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Tien Son Cave

Quang Binh possesses many beautiful cave systems that attract viewers’ eyes with their mysterious beauty. One of them cannot help but mention Tien Son cave, this is a stone cave that is described as a “stalactite castle”.

The cave has a majestic beauty thanks to the stalactites stacked on top of each other, layer upon layer. The stalactites have somewhat strange shapes but attract viewers. Let’s explore this magnificent cave with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Tien Son Cave?

Tien Son Cave is one of the largest caves found in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area. Located in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 48 km northwest of Dong Hoi city and about 495 km south of Hanoi capital.

Tien Son cave

2. How is Tien Son cave unique?

Initially, people called this Dry cave to distinguish it from the water cave, Phong Nha cave. Then because of its mysterious and magical beauty, people called it Tien Son cave.

Tien Son Cave is located halfway up the mountain, with an altitude of 200m above sea level. About 1000m from Phong Nha cave entrance, it is compared to a stalactite castle or a heavenly palace because of its eye-catching beauty. The cave entrance is located between mountains and dense trees, so this is one of the mysterious caves in Quang Binh worth exploring.

Tien Son Cave is a stalactite castle with the beauty of a fairyland with thousands of stalactites and colorful stalactite columns cascading layer upon layer to create a unified whole.

The total length of the stalactite cave is 980m but visitors can only visit at a distance of 400m from the cave entrance. Going deep inside is a 500m long reef with a depth of 10m which is very dangerous so it is only suitable for those who want to adventure and explore.

According to scientists from the British Royal Caves Association (BCRA), Tien Son cave in Quang Binh was formed tens of millions of years ago. The water flowing through Ke Bang limestone mountain for a long time has hollowed out and eroded the rock.

Then, due to geological tectonics, this mountain mass was raised or lowered, causing the rock blocks to collapse, blocking the flow, creating Tien Son cave above. The part where the underground river flows through creates Phong Nha cave below.

3. Legend of Tien Son cave in Quang Binh

Traveling to Tien Son cave, you will not only admire the majestic beauty of creation but also hear stories passed down from ancient times by the indigenous people here. The story is about a beautiful love story of a brave boy and a fairy who holds the heavenly sword.

The story goes that there was a sea monster in the human world that was harming innocent people. The brave mortal boy went everywhere to find fairies to borrow the precious sword to exterminate that sea monster.

After overcoming many deep abysses and high mountains, the boy finally found the fairies taking off their clothes on the shore to bathe. Because of the urgent situation, the boy had no choice but to secretly take the precious sword, thereby destroying the demons and protecting the people.

It is worth visiting Tien Son cave

When he finished, the young man returned to return the sacred sword and saw the fairy crying but not daring to return to Heaven because of the crime of losing the sword. The boy confessed all his feelings. The fairy saw this and admired the boy’s courage so she fell in love. This stone cave is the place where the two people met.

However, their love did not last long when Thien Dinh found out about it and immediately summoned the fairy back to Heaven to punish her. Since returning to Heaven, the fairy misses the boy day and night, and the boy is always anxious to see his lover again.

Their feelings moved Heaven, the Jade Emperor cooperated for the two, allowing the fairy to marry the boy and bring the precious sword so that the two of them could care for and protect all people. At the same time, they also ordered the fairies to make the stone cave resemble the scene in heaven. That’s why it is said that Tien Son is as beautiful as the fairy world.

Tien Son cave

4. When is the best time to visit Tien Son cave in Quang Binh?

Tien Son cave is located near Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, in Quang Binh province – the Central region of Vietnam. So it is characterized by a tropical climate with 2 seasons: rainy season and dry season.

  • Dry season: lasts from April to August with an average temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are June, July and August.
  • Rainy season: lasts from September to March of the following year. The rainiest time is in September, October and November. This is also the flood season with rising river and lake water levels. It causes many dangers for people and tourists.

According to Phong Nha Ke Bang travel experience, the most beautiful time to travel to Tien Son cave is in the dry season from April to August. Because at this time the weather is sunny and convenient for sightseeing, rafting and wading in streams. Enjoying the rivers and lakes of Phong Nha – Ke Bang. In particular, this is also the most ideal time to conquer caves because it is not yet the rainy season, the caves are still dry and easy to move.

You should avoid traveling to Tien Son cave during the rainy season. Especially from September to November. Because at this time the river’s water rises, causing flooding and easily leading to flash floods and potentially life-threatening landslides. However, after November, when the rainfall gradually decreases, you can still visit dry caves such as Tien Son cave, Thien Duong cave,…

5. How to get to Tien Son cave in Quang Binh?

5.1 Moving To Dong Hoi City – Quang Binh

To move to Tien Son cave, you need to go to Dong Hoi city first and then from here continue to Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Dong Hoi is a large city and the center of Quang Binh province, so you can choose many means of transportation to get here.

5.1.1 By Bus

As an important traffic hub on the North-South connecting route, you can easily book a bus to Dong Hoi. For tourists in Central or Northern Vietnam, the bus will be an extremely ideal choice to save money without spending too much time traveling. Travel time by bus from Saigon to Dong Hoi will take about 1 day (24 hours), so those in the South should consider using other means.

5.1.2 By train

Dong Hoi Station is located on the Thong Nhat railway line, so there are many trains running through here with many time frames for you to choose from. If you are in Hanoi, you can choose trains departing at night to arrive in Dong Hoi early in the morning to save time. Or you can choose a flight that departs at 6:00 a.m. (SE7) and arrives in Dong Hoi at 4:00 p.m., which fits the hotel check-in time.

For those of you in Saigon, you should choose trains that leave in the morning and arrive in Dong Hoi the next morning. If you have plenty of time, you can take the train for a very different travel experience.

5.1.3 By airplane

To serve the travel needs of people and the increasing number of tourists. Quang Binh province has built Dong Hoi airport with flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The flight time to Dong Hoi is only about 1 hour and 30 hours. So those in the South will not need to worry about having to spend too much time getting to Dong Hoi.

5.2 Traveling From Dong Hoi City To Tien Son Cave

5.2.1 By motorbike

Motorbikes are always the choice of tourists who love to explore no matter where they travel. So how many kilometers from Dong Hoi to Tien Son cave? From Dong Hoi city center, Tien Son cave is about 48 km with 1 hour and 30 minutes of travel.

From the city center, you follow Highway 16 (Phan Dinh Phung street) about 40 km to Phong Nha welcome gate. Then turn left and run a little further to reach Tien Son cave. Motorbike rental prices in Dong Hoi fluctuated around 150,000 VND/day.

5.2.2 By taxi

If you travel to Tien Son cave with your family, a taxi will be a more suitable and safer choice. Especially on hot days in the dry season in the Central region. Taxi price from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha is about 400,000 VND/way for a 4-seat car. If you take a taxi from Dong Hoi airport to Tien Son cave, it will be a bit more expensive!

5.2.3 By bus

There is only one bus route in Quang Binh from Dong Hoi city center to Tien Son cave, which is bus route B4. However, the bus system has not been thoroughly invested in, so the quality is not good, a bit small and old. Bus B4 ticket price is 35,000 VND/trip. If you want to catch a bus from Dong Hoi airport to Tien Son cave, there is currently no such bus route.

6. Exploring the beauty of Tien Son cave in Quang Binh

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6.1 Poetic beauty when going to Tien Son cave

Following the road to Tien Son cave in Quang Binh, everyone will admire the beautiful picture of the grassland like a painting. Looking down from above are the seasonal green and yellow rice fields, corn fields, and sugarcane fields below the distant foothills. Coming here, it seems like you are lost in a very peaceful mountainous region, with mountains and rivers and the slow pace of life of the village people.

6.2 Visiting the legendary “paradise” cave

When visiting Tien Son cave, because the terrain is somewhat dangerous, visitors will only be able to visit 400m from the cave entrance. The cave has been renovated with a wooden staircase system to make it easier for visitors to visit. People will have to go up about 600 stairs to reach the cave.

When arriving, visitors will not be surprised because it feels like they have just stepped into a fairyland. Stone blocks, as well as thousands of multicolored stalactites with many strange shapes, create the magic of the cave. Everyone will be amazed by the seemingly unreal beauty of the world appearing right before their eyes.

A special thing when exploring Tien Son cave is the magic of the stone slabs and stone pillars. They have a resonant connection with each other so that when we lightly tap them, they will create a strange range of sounds like gongs or drums. All create a musical chorus whose conductor is you.

7. Enjoying Quang Binh specialties when traveling to Tien Son cave

When traveling to Tien Son cave, you have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

7.1 Fresh Seafood

Traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

7.2 Porridge Soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. A bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh .

7.3 Bot Loc Cake

The filter pulp shell is thin, transparent, fragrant and flexible. The filling includes shrimp – caught in the estuary so it has a taste that is both sweet and a little salty of the sea, pork and wood ear mushrooms (mushrooms) stir-fried moderately thick and fragrant with pepper. Quang Binh tapioca cake really becomes impressive when dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce and a few leaves of raw vegetables.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Tien Son cave in Quang Binh

Because Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is only about 45 km from Dong Hoi city center. You can choose to rest in Dong Hoi city with many high-class hotels. Most tourists go to Dong Hoi and then Phong Nha to visit beautiful places and then return to Dong Hoi to rest. Some high-end hotels that you can refer to:

  • Vinpearl Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Saigon – Quang Binh Hotel. Address: 20 Quach Xuan Ky, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • YoLo Pool Bar Villas. Address: Phong Nha, Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Tien Son cave in Quang Binh

If it is your first time visiting Tien Son cave, you need to note the following information:

  • To avoid wasting time, people should check ticket prices and book tickets before arriving. You can book a package tour with a guide to make your travel more convenient.
  • Because the road to the cave is somewhat bumpy and involves a lot of moving. Don’t forget to choose clothes and shoes that are easy to move around in.
  • To protect the natural landscape when visiting, limit touching the stalagmites and stalactites in the cave.
  • Because of the unique, high and somewhat winding terrain. If your family has children or the elderly, you should consider before visiting.

Tien Son Cave is a great tourist destination for those who love the natural beauty of creation. Only when you come here will you fully see the magic and mystery of this cave.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator, we are happy to share useful information about the destination. Furthermore, we are also pleased to accompany you on your adventure tours in Quang Binh to discover the stunning of Tien Son cave with interesting activities and wonderful experiences. If your concern for more information about tours to Phong Nha Ke Bang, you may contact us at sales@originvietnam.com or call direct to (+84)82 909 8686.

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