Biggest/Bestest/Brightest | Longest dry cave in Asia
The longest dry cave in the Asia is found in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. Phong Nha is most famous for Son Doong Cave, founded in 2009 and recognised as the largest cave in the world. But where there is one cave, there are sure to be more: including Paradise Cave. The total length of Paradise Cave is 31 kilometers with heights reaching 72m and widths reaching 150m.
Tourists can access the first one kilometre of Paradise Cave. You have to climb up about 500 steps in order to enter the cave and as you descend the first set of stairs, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer size of this cave. You see everything from a bird's eye view. 60 meters down, and one kilometer in and the boardwalk and lighting ends. If you're thirsty for more, you can chose to walk 6 more kilometers. This is the furthest adventurers can go without technical equipment. But it is a sight for sore eyes!
Helmets and headlights on, you follow your guide chamber after chamber. The guides are great! As all good guides do; they make you laugh, they laugh at you, and they teach you everything they know about their adventure. Without spoiling things too much, Paradise Cave is filled with stalagmites and stalactites which take centuries to form, you can play music on some of the hollow ones, and your guides are going to challenge you to walk about 200m in the dark! There is also a section that you have to swim through; it is only 20m, it is cold, but it is a great experience.
The best part is the very end. As you creep closer to the end, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. And THAT is already magical. But as you keep going closer, you’ll see the entire source of that light; a hole in the ceiling with water falling through AND a river! Having lunch here would be in my Top 3 list of places I have ever eaten!
Paradise Cave is a day trip from Phong Nha and soon a camping option will also be available.