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Exploring Vietnam’s Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường)

For more photos and videos from Paradise Cave, browse the #ParadiseCave hashtag and explore the Động Thiên Đường (Paradise Cave) location page.

500km (310 miles) south of Hanoi in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a small portion of a beautiful cave opened in 2011 and now attracts local and visiting Instagrammers to capture what’s inside. Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường) is part of cave system that extends for 31km (19 miles), making it one of the longest dry caves in the world. Though originally discovered by a local in 2005, the cave was later explored in full by the British Cave Research Association. The explorers also gave the cave its name after being impressed by the extraordinary limestone formations with towering stalactites and stalagmites that they found inside.

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Exploring the Nature and Culture of Sa Pa, Vietnam

To see more photos and videos from Sa Pa, explore the Sa Pa location page.

With its abundant nature and distinctive rice terraces, the Vietnamese town of Sa Pa brings in many tourists and Instagrammers—as well as rapid economic changes. Located 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level, Sa Pa is the capital town of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province, a region in northwest Vietnam that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the far eastern part of the Himalayas and runs along the Chinese border. The mountains in this area are covered with rows of rice fields lined up like staircases, creating an extraordinary landscape.

Sa Pa is home to several local hill tribes of which the Hmong and Dao are the largest. Although the tribes inhabited the region for centuries, it wasn’t until the French colonization in the late 1880s that Sa Pa became recognized as an official town on the national map. Since then, different groups of people have moved in and out of the area due to military conflicts and economic reformations to create the current state of cultural diversity. Today, the rustic living environment creates a large draw for people who want to share in the experience of the frontier town at its full economic boom.