If you’ve ever been scuba diving, you’ll know that the world you encounter under the sea is completely different to the one you know on land.

 

Caves are similar. Enter and you discover a hidden realm formed over millions of years, a delicate ecosystem that in large part remains untouched by man. Strange colours, odd rock formations, unearthly water systems, jungle cut off from the rest of the world and subterranean creatures that may never see the light of day. It’s like being on a different planet.

 

Access to the caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam is a recent phenomenon. Until six or seven years ago, the majority of these otherworldly caverns were unexplored and untouched.

 

But if you venture inside, what you come across is mind-blowing. We know because we’ve been there not once but three times, and such is the magic of an expedition to Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, or a journey into other caves in the region such as Hang En, Hang Va, Paradise Cave and Tu Lan, that we’ve been going back for more.

 

It’s addictive.

 

As is the jungle trekking that goes hand in hand with any trip you may make.

 

Yet not everyone likes caves or has the same fascination with these dark worlds that we do at Word. Fortunately, Phong Nha, the home of these gargantuan structures, has developed more than just cave trips. A visit here transports you into a rural idyll. Jungle treks, cycle rides, eco-tours, paddy fields, pepper farms, riverside bars, great local food and countryside hangouts with hammocks and cold beer are part of the experience.

 

So for the second time in the history of our publication, we transport you to the world that is Phong Nha. We love the place, and hope that one day you will too.

 

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