Summer getaway on Mekong River touring the orchards, paddy fields and swampland of the delta, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the pages of a geography textbook.
With ALO Travel Asia, your journey will start from Siem Reap – Cambodia, exploring Angkor Wat – the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and incredible details, cruising along the flow to Phnom Penh witnessing the lives and cultures of local people living by the riverbank.
From the mysterious Cambodia, flying to Vietnam to the hustle and bustle Saigon – a chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride. Exploring Cu Chi tunnels – the network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960’s when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre – a picturesque little province not far away from the energetic Saigon.
Isolated Mai Chau and the nearby villages are in a valley around 139km from Hanoi and only 150 metres above sea level. Nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, it is an enchanting sight as you approach down the windy cliff side road and the villages and surrounding countryside present an idyllic rural scene that could easily charm you into staying longer than intended.
The cave was discovered by a local man in 2005 and 5 first km of this cave was explored by explorers from British Cave Research Association in 2005, the whole 31 km was explored and publicly announced by the British cave explorers.
This cave is 31 km long, longer than Phong Nha Cave which had been considered the longest cave in this national park. The height can reach to 100 m and 150 wide. The limestone formation is also more spectacular than that of Phong Nha Cave. The British cave explorers was impressed by the beautiful and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave and they named it Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave).In 2012, a new scorpion species Vietbocap thienduongensis was found here.
Paradise cave is just allowed 1000m for visitors, 7000m deep more for adventurer.
The cave is called the dark cave because it is made of mostly basalt in addition to limestone. The basalt is a black hard rock, giving it its dark name. Basalt and limestone surrounding you, you squished through the passage using only your headlamps.
By the time we got through the passage, you are covered in mud and ready for another swim. This time you can go further into the cave, where the width was probably 100m and the depth is deeper than anyone could touch. As you swim, you have to duck under huge stalagmites and balance between limestone columns to get to the next big opening.
One the way back, everyone turn out their lights during the long swim stretch and you can swim in darkness. It is surreal. Probably the coolest thing you have’ve done.
Dark cave is amazing and the true experience, kayaking over the river to get there, walking through the dark with only the head touch on your mining helmet, having a mud fight in the mud baths deep in the cave and then washing clean with a swim in the lake inside the cave.
Activities: Muddy bath, ziplining, swimming, kayaking, soft caving and jungle walking
Maybe its the unfathomable amount of time, maybe it’s the natural process of erosion and the complete absence of human intervention. Maybe it’s that caves are only starting to be discovered on a planet where humans have existed for thousands of years. Walking through, or swimming through, all of the caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park is definitely highlight of Vietnam.
Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia (located in Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park’s core zone, 25km about Phong Nha cave, 75 km about Dong Hoi and 1h20 minutes driving)at the rest of the day.
With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors. According to spelunkers, the deeper one journeys into the cave, the more one feels the wells of heavenly clarity all around. There are a series of white crystal stalactites resembling glass pillars and many other spectacular formations.
Phong Nha cave is not only a natural legacy of the world or a wonder of the country Vietnam, but also a relic system of the historic street Ho Chi Minh which collaborates with Xuan Son Ferry in order to create a route supporting for the battleground of the South Vietnam during US War. Today, this place has become the first section of Ho Chi Minh trails. Therefore, coming to Phong Nha means you are visiting this legendary trails.
*Group tour by Cham Island Diving (minimum 04 people registered)