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Quang Binh Expedition: Unraveling the Adventures of Central Vietnam

Mai Anh
3 min. to read

In the heart of Vietnam lies the enigmatic province of Quang Binh, a realm teeming with allure and mystique, awaiting the intrepid souls ready to delve into its secrets. Join Sun Getaways Travel as we embark on a journey of discovery, unraveling the secrets that lie beneath the surface of this enchanting land!

Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. How to Get to Quang Binh

3. Quang Binh’s Must-See Destinations

4. Local Culinary Delights

1. Introduction

Located: in the Central region of Vietnam.

Quang Binh is known as the province with the narrowest width Vietnam. Its climate can be challenging. Consequently, Quang Binh boasts captivating scenery, with 404 caves of various sizes, stunning untouched beaches, and charming spiritual sites.

Quang Binh is home to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its outstanding geological and ecological significance, particularly its cave systems. It has received numerous accolades from international travel publications and organizations, including recognition as one of the world’s top emerging travel destinations. Its stunning natural attractions, adventurous activities, and eco-tourism initiatives have garnered praise from travelers and experts alike. With its extensive cave networks and outdoor adventure opportunities, Quang Binh has become a mecca for adventure tourism. It offers a wide range of activities, from caving expeditions to jungle treks, attracting thrill-seekers from around the globe.

Tranquil lake scene in Ba Be National Park

Best time to visit Quang Binh: is during the dry season, spanning from May through September. During this timeframe, rainfall is minimal, and the abundant sunshine facilitates engaging in a plethora of enticing activities.

Due to its hazardous conditions, it is advisable to refrain from visiting Quang Binh during the rainy season, particularly from September to November.

2. How to Get to Quang Binh

Getting to Quang Binh is relatively straightforward, with several transportation options available depending on your starting point.

If you’re traveling domestically within Vietnam, you can opt for flights to Dong Hoi Airport, which serves as the primary gateway to the province. Several airlines operate regular flights to Dong Hoi from major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Price: 1.000.000 VND (~ 42.51 USD) – 2.000.000 VND (~ 85.02 USD) per ticket.

Dong Hoi Airport – the gateway to the province

Alternatively, if you prefer a scenic journey, you can take a train to Dong Hoi Railway Station, which connects Quang Binh with other destinations across Vietnam. The train ride offers picturesque views of the countryside and is a popular choice among travelers seeking a more leisurely pace.

Price: 300.000 VND (~ 12.75 USD) – 700.000 VND (~ 29.76 USD) per ticket.

For those who prefer road travel, buses and private cars are also viable options. Quang Binh is well-connected by highways, making it accessible from neighboring provinces and cities. Bus services run regularly from various locations, providing a convenient and affordable means of transportation.

Price: 300.000 VND (~ 12.75 USD)

Once you’ve arrived in Quang Binh, local transportation options such as taxis, motorbike rentals, and buses are available to help you navigate within the province and reach your desired destinations.

The caves in Quang Binh are situated at a considerable distance from the center of Dong Hoi City, therefore renting a vehicle is recommended. For instance, a motorbike rental typically costs between $5 – $10 per day, excluding fuel.

3. Quang Binh’s Must-See Destinations

Phong Nha Ke Bang

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the heart of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Renowned for its stunning limestone karst landscapes, lush jungles, and intricate cave systems, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng is a paradise for adventurers and nature lovers alike. The park is home to over 300 caves and grottoes, including the world’s largest cave, Sơn Đoòng, which stretches over 5 kilometers in length and reaches heights of 200 meters.

Scenic boating

Boat tours along the Son River

Visitors can embark on boat tours along the Son River to marvel at the park’s natural beauty, with stops at iconic sites such as Phong Nha Cave and Paradise Cave, adorned with breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites.

For the more adventurous, caving expeditions provide the opportunity to delve deep into the earth’s mysteries, exploring hidden chambers and subterranean rivers. Guided tours and adventure activities are available for those seeking a deeper immersion into the park’s wonders.

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Tickets can be purchased at the park’s entrance gate, with different pricing tiers for Vietnamese citizens and international visitors:

  • Phong Nha Cave entrance ticket: 120.000 VND (~ 5.10 USD) – 150.000 VND (~ 6.38 USD) per adult ticket.
  • Electric car to transport between spots in the park. Fare: 60.000 VND (~ 2.55 USD) – 350.000 VND (~ 14.88 USD) per round.
  • Boat fee: 550.000 VND (~ 23.38 USD) per full-12-guest boat.
  • Paradise Cave: 200.000 VND (~ 8.50 USD) – 250.000 VND (~ 10.63 USD) per adult ticket, reduced 50% for children ticket.
  • Tien Son Cave: 65.000 VND (~ 2.76 USD) – 80.000 VND (~ 3.40 USD) per adult ticket.
  • Mooc Spring: 65.000 VND (~ 2.76 USD) – 80.000 VND (~ 3.40 USD) per adult ticket. Package ticket price (including jumping, kayaking, swimming, pontoon and rescue): 110.00 VND (~ 4.68 USD) – 180.000 VND (~ 7.65 USD) per adult ticket and 45.000 VND (~ 1.91 USD) – 100.000 VND (~ 4.25 USD) per children ticket.

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Nhat Le Beach

Situated in: Dong Hoi City.
Nhat Le Beach is often likened to a fairyland by many travelers. It has been recognized as one of the cleanest beaches in Vietnam. This coastal area boasts a long stretch of pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters.

A perfect spot for water activities

If you’re planning a visit to this stunning beach, the best time to embark on that dream trip is during the summer months, from April to June. This period is highly favorable for your summer adventures due to the mild weather, abundant sunshine, minimal rainfall, and fewer storms, allowing you to indulge in the delicious and flavorful seafood offerings from the waters of Quang Binh province.

Da Nhay Beach (Jumping Rock Beach)

Located in: Phong Nha Village. Jumping Rock is a natural swimming beach with crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery. It’s a popular spot for swimming, cliff jumping, and picnicking, offering a refreshing escape from the heat.

Quang Phu Sand Dunes

Located in: Quang Phu Commune. Quang Phu Sand Dunes refer to as the “miniature desert of Quang Binh,” provide an enchanting setting for exploration and photography.

Unlike traditional deserts, Quang Phu Sand Dunes are nestled amidst verdant hills and rice paddies, creating a striking contrast between the golden sands and the surrounding greenery. Visitors can traverse the dunes on foot or rent a local vehicle such as a jeep or ATV for an exhilarating adventure.

Sunrise and sunset are particularly magical times to visit, as the changing light transforms the landscape into a scene of ethereal beauty. Visitors can immerse themselves in the quietude of nature, listen to the gentle rustle of the wind through the dunes, and marvel at the natural beauty of this hidden gem in Quang Binh Province.

4. Local Culinary Delights

Quang Binh’s specialties comprise dishes that are prepared with simplicity yet carry the rich cultural essence and livelihood of the local people. Here are some recommendations from us:

  • Quang Binh’s Sweet Potatoes: Renowned for their natural sweetness and creamy texture, Quang Binh’s sweet potatoes are a delicious local specialty.
  • Bánh Bột Lọc (Rice Dumpling Cake): These translucent dumplings filled with shrimp and pork belly are a popular snack from Quang Binh, known for their delicate texture and savory filling.
  • Bánh Nậm (Flat Rice Dumpling): A visually appealing dish from Quang Binh, bánh nậm features flat rice dumplings filled with minced pork and mushrooms, wrapped in banana leaves.
  • Bánh Bèo (Water Fern Cake): These bite-sized cakes made from rice flour and topped with savory ingredients are a delightful specialty from Quang Binh.
  • Oyster Congee: A comforting dish from Quang Binh, oyster congee is a creamy rice porridge simmered with fresh oysters, ginger, and scallions, perfect for breakfast or chilly evenings.

Nghéo Fish Salad

This article provides an outline of the tour options available in Quang Binh Province, including the optimal time to visit and the captivating destinations to explore. Moreover, we offer recommendations on must-try local delicacies and valuable tips to ensure a perfect travel experience. If you’re interested in customizing your Vietnam tour, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sun Getaways Travel! Alternatively, you can explore the tour package below for further reference:

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