In pictures: The world’s largest cave in Vietnam is an incredible feat of nature
VIETNAM is home to the world’s largest cave, and possibly the most beautiful.
For all its beauty, Son Doong cave is still largely undiscovered by the tourist radar, owing to the fact that the cave has only been open to public access since 2013. Located in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Central Vietnam, the cave has a long way to go to becoming an iconic tourist destination.
The first person who conquered the cave was the crown prince of Abu Dhabi Emirate, a man who has had his share of adventurous treks to his name. Upon finishing the trek, the prince said that he had truly “reached the limits of nature” and that it was the most meaningful of all his world tours.
These days, the crowd is not just limited to royalty. Adventure seekers from around the world are trying to unlock the magical mystery that lies inside. Australian photographer John Spies described his week in the cave as “humbling and belittling”.
Measuring more than 200 meters high, 150 meters wide and five kilometers long, the cave is so big that a Boeing 747 could easily fly through its largest cavern. It could also fit a 40-storey skyscraper. Plus, the cave has its own river, jungle and climate, all of which give way to incredible sights.
Past visitors have emerged from the cave with stunning snapshots that capture the cave’s eerie green glow, the mystery of the sun rays that shine upon the cave formations, the alien-like stalactites and stalagmites, and a damp, dark chamber that open up to two million years’ worth of rock formations.
Here are a few photos that capture the magic of San Doong cave:
Tour agency Oxalis arranges five day-four night expeditions through the cave for photography enthusiasts, complete with safety guides and porters helping to carry camera equipment. Due to conservation efforts, the tour agency is the only state-endorsed company that’s allowed to bring tourists into the cave.