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A traveler’s guide to Paradise Cave

“Thien Duong Cave”, also known as the “Paradise Cave” is a huge cave based in the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, in the Quang Binh Province of central Vietnam.

This cave has seen an increasing popularity over the years for its aesthetic brilliance in terms of size, diversity, rarity and cave formations. Paradise Cave tours have always succeeded in giving travellers a true sense of awe and help them feel the exceptional natural beauty of the cave and the region of Phong Nha as a whole.

About Paradise Cave

 

Earlier, the Phong Nha cave was known to be and considered the longest cave in the National Park. Since the exploration of Paradise cave with a length of 31 Km, it now stands as the longest cave in the National Park region.

Discovery & Exploration

It’s a fact that the Paradise Cave was originally discovered by British cavers including Howard & Deb Limbert from British Cave Research Association in 1992; they enter the cave via the river and exit in a different way which is now known as Paradise Cave. No Vietnamese was encountered entering the cave until 2005; a local man took the BCRA team to the area searching for new caves; it was Paradise Cave that discovered from 13 years earlier.

They first explored 5 Km of the Paradise Cave before going on a further exploratory venture  later, the result was not disappointing with finding a total of 31 Km in length and this was officially announced to the public in later in 2005 itself.

Geological features of the cave

Standing 200 meters above sea level, the height of the Paradise Cave is estimated to be about 72 meters, while the width is known to be almost 150 meters and these figures help you to imagine how colossal the Paradise Cave is. After detailed comparisons, cave researchers, specialists and experts have also deduced that the limestone formations seen inside the Paradise Cave are some of the most spectacular ones ever seen.

What really impressed the cave explorers upon exploration, were the incredibly formed stalactites and stalagmites embellishing the cave; the towering cave formations blew their mind and the cave looked like something they hadn’t ever seen. Hence, they decided to name it the Paradise Cave or Thien Duong Cave in Vietnamese!

The superb and unconventional geological features of the Paradise Cave also led to the discovery of a new species of the ‘troglobiontic scorpion’ – ‘Vietbocap thienduongensis’ in 2012.

When you explore the Paradise Cave

 

You should know that the Paradise Cave opens at 7:30am and closes at 4:30pm. Make sure you wake up early for getting to the cave on time. This will mostly also ensure that there are not many other tourist groups swarming the area. You’d surely want to explore this natural beauty peacefully!

Visitors need to purchase tickets in order to explore the Paradise Cave with the price of VND 250,000 for adult and VND 125,000 for children. You have two ways to explore the cave; through a pre-booked tour or you can do it by yourself. The choice lies with you.

From the ticket counter, you’ll have two options; you can either choose to have a nice walk over 1km to where the hill climb begins or to take an electric golf buggy service (with about VND 15,000 to VND 25,000/ride). Once you receive your ticket, get ready for a 700 meters climb up the hill to the cave’s entrance! As mentioned earlier, the Paradise Cave stands 200 meters above sea level and the entrance to the cave is set on the side of a rather steep hill.

And there it is! You’ll find yourself facing Paradise. Once inside the Paradise Cave, you’ll be on a wooden staircase/boardwalk to descend inside. The mighty scale of the Paradise Cave will leave you astounded, as you continue your descent into the cave. The wooden walk way has been designed and built considering the convenience of visitors and you won’t have to worry about putting on proper footwear like trekking shoes.

The lighting that illuminates the Paradise Cave is quite pleasant and allows you to enjoyably take in the sights of the shimmering stalactites and spectacular stalagmites inside!

Paradise Cave – How to get there!

 

In a nutshell, there are just two ways that one can visit the Paradise Cave. The first way is to do a tour and the other way is to do it solo, without any tour assistance or support. Read on and you’ll know more about the difference!

Visiting Paradise Cave without a tour

If not through Paradise Cave Tours, the other way to get to the Paradise Cave is by riding a motorbike all the way to the cave’s location!  This is undoubtedly a really fun experience, as you ride along wonderful landscapes of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and get to enjoy some very heartwarming sights.

One practical and smart way to make this easier on a motorbike is to download the offline map one night in advance, pin the location of the Paradise Cave on the map and just follow the navigated route on your smartphone.

For a motorbike ride – DIY tour to Paradise Cave, you’re expected to spend on an average amount of VND 500,000 (about USD 22) which includes VND 250,000 entrance ticket and the rest on motorbike rental, petrol & parking fee.

Visiting Paradise Cave with a tour

It’s probably a lesser known fact that travellers who choose to visit the Paradise Cave without a tour, are allowed to explore the first 1 kilometer of this beautiful cave on the boardwalk. There are several tour operators who’d help you book the tour directly at your accommodation and make sure everything is taken care of.

You can get in touch with “Di Di Thoi” to learn more about some extraordinary National Park tours, while in Phong Nha. Di Di Thoi is a local tour operator that conducts classic tours and soft adventures in and around Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Di Di Thoi aims to give you a real taste of Phong Nha’s natural beauty and culture though a wide range of tour options with numerous wonderfully designed activities; sunset cruises, bicycling along the countryside, learning local traditions, authentic National Park tours, kayaking and much more!

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, we highly recommend the Phong Nha National Park tour for a full-day journey.

When you travel to Vietnam, make sure you visit the ‘Adventure Capital of Asia’ – Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park and don’t miss a chance to visit and explore the Paradise Cave! Whether you choose to do it through a Paradise Cave Tour or by yourself, it’s going to be amazing either way!

What else to do in Phong Nha?

 

Are you looking for something else to do in Phong Nha, another easy-going, relaxing place or a real adventure in the Adventure Capital of Asia – Phong Nha?

Our What to do in Phong Nha page is what you cannot miss!

Or pay a visit to our Phong Nha Travel Tips page, we’ve listed some important things to know to help you make your way around our little town!

 

Kindly Note:

1. Oxalis Adventure does NOT offer any tours to Paradise Cave. However, interested travelers can easily book the Paradise Cave tours at any accommodation in town or simply head to their headquarter to purchase the ticket.

2. Oxalis takes no responsibility about the quality or service of the Paradise Cave tours under any circumstances.