|The 9km cave system, which extends through a mountain, was named one of the most captivating on earth by National Geographic. — Photo soha.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Sơn Đoòng Cave in the central province of Quảng Bình has been listed as one of five dream destinations for 2019 by travel magazine Lonely Planet.
Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world, is ranked third on the list after the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru and the ‘Burning Man’ music and arts festival in Nevada, the US.
The article says: “The incredible depths of the world’s largest cave lures in travellers who want a true adventure. But the arduous journey into this subterranean site makes booking a trek essential. The major tour operator that takes travellers inside, Oxalis Adventure Tours, says on its website that less than 300 spaces remain for 2019 tours if you want to make it happen – or get on the waiting list for 2020.”
The cave has been recognised as the largest in the world by three international organisations including Guinness (based in the UK), the Association World Record (based in Hong Kong) and World Kings (based in the US and India).
The cave is located in the heart of Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park in Quảng Bình province. It was discovered by a local in 1991 and was first explored in 2009 by the British Cave Research Association. It has been open to the public since 2013.
The nine kilometre-long cave system, which extends through a mountain, was named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic.
Geologists say the cave formed two to five million years ago. It is roughly 200m high and 150m wide.
The cave contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70m tall.
In 2019, the Quảng Bình Department of Tourism will co-ordinate with major media companies to create television programmes showing Sơn Đoòng Cave and Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng. — VNS