Next to Phong Nha, Dark Cave is the most popular tourism site in the area. It was first discovered in 1990 and opened up not long after that. The reason for the name is that there is no artificial light installed inside the cave and with its total length of 6 kilometers it’s nothing but darkness! Moreover, the rocks inside the cave are dark, some gray some black.
In 2014 a 400 meter double-zip line was built and is now used to enter the cave. The zip-line is the longest zip-line in Vietnam. The entrance of the Dark Cave is at the opposite river bank from the Zip-Line tower. The beautiful deep blue colour of the Chay river will catch your eye while riding the Zip-Line and a short 20 meter swim is required to actually enter the cave after the ride. Inside the cave there are many unique things to see and experiment! There is a natural mud bath at the end of one of the narrow passages and there are many ancient fossils to be found. The fossils are over a million years old! The natural mud bath is very good for the skin, and compared to a mud-bath in a spa this is just a fraction of the price.
The guides will provide information about the history of the cave while exploring it. After successfully exploring the cave it’s time to take the kayak and paddle back to the boat station. Next to the boat station a smaller zip-line can be found, here participants will be able to actually release themselves in to the water. For those with enough energy, the adventure bridge will be a real challenge. Only a few people make it across every month, the adventure bridge was built during the Quang Binh cave festival and has since then attracted a lot of customers. Dare to try it?
Finally, when all the participants have used up their energy in the water games, you can get a snack at the Dark Cave restaurant where the chefs prepare tasty traditional meals for a reasonable price and the dining area has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Full access entrance fees: 450,000 VND/pax
– Tourist guide (tour supervisor);
– Zip Line
– Caving equipment: Helmets, head torches, life jackets
Limited access entrance fees: 270,000 VND/pax
– Zip Line