6 Reasons to visit the Phong Nha Ke Bang Caves
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Phong Nha Ke Bang national park was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, it is one of the two world’s largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes with a total length of 126km. So far around 20 or so caves have been surveyed with many more to be explored and discovered. The alluring and heart stirring landscape is truly something to behold.
In 2013, TripAdvisor announced Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave of Quang Binh Province on its must-see list places in the world. Phong Nha Cave is fast becoming the tourist darling of Vietnam. So if you are thinking about experiencing something a little different when visiting Vietnam, make sure you spend at least day at the Phong Nha Ke Bang Caves.
1.The sheer beauty is breathtaking!
As you board your long boat, the beauty of the region is immediate. Surrounded by uncompromised natural beauty, you can only take the time to enjoy the solitude. The cool breeze that skips across the water seems to provide welcome comfort from the sun, but also shows how connected people are to water in this country.
2.The cave possesses many ‘best’ in the world features
Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave is a fantastic cave both from a tourist and scientist perspective. The Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave possesses so many Guinness World Records it should have its edition. Some of the titles include the:
- longest underground river
- highest and biggest entrance to a cave
- most fanciful and magnificent stalactites,
- most beautiful and most extensive sandy shore.
Just to name a few.
3.The diversity of scenery
While the primary purpose for many tourists is to visit the caves, there is so many other things to do in this beautiful part of the world. Whether it is a taking a leisurely stroll, an energetic mountain bike ride or something a little more daring like a motorcycle expedition down the Ho Chi Minh trail, there is something for everyone. Take in the mix of scenic rivers, majestic limestone mountains and primitive, luxuriant forests. Absorb everything!
4. Traditional local culture
Friendly, gentle and hospitable, the most common words used to describe the local people. Although being strongly influenced by tourism, the native people of the area have managed to maintain their lifestyle and traditional cultural practices.
5. Ecotourism activities and protecting the diversity
If you are an advocate for eco-tourism, there is a lot to be said about this region and their attempts to preserve these natural wonders. The biological diversity in the national park can offer something different for even the most discerning traveler. The district has focused firmly on its eco-tourism credentials and the local people endeavor to do their very best to preserve its wonders for generations to come.