A Travelers Paradise: Hang Son Doong
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In the heart of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh province, near the Vietnam-Laos border, there stretches a unique cave. It can be truly called the largest cave in the world. Its dimensions break the records. The cave is 200 meters high, 150 meters wide and more than 5 kilometers long.
It’s hard to believe, but such a large-sized cave is quite a recent and absolutely accidental discovery. The entrance to the cave was first found by a local farmer named Ho-Khanh in 1991. Being feared by the roar of a rushing steam, the local was not brave enough to descend to the cave, so it remained unexplored.
In such a way, the Vietnamese learned about a huge cave, later called Son Doong, meaning "mountain river cave".
However, only 10 years later, a group of British scientists, led by Howard Limbert, finally decided to go down to the cave. How much surprised they were to find a new wonderful world there!
The cave turned out to have a fast-flowing underground river that floods some parts of Son Doong during rainy seasons. The cave has its jungle, climate and even real clouds, formed due to the large temperature differences.
Speleologists, involved in the cave studying and measuring, gave it the status of the biggest cave on the planet.
Son Doong Cave impresses not only with the river and the jungle. Don't be surprised if you happen to come across some giant pearls there. Limestone layers of Son Doong are filled with them.
Despite the fact that the cave is quite a recent discovery, it’s getting more and more popular among the tourists, even though to get inside, one has to rope down to a depth of 80 meters under the ground. Yet, even that doesn't prevent adventurous people from plunging into a wonderful world of the cave. The bravest travelers even camp there, in spite of the fact that Son Doong attracts monkeys, birds, various insects and even snakes.
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