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  • Shannon Wolf | April 6, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Phong Nha Caves, DIY-Style

    Phong Nha Caves, DIY-Style

    PHOTO: Paradise Caves is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. (photos by Jack Slater)

    If you haven’t heard already, a not-to-miss stop on your spectacular journey is located in northern central Vietnam. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is home to Hang Khe Ry, the longest river cave on Earth, along with Hang Son Doong, considered the world’s largest cave (with a whopping price of $3,000 a person to visit!)

    Luckily, there are plenty of other spectacular caves to explore, DIY-style, for the budget-minded.

    READ MORE: Subterranean Splendor: 6 Underground Caves Worth Exploring

    Tour buses to the caves are quite expensive, with prices ranging from 500k and up one-way (not including the tours) but if you do it yourself, you will save a ton of money and have quite a scenic route along the way, leaving you with more money to see the caves!

    PHOTO: Driving around the caves is reminiscent of being in Jurassic Park! It’s hard to believe this is real!

    From Hue, you will want to leave early in the morning, rent a scooter for the day and drive for three hours, passing by captivating landscapes to Phong Nha National Park. Upon arrival at Phong Nha caves, you will pay an entrance fee of 40k a person. Now, it’s time to visit some of the best caves:

    Paradise Cave

    The largest dry cave in the world that is accessible without a guide.

    Price: 250k a person

    Hang Toi (aka: Dark Cave)

    For the adventure seeker! Every backpacker has raved about this cave and above all else, this is a must do! You go kayaking across the river, swimming through the cave with a headlamp guiding you, through a muddy passage way and zip lining all in one day!

    Price: 350k a person includes what is listed above!

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    Note: There are plenty of other caves you can visit but for a day-trip, two is plenty and the above options are the most popular among backpackers.

    PHOTO: No matter where you turn, you have a 360-degree view of beauty all around you in the national park. 

    Breakdown Costs:

    • 120k scooter for a day
    • 100k gas
    • 15k scooter parking (both caves)
    • 40k Entrance Fee
    • 250k Paradise Cave
    • 350k Dark Cave

    Total = 875k for transit and two caves!

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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