Hue and Phong Nga’s Paradise Cave
So, Hue has never been a favourite of mine in Vietnam – for me it’s another busy city with not a lot of charm or places to see. However, we were there for 1 night to break up the drive so we managed to explore what we could along the way.
The citadel/Imperial palace is probably the most famous things to see and do within the city centre so we walked around there for the afternoon before making our way back to our accommodation. The food scene here is pretty good however and if you are looking for a well-made Western Coffee then 100% go to ‘Highlands coffee’ – a little pricey, ok in fact A LOT pricey, it’s worth it. For dinner we ventured to Madan Thu after reading some brill reviews and we have to say, they were correct. We loved all the sharing style tapas dishes we ordered and they even bring you free green tea and fruit! Winning.
If you are looking to travel through Hue for longer then I would recommend checking out the below as this will really help you decide what you want to do, as we were exhausted we did next to nothing.
Now, we arrived in Phong Nga and headed straight to the Paradise cave. Only about 25 minutes from the town, and through some incredible landscapes we arrived at the entrance of the National park. You then have to walk for about 15 mins and then climb about 500 stairs but the scale of the cave reaching 72 m and 150 m wide is breath-taking and by far the most spectacular cave we have ever witnessed. Upon entry we could feel the cathedral-like magnitude of the place as you descend into the cave via a wooden staircase.
The Paradise Cave is tastefully lit up, so we were able to investigate in details some of these ancient rock formations. The wooden walkway built above the cave floor meant we could literally reach out and touch them…obviously we didn’t, but what I am getting at is you could.
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!