British magazine Conde Nast Traveler has named Son Doong, the world’s largest cave in central Vietnam, one of seven must-explore wonders of 2020. Son Doong, a fast-emerging tourist destination in Quang Binh Province, joined six awe-inspiring spots on the list published on Tuesday.
“Nestled deep in the jungles of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave features the planet’s largest chamber measuring 600-feet high, 300-feet wide, and over 2.5-miles long. The scale of the site’s interior is so massive it could fit an entire New York block inside, including skyscrapers, or have a Boeing 747 comfortably fly through without its wings being in any danger.” the magazine wrote.
Son Doong opened to tourists in 2013 with the five kilometer-long system, 150 meters high and 200 meters wide, containing at least 150 individual caves, a dense subterranean jungle and several underground rivers. Due to limited space, registration for Son Doong tours must be made well in advance with Oxalis, the only company licensed to run the service. A 4-day expedition costs US$ 3000, with buses running from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, capital of Quang Binh, and on to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.
World famous DJ Alan Walker recently unleashed an MV (Alone) depicting a young archaeologist on a quest to discover a place of mystery and wonder. After uncovering a hidden secret in a painting, she finds Quang Binh to be just the destination, mesmerized at the marvels of Son Doong, the largest natural cave in the world.
Early last year, U.K.-based travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, named Son Doong Cave among the best places to visit in 2019.
In Britain, a Son Doong expedition was among the greatest adventures ever, according to British TV channel Dave, a panel of travel experts and editors of U.K. tabloid Daily Mail that polled 2,000 people aged 40 or under last September.
CNN in September said exploring the world’s largest cave, eating pho in Hanoi and cruising down Mekong Delta are among the 13 most memorable experiences in Vietnam.
Source: Vnexpress International0