TOUR 2: PHONG NHA CAVE – PARADISE CAVE
Cost per pax: 48 USD/pax
With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting; making it a natural wonder that many have enjoyed since its opening in 2010. According to spelunkers (cave explorers), the deeper one journeys into the cave, the more one feels the wells of heavenly clarity all around. The cave can reach up to 72 m high and up to 150 m wide. There are a series of white crystal stalactites (limestone deposits) resembling natural pillars and many other spectacular formations. Paradise Cave (Hang Thien Duong) was discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005. It has a length of 31.4 km, and is the longest dry cave in Asia.
Phong Nha cave is not only a natural legacy of the world, but a wonder to the country of Vietnam. It also stands as a relic system of the historic Ho Chi Minh street which, during the US war, collaborated with Xuan Son Ferry in order to create a route supporting the battleground of South Vietnam. It once served as a hospital, with weapons installed at the entrance. Today, this area has become the first section of the ever popular Ho Chi Minh trail, as it showcases a lush mountainous landscape.
8.00: Pick up at GEMINAI Hotel & Café
9.30: Visit Paradise dried cave-the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone).
You will then be taken by golf cart (1.6km) from the main gate through the jungle, to where you will then climb to the mouth of the cave; a climb that boasts spectacular views of the mountainous region around the cave.
12:30: Lunch at local restaurant in Phong Nha village. Here you will enjoy a traditional vietnamese dish. Vegetarian option available. Please contact us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
13:30: Depart for Phong Nha Cave. You will then take a 25 minute ride to the cave via traditional dragonboat. This cave is called a water cave as it exhibits an underground river. After going into the cave by boat, you will explore 300 meters into the cave on foot. Then, you will be taken back by boat. This cave is famous for its spectacular rock formations. It has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.
17.00: Back to the hotel
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
Pick up and drop off by van, Vietnamese or English speaking guide, Drinking water, Lunch (Vietnamese style dish), Entrance tickets, dragon boat, golf cart transfer, Travel insurance, First aid kit available.