In the past, Son Doong cave was classified as the largest cave in the world by BCRA (British Cave Research Association) and selected as one of the most beautiful in the globe by the BBC news.
Now, the impressive beauty of Son Doong Cave is confirmed one more time. On 24/3, the well-known U.S travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has announced The 15 most beautiful caves in the world. In this list, Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh province, Vietnam ranked 6th.
Condé Nast Traveler said “Caves typically conjure images of spelunking horror movies, or fairy-tale baddies. But in reality, the structures are among some of the most stunning, untouched geological formations on the planet – just look at the vibrant red rocks of Antelope Valley, the glittering ice caverns of Iceland’s glaciers, or the underground grottos of Southeast Asia, replete with sacred monuments. They may not be easily accessible, but that just makes the most beautiful caves in the world all the more alluring to witness.”
Son Doong Cave is famous as the world’s largest cave, located in the heart of the UNESCO – listed Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. The cave is a part of a network of 150 or so caves that many still not discovered. It was found in 1991 by local man whose name Ho Khanh. After that, it was recently discovered in 2009 by the Britain caver team led by Howard Limbert. The name Son Doong cave means “mountain river cave”. The mountain and river coexist in a cave that brings for people a strange experience. Son Doong Cave appeared for 3 million years ago naturally. Son Doong cave is more than 200 meters wide, 150 meters high, and approximate 9 kilometers long.
The mysterious beauty of the cave hides in its characteristics included the marvelous stalagmite (80 meters tall) and rare limestone cave pearls and microscopic organisms that still thrive in the darkness.
In 2013 Hang Son Doong was opened to the public for the first time, with the adventure tour company Oxalis running the exclusive five-day expedition. The tour is not offered for fainted-heart person because it expects each participator climb, trek, abseil by themselves.
Even though condition for a trip to Son Doong cave is high and hard, it is a long list of travelers waiting to visit the top cave.
Photo source: CN Traveler magazine