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The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam

   

Son Doong Cave, famously known as the ‘cave of the mountain river’ is a world of its own. The sound of the roaring river and the wind blowing through it, make the perfect welcome music for an adventurer’s soul.

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-1 In 2009, A survey was conducted by the group of explorers from the British Cave Research Association after they were told about it by a local man, Ho Khanh. It is open for public since 2013.

From an early age, local man Ho Khanh used to spend weeks on trekking and exploring new paths through the jungles of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, in search of food and timber to earn some money as well as fulfilling daily necessities.

During a hunting mission in 1990, Ho Khanh stumbled across an opening in a limestone cliff and moved forward curiously to see the unseen. As he started moving towards it, he saw clouds around the entrance, and could hear the sounds of a river raging from somewhere inside the cave. He just couldn’t stop himself anymore and moved in to investigate. His curiosity to explore new places led him to the unknown paradise Vietnam always had. He lived there for few days and then decided to head back home. But, he forgot the way to home and kept wandering here and there. By the time he had returned to his home a few days later after being lost, he had forgotten its exact location of the cave and thought no more of it.

At the same time, Howard and Deb Limbert, two members of the British Cave Research Association (BCRA), were in Phong Nha to conduct exploratory cave expeditions in the area. After chatting with Ho Khanh one day, he mentioned that he had found a cave with clouds and a river inside. Howard and Deb were amazed and insisted Ho Khanh to try and rediscover the cave. After many failed attempts, they began to think this elusive cavern doesn’t want to be known and should be left unexplored.

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-2 After 18 years, this paradise re welcomed Ho Khanh while he was out on another food gathering trip. This time, he took note of the path to this hidden gem of Vietnam. In 2009 he led Howard, Deb and a team of professionals back to the cave for the first expedition to enter what would later become known as Hang Son Doong, or ‘Mountain River Cave’.,

It is the largest cave passage section in the world, located in Vietnam near Laos-Vietnam border. Locals call this cave the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National park as this place is the best part of the National Park.

Son Doong Cave is amazing, filled with spectacular views all around it. Moreover, It offers a view of the way of life that has been unchanged for centuries.

If you are not sure about visiting this place, we’ll give you 10 very considerable reasons to why you should go to Son Doong Cave.

1. Largest Cave of the world

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-3 This cave is almost 5 km long, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. It is almost twice the second largest cave, Deer Cave in Malaysia. This cave is so massive that a 747 could fly through its largest cavern. Now you can imagine, how huge this cave really is!

2. Jungle Trails

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-4 Jungles emerge from outside and inside the cave, a scene so unreal and dreamy that you have to see it to believe it. Misty clouds envelop the whole scene, a result of the cave’s own localized weather system.

3. Underground River

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-5 Yes!! An underground Hang Son Doong river is running through the first 2.5 kilometers. The water is so clear, one can easily see the river bed. Isn't it fascinating?

4. Oldest Karst System

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-6 Hang Son Doong Cave is a part of Hong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam which contains the oldest karst system in Asia, between 400-450 million years old.

5. Giant Sinkholes “Dolines”

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-7 Giant sinkholes, known as dolines, have ruptured some time in 3,00,000 years, creating massive openings to the outside world. Due to water dropping from the ceiling, cave pearls formed are the size of baseballs.

6. Stagalmites

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-8 Stalagmites up to 80m high have also been surveyed, the tallest ever encountered. Isn't it huge?

7. Camping

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-9 Yes, you can do camping here. Camping besides the Hong Son Doong river, with a bonfire and group of people with you admiring the amazing geographic structres, can lay the foundation for travel goals.

8. Photographer’s Paradise

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-10 This place has a view of a sci-fi movie background. One cannot believe this place exists on our planet. Lucky we, it does. Every corner of the open area gives different angles and frames justifying the beauty of the cave. Every photographer will love this place.

9. 1 Indian Rupee = 354 Vietnamese Dong

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-11 Feel rich in Vietnam not just with the beauty of the place but considering financial aspect too. Yes, True. 1 Indian rupee is 354 Vietnamese Dong. Isn't that great?

10. Perfect meal for an adventurer's appetite

The World's Largest Cave 'Son Doong' - Hidden Paradise of Vietnam-12 As the pictures say it all! Son Doong should be on every adventure seeker's list. You won't go back with a sad mouth but a smiling one, eyes glittering with the picturesque views and heart pounding with happiness this place offers.

Special Note: The government of Vietnam has increased the number of permits from 500 to 800, which is available for the 2017 season, which runs from February to August.

Son Doong Cave will take you from this amazing to another amazing. A trip to this unknown will give you an experience of the lifetime. It is apparent that there’s something magical waiting just beyond the opening to the cave. Go there, explore and tell us, what do you have to say about it?

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