“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 stunning experience.
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!
When you explore the Paradise Cave
Everybody can do the 1st km or you can do a longer expedition as day trip with the 7km tour Paradise Cave Underground Trek.
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!
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. But you need to know that the road are not easy and you should have experience at riding a motorbike if you choose this option. To be more safe you should consider to take an easyrider and sit at the back of of professional motorbike driver.