While adventure tours to some of the most famous caves in Quang Binh have been fully booked for this year, a new camping destination surrounded by rubber forests could be an alternative choice.
Located in the middle of a five-hectare rubber forest next to a green stream in Bo Trach District close to UNESCO heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Blue Diamond Camp is tipped by travel bloggers as a nature-friendly camping destination in Quang Binh.
The entrance leading to the campsite is surrounded by vast cassava fields.
Unlike other campsites, Blue Diamond Camp uses solar energy with environmentally-friendly materials to avoid causing damage to the stunning landscape of Quang Binh, famous for its cave system and world heritage sites.
Kim Dung, a tourist from Hanoi, said a must-try experiences here is to take a wind-powered boat tour along a stream with green emerald waters.
Visitors can also go kayaking or experience standup paddle boarding.
The campsite run by leading tour operator Oxalis covers an area of 1.5 hectares and could be easily accessed by car from downtown Phong Nha.
It is among the new tourism products in Quang Binh in what local officials expect to give tourism a boost after over two years of Covid-19.
There are nine campgrounds inside the site, with tents overlooking limestone karst mountains and rubber forests.
All campgrounds here are equipped with roof systems and toilets so that visitors do not have to walk a long distance.
One of the highlights of the campsite is an underground swimming pool that simulates the underground river system inside famous caves like Son Doong and Tu Lan.
“When I first saw the pool, I was a bit scared but imagining that I was in Son Doong Cave, I suddenly felt particularly inspired,” Dung said.
The swimming pool also has three openings to catch sunlight, just like through a giant sinkhole inside Son Doong, the world’s largest cave in Quang Binh.
There are outdoor parties and entertainment activities at night.
“At night everyone can sit in a small garden and enjoy local dishes and drink craft beer. It’s an unforgettable experience,” Dung said.
An overhead suspension bridge connects the tents.
The bridge is 770 meters long and is designed about one meter above the ground so people can avoid stepping onto the vegetation in the forest and mud when it rains.
The bridge deck is made of thick wooden panels.
Visitors jog inside the rubber forest in the early morning.
One-day camping services cost VND660,000 ($28.41) per person.
If you camp overnight, prices start from VND2.2 million per person.
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