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Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

phongnhakebangPhong Nha – Ke Bang National Park lies in Quang Binh Province – the central Vietnam. Covering an area of about 200,000 hectares, Phong Nha – Ke Bang situated in Quang Ninh, Bo Trach, Tuyen Hoa and Minh Hoa districts, is 50km northwest of Dong Hoi City.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang can be compared to a huge geological museum thanks to its complicated geological structure with different categories of stone including sandstone, quartz, schist, siliceous limestone, granite, granodiorite, diorite, applet, pegmatite, etc. Phong Nha-Ke Bang is the oldest and largest tropical karst formed 400 million years during the main geological periods of the Earth, bearing the original topographic and geologic characteristics. Experiencing major tectonic phases, high mountain ranges and the depressed sedimentary basins were formed. These fluctuations have also contributed to the diversity of geology, topography, geomorphology.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang karst mountains can provide a lot of valuable information about the Earth’s prolonged geological process through various periods, from the Paleozoic (about 400 million year ago) to the Carboniferous and Permian (340-240 million years ago). It is also noteworthy to mention a geological characteristic – the system of underground rivers and grottos in limestone mountains.

In the non-karst geomorphologic area, there are many low mountains covered by a floristic carpet. The erosion has created a number of abrasion-accumulation terraces along the valleys of the Son and Chay rivers and at the margins of the central limestone massifs. The transition terrain consists of a diversity of rock intercalated by limestone mountains.

Besides the historical value of geology, topography, geomorphology, Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also favoured with the mysterious and majestic landscapes by nature. The Phong Nha–Ke Bang Natural Park still hides various myths of nature. It also has spectacular karst caves formed for hundreds of millions of years.

Locating in the area with a high average rainfall, however, few rivers and streams can be seen because water is absorbed to run inside limestone mountains. Therefore over tens of million years, water has eroded rocks, creating numerous caves in the area. The Phong Nha grotto system has evaluated as the most value in the world by the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) which held several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, highest and widest entrance, the most beautiful sand and rock banks, the most magnificent and fanciful stalactites and stalagmites.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang area is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos, divided into three main systems: Phong Nha Grottos, Vom Caves, and Ruc Mon Caves.

The Phong Nha grotto system is 40km long in total, rising from south of Ke Bang Limestone Mountain. The main entrances are Khe Ry and En Grottoes situated at a height of 300m above sea level. The grottoes of this tree-branch system run in the direction of northeast-southwest.

The system of Vom caves is over 30km long, rising from Ruc Ca Roong Cave located at a height of 360m above sea level and ending with Vom Cave. The system runs south and north. Ruc Ca Roong River sometimes hides in mountains, sometimes appears in narrow and deep valleys, and flows into the Chay River at the entrance of Vom Cave.

The system of Ruc Mon caves that lies in the district of Minh Hoa is also a large cave. However, the information about this system is not abundant because few surveys have been conducted in this area so far.

Next to the Phong Nha Grotto is Tien Son Cave – also known as Dry Grotto or Upper Phong Nha, a famous beautiful cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang area – where features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites shaped like several fairy-tales. In addition, the Thien Duong Cave remains untouched, with a very splendid beauty, longer and larger than Phong Nha or Tien Son Grottos. Especially, Son Dong Cave is one of the most newly-found caves in the national park that found by a British expedition in April 2009. It is regarded as the largest cave in the world. The biggest chamber of Son Dong is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide.

With its characteristics of topography, climate, soil and hydrography, Phong Nha – Ke Bang boasts a rich, diversified and unique flora. Investigations show that Phong Nha – Ke Bang has a large tropical forest floor. It covers 96.2 percent of the natural area, of which nearly 90 percent is covered by primeval forests. The diversity of rare and precious species of animals and plants in Phong Nha – Ke Bang is corollary of its natural conditions, and is a feature of the forest ecosystem.

Statistics show that the flora of Phong Nha – Ke Bang belongs to 152 families, 511 branches, and 876 species, including 38 listed in Vietnam’s Red Book, 25 in IUCN’s Red Book (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) and 13 endemic species.

A very important discovery in this national park is three rare and precious species – Sao la, Mang lon and Mang Truong Son – were founded in this area. Especially, Sao la and Mang lon are new species discovered in the world. Of the 81 recorded reptile and amphibian species, 18 are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book and 6 in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. In addition, there are 259 butterfly species, 72 fish species including 4 endemic ones in Quang Binh only and one first found in Vietnam; 302 bird species including 15 species listed in Vietnam’s Red Book and 19 in IUCN Red Book. Particularly, black-comb blue pheasants (ga loi lam mau den), white-tail blue pheasants (ga loi lam duoi trang) and peacocks are the global-level endangered species. Phong Nha – Ke Bang is considered a huge biological museum in Vietnam.

With its vivid evidences of the Earth’s formation, geological, topographic and geomorphologic history, mysterious landscapes and the bio-diversity of the national park as well as its unique historical and cultural values, Phong Nha – Ke Bang has been declared a world natural heritage by UNESCO at the 27th meeting in Paris in July 2003.

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Bang Mineral Hot Spring – Quang Binh

qb Location: Bang Mineral Hot Spring is located 60km south of Dong Hoi City, in Kim Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province.
Characteristics: Bang Mineral Hot Spring has been recorded as the only hot water source in Vietnam with an on-spot temperature of 105oC.

The mineral water with a composition of many precious elements has become an internationally prestigious mineral water source. In addition, this hot spring is potential for resorts. Investments have been made on several ten hectares of land area for the development of swimming pools, spas, and accommodation and tourist services to make Bang Hot Spring a favorite resort and wellness tourism destination of both international and domestic visitors.

Besides health and eco-tourism, the Southern Quang Binh tours with many privileged natural landscapes are also favored tourist attractions of the area. These tours will provide tourists with memorable visits to the national General Vo Nguyen Giap exhibition house, the tomb and temple of mandarin Nguyen Huu Canh who greatly contributed to the national expansion to today Camau Cape, picturesque An Ma Lake and many other cultural and historical vestiges.

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Xuan Huong Lake

History and location

xuanhuong4_mediumXuan Huong Lake lies charmingly at the very heart of Dalat City, surrounded by Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Tran Quoc Toan, Le Dai Hanh and Yersin St. Used to be the site in which many indigenous people of Langbian highland inhabited, this man-made lake is nowadays the most beautiful lake of Dalat, giving the city an invaluable gift of having a lake right in the center.

The history of Xuan Huong Lake distinguishes it as one of the most special lakes in Vietnam. In the past, there was no lake where we see Xuan Huong Lake today. In 1919 and 1923, two dams were formed on a branch of Cam Ly River to create two small lakes. Unfortunately, during a severe storm in 1932, both dams were destroyed. Between 1934 and 1935, a larger dam was built of boulders below the sites of the two previous dams to create one large lake. At that time, the French named it Grand Lac (large lake), but in 1953 it was renamed Xuan Huong Lake to express the people’s appreciation to the famous Vietnamese female poet in the 19th century who has the same name. The lake has gone through several constructions. There would be time when it’s not full of water (very unlucky if you drop in the city by then, though)

What to do

The crescent-moon-shaped lake covered an area of nearly 43 ha, stretching through several other attractions such as the Dalat Flower Park and Cu Hill. The surface of the lake is as smooth as a mirror reflecting the romantic scenery of Dalat with pine forests, meadows and gardens. Nowadays, visitors can not only enjoy strolling along the lakeside but also resting under the conifers, pedal-boating on the lake while admiring the spectacular architecture of Thuy Ta Pavilion. Try the elegant swan boat ride, it’s the best way to discover the beauty of the lake. Having a cup of coffee overlooking the lake is another suggestion. As a major attraction of Dalat, the lake is a place for people from both inside and outside the city to meet, talk and fall in love. Thus, you don’t need to be on honeymoon to visit this wonderful place (even though honeymooners do it all the time), just come and let the beauty of Xuan Huong Lake inspire you.

How to get there

It’s easy getting there on foot if you stay in the surrounding area. It’s also recommended to rent a tandem bike (about VND 20,000/h) to wander around the lake.

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Saigon Quang Binh Hotel

Located near the famous Nhat Le river and in the heart of Dong Hoi city, this 3 star hotel provides excellent services and facilities for both leisure and business travelers. The hotel is positioned 3km from the railway station and 7km from the airport. Nha-Ke bang National Park, a World Natural Heritage, is one of the closest attraction which is easy accessible from the hotel. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the magnificent lake, and are filled with an array of amenities from water purification to broadband internet access. For your leisure, there is a lounge in the hotel providing cocktails, where you can relax or hold a meeting. Looking to enjoy your vacation or have a convenient business trip, Saigon Quang Binh Hotel is ready to serve your needs.

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Facilities

  • 24hr room service
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar/pub
  • bicycle rental
  • business center
  • casino
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • disabled facilities
  • elevator
  • executive floor
  • family room
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • meeting facilities
  • nightclub
  • pets allowed
  • poolside bar
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • salon
  • shops
  • shuttle service
  • smoking area
  • tours
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Sports and Recreation

  • fitness center
  • games room
  • garden
  • golf course (on site)
  • golf course (within 3 km)
  • hot spring bath
  • indoor pool
  • jacuzzi
  • kids club
  • massage
  • outdoor pool
  • pool (kids)
  • private beach
  • sauna
  • spa
  • squash courts
  • steamroom
  • tennis courts
  • water sports (motorized)
  • water sports (non-motorized)

Internet in Rooms

  • LAN and WiFi access

Address: 20 Quach Xuan Ky Street, Dong Hoi, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh), Vietnam

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Ha Noi – Quang Binh Hotel

Well-positioned in Dong Hoi, Ha Noi – Quang Binh Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Dong Hoi (Quang Binh). From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, Tro Pond, Nhat Le Beach, Dong Hoi Airport are just some of the attractions available to visitors.
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Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Dong Hoi (Quang Binh) hotel. Room service, car park, tours, concierge, elevator are just a few of the facilities that set Ha Noi – Quang Binh Hotel apart from other hotels in the city.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience, with satellite/cable TV, television, refrigerator, mini bar, internet access – wireless (complimentary) in each room. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Ha Noi – Quang Binh Hotel hits the spot in many ways.

Facilities     

  • 24hr room service
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar/pub
  • bicycle rental
  • business center
  • casino
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • disabled facilities
  • elevator
  • executive floor
  • family room
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • meeting facilities
  • nightclub
  • pets allowed
  • poolside bar
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • salon
  • shops
  • shuttle service
  • smoking area
  • tours
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Address: No. 36 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Dong My, Quang Binh Province, Dong Hoi, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh), Vietnam

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Sun Spa Resort Quang Binh

About Sun Spa Resort Quang Binh

Set amidst scenic views and surrounded by water on three sides, Sun Spa resort in Quang Binh offers best accommodation facilities with all luxurious hotel amenities and services. This luxurious resort with ocean and garden view rooms is a perfect getaway in Central Vietnam for all type of tourists.

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Sun Spa Resort Location

Sun Spa resort is quite popular among travelers for its central location. The Sun Spa Resort being located at the city center is at close proximity to some of the business districts and shopping centers. The resort is at 20 meters from beach and 300 m from Nhat Le River that makes it a soothing place to relax and have fun. The Phu Bai international airport, Hue (at 150 km) and nearest train station of Dong Hoi (at 20 km) is also located at few hours of driving distance from this resort.
Sun spa Resort Quang Binh Room

Sun Spa Resort has brought international standard accommodations to one of the most beautiful areas of Central Vietnam.

Sun Spa Resort features 234 beach-style guest rooms including 4 Ocean Suites. Every room is furnished with satellite color TV, IDD telephone, air conditioning, fully equipped bathroom, mini-bar, portal for personal computer, steam bath and Jacuzzi for ocean suites.
Sun Spa Resort Quang Binh Dining & Entertainment

The Resort offers a wide variety of International Restaurants which take a fresh, modern approach to dining and serve an exciting blend of Asian and Western culinary specialties, indoors and al fresco.
For your dining pleasure, visit Sun Cafe – located next to our lobby offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A friendly relaxed atmosphere welcomes you in Ocean Terrace Bar, an open – air environment featuring exotic cocktail drinks and snacks.

Sun spa Resort Quang Binh Sport & Recreation

Guest can also relax around the outdoor swimming pool of enjoy a traditional massage, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, hair cutting and treatments for men an women. Other facilities include tennis court, Jet ski parasailing, banana boats, windsurfing and kayaking. Beach games – Volley ball, badminton, Tai Chi an Aerobic.
Sun spa Resort Quang Binh Business & Meeting facilities

The business center providing a complete range of professional secretarial services including word processing, laser printing, photocopying, facsimiles and Internet

The Ocean meeting room can accommodate up to 350 people. Available latest audio/visual equipment, in offers flexible settings for all types of corporate event including meetings, seminars, conferences.

Address My Canh village, Bao Ninh commune, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh ,Vietnam

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Sai Gon Phong Nha Hotel

SaiGon PhongNha Hotel is situated on the bank of the charming Son river at the Cultural and Ecological Tourist Center of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Just arround 30 minutes by motor boat,you will get to one of the wonder of the world that has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage – the mythical and marvellous Phong Nha, Tien Son cave. Right here, you also have a chance to enjoy early morning fresh breezes while watching the sun rising. With the warmest welcome by our professional staffs, we hope SaiGon Phong Nha hotel to be the ideal choice for you.
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Guest Room

-Accomodation: 15  standard  rooms

– Room charge is inclusive of welcome drink, buffet breakfast, mineral water in room daily.

– Rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast, 5% service charge and 10% government tax.

– Check-in time: 2: 00 PM.
– Check-out time: 12: 00 AM

– Late check out until 6.00 PM surcharge 50% of room rate, after 6.00 PM full rate applies
– Breakfast charge is at VND 50.000/person up.

– No extra charge for children under 12 years old (maximun two) sharing same room with parents 30% discount on breakfast charge for children from 05 to 12years old & complimentary for children under 04 years old.

– All rooms have individually controlled air- conditioning, cable TV, IDD telephone, wireless, in room safe, minibar, Tea & coffee making facilities
– 24 hours Room service, Laundry & dry cleaning, Travel & Tour reservations, Sales agent for VN Airlines, Credit cards accepted.

Restaurant & Bar
 
Bong Ruoi Restaurant nice decoration, cozy atmosphere, opens 24 hours a day, serves International, Asian and Vietnamese cuisine. Lavish dinner with abundant A la carte menu.

– Set lunch or dinner on Bong Ruoi restaurant from 100.000VND up.

– Breakfast: 50.000VND up

SaiGon Garden coffee – where you can enjoy a beautiful taste of Capuccino or Oscar cocktails or Icecream, a comfortable place for meeting and relaxation.

Address: SonTrach Hamlet, BoTrach District, QuangBinh Province
Phone: (84) 52 3677016
Number room: 15

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Duong Sat Quang Binh Hotel

The Duong Sat Quang Binh Hotel is a pleasant hotel on Dong Hoi’s beachfront. It has private access to a secluded beach.

The hotel has a 24 hour reception, a lift and a concierge. Internet access is available for those wanting to remain connected. Other features include a safe, a dry cleaning service and a business centre.

All rooms at the Duong Sat Quang Binh Hotel have air conditioning and include a TV, cable / satellite channels and a private bathroom. Each includes facilities such as a refrigerator, a mini bar and bottled water.

The Duong Sat Quang Binh Hotel has its own on-site restaurant, perfect for those wishing to dine in. Alternatively, there are a number of cafés and restaurants within a 10-minute walk.
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General
Room Service, Restaurant, Air Conditioned, Mini Bar, Refrigerator, Cable / Satellite TV, TV, Shower, En suite, Private Bathroom

Activities
Tour Desk, Private beach, Garden, Beach (Direct Access)

Services
Business Center, Concierge, Elevator / Lift, 24 Hour Reception, Dry Cleaning, Safe-Deposit Box, Laundry service, Desk, Luggage Storage

Internet
High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.

Parking
The hotel has free parking.

Check-in
From 2:00 PM

Check-out
Prior to 11:00 AM

Address: Truong Phap Road, Dong Hoi, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh)
Phone: +84.052.3844750
Email: duongsatqb@yahoo.com.vn
Web: http://duongsatquangbinhhotel.com.vn/
Number room: 43

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Ban Mai Hotel

Designed for both business and leisure travel, Ban Mai Hotel is ideally situated in Dong Hoi; one of the city’s most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Tro Pond, Dong Hoi Airport, Nhat Le Beach give to this hotel a special charm.
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Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Dong Hoi (Quang Binh) hotel. A selection of top-class facilities such as laundry service/dry cleaning, car park, business center, concierge, restaurant can be enjoyed at the hotel.

The hotel features 58 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each including shower, fan, satellite/cable TV, mini bar, air conditioning. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as private beach, garden to make your stay truly unforgettable. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Ban Mai Hotel the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Dong Hoi (Quang Binh).

 Facilities

  • business center
  • concierge
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • room service
  • restaurant

Sports and Recreation

  • garden
  • private beach

Parking    

  • car park

Address: Truong Phap Road, Nhat Le Sea, Dong Hoi, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh)

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Nam Long Hotel

By the Nhat Le river, 0.6 km from Nhat Le beach, 0.7 km from Central Postoffice, 2.5 km from Railway Station, 100 m from Highway No 1. Nam Long Hotel includes 10 standard rooms from 15 to 20 m2, 8-10 USD/ night with hot water, cable TV, free wifi internet, air conditioner.
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 Facilities

  • airport transfer
  • bicycle rental
  • coffee shop
  • laundry service/dry cleaning
  • family room
  • restaurant
  • smoking area
  • pets allowed
  • room service
  • tours
  • business center
  • concierge
  • safety deposit boxes
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Address: 22 Ho xuan Huong Street, Dong My, Dong Hoi, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh)
Phone: (84-52) 821851

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