I´ll be travelling from Hoi An by train and spend 1 day - 2 nights. Is is better to sleep in Son Trach or in Dong Hoi, where the train stops? Do you recommend booking a tour or going on your own is great as well? My idea is to see the caves and do some trekking.
Thank you very much!
From Hoian it is better to take bus to Phong Nha, afternoon bus to Phong Nha about 09:00PM, we stayed in Phong Nha then visit places near by as Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave, ziplining .... Dong Hoi is city not much to see. Phong Nha is great and central to visit these places 9 months ago
I travelled the same way as Candy (above) taking the Hung Thanh bus from Hoi An to Phong Nha. Taking the train feels like the less convenient but safer option.
I believe a night in Dong Hoi is recommended for train travellers, however depending when your train arrives there's plenty of accommodation in Phong Nha itself. I stayed at the Thuong Hai Hotel which was pretty decent and on the main stretch of shops in Phong Nha. If I were to go again I'd definitely try a homestay option as well.
If you'd like to do a proper cave expedition I'd recommend Oxalis Adventure Tours:
If you're interested in general activities you can book them on arrival at the Geckos or Easy Tiger Hostel. Check them out here: http://www.easytigerhostel.com/one-day-tours/
The Dark cave is the one to go to for zip-lining, kayak and mud-bath adventures.
More cool tips on these blogs:
Have fun!! 9 months ago