Situated in a golden position, Quang Binh has been endowed with a variety of landscapes, is home to natural caves which are recognized as heritages of the world. Among of well-known caves, Paradise, Phong Nha and Son Doong Caves which are in the system of caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, will be your highlight of tourism in Quang Binh.
1.Paradise Cave or Thien Duong Cave
In the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave which is recognised as a UNESCo heritage site, has become a favourite destination of both domestic and foreign tourists. It’s not a magnification as its name “royal underground”.
With 30-100 metres wide, 31.4km long and the height of around 60m, Thien Duong Cave is considered as the longest dry cave in Asia.
After crossing an old forest, visitors will see the entrance to the cave shaded by century-old trees and are then dazzled by the mysterious beauty of stalactite pillars of the Creator over the past millions of years.
December is cold on this area, although the temperature in cave is consistent and warm, but you need to take boat to get there. It’s so beautiful inside, but it’s difficult for you to climb approximately 480 steps to get up there, then enter the huge cave. You must bring drinking water and a camera.
It will take about 4 hours driving from Hue and then to see the cave, you may need at least 2 hours. You can stay overnight at a small town called Bo Trach district about 25 km away from the Paradise Cave if you don’t would like to miss few other beautiful caves like Phong Nha, Dark Cave etc.
2.Phong Nha Cave
Also in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Phong Nha Cave is 7,729 metres long and contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 metre underground river.
You will take a boat or by kayak on the Son river to the entrance of the Phong Nha Cave. It is not a regular cave, is the longest subterranean river system and longest underground river cave in the world and also known as “The First Wonder”.
In front of the East gate, the mountains and the river embrace each other, creating a majestic scene that provokes the imagination of many people. In the rain season, the water of the river rises, covering the mouth of the cavern and making it impossible to visit.
3.Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave which is in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, is considered as the largest cave of the world, discovered in 2009, but only opened to the public since 2013. Its name means “mountain river cave”.
With a stunning and rarely beauty, Son Doong Cave become one of destinations for only lucky tourists because not much people can go inside of the cave.
At over 5km long, with sections reaching up to 200m tall and 150m wide, Hang Son Doong is large enough to house an entire New York City block, complete with 40 story skyscrapers.
Entering the cave, tourists will discover a magnificent world of stalactites and stalagmites which are the result of karst process in a long period.
(Source: Internet, Tripadvisor)