Where is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located in Quang Binh, which is five hours by road north of Bach Ma National Park.
Phong Nha is a major tourist attraction known for its limestone karst formations, extensive cave systems and diversity of bird species. This national park has been designated a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
What is in Phong Nha – Ke Bang that attracts tourists?
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a famous tourist destination in Vietnam. This place has a landscape that attracts all visitors with its wild, peaceful and fresh beauty. The whole view of the national park is a system of undulating limestone mountains and many small rivers with clear, calm blue water.
Along the road from Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province to Phong Nha, you will see a wide sky with straight rice fields, then suddenly small limestone mountains appear, only 30km from the city, You have come to Phong Nha. The main road along the Con river, on the riverbank is a stretch of motels, hotels and homestays with all kinds of multi-language signs. It shows you are entering a professional tourism area.
Traveling in Phong Nha, not just bird watching or night herping trips, you also have time to experience sitting on small traditional boat to explore caves, “paradise cave” is famous. many tourists visited. Near the cave entrance, surprisingly is where you can find the rare bird, the Sooty Babbler. One bird species has just been recorded that is distributed in Phong Nha.
Inside the caves sparkling with the colors of light, stalactites show all kinds of fancy figures. Many stalactites are still forming, and will probably change in shape after many thousands of years.
Bird-Watching routes in Phong Nha Ke Bang
There are 2 main bird-watching routes in Phong Nha:
- Firstly, the main route going north-south along the National Park, called Truong Son Tay road. This is a road used by the North to transport weapons and food for war in the South of Vietnam before 1975. Now it is a beautiful and ideal road for those who are passionate about traveling by motorbike and bicycle to travel through central Vietnam. On this trail, in addition to birds, you can observe Red-shanked Douc, Stump-tailed Macaque, Northern White-cheeked Gibbon, Hatinh langur and Assamese Macaque – a fairly rare species of monkey.
- The second way, east – west, where you can find rare, endemic birds such as: Limestone warbler, Red-collared warbler, Austen’s brown hornbill.
Phong Nha is an ideal spot for the spotlighting and herping lover, many species of snakes and reptiles can be found, there are many small streams that are easy for snakes trekking. The Night herping at Botanic Gardens will be a memorable trip with us.
What types of bird we may find during bird watching tours?
In addition, on the basis of the occurrence of four restricted-range bird species, Phong Nha – Ke Bang lies within the Annamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area. Moreover, the reason why people consider Phong Nha area to be of particular importance for bird conservation is because the populations of species of conservation concern are not at immediate risk of extirpation or major population declines.
Furthermore, highlight of birds in Phong Nha: Red-collared Woodpecker, Austen’s Brown Hornbill, Sooty Babbler, Spot-necked Babbler, Limestone warbler, White-winged Magpie, Rachet-tailed Treepie, Sultan tit, Greater necklaced Laughingthrush, Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.
Should you experience cave travel?
You should spend at least one session in the journey to travel by traditional rowing boat, explore the caves here, you will regain energy for a long journey.
What to bring?
- Long sleeve, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, repellant
- Small bag for personal stuffs
- Camera and personal tools
When is the best time for birding in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park?
The best time for birding and bird photography is from December to April. This is also the time to easily find many beautiful snakes, as well as observe the Hatinh langur in the wild.
How much time should we spend for bird watching and wildlife photography in Phong Nha – Ke Bang?
Depend on your holiday, we suggest our tourists to spend about 2 – 3 days for bird watching and wildlife tour in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
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