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Travellers fined for sneaking into Sơn Đoòng Cave

Update: March, 03/2017 - 09:45
Sơn Đoòng opened to tourists in 2013, four years after members of the British Cave Research Association concluded their initial exploration and declared it the world’s largest cave. — VNA/VNS Photo
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HCM CITY — Three men travelling on French and American passports, were stopped last Sunday in Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park, in Quảng Bình Province. They were hoping to trek into the world’s largest cave without porters, guides or tickets.

Officials from the National Park Management Board described their attempt as potentially deadly.

Travelling into Sơn Đòong Cave without professional equipment or proper guidance is dangerous and might lead to life-threatening situations, said Lê Thanh Tịnh, Director of the national park.

The group reportedly admitted that they were using navigation devices to attempt to access Hang Én Cave and Sơn Đòong Cave, and agreed to pay an undisclosed administrative fine and proceeded to visit other approved destinations in the park.

Sơn Đoòng opened to tourists in 2013, four years after members of the British Cave Research Association concluded their initial exploration and declared it the world’s largest cave. The 5km system contains at least 150 individual caves, a dense subterranean jungle and several underground rivers. — VNS

 

 

 

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