If anyone has not seen the January edition of National Geographic, you should. Mark Jenkins and renowned photographer Carsten Peters visit the newly discovered Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park caves in central north Vietnam. The largest cave accessible to man at this date, there are a long windy network stretching as far as 200km in some parts.
In February, the crew of “Where 2 Next?“, a pilot television series about no-destination traveling, stopped in at Paradise Caves, part of the new Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park cave system that just opened to the public on December 24th, 2010. It was magical. Barely anyone there, we were of course, too rushed for time, and trying to take it all in was almost a futile effort. Besides the principal photography for the show I managed to shoot off a few stills to try to capture a rough perspective of the scale and beauty of this cave. Definitely a highlight of our trip for me, the Paradise Caves were unlike anything I have ever seen before in my life.
Paradise Cave (Thien Duong Cave) is newly-discovered cave in Quang Binh Province. Its length is 31 km. The widest spot is about 150 meters. It brings a fantastic beauty that make tourists in Vietnam Tourism praise
It was discovered in 2005 but after five years of mining, paving the way, building the up-and-down way, Paradise Cave is opened by Truong Thinh Group in September 2011.
It’s about 60km to the northwest from Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh, lies between Phong Nha – Ke Bang Forest, belongs to Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District.
According to experts, Paradise is more beautiful and magnificent than Phong Nha and Tien son.
A local named Ho Khanh said that Paradise Cave was discovered and attracted the attention of many scientists, explorers, international community, tourists in Vietnam travel.
Mouth of Paradise Cave – Vietnam
The British Cave Research Association (PCRA) organized to explore and published it. It’s 31.4 km in length, width varies from 30 to 100 meters.
The largest spot is 150 meters height from the bottom up ceiling of about 60 meters.
Dr. Howard Limbert, a member of PCRA said that it may be the longest dry cave in Asia.
It’s about 7km from Ho Chi Minh Highway (West Branch) to the Km16. Over 6km of the way is quite flat on the smooth ground land, under the canopy layer of forests with the blowing cool wind. But there is a road which far 300m from the cave, tourists in Vietnam travel must climb across the side of sharp cat-ears stones
These photos were taken while I was shooting the pilot episodes for the new Travel show “Where 2 Next” in Vietnam. Visit the W2N blog here: www.where2nexttv.wordpress.com