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Phong Nha Attraction

Phong Nha-Ke Bang has a spectacular limestone karst topography and extensive cave systems, which make it one of the most outstanding geological sites in the country. The centrepiece of the site is the Phong Nha cave, through which an underground river flows. The mouth of this cave is 30 m wide and 18 m high, and it is possible to enter up to 1.5 km into the cave. In addition to the Phong Nha cave, 16 other caves have been surveyed to date at the site, with a total length of over 60 km.

The Phong Nha cave system is an increasingly popular tourist destination, with recent investment in facilities and upgrade of access. Large numbers of tourists visit the caves daily, stretching the carrying capacity. A large area of the national park has been earmarked for potential tourism development, which could have negative impacts on the limestone forest ecosystem. There clearly exists, however, the potential for successful ecotourism development that brings widespread benefits to the national park and local communities alike.

The Phong Nha-Ke Bang area is home to members of the Ruc and Arem sub-groups of the Chut ethnic group. Until recently, these people lived in caves. They have now been settled in villages. The indigenous knowledge and customs of these people have yet to be adequately researched. Their existing or potential role in conservation needs to be

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