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9/20/2018 10:02:16 AM

Exploring Son Doong cave tours closed for five months

Son Doong will not receive adventurers in the next five months for its environment protection and biodiversity conservation.

Photo: Oxalis

Son Doong will not receive adventurers in the last months of the year for its environment protection and biodiversity conservation as well as giving porters and guides a chance to have a break.

The cave will reopen to tourists in 2019.

Quang Binh authorities have permitted Oxalis to operate the most expensive tour in Vietnam to explore the world’s largest cave Son Doong.

Son Doong cave tour is not a pleasure trip or vacation, it is an exploration trip being  full of obstacles and challenges, hence it requires participants to have physical and mental abilities, goals, and determination, stressed the Oxalis’s director.

Son Doong cave tour in 2018 was full with 873 local and international visitors, including 290 adventurers from the U.S. and 154 holidaymakers from Vietnam.

This has brought the total number of visitors to the world’s largest cave to 2,900 since tours were first available in 2013.

Currently, 40 out of 400 small and large caves in Quang Binh province are open to public. However, local authority has limited the number of visitors to several caves such as Son Doong and En for further protection.

Son Doong Cave has been recognised as the largest of its kind in the world by three international organisations, including Guinness ( based in the UK), the Association World Record (based in Hong Kong) and WorldKings (based in the U.S. and India).

The Vietnam Record Association, VietKings, said Son Doong Cave is the first and only place in the world to hold titles granted by three international world record organisations at the same time.

The cave is located in the heart of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province. Son Doong was discovered by a local in 1991. It was first explored in 2009 by the British Cave Research Association and has been open to the public since 2013.

The 1,645m-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 6,5km long, 200m high and 150m wide, exceeding the former world record of Deer Cave in Gunung Muli National Park in Malaysia./.

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