Dubbed “the palace in the ground”, Thien Duong cave in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province is one of the most magnificent and magical wonders in the world.
Paradise Cave is located at km 16 (nearly 4 km from the western edge of Ho Chi Minh Road), in the heart of a limestone mountain complex at an altitude of 191m, surrounded by pristine primeval forests of Phong Nha National Park. Ke Bang, a familiar place in Quang Binh tour itineraries .
Thien Duong cave has a length of more than 31.4 km, the width ranges from 30 to 100m, the widest place is up to 150m; The height from the bottom of the cave to the ceiling is about 60-80m, rated by the British Royal Cave Association as the longest dry cave in Asia, one of the most spectacular caves that the team has ever surveyed many caves in. world.
Paradise Cave has a magnificent, magnificent and fanciful structure that makes cave explorers think of a paradise on earth (hence the cave is named Paradise) is a destination not to be missed in the world. all Quang Binh tours of both domestic and foreign tourists.
From the foot of the mountain, visitors walk 570m or pass 524 steps to reach the cave. The temperature in the cave is about 18 degrees Celsius, so as soon as you arrive at the door, visitors no longer feel tired and want to continue exploring right away because of a cool breeze from the inside.
Not only stopping at the feeling of surprise and surprise, visitors are also very surprised and dumbfounded by the unique charm of this cave. The small cave door is just enough for one person to get down, lying under a hundred meters high rock formation looks very spectacular.
A slope leading down to the cave floor is 15m long, the slope is created very sophisticatedly with countless large and round stalactites, the two sides of the slope have many traces of collapse, strewn with stalactite columns as if it has just undergone a tectonic wave. . To ensure the current state of the cave floor, the management board made a wooden bridge 3.5m wide and 1km long to serve visitors. This road currently holds a national record as “The longest wooden road”.
The magnificent magical beauty of the cave is revealed when the light shines on countless magical stalactites. The entrance is narrow, but inside the cave is more than 200m wide, the ceiling is high and wide, visitors can freely admire the scenery here.
Stepping into the cave, people will be satisfied to imagine in front of countless stalactites with many different shapes that the “explorers” used beautiful languages to name. Come on, Cung Thach Hoa Vien with stalactites like a statue of a virgin mother holding a baby; The Giao Tri Palace is where the Jade Emperor discussed the country with his courtiers, surrounded by statues of unicorns and phoenixes..
Especially in the cave, there are images similar to cultural symbols of different regions, deep in the cave, there are many stone fibers stretching out into very flexible, long and layered steps like terraced fields, in the middle of the cave there are cells. As a symbol of wet rice civilization, many stalactite columns in the shape of Champa towers are very beautiful.
Unique is Quang Han Palace, where the stalactite block looks like a fairy’s curtain or Quan Tien Palace converges with the whole population of Amitabha Buddha statues, … the most impressive is the Lotus Tower with its unique shape. but under the eyes of each person, in each perspective, there are different shapes, this is a stalactite block with an extremely rare and fancy shape. In fact, it is a stalactite block formed from irregular splashes of water that creates a mysterious beauty for Paradise cave.
The more you go, the more you see that after hundreds of millions of years, the Creator has been painstakingly carving to produce such fantastical shapes to this day. In addition, the stalactites evoke images of communal communal houses of the Central Highlands people.
Compared to Phong Nha cave , the stalactites in Thien Duong cave have more shapes. Occasionally encounter a steep stalactite slope like newly formed, still wet with steam, step up and listen to the crackling sound of broken feet. There are a few when the lights are shined on, they will shine like tinsel, flashing like countless stars at night.
Most of the ground is flexible, wide and fairly flat, so many people say: If this movement becomes a hall for… meetings, it will be great, and no need for air conditioning. Because the temperature in the cave is always at 20-21 degrees Celsius. Just sitting in front of the cave, you can feel each cool breeze blowing up from the bottom of the cave, hitting your skin in the 36-37 degrees Celsius sun outdoors.
After going through 1km of wooden stairs, visitors can walk another 6km to continue to explore the various stalactites and stalagmites in Thien Duong cave. And the final destination is the “skylight” with a column of sunlight shining into the cave. However, this next 6km journey is only suitable for adventurous travelers, experienced in cave exploration and in good health.
Or you can rent a car yourself in Quang Binh to go, a motorbike costs 150k/day without gas, a car costs about 900k depending on the type of vehicle. From the center of Dong Hoi city, you follow Ho Chi Minh road about 30km, there will be a fork in one direction to Phong Nha Ke Bang cave.If you go through Xuan Son Bridge in one direction, you should run in the direction through Xuan Son Bridge. From the junction, you run a further distance until you reach the Indochina junction, you turn left in the direction of the signpost to reach Paradise Cave, the total distance is about 65km. From the ticket gate to the cave gate, there are 2 paths. You can choose to walk to fully immerse yourself in the fresh air of nature here or you can take a tram transfer to the foot of the mountain. The advice given is that you should use the tram to save energy for climbing and taking the stairs to visit the cave because walking is quite tiring.
Ticket price to visit Paradise Cave 2022 , visit 1 km on the stairs:
Adults: 250,000 VND/ 01 ticket/ 01 adult.
Children from 1.1m to 1.3m: 125,000 VND/ 01 ticket/ 01 child.
Children under 1.1m in height are exempted from admission.