Vietnam is home to many natural treasures. On your Vietnam travel, there are lots of Vietnam caves worth visiting, among which some famous caves in Vietnam should be included in your bucket list. This article will provide information about 10 well-known caves in the S-shaped country to kick off your trip.
1. Phong Nha Cave – one of the most famous caves in Vietnam
The first name in the list of famous caves in Vietnam is Phong Nha Cave. With a length of up to 7,729 meters, this cave has the longest underground river in the world. Taking a boat is the best way to discover it.
Phong Nha Cave is divided into 3 main areas based on the light levels: the entrance area with bright light, the middle area with ample light, and the dark area. Each area houses different groups of organisms.
In particular, sitting on the boat and taking in the vivid splendor of the cave while listening to the sound of the oars and water drops falling from the ceiling are once-in-a-lifetime experiences here.
2. Tam Coc Caves – a worth-seeing cave complex in Ninh Binh
Tam Coc Caves consist of three caves, namely Ca (First), Hai (Second), and Ba (Third). Travelers must take a boat on Ngo Dong River to reach the caves.
Traveling in June, you will have a chance to see the picturesque paddy fields on both sides of the river. It is expected to take roughly four hours to complete the expedition by boat.
Among the three caves, the First Cave is the biggest. Its entrance is 20 meters wide, 2 meters high, and 127 meters long. Inside Tam Coc caves are astounding systems of stalactites and stalagmites and bizarre rocks that will surely mesmerize you.
3. Son Doong – the world's biggest cave discovered in Vietnam
Son Doong, located in Quang Binh province, is the largest cave on the planet and the most majestic cave in Vietnam. Discovered in 2009, Son Doong Cave leaves adventurers in awe with its vast size. Remarkably, the largest chambers, which are 200 meters high and 150 meters wide, can even accommodate a 40-story skyscraper.
The stalactites in Son Doong Cave are incredible. Besides, the cave is famous for its diverse flora. To maintain the ecosystem inside, the number of travelers to the cave is set at a limit each year. Therefore, Son Doong Cave is always on the list of must-visit destinations for adventure enthusiasts worldwide.
4. Va Cave and Nuoc Nut Cave – two Vietnam caves close to each other
Discovered in 1992, Va Cave and Nuoc Nut Cave have been regarded as two unique tectonic caves in the world. These caves are situated in the middle of a valley surrounded by rocks in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park.
Inside the caves, there are many lakes surrounded by calcite walls. Specifically, these lakes contain thousands of conical stalactites of different sizes and heights formed from water with high calcium content, which will captivate any tourist coming here.
5. Paradise Cave – one of the best caves in Vietnam
Paradise Cave is another name in the list of famous caves in Vietnam. It is a part of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. The cave holds a number of records, including:
- The longest dry cave in Asia (31 kilometers long)
- Home to the most exceptional and stunning collection of stalactites and stalagmites in Asia
- Having the longest wooden bridge in Asia
Despite being the longest dry cave in Vietnam, Paradise Cave only allows visitors to travel 3.5 kilometers deep. When the tide is high, the length that can be explored is limited to 2 kilometers.
There are two ways for tourists to discover the cave: a one-kilometer walk via illuminated wooden stairs or an overnight hike with a longer route.
6. Dau Go Cave – among the top famous caves in Vietnam
Among Ha Long Bay caves, Dau Go Cave is one of the most beautiful. Despite being 2 million years old, Dau Go Cave has retained its original pristine beauty. This cave is 27 meters above sea level, and you will need to take a boat to reach it.
The area inside Dau Go Cave is about 5,000 square meters. There are numerous massive stone pillars and hundreds of stalactites hanging down like waterfalls. Rich flora, including ferns, mosses, and woody plants, is another feature making the cave more appealing to tourists.
7. Tu Lan Caves – a great place for expedition in Vietnam
Tu Lan Caves include more than 10 caves of various sizes and shapes in Quang Binh province. They are famous caves in Vietnam thanks to their poetic and magnificent beauty.
As one of the caves was proudly selected as the location for filming the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, Tu Lan Caves have drawn a massive number of visitors.
Deep inside the caves are many stalactites that will surely impress you. Moreover, a tour to Tu Lan Caves provides tourists, especially thrill seekers, with countless activities, such as swimming, exploring dark caves, climbing, rappelling, and ziplining.
8. Sung Sot Cave – a well-known cave in Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Sung Sot Cave, discovered by French explorers in 1901, is the largest cave in Ha Long Bay. Although its entrance is relatively small and concealed by a large forest canopy, the magical beauty inside the cave will astound you.
Sung Sot Cave has a diversity of stalactites and stalagmites glittering in the light, many of which are shaped like different plants and animals. In particular, travelers will find it intriguing to learn about the folklore associated with the shapes of the rocks here. This makes Sung Sot Cave constantly praised as a unique wonder and one of the most famous caves in Vietnam.
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9. En Cave – the second largest cave in Vietnam
En Cave, located deep in the tropical forest of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, is one of the most majestic caves in Vietnam and also the third-largest cave in the world. The cave is called "En" (Swallow in English) because flocks of swallows come out of it in summer. It is encircled by limestone mountains and a thick forest canopy.
En Cave has 3 entrances. The largest entrance is up to 120 meters high and 140 meters wide. Some areas inside the cave are so large that the intense light from the flashlight will seem dim. Entering En Cave, you will see fossils and streams. Two crystal-clear blue lakes are another unique feature of En Cave.
10. Famous caves in Vietnam: Luon Cave
Luon Cave is a beautiful icon in Ha Long Bay. Only a kayak or small boat can enter this arch-shaped cave, which is only 60 meters long and 4 meters high. When the tide is high, you must crouch to pass through its low entrance.
Despite being much smaller than many other Ha Long caves, Luon Cave is a gateway to a hidden charm. Here, the water is crystal-clear, and nature is pristine. On one side of the cave is a tranquil lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs, where there are monkeys climbing.
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Besides the famous caves in Vietnam mentioned above, you can come to Ha Long for further exploration. This coastal city has a reputation for many remarkable natural caves.
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Famous caves in Vietnam are magnificent and mysterious masterpieces of nature. Tourists, especially thrill-seekers, will surely be mesmerized by the majestic beauty and diverse ecosystem inside these caves. Hopefully, the detailed information above will help you enjoy your caving trip to the fullest.