.
The safest way to explore this cave is through organized trips backed by expert tour guides and expedition teams. These tours promise an exciting voyage filled with multi-day treks through the rainforest, swimming in caves, and camping out.
Tien Cave, which is a part of the En Cave complex and is situated in Tu Lan commune, Tan Hoa district, around 100 kilometres away from Phong Nha Cave. Actually, locals only recently became aware of this cave; it was only made widely recognized in 2015. For many who begin their conquest journey at Quang Binh, Tien Cave is their final stop. You must journey through the jungle, cross streams, and go hiking in order to reach the cave’s entrance because it is hidden by tall mountains and a forest of dense trees. Tien Cave has the advantage of allowing you to view magnificent stalactite columns without needing to walk too far inside.
Thien Duong (Paradise) cave
Because of the amazing grandeur of its stalagmites and stalactites, Thien Duong cave is known as the “underground palace” or Paradise. It is a natural wonder of the world. The cave is 31 kilometers long, and it was only just exposed to the public in 2011 for 900 meters of its longest wooden paths.The grotto, which dates back between 350 and 400 million years, is tucked away in the National Park Phong Nha-Ke Bang, a designated World Natural Heritage.
Son Doong cave
Son Doong, the largest grotto in the world, was recently found in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. It is so large that a 40-story structure might fit inside.Due to its enormous size and dramatic interior sceneries, it is compared to Vietnam’s great wall.
The cavern is unique not only for its immense size but also for its diverse internal flora and fauna. Due to safety and environmental concerns, access to Son Doong cave is currently restricted to 500 visitors per year.If you want to explore this cave, you must reserve a spot well in advance, pay $3,000 per person, and be in excellent physical condition and have previous hiking expertise. If you enjoy adventurous travel, consider going on an adventure excursion to Son Doong once in your life to discover this work of nature.
Tien Son cave
You can visit Tien Son grotto while traveling on the same boat to Phong Nha cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. While Tien Son is a dry cave with scenery compared to the fairy realm, Phong Nha is a water cave. This cave’s countless stalagmites and stalactites, which are dazzling limestone formations, add to its already stunning natural beauty.
Nuoc Mooc stream
Within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, 10 kilometers from the Phong Nha tourist area, is the Nuoc Mooc stream.The region is a newly-exploited location with a lovely natural backdrop of mountains and forest. You will find a 3 km stream lying between the valleys of towering mountains stretching along Chay river; it is a good place to get away from daily routines for a peaceful moment to swim in fresh water, zipline on the strings, and explore nature by walking or kayaking along the flow.
Chay river & Dark cave
You may locate Chay river and Dark cave nearby Nuoc Moc Stream, which are both wonderful locations with relaxing activities.Adventure seekers can enjoy the zipline ride, gliding on the strings and plunging into cool, pure water, or they can play in the water by kayaking, swimming, or muth-bathing in the dark cave for their health.
Nhat Le beach
For family beach vacations, Nhat Le beach is a well-liked destination (particularly so for local Vietnamese).The beach is quite clean and immaculate with white sands, mild waves, and a blue sea, making it a favorite choice among families with children for swimming and kite flying. There are a lot of local eateries and reputable motels close to the beach.If you choose to stay in this beach location, you will have the chance to admire the lovely sunrise or stroll along the river or the coastline at night.
Bao Ninh beach
This beach is on the Bao Ninh peninsula. It is one of the less popular white sand beaches with beautiful resorts nearby, including Sun Spa Resort, Bao Ninh Resort, Gold Coast Resort, etc. It is the perfect getaway for a family beach vacation where everyone can relax in luxury comfort while listening to the waves lapping on the beach.
Nhat Le river
The Nhat Le river, which is serene and romantic, runs through the heart of Dong Hoi.It envelops the concrete-building city like a gentle silk strip.The Nhat Le river appears to be blanketed in a golden hue as the sun sets with its final rays of brilliant sunlight. When you stay at the Amanda hotel’s café and look out at the Nhat Le river, its bridge, and the setting sun on the horizon, you can feel this unique beauty.
It will be pleasant to take a stroll along this romantic river at night to take in the tranquility of this seaside city and the cool, fresh breeze that comes from the river and the neighboring sea.
Da Nhay beach
You can connect a trip to Da Nhay beach with a stop to the revered general Vo Nguyen Giap’s final resting place in the Vung Chua-Dao Yen area, which is about 25 kilometers from Dong Hoi city on the way to Hanoi. Vo Nguyen Giap commanded two renowned resistance fights in the 20th century.
An abundance of stones or pebbles can be found on beautiful beaches of Da Nhay, which translates to “jumping stone” beach. This location leaves a lasting impact on visitors because of the harmonious blending of the magnificent majesty of the cliffs, the white sand, and the allure of the vast sea.
Bang mineral hot spring
One of the largest and most naturally occurring hot springs in Vietnam, Bang hot spring is situated in the Le Thuy district of Quang Binh province, 50 kilometers from Dong Hoi city, and is a popular eco-travel destination with outdoor enthusiasts.A soak in this water is not only a great way to enjoy the view of nature, but it also works well to treat several disorders. If you want to gain a deeper knowledge of General Vo Nguyen Giap’s life and his revolutionary cause, combine your visit to this hot spring with a tour to his native birthplace.
Vung Chua – Dao Yen
Famous Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap’s ultimate burial site is known as Vung Chua-Dao Yen. Vo Nguyen Giap led Vietnamese forces in two protracted battles to defend their country’s freedom throughout the 20th century.Vietnamese pilgrims frequently travel to this location to honor a revered general. The natural beauty of Vung Chua beach and Yen island is another reason to visit this area when traveling to Quang Binh.
Quang Phu Sand Dunes
Located in the Bo Trach area, 10 kilometers from Dong Hoi city, is the Quang Phu Sand Dunes.With its long, white sand dunes, Quang Phu is quickly becoming one of Quang Binh’s most popular tourist destinations. You might rent a skateboard and leisurely glide down or play on the enormous white sand dunes, giving you the impression that you are surrounded by majestuous nature.You should specifically bring long sleeves and sunglasses when visiting this location to protect yourself from the wind and sand.