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Son Doong Cave, Dong Hoi

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Marvel at underground vegetation and impressive stalagmite towers at Son Doong Cave, a huge cave system featuring its own jungle and a river. Over 8.8 km (5.5 mi) long, the cave was touted as the biggest in the world. Camp on the rough sandy beach on the banks of an underground river and admire the shades of light coming from large holes above the ground. Set in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, the cave was discovered by a local in 1991, but was not seriously explored until 2009. Explore ancient limestone walls created 250 m years ago and abseil into a true underground paradise with fabulous rock shapes fringed with vegetation. Use our Dong Hoi vacation builder to visit Son Doong Cave on your trip to Dong Hoi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Where to stay in Dong Hoi

While tourism remains fairly undeveloped in Dong Hoi, you'll still see plenty of accommodations available in town. Ranging from riverside hotels, to cosy homestays, to backpacker-friendly hostels, the accommodations here can be found close to the waterways, with many enjoying scenic views out across the canals, or along the coast. To be closer to the national park, look to the north. Close to the major regional roads that run up through the karst terrain, you'll find a selection of homestays, farms with accommodations to rent, and a couple of hostels.
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  • There are some treks in the world that are all about the journey and not just the destination. Son Doong is a world ahead on both the journey and the incredible destination. Each day when we would get...  more »
  • Son Doong was the most incredible experience of my life. Its also the most beautiful place I have ever been. Breathtaking, majestic, otherworldly, etc. The tour operator Oxalis was absolutely flawless...  more »
  • I'm honored to be part of the first group to go over the Great Wall of Vietnam and exit the cave on the other side during the 4D3N Son Doong Expedtion. Oxalis team did an excellent job for us to have ...  more »
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  • So let me get this straight, in Pattaya, Thailand I paid $15 to see a temple that's been hand carved by humans for over 30 years and doesn't have a nail in it. Yet you found a cave and because you have a monopoly deal with the government you can charge $4000,or $1000 per day for me to see it? Absolutely retarded pricing for a BRITISH company that is not investing any of this money back into Vietnam. All of you people stupid enough to pay this price are only serving to enrich a few priveleged people while keeping the country poor. I've been on a 3 month vacation around Europe and Asia and have only spent twice that amount. Stop supporting this terrible company and promote the competition trying to get government approval so that the prices will become reasonable for everyone.
  • The most beautiful in the world
  • Been there!!! Super super amazing place.
  • Amazinggggggggggggggggg Hang Son Doong) is world's largest cave, located in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. It is found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. The name "Son Doong" cave means "mountain river cave", It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights...
  • Nice place