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Son Doong Cave catches international media attention

Released at: 16:45, 18/02/2019

Son Doong Cave catches international media attention

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Cave among 11 best tourist destinations discovered recently, as listed by UK's The Daily Telegraph.

by Linh Chi

Son Doong Cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh continues to receive special attention from international media, after making a major impression at the Quang Binh tourism promotion program in Hollywood and the New York Tourism Fair Time Travel Show, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports.

The Quang Binh Provincial Department of Tourism, as quoted by VNA, said the UK’s The Daily Telegraph announced its list of the eleven best recently-discovered tourist destinations, with Son Doong winning a place.

Son Doong is the largest known cave passage in the world by volume. It was discovered in 1990 and only fully explored in the last decade or so.

At its tallest point, the cave can accommodate a 40-storey skyscraper, while at its widest point there’s enough room for a 747 to fly through, The Telegraph was quoted by VNA as saying.

In addition, three photos of the surrounding cave network, including one of the terraced stone system in the cave, one of swimming in Ken Cave (part of the Tu Lan cave network) and a photo on Loong Con cave (part of the Phong Nha cave network) by Carsen Peter are among the eight most-beautiful cave pictures in the world as selected by the renowned National Geographic magazine, according to VNA.

The news agency reported that the acclaim from The Telegraph and National Geographic magazine affirm the wonderful beauty of Vietnam’s cave networks and natural scenery, contributing to promoting Son Doong and the pristine cave network as well as the tourism potential of Quang Binh and Vietnam to the world.

The Department of Tourism said the local tourism sector and authorities will carry out a program to explore a 600 meter-long underwater passageway inside Son Doong that has never been traversed, to find a way to connect to another nearby cave.

Meanwhile, Animal Planet and National Geographic TV channels will also cooperate with Oxalis Adventure Tours - the only company authorized to lead tours into Son Doong - to implement special tour programs in the cave and in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park this year.

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

Geologists say the cave formed 2 to 5 million years ago and is roughly 6.5 km long, 200 meters high, and 150 meters wide.

The Guinness World Records 2015 included an introduction to Son Doong Cave and an announcement of the cave setting a world record.

In June 2016, the World Record Association sent official documents announcing the cave’s world record status to Quang Binh province and the Vietnam Record Organization (VietKings).

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