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Paradise in form of stone

Text & photos by Dat Thanh

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In the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Thien Duong, or Paradise, truly reflects the gorgeousness of the cave. It is one of the most captivating caves in the park.

Thien Duong was discovered in 2005 by a local resident and then explored by the British Cave Research Association (BCRA). Initially, explorers covered a modest 5km of the cave, but their subsequent explorations discovered the cave is 31km long, surpassing the previously recognized longest cave in the national park, Phong Nha Cave.

Towering up to 72 meters with an impressive width of 150 meters, Thien Duong Cave’s magnificent limestone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites led explorers to name the cave Thien Duong as it is truly a paradise on Earth.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cave has been meticulously developed for exploration while ensuring the preservation of its pristine beauty.

Thien Duong Cave has blossomed into a sought-after destination for tourists in Vietnam.

Marvel at the natural wonders within the cave, with stalactites hanging from the ceiling while stalagmites rise from the cave floor
A wooden walkway snakes deeper into the cave
A wooden walkway snakes deeper into the cave
The staircase is framed by towering limestone cliffs
Visitors stand in awe on the walkway, mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the cave’s formations
Visitors stand in awe on the walkway, mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the cave’s formations
Visitors stand in awe on the walkway, mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the cave’s formations
Formations shaped by thousands of years of water dripping through the cave ceiling
Formations shaped by thousands of years of water dripping through the cave ceiling
Formations shaped by thousands of years of water dripping through the cave ceiling
Formations shaped by thousands of years of water dripping through the cave ceiling
Formations shaped by thousands of years of water dripping through the cave ceiling
Stalagmites take on intriguing shapes, resembling rabbits in their intricate formations
“Tháp Liên Hoa” (lotus flower tower), a stalagmite formation resembling a lotus flower with several tiers of petals rising from a central base
A tourist captures the mesmerizing beauty of Thien Duong Cave
Water carves its way through the limestone ceiling, collecting in a puddle

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