There are many different caves throughout the country of Vietnam, but not all of them make the list of must-see caves. One of the incredible caves that does make that list is Paradise Cave, which also happens to be the biggest dry cave in all of Asia.
You will find this cave within Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and it is only one of many inside that immense park. This park is near the central-northern area of Vietnam, not too far from Hue City. Basically, once you reach Phong Nha Town, you will only need to travel a few kilometers before you reach this national park.
Getting to Paradise Cave from Hue City
Your best option for visiting Paradise Cave, and the rest of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, is to take one of the many different day tours that leave Hue City every day. Of course, you can also rent a motorbike and drive out there on your own. All you need is a good sense of direction and a map that will take you directly from your hotel room to the park.
Exploring Paradise Cave
There are many different tours that will have you exploring Paradise Cave in no time at all, but you must be prepared for a different Paradise Cave entrance fee because they are dependent on the tour you take. Your first option will be to stay with the tour group you are with for your journey from Hue City. This is usually the best, because then you are ready and with the group when it is time to return to Hue City.
However, the most popular Paradise Cave tour is the 4 Mile Adventure. This tour leaves at eight o’clock every single morning and is designed for ages ten and above. You begin the journey by walking along the main boardwalk, but then you will find yourself climbing stairs, walking on massive boulders, and traversing uneven ground, as you make your way further into the cave.
There is an underground river in Paradise Cave and this tour will allow you to swim in it for a little while when lunch is being served. The Paradise Cave entrance fee for this tour is $115 USD.
Exhilarating Information about Paradise Cave
The length of Paradise Cave is approximately thirty-one kilometers, while the width is only somewhere between thirty and one hundred meters, depending on the location inside the cave. The height of this cave is between sixty and eighty meters, so there is not as much room as you may think to move around.
As soon as you walk into Paradise Cave, you will be met by many spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. All these growths seem to adjoin each other, making the views even more beautiful than any other cave in the world.
You will be tempted to stop and stare at these features for the length of your time inside Paradise Cave, but that won’t get you any closer to the underground river that is mentioned above. Besides, the wooden staircase will lead you to even more stalactites and stalagmites.
Paradise Cave Entrance Fee
Currently, the Paradise Cave entrance fee is 250,000 VND per person, as well as the 40,000 VND cost for the electric car ride. The electric car will take you to the entrance of the cave, as well as back to your starting point at the end of your journey.
The Best Time to Visit Paradise Cave
The best time to visit Paradise Cave is early in the day before all the other tourists arrive. While a tour goes out early in the morning, the busiest part of the day is the early afternoon. It is at that time when you will be listening to multiple megaphones, as tour guides try to get the information they want to share out to their group. The noise can distract you from the beauty of the cave, so we recommend you avoid it as much as possible.
It is best to stick with only Paradise Cave for a day of your Hue City vacation, because of the distance between the city and the park. Since it will take you quite a bit of time to travel to the cave and back to the city again, you will not want to attempt to see too many other things in the same day. Especially since you will not want to rush through this gorgeous underground area of Vietnam.
The Paradise Cave entrance fee is a small price to pay for the delights you will have when you are inside looking at the natural beauty that has formed and evolved over the years. While you will not be able to go back in time during your visit, you can use your imagination to try to see how this cave looked a decade ago, a century ago, and when it was first formed many years before that.