Seeking an escape from the turbulent urban life? Why not give Hue - Vietnam's former capital city - a try. With the 19th-century citadel, various royal tombs and the poetic Perfume River, Hue brings you a nostalgic and romantic vibe. Not far from here, you can easily reach the worldly-renowned Phong Nha, a UNESCO-listed heritage in Quang Binh Province offering beautiful caves and karst terrains.
Read on for our top recommendations to travel from Hue to Phong Nha.
Phong Nha from above
Choosing a bus for your 210-km travel is an economical choice. You have two options, a public bus or a private bus. But as tourists, you are highly recommended to pick the latter. A private bus helps you to plan the trip easier by allowing you to book in advance and provides you comfort with air conditioning, wifi, blankets, water, etc.
Price: VND 150,000 - VND 300,000/ticket
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Sitting in the front or middle seat will be more comfortable
Recommended brands: The Sinh, Hung Thanh, Tan Nhat
Private buses are way less crowded than public ones
Once venturing Vietnam, don’t miss the chance to spend a night on the train. Unfortunately, there is no direct train to Phong Nha so you now have to switch vehicles. If you depart at Hue at night, Dong Hoi (Quang Binh Province) will welcome you with the cool and fresh air the next morning.
From Dong Hoi train station, you can either catch a bus or a taxi to Phong Nha. Since this will take you from 45 minutes to 1 hour, remember to calculate this period when you map out your plan.
Tips for Taking The Trains in Vietnam
The train's interior is quite neat and clean
Dong Hoi train station
To avoid scams and language barriers, always buy your train and bus tickets online. Search for train routes and bus lines to go from Hue to Phong Nha in the form below:
No matter where you go, this is the simplest way to reach the destination. Though it seems pricey, you get the personalized service you pay for. This option allows you to make the most of your trip by visiting some spots on the road.
What’s great about a taxi/car is that it is flexible but does not require you to drive by yourself
Hien Luong Bridge is a witness of the war
A pilgrimage festival at La Vang Church
Cheap and adventurous - that's all you can say about a motorbike trip from Hue to Phong Nha! However, if you are not an experienced biker, this can be a great challenge since you have to deal with several passes and narrow roads. Note that you will have to travel back to Hue to return the vehicle, so the entire trip would take around 3-4 days.
Hue Motorbike Adventure
29/103, Nhat Le Street, Thuan Thien, Hue City
31/4, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Hue City
19 Ha Noi Street, Hue City
Maintain your speed while riding, usually between 40 - 50 km/h
As the way from Hue to Phong Nha is quite winding with several passes, don't be surprised if you feel dizzy or tired while traveling. Besides, never buy bus or train tickets from vendors but instead, book on the official website or go directly to their office in the city.
© Written by Uyen Ho for itourvn.com