Departure: 7:30 – 8:00 from Dong Hoi, 9:00 – 9:30 from Phong Nha
Welcome to the Phong Nha Cave Adventure Tour: Exploring Paradise Cave and Dark Cave!
1. **Pickup from Hotel:** Your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Phong Nha in the early morning. Make sure to have breakfast before the tour.
2. **Travel to Paradise Cave:** Enjoy a scenic drive to Paradise Cave, located within the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
3. **Explore Paradise Cave:**
– Arrive at Paradise Cave, one of the most breathtaking cave systems in the world.
– Begin your exploration as you walk along the wooden pathways that wind through the cave’s stunning interior.
– Marvel at the intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations that have been sculpted over millions of years.
4. **Learn About the Cave:** Your guide will provide you with interesting insights into the geological history, cultural significance, and unique features of Paradise Cave.
5. **Lunch Break:** Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese-style lunch at a local restaurant near the national park, offering a variety of fresh and flavorful dishes.
6. **Visit Dark Cave:**
– After lunch, head to Dark Cave, located nearby. Get ready for a different kind of adventure.
7. **Safety Briefing:** Upon arrival at Dark Cave, receive a safety briefing and gear up with helmets, headlamps, and life vests.
8. **Explore Dark Cave:**
– Embark on a short hike through the lush jungle to reach the entrance of Dark Cave.
– Enter the cave and wade/swim through an underground river into the heart of the cave.
– Experience the darkness as you move deeper, guided by your headlamp. Marvel at the unique rock formations and the eerie atmosphere.
9. **Mud Bath Experience:**
– Inside Dark Cave, enjoy a mud bath! Cover yourself in therapeutic mud that’s rich in minerals and great for your skin.
– Afterward, rinse off in the underground river and feel refreshed.
**Swimming and Ziplining:**
10. **Dark Cave Beach:** Return to the entrance area of Dark Cave and enjoy some leisure time at the sandy beach by the entrance. Swim in the clear waters of the underground river, surrounded by the jungle.
11. **Optional Ziplining:** For those seeking an extra thrill, there’s an optional ziplining experience over the river.
12. **Return to Hotel:** As the day comes to an end, you’ll be transported back to your hotel in Phong Nha. Reflect on the incredible cave explorations and natural wonders you’ve encountered.
17:15 Return to your hotel in Dong Hoi city/Phong Nha. The tour ends.
This tour takes you to the two most impressive caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Paradise Cave and Dark Cave, with opportunities for adventure activities and a local cuisine lunch.