Thiên Đường Cave – Heaven on Earth

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Vietnam is a country blessed by God for its own beautiful nature nowhere else could have. It’s the breathtaking beauty, the beauty that if one has seen, one could never forget. In the middle area of the letter “S” shaped country, lies one of the most beautiful provinces of Vietnam, Quảng Bình Province, home to so many extraordinary beaches and of course, natural caves. Among them, Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave,) the longest cave in the world, is a true heaven on Earth.

Paradise on Earth. Photo: asitimes.blogspot.com

The discovery of Thiên Đường Cave:

Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave) is part of Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The cave was discovered by a local man in 2005, and the first 5 km of its was explored by the explorers from the British Cave Research Association in 2005. The British cave explorers were so impressed with the beautiful and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside that they named it Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave.) This cave is 31km long, 72m high and 150m wide. In 2012, a new scorpion species Vietbocap thienduongensis was found here.

Amazement. Photo: Google Image

How to get there?

Thiên Đường Cave is 200m above sea level, near the west branch of Hồ Chí Minh Highway, in Sơn Trạch Commune, Bố Trạch District, Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam. It is 60km northwest from Đồng Hới city.

There are many ways to get there. You can travel by train or airplane to Đồng Hới city, then rent a car or get on a bus to reach the cave.

A journey to Thiên Đường Cave:

Once arrival, you can see the parking lot, a wide area to park car,take a rest and buy souvenirs from local shops and enjoy some food at local restaurants. There you must also buy entrance tickets to visit the cave.

After entering, you will have to walk or get on the electric car to get to the foot of the cave.

Photo: Ngọc Lê

Then, there will be two ways up to the cave, one stairway and one flat trail. Either way, you have to hike or climb the stairs. There will be two public toilets along the way.

The Walk. Photo: Google Image

After a pretty (very) long hike, you will reach the entrance to the cave, which only fits one person at one time. There is a house for you to rest your tired legs, buy water and food, take photos or simply just enjoy the view of the beautiful nature before entering the cave.

 

A 15m steep slope leads down to the base of the cave, which is created by nature in an extremely sophisticated way, with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. On the two sides of the slope are traces of past collapses, scattered of stalactite poles like having undergone a tectonic phase.

Down to Heaven. Photo: Ngọc Lê

Located at 360 meters above sea level, Paradise Cave has the temperature of 9 to 10 degree Celsius different from outside. The cave is separated into many large chambers, the widest being 200 meters wide and above 100 meters tall.

To protect the natural condition of the cave, the ‘Trường Thịnh’ Group enterprise built a wooden bridge which is 3.5 meters wide and more than 1000 meters long for visitors to observe the beauty of the cave. This road is currently holding a national record as “The Longest Wooden Road.

The Longest Wooden Road (Photo: Wikipedia)

 

The magnificent beauty of the cave is finally revealed when the light illuminates the colourful stalactites. Inside the cave, you can freely use your imagination with the endless variety in shapes of so many stalactites that the “first men” has used such beautiful words to name, such as the Galaxy Waterfall (Thác Ngân Hà), the Moon Rabbit (Thỏ Ngọc),etc. that could only be seen to understand.

Ilumination. Photo: Google Image

The journey ends after 1km of walking, admiring and relaxing. But it does not just end like that. On your way out, you will see another amazing perspective of the cave, maybe even more beautiful than the way in. That is the magic of this cave: it’s mesmerizing.

Photo: Google Image

  • Ticket price:

– One adult/one ticket: 250.000VND (10.97$)

– Children from 0.9m to 1.3m/one ticket: 125.000VND (5.48$)

– Children below 0.9m/one ticket: free

  • Electric car service from the entrance to the down of the cave (1km trip)

There are two types of electric car service, the price is calculated by trip: 4 seats electric car trip and 6 seats electric car trip.

– 4 seats electric car trip:

  • One way: 60.000VND (2.63$)/trip/turn
  • Round-trip: 100.000VND (4.39$)/trip/round

– 6 seats electric car trip:

  • One way: 90.000VND (3.95$)/trip/turn
  • Round-trip: 150.000VND (6.58$)/trip/round

Note: Electric car trip tickets DO NOT include entrance fees. You still have to buy entrance tickets anyway.

If you have any problem travelling in Vietnam, whether it’s food problem or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more assistance. We will be thrilled to help.

Ngọc Lê

 


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