Welcome to Dong Hoi


Easing off the travel accelerator and spending a couple of laid-back days here at good oceanfront accommodation is recommended before or after visiting the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

As the main staging area for the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), Dong Hoi suffered more than most during the American War, but the town has since recovered as a bustling provincial capital.


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$90 Day Trips & Excursions

Hang Tra Ang and Paradise Cave Tour from Phong Nha

Phong Nha-Ke Bang is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 311 caves and grottos with over 200km of cave passage. There are still many areas not well explored. Phong Nha held several world cave records, including the longest underground river as well as the largest cave in the world. Trek into the primary jungle of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park to swim and explore the untouched Tra Ang river cave and enjoy jungle BBQ with the locals.Tour departs daily at 8:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm. If your hotel is in Dong Hoi, the surcharge is $30 US, and departure is 7:30am.Activities: • Paradise Cave • 8 Lady Cave (Hang Tam Co) • Road 20 Victory • Jungle hiking • 600m of swimming into Tra Ang Cave (Optional) • Jungle BBQAdventure level: EasyWhat to bring: • Clothing to cover your knees and shoulders while you are in the temple at 8 Lady Cave • Trainers or hiking shoes. No flip flops • Insect repellent • Swimwear • A travel towel or sarong

$900 Private & Custom Tours

Private Phong Nha Cave Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Quang Binh Daily Tours, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province7.00AM Depart from your hotel in Hue to Phong Nha (200km – 4-hour drive). On the way (if time permits), stop to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang – a catholic church formerly built in the forest near Quang Tri up from the old DMZ, later, several buildings of La Vang were rebuilt and destroyed during the war. Have lunch in Dong Hoi city.Afternoon, take a boat trip along Son River to explore the Phong Nha Cave system. Among 300 caves and grotto in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park, only 20 have been surveyed. Notably, Phong Nha, is the most beautiful cave which holds several records for the highest and longest cave, the longest underground river, finest beaches inside and the most splendid stalagmites and stalactites. These amazing natural art works have been given beautiful names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.Return to Hue, on the way stop to visit Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River which became an important landmark in the partition of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th parallel. End this tour at your hotel in Hue

$800 Private & Custom Tours

Private Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave 1 day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Quang Binh Daily Tours, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province6.30-7.00AM Pick up from your hotel in Hue and depart for Phong Nha National Park (Quang Binh). On the way (if time permits), stop for sightseeing the Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang – a catholic church formerly built in the forest near Quang Tri up from the old DMZ, later, several buildings of La Vang were rebuilt and destroyed during the war. Have lunch in Dong Hoi city.Afternoon continue to Paradise Cave and begin to explore the glamour of Asia’s longest and largest dry cave. You travel on a buggy pass through dense forest for about 2km, then climb about 500 rocky steps, and you’re in.. Paradise. Begin your journey to explore the magical Heaven – the Eden on earth with special stalagmites, stalactites system with sparkling, mysterious beauty, out of human beings imagination.Return to Hue, on the way (if time permits) stop to visit Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River which became an important landmark in division of the country into north and south zone along the 17th parallel during the American war. End this tour at your hotel in Hue around 8.00PM.

$79 Tours & Sightseeing

Group Tour: Phong Nha Cave And Dark Cave 1 Day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Quang Binh Daily Tours, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province07:45 – 08:00 a.m : Our car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Dong Hoi, and start your trip to visit Dark Cave and Phong Nha cave. (Pick up between 8.45 am and 9.10am if your hotel is in Phong nha).Explore Dark cave. You will trek in cave with protective gear and flashlight on the helmet. After discovering the Dark cave, enjoy your journey with many exciting activities such as Zip-line, Mud bath, swimming at cool spring etc. Visiting Dark cave is really an amazing experience.12:30 pm: Have lunch at a local restaurant in Phong Nha village and have a short rest.01:30 pm: Depart to visit Phong Nha cave (located 50 km about the city).After 25 minutes on the boat, you can explore the most impressive Phong Nha cave. Take a couple hours to see the cave. This cave is considered as the longest wet cave in the world. Although Phong Nha cave is 7729m long, we will only explore a distance of 1500 m. Phong Nha cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. We can see these stalagmites in many shapes. Also with the help of colored lighting, you seem lost in a fairy tale place.04 p.m: Back to Dong Hoi or Phong nha. Drop you off at your hotel. Tour ends.

$500 Tours & Sightseeing

Small Group Tour : Dark Cave And Paradise Cave 1 Day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Quang Binh Daily Tours, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh ProvinceIn the morningAt 7:45 – 08:00 : Our car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Dong Hoi. If your hotel is in Phong Nha, the time to be picked up will be at about 8:45.Transfer to Paradise cave. This cave is located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone, 25km about Phong Nha cave, 75 km about Dong Hoi and 1h20 minutes driving. It is considered as the longest dry cave in Asia. Discovering the cave, you will understand why it has that beautiful name.You will then be taken by golf cart (1.6km) from the main gate through the jungle, to where you will then climb to the mouth of the cave; a climb that boasts spectacular views of the mountainous region around the cave.In the afternoonAt 12:00 : Have lunch at Dark cave restaurantAt 13:00 : Continue to visit Dark Cave, which is located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, 20km about Phong Nha cave, 65 km about Dong Hoi and an hour and 10 minutes driving).The Dark cave is really amazing where you can experience many adventure activities such as mud-bathing, kayaking,..At 16:45 – 17:00 : Take you back to Dong Hoi or Phong nhaAt 17:00 – 17:30 : Arrive in Dong Hoi city. Drop you off at your hotel in Dong Hoi

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Paradise Cave and Dark Cave tour from Dong Hoi

– In the morning: • 07:30- 08:00 a.m: Our van and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha and transfer to visit the caves. • After 1 hour driving, visit Paradise Cave an “Underground royal palace”.Paradise Cave is first discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association. It’s a largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area by British spelunkers. Paradise Cave’s beauty is reminiscent of an imperial palace and very well resented with easy access, great walkways, and excellent feature lighting which made it extra special.You take the electrical car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km).Admire countless stalactites with different shapes: Thach Thien Cung, waterfall Thien Ha, Quan Tien converging, Thap Lien flower… Before your eyes the image of typical terraced rice civilization, Champa tower, Buddha Guanyin, Phuc Loc Tho, Rong House of Highlands Vietnam…– In the afternoon: • 11:30: Lunch at a restaurant with local specialties from the people here processing. • 01:00 – 04:30 p.m: Visit Dark cave. This cave is a branch of Phong Nha cave system with 5,558m long and 80m high. It has a primitive beauty with thousands of several spectacular stalagmite and stalactites. In Dark cave, you can experience many adventure activities such as: Mud bathing, zip lining, swimming, and kayaking. Using the zipline requires you to be between 40-90 kg. No exceptions • 05:00 – 05:30 p.m: Back to Dong Hoi. Drop you off at your hotel. Tour ends • Come and enjoy Paradise cave and Dark cave tour. You are sure to not be disappointed!