The forerunner of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park was the Phong Nha Natural Reserve formed in 1992. The Phong Nha Natural Reserve was one largest special use forest with an area of 41,123 ha. Then Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park was established under the Decision No 189/2001/QD-TTg dated December 12, 2001 by the Prime Minister. The National Park was be inscription on the World Heritage List at the meeting 27th of the World Heritage Committee – UNESCO in Paris frome June 30th to July 5th 2003 on Criterion (viii) (former Criterion (i)- Earth’s history, record of life, landform processes and features).
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