We chose to explore the Paradise Cave because it’s easy to get to independently and at 31 km long, it’s also considered to be one of the most beautiful caves in the world.
Visiting the Paradise Cave by Motorbike
To get to the Paradise Cave, you can either take a tour bus or like us, rent a motorbike. The choice is yours, but renting a motorbike is a cheaper way to get to the cave and gives you much more freedom, just the way we like it.
The roads in Phong Nha are not very busy plus the views are spectacular. You also get to drive through some wonderful local streets and at the same time, explore the jaw dropping Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We’ve done some calculations to help you see the costs of visiting the cave by a motorbike:
Total cost for 2 people visiting The Paradise Cave by a motorbike:
Motorbike rent for 24 hours – 200,000 VND ($8.97 USD)
Petrol – 50,000 VND ($2.24 USD)
Parking – 5000 VND ($0.22 USD)
Cave entrance fee – 250,000 VND ($11.20 USD) x 2 = 500,000 VND ($22.40 USD)
Total cost for 2 people – 755,000 VND ($33.83 USD)
Getting to the Paradise Cave by a motorbike
If you decide to take a scenic trip to the Paradise Cave by bike, ask for a map at your accommodation. Most of places will have information leaflets and printed maps with a rough, but quite accurate drawing of where the cave is.
There is a circular road around the national park which you have to follow most of the time so you can’t really get lost. There are a couple of little road forks out in the local villages, but the locals will help you out if you are really stuck.
Our advice is to pin (save) the cave on the Google Maps on your smartphone, load the whole route while in a WiFi zone and then follow the directions when on the road.
Make sure you get to the cave as early as possible to beat the crowds.
Exploring the Paradise Cave
Once you get to the Paradise Cave, there is a pretty large parking space for bikes and cars. Have some food before leaving or pop in some snacks. There are lots of stalls next to the car park, but most of them sell sweet treats or souvenirs.
There is a restaurant on the way to the cave where you can enjoy some Vietnamese food after or before visiting, but it’s on the pricier side.
If you like a good walk, like us, you can take a 1km paved and pleasant path through the woods to the cave base. Otherwise there is a golf buggy service that you can take near the parking lot. It will cost you around 15,000 VND ($0.67 USD).
Once you get to the base of the cave, there is another challenge ahead. Another 700 m zigzag climb to the cave mouth.
Once inside, the scale of the cave is breathtaking. It’s a 31 km long cave which you descend into via wooden staircase. As a regular visitor you can only explore the first kilometre which is enough to have a glimpse of this magnificent natural wonder.
There is a wooden walkway conveniently built to explore the Paradise Cave so don’t worry about your footwear, even flip flops will do. However the local people looked somewhat dressed up for a day out. It’s also not too cold in the cave so no need for a jacket.
The cave is very nicely lit up without unnecessary jazzed up lights and is very pleasant to explore. Along the way you will see wonderful stalagmites and shimmering stalactites. The cave is simply spectacular.
As we stood at the end of the path we exchanged a few uncomfortable thoughts about a power cut, and boom… there was a power cut and all the light went out, it was pitch black for a minute or two. Spooky nonetheless.
If you have a few VND to spare, you might want to book the Phong Nha Farmstay’s 7km Paradise Cave tour. For around 2,650,000d VND ($119 USD – minimum two people) the tour includes a swim through an underground river and lunch under a light shaft.
Read More: our full guide to visiting Vietnam
Is It Worth Visiting the Paradise Cave?
We really enjoyed exploring the cave. If you are more adventurous, there are more challenging caves to enjoy in the area, but for us this was a perfect day out. Also, if you are thinking of exploring it independently and renting a bike, go for it!
The Paradise Cave on Google Maps: