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Travel Vietnam: Conquering the biggest cave in the world
The first discovery tour of Son Doong cave achieved great success, which offers a prospect of a new
wonderful tour: discover the world’s biggest cave in Vietnam.
At 14 o’clock on August 6, the first visitors came back safe and sound from their journey to conquer the biggest
cave in the world. Despite fatigue after the long trip, they are all happy with smiles on their faces.
The group of tourists departed at 9 A.M on August 1, in Son Trach village, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province.
It consisted of six members: two Americans, one British, one Russian, one Norwegian and one Australian. Among
these people were tourists coming to Phong Nha since late June and waiting more than one month to participate in
the journey as Jake Renz and Siv Engh. The Son Doong cave discovery is really attractive to foreign tourists.
This trip cost $ 3000 per person. 22 people, including two cave specialists, two supervisors of Phong Nha – Ke
Bang National Park, one tourist guide and 17 porters and the local man who had found the cave, have been trained
to help tourists during the trip.
Everything was well prepared before the departure: safety equipment (climbing shoes, ropes, harnesses, ice axes,
crampons, climbing helmets, etc.), medicines and first aid kit, rubber boats, tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses
and food for group in six days. Each porter must carry about 50 kg of items.
From Phong Nha, the group moved along 35 km of Ho Chi Minh Road and walked 10 km in Phong Nha – Ke Bang
primary forest towards Doong village – En cave. After a walking day, they took a break and sent a night En cave.
The next day, they continued their itinerary with 2 km from En cave to Son Doong. From Son Doong cave’s gate,
tourists have descended an 80 m vertical drop to enter inside. Son Doong cave extended over 6.5 km but the
discovery tour covered only 5 km (4 km for walk, 150 m for rope, 50 m for waterfall and 500 m for rubber boat).
During the discovery journey, the tourists have repeatedly expressed their surprise when admiring different
mysterious landscapes: large vaults of cave, huge blocks of stalactites of various shapes and colors, beautiful
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waterfalls, lush jungle in the middle of the cave … The tourists discovered many attractive sites in the cave as
Dinosaure vault, Doline 1and Doline 2, Garden of Edam, Vietnam wall … Specially, tourists had many nights in this
biggest house in the world.
Impression of tourists
The Russian tourist shared: “It is the most wonderful journey in my life. I am extremely impressed by spectacular
sceneries whose beauty cannot be described by language. I am very happy and lucky because I am one of the first
tourists conquering the world’s largest cave. My decision about this trip is totally correct”. Another tourist said:
“Travel cost is nothing when we compare it with beautiful and amazing sceneries that we have seen or with
unforgettable experiences we have gotten and with an enthusiastic team who has helped us during the itinerary. I
am very satisfied about this trip”.
According to experts, Son Doong cave is five times larger than the second largest cave in Vietnam. It is also larger
than Deer in Malaysia. Discover the largest cave in the world attracts many foreign tourists. Thus, if you want to
admire this interesting cave, you have to queue.
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