Son Doong Cave is NOW OPEN
Son Doong cave (in Vietnamese: Hang Sơn Đoòng, meaning Mountain River Cave) is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. The cave is located near the Laos-Vietnam border ( 17°27’25.88″N 106°17’15.36″E). It has a large fast-flowing underground river inside.
The cave was found by a local man named Hồ-Khanh in 1991. The local jungle men were afraid of the cave for the roaring sound it makes from the underground river. However, not until 2009 was it made known to the public when a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Ke Bang from April 10-14, 2009. Their progress was stopped by a large calcite wall. According to Limbert, this cave is five times larger than the Phong Nha cave, previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The main passage of Son Doong is over five kilometres in length, in places 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. With these dimensions, Son Doong overtakes Deer Cave in Malaysia to take the title of the world’s largest cave passage.
The Government of Quang Binh Province has just allowed pilot tours to Son Doong cave, first tourist trip will be some time in the middle of May 2013. This is 7 days trip including 1 day training and fitness test and 6 days in the cave. For more info: www.privateluxuryjourneys.com or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Discovery!