Vietnam is known for its spectacular rice fields, the exquisite Mekong River that stretches across six countries and the breathtaking waters of Halong Bay. It is no surprise that many tourists flock over to the little known Vietnamese provinces to enjoy some of the best scenic views that nature has to offer, such as ‘Le Petit Paris’, Da Lat.
However, there is a lesser-known gem in Vietnam for such picturesque views and adventures such as a journey to Son Doong, also known as the world’s largest cave.
The Son Doong Cave lies in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. This behemoth UNESCO heritage cave spans across three miles (4.8 KM) and it reaches heights of 650 feet (198 meters). Unlike other caves in the world where it is often filled with darkness, Son Doong Cave has two huge openings that allow the light to illuminate many parts of the cave where jungle trees up to 50m high can be seen.
Furthermore, this cave contains one of the largest stalagmites that are up to 80 meters high and feature magnificent rimstone pools present throughout the cave as well. There are also giant cave pearls and a side passage where you can inspect large fossils dated over 300 million years old.
Son Doong Cave is strictly under the operation of Oxalis Adventure Tours and only 1000 visitors are allowed to explore the cave from January to the end of August each year.
To embark on this expedition, you will have to join the tour expedition group which lasts four days and costs around US$3000 which includes domestic transportation, hotel, food and drinks, management and administration during the tour.
Watch the Son Doong expedition video here:
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