Son Doong Cave, Dong Hoi

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#5 of 10 in Parks in Quang Binh Province
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. Plan to visit Son Doong Cave and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Dong Hoi attractions using our Dong Hoi holiday planner.
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  • You can't express in words or by a simple review what you live in reaching out to this type of shipment (because to all intents it is shipping) regardless of all that it implies from the reservation, to physical training, at people with whom you're going to share this adventure etc.. Let me start by saying the only authorized agency throughout Viet Nam to carry out this type of tour is the Oxalis which opens the spot about three times a year for reservations. When you make the booking on their site you will be asked to fill out a form with a series of questions regarding your experiences, physical, health, etc.. which will serve the oxalis same figuring out if you are eligible or not to try the experience of a lifetime. The day before the start of the tour, you will have a briefing with the Group and with expedition leader (in my case the great Deb) that will show you what you do, where you are going to do and the difficulties that you may encounter along the way. Before proceeding with the actual experience you remember to choose carefully which time of year you will want to go because in July/August the humidity and the heat in Viet Nam are so high as to make it much more difficult (exponentially and already simple is not) 1 Day: in the morning after breakfast we climb on van organized by oxalis and enter inside the National Park of Phong Nha (the same road that you to go to the Dark Cave); arrived at some point of the road you will come to walk in the middle of the jungle. Here there will be many ups and downs with some small Ford of the River (like ankle height) so a simple dirt trail walk whose only difficulty (for me I went to July) was the high humidity (by accident we found the weather overcast so no Sun). But already you can see beautiful views of vegetation and virgin forest that make you feel as if you're millions of years back in time. Halfway you will stop at a tiny village (I would call this a cluster of 4 houses) where people are allowed to indigenous inhabitants to reside and live in peace and there will be the first lunch break. Sharing you will have a couple of look a little deeper (knee) until you get to the cave will arrive here En (wonderful) and Hang in contact with the most challenging undulations already out of rock to reach the most scenic spots. Bath to cool off and wash in the pond of still water in front of the beach with the porters of Oxalis who will mount the base camp and cook it for you. The equipment is all excellent (helmets, lights, gloves, tents and mattresses) and the food is the same as if you ate in the hotel. The view in the morning of the cave Hang En and the sounds of bats flying out in the evening (a mini version of the Deer Cave in Borneo) are an unforgettable life experience. Day 2: here the first quotation issues:) museum visit you can take continuous ups and downs (in the first part will go face the wall on ropes to three strokes to be 4-5 meters anyway not binding) on the rock that will challenge you physically but especially mentally. You should always be careful where you put your feet, not to lose contact with the rock so vigilant. Obviously the guides will be always with you to any need as particularly difficult passages or supports to help you climb. Only that I know I would not have expected it would be so "challenging" then I recommend that you be absolutely well prepared physically (moisture and heat in July multiply by ten the difficulty but still has not been at all easy), and not to underestimate what's taking it as a simple trek to do smoothly. The second day was a sort of "dam" which made us understand (looking into your eyes even more) that would not be a cakewalk. The base camp as in the first case as was the dinner will be prepared perfectly and in advance and here for us started the trouble. Unfortunately while we were in son doong came a typhoon in vietnam that has greatly increased the water level of the river inside preventing us the possibility to get back and then unlike the tour we had booked initially we had (Fortunately I say!!!) to exit the great wall instead of redoing all the way backwards. The exit by the great wall is a kind of tour that was offered this year with 4 days and nights of trek in which instead of exploiting the 4 day (as it was in the initial intentions of 5 days and 4 nights) to redo in one day all the way back to spend the 4 night in the cave Hang En (therefore redoing the way back even to exit) exit directly from the outer wall that is at the end of the river inside of Son Doong (about 60 meters). However the second night because of the swollen river water and I felt a little chilly at night (but only in that case having regard to the usual temperature) but it was a possibility not foreseeable. 3 day: we head towards the famous sinkholes of Son Doong. Much shorter path of the second day though with some physically demanding steps after the blow of the day before you ...
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  • This trip is really really hard so you have to train yourself well before taking. There's so much to talk about Son Doong itself, biggest cave in the world, stunning views of stalactite and stalacmite...  more »
  • I went this caves with other friends three months ago. That is really huge caves and beautiful. You will never regret once you be here!  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.
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  • 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...
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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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