An exciting sensation rushes through the veins of an adventurer whenever he stumbles upon something out of the ordinary. Just imagine what this farmer from Vietnam felt when he came across a hidden world hiding behind a strange rock that got his curiousity running.
Son Doong Cave is the world’s largest natural cave and was first discovered by Ho Khanh, a local man living along the rural areas in 1991. Seeking shelter from a passing storm in the jungle, think about the surprise that he was in for when he stumbled upon this cave. He reported his discovery to British Caving Research Association (BCRA), who were stationed in Phong Nha at the time, stating that there was a cave that had clouds and was emitting sounds of an underground river.
After reporting this to the authorities, Ho Khanh lost his memory of the cave’s exact locations, and the cave would remain unexplored for the next 18 years. When he stumbled upon the entrance again, he brought along the proper authorities and the rest was history.
Son Doong Cave is the largest cave in the world, stretching for over 5 kilometers in length and over 200 meters high, fitting an entire rainforest inside with its very own weather system.
The cave, which means “mountain river cave”, is found right smack in the middle of UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province. Hang Son Doong is one of the most captivating destinations that can be experienced in Southeast Asia. The massive cave has been classified as one of the most beautiful caves by BBC News.
The once very poor local communities surrounding the cave has been given life due to the flood of tourists who come to visit and explore the wonders of the cave. UNESCO continue to regulate this booming local industry for the protection of the cave’s ecosystem.