Hang Son Doong which is located nearby the Laos-Vietnam border is believed to be nearly 2 to 5 million years old. Son Doong Cave is also known as ‘cave of the mountain river’ or ‘mountain cave of Doong (village)’. This cave is the largest known cave passage cross-section in the world! That is not all when you look at the pictures of this cave, you wouldn’t believe your eyes. Read on.
The cave has its own beach, river and climate! Inside the cave, there is a very large subterranean river which flows in speed. Formed of Carboniferous / Permian limestone this cave was discovered by a local man named Ho Khanh in the year of 1991. This cave that became the largest known cave passage by volume, is more than 5 kilometres long, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide! There is a hollow shaped region in the cave which allows the sunlight to enter, due to which one can find the growth of trees, vegetation on the inside of Son Doong. This is one of the most interesting places in South East Asia which should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Khanh heard the sound of rushing water inside the cave when he was near the entrance but there was a hollow descent which prevented him from entering the cave. The original location of the cave remained a mystery for 18 years. In 2009, a group of cavers from the British cave research association came discovered a high wall of calcite, nearly 60 meters tall and named it the great wall of Vietnam. In 2013, the cave was thrown open to the public. Now you can hire a guide and take a two-day trip inside the epic cave.
Stalagmite which is a rock formation has been the subject of curiosity across the globe. This cave contains one of the world’s tallest stalagmite rocks which up to 70 meters tall!
To reach this cave a lot of jungle trekking is required. You will have to undertake river crossings too to reach the entrance. Even after that, it is not easy – the visitors have to swim through the underground rivers, crawl, climb and let their wild side out!
One can only visit during the season period which is from February to August. The country’s government is also planning to build a cable car through the cave of around 10.5 kilometres long, costing around millions of dollars! Many have protested the construction of a cable car at the site citing reasons such as destruction of the natural habitat around the cave.
Remember the movie ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’? This cave looks like the real version of it. Watch the video below:
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