After spending the morning visiting Paradise cave, we went back to the boat launch in the middle of town to start the next part of the tour, the Phong Nha water cave. But first, some lunch:
After lunch we went into one of the longboats for the next part, a trip down the river towards the cave.
Once the boat was near to the cave the motor was turned off and the canopy was remove
d. We slowly drifted into the cave as the oars- man -woman kept a steady paddle.
After travelling through the cave and back we went ashore inside the cave. We left the boat and would return to it once we were outside the cave. Our guide pointed out how this cave as a field hospital during the Vietnam war.
Although the interior of the cave was not as large as Paradise Cave, it was quite beautiful with lots of different formations.
We had a great time in Phong Nha. Although it was the one place where we found a huge cockroach in our room and the town itself was very small, the natural beauty of the jungle and cave systems were incredible. Expert cavers can spend weeks here, though many only come for a few days. The town and surrounding park might someday become very active as tourism increases but for now it’s a relatively quiet place to visit.