Photo: Black Tai village in Lai Chau province.

Dong Thieu Duong Cave

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There are some particularly striking natural formations on display (with the help of coloured lighting, of course) each named for what it looks like: They won’t hard-sell you on the trip if you’re an independent traveller (the real money is in group tours) but they’ll hook you up with a motorcycle taxi driver who will take you to the cave, or you can just hire one off the street — they all know where it is.

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To get here, head out of town towards Phong To and turn left along the road to Sinh Ho. Seven kilometres up, you’ll find a small shack on the right selling tickets. There’s a steep path across the road where you’ll start the 1 km walk through the forest to the cave — takes about an hour.

The Tay Bac can help arrange transport by car or motorbike.

Here are some of the formations and their translations:
Am Duong: Yin and Yang
Chay Coi: Mortar and pestle
Cu Meo: a type of owl
Nhu Hoa: Stalagmite Flower
Ong Voi: old man elephant
Su Tu: lion
Thap Ngoc: Gem Tower
Trong Da: Stone Drum

Dong Thieu Duong Cave
Km 7, Road to Sinh Ho
07:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 15:00
Admission: 20,000 VND

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Lai Chau.
 Read up on where to eat on Lai Chau.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Lai Chau.
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