29 Dec Son Doong cave – one of the best places to go in 2014
According to NYtimes.com, Son Doong cave is one of the best places to go in 2014. Son Doong cave is world’s largest cave, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam.
Son Doong cave (Vietnamese: Hang Son Doong – 90 meters wide, 100 meters high and 2 kilometers long) is found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. The name “Son Doong” cave means “mountain river cave”
Son Doong Cave in the Quang Binh province of central Vietnam is one of the world’s largest caves and is now, for the first time, accessible to tourists, thanks to the tour operator Oxalis. Huge shafts of light penetrate its vast caverns, allowing forests of 100-foot-tall trees to thrive in spaces big enough to accommodate 40-story skyscrapers. Colossal 260-foot stalactites are also present. Monkeys, hornbills and flying foxes have all been spotted in this surreal habitat, first fully explored in 2009. While trips into Son Doong are limited in number (only 220 permits for the year) and to visitors with deep pockets (over $6,000 per trip), the nearby and more affordable Tu Lan Cave is also now open to adventurous travelers.
Son Doong cave was also classified as the largest cave in the world by BCRA (British Cave Research Association) and selected as one of the most beautiful in the globe by the BBC news.
View Son Doong cave tour – Son Doong cave exploration in 2016 (7 days), from US$2,999
Photo collection from Simon Dunne 2013:
Hang En cave antrance
Hang En exit
Relaxing and waiting
Near Hang En cave
Doline 2 at the entrance to the Garden of Edam
Selfie at Son Doong
Doline 1 lighting up Dinosaurs
Ho Khanh – Son Soong cave founder
Walking back to Hang En
Pearls of Son Doong
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