For how astonishing it is, Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave has flown under the radar. Just discovered in 2009, this enormous cave meaning “Mountain River Cave” was stumbled upon by a farmer in the deep jungle of central Vietnam. It has depth and scale that will drop your jaw, and some spectacular natural wonders inside, including waterfalls, 10-story stalagmites, enormous ‘cave pearls’ and dense patches of jungle in places where the cave roof has collapsed.
The Permian limestone cave is so large a 747 jumbo jet could fly through most parts of it. An entire New York City block could also occupy the interior, skyscrapers included.
Commercial tours are limited to a few hundred explorers per season, with each explorer spending several thousands of dollars to get a chance to visit this amazing natural wonder.
The trips include trekking, traversing underground rainforests, paddling down otherworldly cave rivers, and scaling ‘The Great Wall of Vietnam’, a 90 meter climb. All this while experiencing once-in-a-lifetime camping, ⛺️ with meals provided.
If you’ve been looking for a bucket list trip, this could just be it. Via National Geographic:
[…] I would love to see the Son Doong Cave one day in Vietnam! Earth’s Biggest Cave Will Blow Your Mind. […]
I agree with Tom Shewbridge…. Here’s what I found online about it: “Son Doong cave is the world’s largest cave, located in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. It is found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert.”
There is a link to Oxalis who does the tours. They start at $3000 per person, not including airfare to Vietnam.
What’s the average cost?
What hollowed out a cave of this size, and when?