When Thiên Đường “Paradise” Cave was discovered in 2005 in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park it took the title of longest cave in Vietnam away from the name star of the park, Phong Nha Cave. At 31km in length Paradise Cave is more than four times longer than it’s nearby sister and has much more impressive stalactite and stalagmite formation. (In other words if you only have time to explore one of the caves, explore this one!)
My Favorite Photo
The photo above left is really neat. Do you see the man sitting up top? I could hear one of the tour guides telling a group in Vietnamese what I assumed to be a story about this man, given his body language and hand gestures. Shame there were no English translators the day we went, despite being a sign that said so near the cave entrance.
How Much Does It Cost?
|Park Entrance Fee||40,000VND ($2USD)|
|Parking Fee||5,000-15,000VND ($0.25-$0.75USD)|
|Cave Entrance Fee||120,000VND ($6USD)||Buggy Fee (optional)||100,000VND+ ($5USD+)|
It is a 1.5km walk from the ticket booth to the ramp that leads up to the cave entrance…or you can open up your wallet once more and pay for a buggy ride there. (You will however still have to walk up that 1km zigzagging ramp under your own power.)
Where Is Paradise Cave?
It is one of over 300 caves located within Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, 50km (31 miles) west of the beachside town of Dong Hoi, one of my favorite places in Vietnam. Tours are easy to find however I would personally recommend making the drive out there by motorcycle at your own pace as the scenery is gorgeous!
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When coming from Dong Hoi drive past the dramatic entrance with the large Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park and keep going for another 10km or so, past three small villages, and then take that next left. This is the back entrance to the park and it is a much more gorgeous view as you cruise through the hills coming from this direction. Added benefit: most of the tourists are at the main entrance and Phong Nha Cave, leaving you with the sensation of having the park all to yourself.
After leaving Paradise Cave continue along the road the same direction as before and turn left at the four-way intersection. This will wrap you around the other side of the park and back to Phong Nha Cave and the main entrance. It’s a wonderful ride!
Need a motorcycle to make the trip? Mine is still in Dong Hoi. Give me a shout if you would like to use it to cruise out to Phong Nha or even all the way to Hanoi/Saigon. It’s more fun on two wheels!