Paradise Cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Vietnam has a majestic and charming beauty. It is bestowed a system of gigantic stalactites cave by nature and regarded as “underground palace” – one of the most magnificent and magic wonders in the world.
Paradise Cave Vietnam located at Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district. Deeply lying in the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, the cave has the ancient limestone, about 350 to 400 million years old.
Paradise Cave Vietnam discovery
To arrive at Paradise Cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, from the car parking, tourists can choose either walking or moving by tram in the middle of the pristine jungle.
In 2005, after hearing the information of Ho Khanh – a local person who accidentally explored an immense cave located in the heart of Phong Nha – Ke Bang World Natural Heritage National Park; scientists and explorers came to discover this cave.
Shortly later, the British Royal Cave Research Association, under the chairmanship of Dr. Howard Limbert, organized an exploration group and announced unexpected results. According to the group’s information, this is the longest dry cave in Asia, especially with gorgeous stalagmites and stalactites system which beyond people’s imaginations.
Paradise Cave is 31.4 km in length, the width ranges from 30-100 m, the widest area is up to 150m, and the height from floor to top is about 60-80 m. The British Royal Cave Research Association acknowledged the Paradise Cave Vietnam as one of the most spectacular caves that they have discovered in the world.
In 2010, a local company in Quang Binh has invested in building the path from the mountain’s foot to cave; and making a 1-kilometer wooden staircase system cross the mouth of the cave’s center for visitors to have the opportunities to enjoy this cave. Spectacular, magnificent and gorgeous structure of the Paradise cave Vietnam makes tourists imagine about a “heaven on earth” when coming there.
Through the cave’s door that a person can go inside, visitors will feel immediately the unexpected change of temperature. If the temperature of the central region sometimes up to over 40 Celsius degrees, the temperature inside the cave is always at 18-20 degrees. This makes us feel cool like standing in front of a huge natural conditioning air. Cool and clear airflow inside the cave dispels the fatigue of travelers before starting an exciting journey.
From the entrance, go down a narrow slope about 15 m in length, there is a large space covered with a system of extremely spectacular stalagmites and stalactites that nature presents. Standing in the cave and looking back the slope, visitors can admire its sophisticated structure, with numerous big stalactites nuts. The two sides have many traces slope collapsed, sprawling stalactite columns as though undergoing a huge tectonic.
Going inside the cave about 50m, stalactites with many different shapes make us think of images such as rabbit, prey catching a lion, “Happiness – Good Luck – Longevity” – 3 typical gods in Vietnamese culture, imperial garden and galaxy. Stalactites and stalagmites system with monochromatic light enhances more and more the cave’s magical natural beauty.
Especially, inside the cave, there are stalactites, stalagmites with images symbolizing cultures of Vietnam’s regions such as the Highlands communal house, northwest terraced field, North’s small ponds and Cham tower – Phan Rang city. Deeply in the cave, the stalactites hang down from the top of the cave, sparkling like the curtain in a fairy’s bedroom. They sprout iridescent ridges like the galaxy or chasms and fuzzy like converging Fairies Palace.
To form these masterpieces, each stalactite is the result of precipitation of rain drops after absorbing through rock clefts for millions of years. Tiny rain drops along with iron, limestone, etc still continue to hang down silently from the top to floor, creating small stalagmites looking brittle, fresh and colorful ones.
A place you should not miss when visiting Paradise cave is the masterpiece “A sleeping pillow-hugging girl” at the last destination. This masterpiece is drawn with rock ridge by nature and highly lies on the cave’s wall.
Most visitors have the same feelings and overwhelming with the beauty of nature when they visit the Paradise Cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Vietnam. Everyone wants to stay longer to explore it, enjoy and have memorable photos with this wonder. (Translator Thanh Tu)