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“Expedition of a lifetime!”
Review of Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave
Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Dong Hoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Son Doong Cave is in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province. This incredible cave was only explored in 2009/2010 by the British Cave Research Association. Situated in the deep jungle, the entrance to the cave was found by a local jungle man Mr Ho Khanh. Son Doong Cave is now the largest cave in the world and has understandably been the attention of many film companies such as the BBC, National Geographic, Japanese and Brazilian teams. It also featured in National Geographic Magazine in 2011. Son Doong cave is unlike any other caves on the planet. Inside this giant cave are two huge daylight windows which allows the light to enter many parts of the cave. At the base of these windows are large jungles which use the available light and so trees up to 30m tall are present. But Son Doong is not only about its immense size, the cave has amazing examples of some of the best speleothems in the world. Giant stalagmites up to 80m high and enormous rimstone pools are present throughout the cave. There are also excellent examples of giant cave pearls and a newly discovered side passage is full of large fossils over 300 million years old. As well as rare species of plants in the cave a number of new species of animals have recently been discovered. Monkeys, hornbills and flying foxes have all been seen in the jungle section of the caves.
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Expedition of a lifetime!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Being a part of the 1st ever tour group to visit the cave is a bit special. And being 1st Australian adventurer to visit the cave was pretty cool too.
There were people from the UK, USA, Norway, Canada, Russia and Australia on the Trip. We were out for 6 days and 5 nights with Howard, Deb and Mr Tinh from "Oxalis Adventure Tours" that gave us a spectacular expedition. Enough cannot be said for Mr Ho Khanh's contribution to the trip and the awesome team of porters, cooks and camp attendants he manages.
I am feeling a bit "Dr Livingstone" about the whole affair.

The trip over 5 nights included 2 nights camping in Hag En which is an epic place besides Hang Son Duong. We spent 4 days and 3 nights camping in Hang Son Doong and were catered for in a fashion that is hard to describe to someone who hasn't banqueted in a place that is very remote. The tents were put up and packes down on sandy beaches daily for us and they even served a red wine with dinner. Very Stanley in the Congo service. lol.

And the cave, What can I say. Awesome! Simply Awesome.
So glad I went. Thanks to the team at Oxalis and Ho Khanh and his merry Men!
Ben at the Farmstay

Visited August 2013
13 Thank PNFarmstay
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“So amazing!!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

I can say for certain that Son Doong Cave is the most beautiful cave I've ever seen. It is truly an amazing cave created by nature. However it is still new; going there is an adventure for me. If you want to visit Son Doong, you should gather enough information and prepare yourself better to get an unforgettable trip.

Visited September 2013
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