Vietnam to slash entrance fees to its famous caves

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Phong Nha Cave

The national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang in Vietnam (which we recently mentioned in Five lesser-known destinations to visit in Vietnam), is about to drop its prices – according to various news sources.

The park, which is located in central Vietnam, grabbed public attention in 2005 with the discovery of “Paradise Cave” (Thien Duong Cave) and again in 2009 when explorers stumbled across Son Doong Cave – the largest in the world. Since then, authorities have had plenty of difficult decisions to make regarding development and how best to tackle the issue of tourism to the area without negatively impacting the caves themselves.

Phong Nha National Park

Claiming a need to raise money to maintain the caves, local authorities almost doubled entrance fees to each of the caves for the new year – bringing the fee from VND 120,000 to VND 250,000 (£3.70-£7.80 / $5.60-$11.80) for Paradise Cave, and…

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