Tham Phay – another Son Doong Cave in Bac Kan

Tham Phay – another Son Doong Cave in Bac Kan


The newly found cave named Tham Phay becomes even more mysterious when we learn that the cave is home to a stream and several waterfalls apart from a miraculous world of stalactites. The newly-found cave is located in Hoang Tri Commune, Ba Be District, Bac Kan Province, about 200km from Hanoi. To reach the cave, people have to walk the only path running through terraced fields, springs, bamboo bridges and thick bushes. The cave entrance is on the mountainside.

Tham Phay

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Beautiful Tham Phay

The 20m path from the entrance to the cave is rather slippery as water constantly drips from the ceiling to the path. Seen from outside, the cave ceiling is rather high with lots of bats sticking on it. Numerous stalactites with different various shapes formed over time bring a magnificent view. The stalactites at the cave entrance look like the teeth of a giant monster.

Tham Phay cave

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About 1km from the entrance, the spring splits into two flows, of which one runs into the mountainside while the other flows to the heart of the mountain with relatively deep water level. On the walls along the spring are stalactites in different shapes; sand and white gravel on the spring bed can be seen through the clear water. There are more stalactites running along the two sides and on the ceiling. Water runs from places of the cave’s walls to the spring, forming small waterfalls along the way.

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