Top Quality Hotels / Homestays In Phong Nha And Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is the capital city of Quang Binh Province. Dong Hoi has a domestic airport (Dong Hoi Airport), train station (Dong Hoi train station), and various transportation services such as taxis, inner-city shuttle buses, and inter-provincial buses making it easy to travel to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, etc. or even for oversea travellers from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, etc.

Following are guidelines of how to go/travel to Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province for foreign travelers, especially if this is the first time you’re traveling to Dong Hoi.

Phong Nha

Phong Nha Town – well known for tours to the caves – is one of Vietnam’s top tourist destinations in Quang Binh Province, located 45km northwest of Dong Hoi City (only about 45 minutes by car). Phong Nha is also home to Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest cave located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Hundreds of large and small caves exist in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is one of them. Each cave has its own extremely impressive beauty, attracting thousands of domestic and international visitors every year to visit and participate in unique tourism activities. The most outstanding is the Son Doong Cave Expedition, and there are also many exciting tours to Hang En Cave – the world’s third largest cave, Hang Va Cave – the river cave with the rarest stalagmite formations, Paradise Cave (Thien Duong cave), Dark Cave, and surrounding areas such as the Tu Lan Cave System.

Note: From Dong Hoi City to Phong Nha, it is best to book the transfer in advance (Private car / taxi / shuttle bus)

If you have time and want to spend some time in Dong Hoi before coming to Phong Nha, you can buy a Phong Nha Shuttle Bus booking to travel from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha (60,000 VND / person). The Phong Nha Shuttle Bus station is located inside the Oxalis Adventure – Dong Hoi Beach Office (about 4km from Dong Hoi Airport; or about 7km away from Dong Hoi Train Station) – a beautiful place right on Nhat Le Beach, you can order food, cool drinks here and enjoy the beach view while waiting for the bus. Book a Phong Nha Shuttle Bus booking here.

International Flights

If you are travelling to Phong Nha from other countries, the most convenient way is to book international flights from your current nation to any of three international airports of Vietnam such as: Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), or Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang), or Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) Then get to Dong Hoi by plane, train, or sleeper bus from Ha Noi/ Da Nang/ Ho Chi Minh city as instructed below.

Note: All service providers introduced here operate independently and are not associated with Phong Nha Shuttle Bus. This article is for reference only and with the best intention of providing information for visitors traveling to Dong Hoi and Phong Nha.

Ha Noi – Phong Nha

Passengers from Hanoi (or from Northern provinces such as Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, etc.) can reach Quang Binh by plane, train, high-class sleeper bus, private car service, or independently by motorbike.

1. AIRPLANES

Airlines with flights from Hanoi to Dong Hoi: Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways

Departure: Noi Bai Airport – Arrival: Dong Hoi Airport.

Estimated flight time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Book flight bookings online at:

  • Vietnam Airlines: https://www.vietnamairlines.com
  • Bamboo Airways: https://www.bambooairways.com

2. SLEEPER BUS

There are many good quality sleeperbuses from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, some companies even run directly from Hanoi to Phong Nha.

booking price is normally about 250,000 VND / person. Sleeper buses are equipped with bed seats, air conditioner, a small toilet at the end of the bus, free Wifi, water bottles, etc. These sleeper buses usually depart in the evening from Hanoi and arrive in Dong Hoi or Phong Nha in the early morning.

Hưng Thành bus

  • Address: 162B Trần Quang Khải, Hà Nội
  • Booking: +84 39274285
  • Departs from Hanoi: 6:30
  • Arrives in Phong Nha: around 4:00 – 5:00
  • Arrives in Dong Hoi: around 5:00 – 6:00

Queen Bus

  • Address: 208 Tran Quang Khai, Hanoi
  • Booking: +84 24 3903 6036
  • Departs from Hanoi: 18:30
  • Arrives in Phong Nha: around 4:00 to 5:00
  • Arrives in Dong Hoi: around 5:00 – 6:00

Camel Bus

  • Address: 459 Tran Khat Chan, Hanoi
  • Phone number: +84 24 8585 0555 (8:00 – 22:00)
  • Departs from Hanoi: 6:30
  • Arrives in Phong Nha: around 4:00 to 5:00
  • Arrives in Dong Hoi: around 5:00 – 6:00

Note:

The above bus companies also provide bus services from Phong Nha to Hanoi, or Dong Hoi to Hanoi departing at 18:30 – 21:00, and arriving in Hanoi at around 06:00 – 08:00. Please contact their booking offices to check the bus schedule and purchase bookings.

3. TRAIN

Travellers coming to Quang Binh often choose to take the overnight train from Hanoi train station to Dong Hoi train station because it is both safe and time saving. You’ll arrive in Dong Hoi the next morning.

You would want to book the soft 4 – berth cabin or the hard 6 – berth cabin to be able to relax comfortably because the train takes more than 10 hours to go from Hanoi to Dong Hoi.

Trains that depart from Hanoi station to Dong Hoi station are: SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE9, SE19

Check the train departure / arrival times and book bookings online at Vietnam Railways website: http://dsvn.vn or the online train booking agency http://www.baolau.com

You can purchase a booking directly at Hanoi Railway Station or any train booking agents near you.

Ninh Binh – Phong Nha

Ninh Binh is located on the main route connecting Hanoi and Dong Hoi/Phong Nha, so you can choose to take the sleeper bus or train berths to get from there to Phong Nha or Dong Hoi.

For some bikers or adventure enthusiasts, you can also ride a motorbike from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha (400km apart).

1. SLEEPER BUS

Queen Cafe Bus

  • Address: No. 46, July 27, Nam Binh or Duc Tuan Hotel, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
  • Phone number: +84 2439366668
  • Departs from Tam Coc: 20:00
  • Arrives in Phong Nha: 4:00 – 5: 00
  • Arrives in Dong Hoi: 5:00 – 6:00

Queen Cafe Bus also offers the Phong Nha – Ninh Binh route, departing at 21:00 and arriving in Ninh Binh at 04:00. You can buy bookings in Phong Nha at the Central Backpackers Hostel.

2. TRAIN

You can take a train from Ninh Binh station to Dong Hoi station. It’s better to book the soft berth (4 berths/ cabin) or hard berths (6 berths/ cabin) for your comfort because the train takes about 8 hours to go from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi. If you take an overnight train, you will arrive in Dong Hoi the following morning.

Trains from Ninh Binh to Dong Hoi: SE3, SE5, SE7, SE9, SE19

Check the train departure / arrival times and book bookings online at Vietnam Railways websie: http://dsvn.vn or the online train booking agency http://www.baolau.com

You can purchase a booking directly at Ninh Binh Train Station or any train booking agents near you.

Ha Long – Phong Nha

1. AIRPLANES

The fastest way to travel from Ha Long to Phong Nha is to take a bus from Ha Long to Hanoi, then take a plane from Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) to Dong Hoi Airport (Quang Binh) then get a 1-hour transfer to Phong Nha.

There is no direct train or direct flight from Ha Long to Dong Hoi/ Phong Nha, so you will need to go to Hanoi, and follow the transport recommendations as mentioned in the Hanoi – Phong Nha section above.

However, you can take the Hoang Long bus which goes straight from Ha Long to Phong Nha. See below.

2. TRAIN:

There is no direct train from Ha Long to Phong Nha, so you need to travel from Ha Long to Hanoi first, and take the train from Hanoi station to Dong Hoi station, and finally take a bus or private car from Dong Hoi railway station to Phong Nha. This is the most economical and safe way for passengers to travel from Ha Long to Phong Nha.

3. DIRECT SLEEPER BUS FROM HA LONG – DONG HOI:

Hoàng Long bus

• Address: 02 Nguyen Van Cu, Ha Long, Quang Ninh

• Departs from Ha Long: 19:00

• Arrives in Dong Hoi (287 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Dong Hoi): Around 09:30

Hue – Phong Nha

Hue is located only about 200km from Phong Nha. Normally, you just need to take a bus or book a private car that goes straight to Dong Hoi or Phong Nha (around 3 hours), or take a train from Hue train station to Dong Hoi train station.

1. BUS

Hưng Thành bus

• Address: 49 Chu Văn An, Huế

• Departs from Hue: 16:30 – 17:00

• Arrives in Phong Nha: 21:00 – 21:30

Tấn Nhật Bus

  • Address: 1A Hung Vuong, Hue
  • Departs from Hue: 7.00
  • Arrives in Phong Nha: around 11.00

If you want to travel back to Hue from Phong Nha, there are two buses leaving Phong Nha for Hue at 4:00 and 7:00. You can ask local hotels or any accommodations where you’re staying in Phong Nha to book the bookings for you.

2. TRAIN

Another common way to travel from Hue to Dong Hoi is to take the train. When you arrive at Dong Hoi, you will need a transfer (1 hour) to Phong Nha.

Trains that depart from Hue – Dong Hoi: SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8, SE10, SE20

Check the train departure / arrival times and book bookings online at Vietnam Railways websie: http://dsvn.vn or the online train booking agency http://www.baolau.com

You can purchase a booking directly at Hue train station or any train booking agents near you.

3. PRIVATE CAR SERVICE

You can book a private car with a driver from Hue to Phong Nha.

Customers who booked tours with Oxalis Adventure can contact Oxalis to order a private car as follows:

• Private car from Hue – Phong Nha (and vice versa) is VND 2,500,000/ 1 private 4-seat car / 1 way

• Contact: www.oxalisadenture.com (Email: [email protected])

Da Nang/ Hoi An – Phong Nha

From Da Nang to Phong Nha, it takes about 7 hours by car or train.

1. BUS

Hưng Thành bus

• Address: 105 Ton Duc Thang, Hoi An

• Departs from Hoi An: 13:00 – 13:30

• Departs from Da Nang: 14:00 – 14:30

• Arrives in Phong Nha: 21:00 – 21:30

You will be transferred from Hoi An to Danang bus station and may have to wait 2-3 hours before the car departs for Phong Nha at 13:00.

Nam Hà bus

• Address: the bus stop is opposite the Hoi An Water Puppet Center, 548 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An.

• Departs from Hoi An: 9:00

• Arrives in Phong Nha: Varies by day (Please contact the garage in advance to ensure your plan).

You will be transferred from Hoi An to Da Nang bus station and may have to wait there for 2-3 hours before the bus departs for Phong Nha at around 13:00.

Hạnh Luyến bus

• Address: Da Nang Bus station

• Departure time (from Da Nang): at 10:00 and 12:00

• Phong Nha Arrival Time: Varies by day (Please contact the garage in advance to ensure your plan)

Note:

To travel back to Hoi An from Phong Nha by bus, you can choose Hưng Thành bus which departs at Café Capture Phong Nha at 04:00 or 07:00 daily. However, you will stop at 49 Chu Van An, Hue for about an hour before continuing to go to Hoi An at around 13:00 or 17:00

The Queen Bus Travel is another option that departs from Phong Nha at around 04:00 – 04:30 at Phong Nha Central Backpacker Hostel, and will stop in Hue. Here you will be transferred to continue to Da Nang and Hoi An at 12:00 or 14:00

Camel bus has two buses leaving Phong Nha between 4:00 – 4:30 and 7:00 – 7:30 from Phong Nha Backpacker Hostel. Similar to other car companies, Camel bus will arrive in Hue first and will continue to transit passengers to Da Nang and Hoi An. The bus to Hoi An departs at around 12:00 or 14:00.

The Nam Hà and Hạnh Luyến buses leave Phong Nha at 19:30 and you can book bookings at hotels or bus offices in Phong Nha. These buses will arrive in Hue midnight at around 24:00, then arrive in Da Nang the next morning at 05:00 and Hoi An at 06:00.

2. TRAIN

Taking a train is a safe way to travel from Da Nang and it only takes 6 hours to get to Dong Hoi station, then you can take a private car or shuttle bus from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha.

Trains depart from Da Nang station – Dong Hoi station: SE2, SE4, SE6, SE8, SE10, SE20

Check the train departure / arrival times and book bookings online at Vietnam Railways websie: http://dsvn.vn or the online train booking agency http://www.baolau.com

You can purchase a booking directly at Da Nang train station or any train booking agents near you.

3. PRIVATE CAR SERVICE

You can book a private car with a driver to go from Da Nang / Hoi An to Phong Nha. Customers who book tours with Oxalis Adventure can contact Oxalis to place a private car booking as follows:

• A private 4-seat car from Da Nang – Phong Nha (and vice versa) is VND 3,300,000 / 1 private car / 1 way.

• A private 4-seat car from Hoi An – Phong Nha (and vice versa) is VND 3,800,000 / 1 car / 1 way.

• Contact: www.oxalisadenture.com (Email: [email protected])

Ho Chi Minh – Phong Nha

1. AIRPLANES

Ho Chi Minh City is more than 1,151 km from Phong Nha, so the best way is to fly (only takes 1.5 hours).

• Flight route: Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) – Dong Hoi Airport (Quang Binh)

• Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietjetAir, Bamboo Airways

Book flight bookings online at:

  • Vietnam Airlines: https://www.vietnamairlines.com
  • Bamboo Airways: https://www.bambooairways.com
  • Jetstar Pacific: https://www.jetstar.com
  • VietjetAir: https://www.vietjetair.com

2. BUS / TRAIN

Taking a bus or train from Ho Chi Minh City is both time consuming and quite exhausting so we only recommend you to fly. However, if you have time, you can consider buying a cheaper flight booking to Hue / Da Nang and from there take a bus or train to Dong Hoi or straight to Phong Nha. Scroll up to see the recommendations of how to travel from Hue/Da Nang to Phong Nha.