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Caving Vietnam - Son Doong - The largest cave in the world

Postby OxalisCavingTours » Jul 8, 2013 10:16 pm

Hi everyone,

I am welcoming surely something not much unfamiliar with you all. The Son Doong Cave - the largest cave in the world now OPEN FOR ALL.

Son Doong Cave is in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province. This incredible cave was only explored in 2009/2010 by the British Cave Research Association, team of the leader Howard Limbert. Situated in the deep jungle, the entrance to the cave was found by a local jungle man Mr. Ho Khanh.

Son Doong Cave is now the largest cave in the world and has understandably been the attention of many film companies such as the BBC, National Geographic, Japanese and Brazilian teams. It also featured in National Geographic Magazine in 2011. Until now no tourists have been allowed into this wonder of nature.

Son Doong cave is unlike any other caves on the planet. Inside this giant cave are two huge daylight windows which allows the light to enter many parts of the cave. At the base of these windows are large jungles which use the available light and so trees up to 30m tall are present. But Son Doong is not only about its immense size, the cave has amazing examples of some of the best speleothems in the world. Giant stalagmites up to 80m high and enormous rimstone pools are present throughout the cave. There are also excellent examples of giant cave pearls and a newly discovered side passage is full of large fossils over 300 million years old. As well as rare species of plants in the cave a number of new species of animals have recently been discovered. Monkeys, hornbills and flying foxes have all been seen in the jungle section of the caves.

The Government of QuangBinh has just approved pilot tours to Hang Son Doong from now until the end of August 2014 and after that will be the official opening of Hang Son Doong. Oxalis has been appointed as the sole tour organizer for Son Doong during the pilot scheme. No other travel agent is able to bring tourists to Hang Son Doong except Oxalis. (July 2013). Oxalis will provide you with complete safety and caving equipment to recognised European standards, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Re: Caving Vietnam - Son Doong - The largest cave in the wor

Postby trogman » Jul 9, 2013 9:40 am

Wow! I've got to put this on my bucket list, along with rafting the Grand Canyon. Sounds like it would be an awesome tour!

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