Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage site in the central province of Quang Binh, has become a favourite destination of domestic and foreign tourists.

After visiting the cave, many people recognised its irresistible magic, saying that this is really the most beautiful wonder of the Creator on earth.

Thien Duong was labeled the world’s most beautiful and magnificent cave when it was discovered by scientists from the British Cave Research Association in 2005.

Located in the middle of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, about 4 km west of the Ho Chi Minh Road, the cave, which is believed to be formed hundreds of millions of years ago, is surrounded by underground streams and rocky mountains.

The cave was discovered by a local man named Ho Khanh. British explorers then explored the cave and stated that it is 31.4km long, with width from 30-100 metres wide, with the widest point measuring 150 metres and the height of around 60m. It is considered the longest dry cave in Asia.

After crossing an old forest, visitors see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars, each dozens of metres in diameter, and grandiose rock arches, which are works made by the enchantment and sudden inspiration of the Creator over the past millions of years.

After crossing an old forest, visitors see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars, each dozens of metres in diameter, and grandiose rock arches, which are works made by the enchantment and sudden inspiration of the Creator over the past millions of years.

Thien Duong cave was detected in 2005 and opened for tourists by Truong Thinh Group last September . The cave is around 60 kilometers from Dong Hoi city. It is located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. Experts said that Thien Duong is more beautiful than Phong Nha, which is called the number-one cave in Vietnam.
Its stalactites and stalagmites have been formed over thousands of years and stir the visitors’ imagination. While on the wooden walkway, one cannot help but admire this gift of nature.

Tourist route discovery of Sinh Ton (Survival) Valley and Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave) has a total length of 9 km (4.5 km for exit and 4.5 km for entry). Travelers will be taken to the start point at the Km15 or Km18 on West branch of the Ho Chi Minh road, the Survival valley of 2,000 ha width, surrounded by huge limestone mountains and the vast primeval forests, caves in the middle of the Aquarium with watercolor blue, cool, create a beautiful scenery to fascinating people. The Survival valley is more attractive because there is plenty of oil otter populations endemic trees, patches of paintings untouched, many plant species richness. It is an opportunity for visitors to gain a better understanding of the value of forest biodiversity World Natural Heritage National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang.

After experiencing at the Survival valley by flashlight, visitors will continue to explore the 600m depths of Hang Nuoc Lan (Water Diving cave) – the backdoor of Hang Toi (the Dark Cave) and Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave) with exotic color of blue water. Here, travelers will explore the mysterious Aquarium palace cave which is located in the heart of the limestone between the jungles.

This new route will be a mysterious and ideal destination of world natural heritage site – Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park for people who like discovering the nature.

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The Sinh Ton (Survival) Valley

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surrounded by huge limestone mountains

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Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave)

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Inside the Hang Thuy Cung (Aquarium palace cave)

The Tu Lan Cave System is located at Tan Hoa village, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh. It is about 70km North-West of Phong Nha and discovered by Only 3 caves, Tu Lan, Hang Ken and Hang Tien were explored on the 2010 expedition. In 2012 the BCRA expedition came back and explored more caves including Hang Hung Ton, Hang Uoi, Hang Chuot, Hang Son Oxalis, Hang To Mo and Hang Kim, and a few more caves have been found in 2013 in this area. The Tu Lan cave system became popular when Carsten Peter (NatGeo photographer) took a photo in Hang Ken that won so many prizes in National Geographic Magazine in 2011. The cave system is now open for tourists and managed by Oxalis Company Limited, a specialist caving and jungle trekking company. The intent of Oxalis is to keep this cave system totally natural, no construction and housing will be built in this area.

There are many spectacular untouched caves in this limestone mountain area with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, as well as underground rivers and waterfalls making Tu Lan a unique spot for both sightseeing and adventure. Tourist will walk under the immense valley, wade slippery mud, and swim across the rivers with the temperature of 200c that will surely satisfy and make good impression for tourists.


       The trek to Tu Lan cave system in Minh Hoa, about 70km from Phong Nha, in far distance is the Rat cave at  Tu Lan valley.

 

               

                             Tú Làn: Bức tranh thuỷ mặc đất Quảng Bình

                            

Hang Toi (Dark Cave) is about 50km north-west of Dong Hoi belong to Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh. It is the only cave in Vietnam that has opened “cave mud bath” tourism service, attracting both International and Domestic Guests.

Located in the heart of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Dark Cave is typical of the geological formations from 400-500 million years ago and it was found in the years of anti-America resistance war by local people and used as a bomb shelter. The British Cave Research Association was first discovered in 1992 and named Hang Toi. This cave is a branch of Phong Nha cave system with 5,258m long and 80m high; the entry of cave is 30m high and 10m wide with heavy forest around the cave mouth.

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Hang Toi has a primitive beauty with thousands of several spectacular stalagmite and stalactites and there is a natural lake (Thuy Tien lake) and mud bath of 20m2 wide is very good for the health.

This is a shelter of many species of animals like bat and swift, especially, Ha Tinh langur – one of primate species listed in the Vietnam Red Data Book.

Currently, the Dark cave has been managed combining with Chay river – dark cave by Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourism centre. Participating in this tour, visitors will have a chance to enjoy zipline on air lengthening over 400m before getting inside the dark cave by professional caving equipment and have mud bath.
After successfully exploring and mud bath the cave, it’s time to take could i have herpes the kayak and paddle back to the boat station.