A beautiful cave inside the limestone mountain in Vietnam’s central region is named after Heavens and later turned into a tourist spot
Thien Duong Cave, or Paradise Cave, considered one of the most beautiful, magnificent caves in the world, has recently become a favorite tourist attraction to many people from in and outside the country.
Opened to tourists five years after it was discovered in 2005, the cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, certified as a world natural heritage site in 2003 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is evaluated to be more beautiful and more wonderful than Phong Nha and Tien Son caves, also located in the park.
According to scientists at the British Royal Cave Society, Thien Duong Cave is part of a limestone mountain at the altitude of 191 meters above sea level and is surrounded by a primeval forest of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. It is 31.4 kilometers long and 100 meters high.
For tourists’ covenience, local tourism authorities have built a four-kilometer-long road, which extends from the foot of the mountain to the cave. Visitors can walk or go on an electric car, then continue to climb 524 rock steps to reach the cave. Arriving at the cave, they will see the mystical beauty of stalactites with the diameter of 3-4 meters and the height of up to 100 meters as well as extraordinary stalagmites, which are formed after millions of years. The stalactites and stalagmites are given such names as Thác Thiên Hà (Galaxy Waterfall), Qun Tiên Hi T (Fairies’ gathering), and Tr Tri (Heaven Pillar).
Hotels and travel companies under the umbrella of Saigontourist Holding Company have offered services related to Thien Duong Cave.
The Saigontourist Travel Service Company has opened tours for discovering Thien Duong Cave. The tours depart from HCM City by air on Tuesday and Thursday, last from 3-6 days and cost each tourist about VND3.7-7.9 million (US$176-376). Visiting Thien Duong Cave, tourists and their tour guides will travel on Asia’s longest underground river (the system of streams inside the cave) to see rows of stalactites and stalagmites of multifarious shapes as irresistible temptations.
The four-star Saigon-Quang Binh Hotel, which is located in Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province, by the Nhat Le River also opens tours of Thien Duong Cave. The tour takes one day and is priced differently depending on the number of clients. Guests staying at the 95-room hotel are given incentives for taking this tour. By Dat Tien
Thien Duong Cave, or Paradise Cave, an exceptionally beauteous cavern in Phong Nha-Ke Bang Natinal Park, one of Vietnam’s world natural heruage sites