Paradise Cave: Explore The Natural Wonder In Phong Nha Vietnam
Located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Paradise Cave (Thien Duong Cave) is considered as the Underground Royal Palace. This beautiful wonder has the magnificent beauty of stalactites and stalagmites that evoke a rich imagination of visitors.
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.
Unlike Phong Nha Cave, Paradise cave is a dry cave with no underground river flow. Most parts of the ground in this cave has soft soil, and the ground is quite flat, so it is convenient for sightseeing and exploration.
With the length of 31.4 km and the height of 60m, Paradise cave is the longest dry cave with the longest wooden bridge in Asia.
The width of the cave varies from 30m to 100m, with some places are up to 150m.
The cave is also known for its unique stalactite and stalagmite system, creating fanciful imagination for visitors.
The temperature inside the Paradise cave is always different from the outside by about 10 Celcius degrees.
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 1-hour drive.
How to get to Paradise cave?
a) By motorbike
You can visit Paradise cave without a tour easily by driving there.
You can rent a motorbike for one or a few days in either Dong Hoi or Phong Nha town. I would suggest staying in Phong Nha for your convenience as most of the attractions are in Phong Nha.
I rent my scooter from MotorVina, but you can easily spot bike-renting service everywhere in Phong Nha town.
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
Several companies are offering daily tours from Phong Nha/ Dong Hoi to Paradise Cave. Oxalis Adventure Tours company is one of the most reliable tour providers in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park.
How much is an entrance fee to Paradise cave?
The road from the gate to the ticketing point will make you feel excited with the steep slopes of up to 40 degrees. The surrounding area is gorgeous as well, so don’t forget to stop and take some beautiful pictures.
Getting to the gate, you will see most of the visitors are traveling on tour. After parking your bike/ car, you can then go to the ticket booth to buy tickets.
Paradise cave entrance fee: 250, 000 VND/ person ($22), excluding electronic car fee.
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 quite 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 cool atmosphere. You may want to bring a light jacket in case it’s cold for you.
The beauty of Paradise cave
The stalactites and stalagmites create different shapes that in the sense of each person, they will relate to an animal or something.
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