Visiting the largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang area

Published:  02:10 Friday - July 06, 2012 Being called with the name “Royal palace underground”, Thien Duong cave is one of the most magnificent and mysterious in the world.

Located in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Thien Duong caves is a special thing for  visitors in Vietnam tourism explore the 

Surrounded by the pristine forests of Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park.The cave’s a pleasant trek to the mouth of the cave. Going inside there are stunning four-metre-long stalagmites and stalactites, thousands of years in the making.

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Here is a majestic underworld and so the British explorers called it “Paradise” (Thien Duong) cave which is not only beautiful size, but also the certainly alluring stats : the cave boasts a width of 30m to 150m and a height of up to 80m. The British spelunkers declared immediately  Thien Duong as “the largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang area.”

Unlike Phong Nha or Tien Son caves, which are also within the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area, the atmosphere here is usually cool and moist with an average temperature of 20-21 degrees C. Sitting in front of the cave tourists in Vietnam travel can feel a cold blast of air; a pleasing respite from the 30-35 degree heat outside. At the beginning of the cave, there is a huge arch which is said to symbolise the Mountain Genie who will defend the prevailing peace inside.

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Compared to Phong Nha Cave, the stalagmites in Thien Duong are more various in shape and size – some people said to look like the three Vietnamese gods of Happiness, Fortune and Longevity. Others are said to look like tigers, and fish.

Along with Thien Duong, Phong Nha, Tien Son caves, Quang Binh province also wants to add the recently-discovered Son Doong cave found in 2008 and is estimated to be five times larger than Phong Nha Cave, previously considered the biggest in Vietnam.

Just a few kilometres away from Thien Duong tourists in Vietnam tourism can make your way down the mountain to visit Tam Co (Eight Ladies) Cave where eight young female volunteers and five soldiers died in November, 1972.

Source: Time-out

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