Located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Paradise Cave (Thien Duong Cave) is considered the Underground Royal Palace. This beautiful wonder has the magnificent beauty of stalactites and stalagmites, evoking a rich imagination.
This article is a comprehensive travel guide to Paradise cave – a natural wonder in Vietnam, with details on how to get there, things to see, and more.
In this article, you will find everything you need to know about Paradise Cave:
- General information
- Best places to stay
- How to get there
- Paradise cave entrance fee
- Exploring Paradise cave Phong Nha
About Paradise cave, Phong Nha
Unlike Phong Nha Cave, Paradise cave is a dry cave with no underground river flow. Most parts of the ground in this cave have soft soil, and the ground is quite flat, so it is convenient for sightseeing and exploration.
With a length of 31.4 km and a height of 60m, Paradise cave is the longest dry cave with the longest wooden bridge in Asia.
The cave’s width varies from 30m to 100m, with some places up to 150m.
The temperature inside the Paradise cave is always different from the outside by about 10 degrees Celcius.
Where is Paradise cave?
Paradise Cave is located on Ho Chi Minh West Road, in Bo Trach, Quang Binh, Vietnam.
With a distance of 64 km, it takes about 1.5 hours to get from Dong Hoi to Paradise Cave. If you’re staying in Phong Nha town, you can get there easily within a 1-hour drive.
Best places to stay
I suggest staying in Phong Nha for your convenience as most of the attractions are in Phong Nha. You can rent a motorbike for one or a few days in either Dong Hoi or Phong Nha town.
How to get to Paradise cave?
a) By motorbike
You can visit Paradise cave without a tour easily by driving there.
I rent my scooter from MotorVina, but you can easily spot bike-renting services everywhere in Phong Nha.
From Phong Nha town, you can drive along Ho Chi Minh Road, then turn left to Ho Chi Minh West Road, following the road until you get to Paradise Cave.
If you start from Dong Hoi, you should prepare to go early because the distance is quite far.
b) By car
If you’re traveling by a group, renting a charter car for a day would be the right choice.
c) By Tour
The tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off at Dong Hoi or Phong Nha, transportation, lunch, entrance fee to the caves, and guide.
If you select the Paradise cave and Dark cave tour, you should wear quick-dry and waterproof clothing and bring:
- Towel and swimwear
- Mosquito repellent
- Extra clothes
How much is the entrance fee to Paradise cave?
The road from the gate to the ticketing point will excite you with the steep slopes of up to 40 degrees. The surrounding area is gorgeous, so don’t forget to stop and take some beautiful pictures.
Getting to the gate, you will see most visitors traveling on tour. After parking your bike/ car, you can go to the ticket booth to buy tickets.
Paradise cave entrance fee: 250 000 VND/ person ($22), excluding electronic car.
At first, I thought the price was a bit high, but after visiting, the beauty of the cave changed my mind.
Exploring Paradise cave
After getting past the ticket control, there are two options:
- Taking an electronic car
- Trekking 1 km
I chose the trekking option as the distance was quite short. It was during the butterfly season, so the road was charming.
After 10 minutes walk, you will get to the road to Paradise Cave. As Paradise cave is located at an altitude of 360m above sea level, there are two ways to climb up:
- Stairway (short, but more tiring)
- The cement road (a little further away, but easier)
The cement road is about 500m, and it takes about 10 minutes to go up there. The entrance of Paradise cave is small, hidden behind cliffs and forest canopy.
Entering Paradise cave
Getting inside Paradise cave, you will be amazed by how large it is.
“It’s massive” – I first thought.
The temperature in the cave is lower than the outside, so it brings a chill atmosphere. You may want to get a light jacket in case it’s cold.
The beauty of Paradise cave
The stalactites and stalagmites create different shapes that will relate to an animal or something in each person’s sense.
You can take a closer look at the top of Paradise cave to see the creation of stalactites.