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Son Doong Cave tops world’s incredible beauties

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam’s central Quang Binh ranked first in the list of the top 10 incredible beauties hidden in caves selected by a US travel advisory website.

Phong Nha Ke Bang
Phong Nha Ke Bang

The beauty of Son Doong cave shown on int’l media sites Porters contribute to success of ABC show on Son Doong Cave Son Doong Cave – beautiful and affordable .

 

The website www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com wrote that Son Doong “is indeed very impressive – there is an entire underworld with the jungle and river, waterfalls, unknown plants and fossils. Cave pearls – calcite crystals – are another unique and interesting feature”.

 

The cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is followed by the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand and the Melissani Cave in Greece. The list also includes the Batu Caves in Malaysia, Mendenhall Ice Caves in the US, and caves in the Algarve of Portugal.

Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave, which scientists believe was formed 2-5 million years ago, was first discovered by a local man in 1991.

 

It was later made public in 2009 by a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association after they extensively surveyed the area.

 

Son Doong has a length of at least 6.5 kilometres and is estimated to be 200 metres in width and at least 150 metres in height (its largest chamber reaches an incredible 250 metres in height, enough space to accommodate a 40-storey skyscraper.

Quang Binh province to host cave festival

     A cave festival will be celebrated in the central province of Quang Binh, the home of World Heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, from July 15th to 21st.

Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave

The opening ceremony of the festival will be held at Bao Ninh Sea Square with an artistic performance, entitled “Quang Binh – Kingdom of the caves,” and accompanying fireworks on July 17th.

 

The highlight of the festival will be a program entitled ‘Quang Binh Spectacular Cave System Discovery Week,’ with many interesting activities such as the launch of new tourist destinations, promotions and tourist discounts and farm trips.

 

Within the framework of the festival, food and handicraft fairs will be held in Son Trach commune in Bo Trach district from July 15th to 19th, and in Bao Ninh commune in Dong Hoi city from July 15th to 21st.

Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave

Located in Bo Trach district, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park covers 85,754 hectares with a 195,400-hectare buffer zone. It is among the 238 most important ecological zones in the world.

 

The park won UNESCO heritage recognition in 2003 thanks to its system of 300 different caves and grottos which date back some 400 million years.

 

With the length of 7.7 kilometers, Phong Nha cave system is said to have the longest water cave and the most beautiful grottos.

Phong Nha Ke Bang
Phong Nha Ke Bang

Meanwhile, Son Doong, which was first explored in 2009, is considered the largest natural cave in the world.

 

It has a length of at least 8.5 kilometers and is at least 200 meters in height (while its very largest chamber is an incredible 250 meters in height, enough space to accommodate 40-storey skyscrapers).

 

The cave festival in July is part of efforts to promote local culture, tourism and the uniqueness of the caves to attract both international and domestic investors and tourists.

Son Doong Cave

Sơn Đoòng Cave

 

Son Đoong Cave (in Vietnamese: Hang Sơn Đoòng, meaning Mountain River Cave) is a relatively recently discovered cave in the national park. Found by a local man and explored and publicly announced by the British cave scientists of the British Cave Research Association, it is regarded as the largest cave in the world.The biggest chamber of Sơn Đoòng is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. With these tremendous dimensions, Sơn Đoòng overtakes Deer Cave of Malaysia to take the title of world’s largest cave. Because the fast flowing underground river in the cave deterred the explorers from going farther, they were only able to estimate the length of the cave using a flashlight.

 

Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave

 

The cave was found by a man named Hồ-Khanh in 1991. The local jungle men were afraid of the cave for the whistling sound it makes from the underground river. However, not until 2009 was it made known to the public when a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng from 10–14 April 2009.

 

Their progress was stopped by a large calcite wall.

 

According to the Limberts, this cave is five times larger than the Phong Nha Cave, previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Sơn Đoòng is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. With these dimensions, Sơn Đoòng overtook Deer Cave in Malaysia to take the title of the world’s largest cave