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: