Son Doong cave is located in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh, it is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists that can experience in Vietnam. Here are 8 fun facts about Son Doong cave, the largest cave in the world for you guys who are about to come to tours of Cambodia Vietnam and Thailand.
Son Doong was discovered because of a rain
Son Doong cave was discovered by a farmer named Ho Khanh in 1991. According to the words of Ho Khanh, he worked as an agarwood seeker in the forest at that time. Once he was finding the agarwood in the deep forest, he encountered a large rain. Being afraid of the sudden flood, Ho Khanh decided to find a place to hide, and then incidentally, he ran into a natural hut but didn't know it is Son Doong cave.
Son Doong was lost during 15 years
At that time finding out Son Doong cave, Ho Khanh didn't know the value of the cave. After that time, he skipped finding the agarwood and came back to be a farmer working in the farm.
For the next 15 years, this cave was still left in the forest until 2006, when an expedition of the Royal Society of British came to find the new cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Khanh brought out his story to tell them. It is also where the journey to find the cave in his memory was started.
Son Doong is not available on Google Map
However, the trip to find the old cave was not easy, because all of the evidence was just in Khanh's memory. In Khanh's memory, it is a large cave with the strong wind blowing continuously.
Even with the help of the modern scientific equipment and Google Earth software, the expedition still could not find the Son Doong cave. Even until 2009 that Ho Khanh officially found the old cave.
Son Doong space is enough to become an airport
According to the geologists, Son Doong cave was formed from 2 to 5 million years ago, when river water flowed across and stuck in the limestone area along a fault line. The water eroded the limestone and created a huge cave as it today.
Son Doong cave is very large with the size reaching at least 5 km long. It is estimated to be able to hold about 68 Boeing 777 aircraft.
Nevertheless, this figure could be greater because, according to scientists, the most modern types of equipment today have not yet discovered the true length of the cave.
The large space in Son Doong cave
Son Doong is called “Great Wall” of Vietnam
In Son Doong cave, the experts discovered the very large locations. A photo taken by photographer Carten Peter in May 2010 recorded a cave with 91,44 meters of width and an arch of nearly 243.84 meters. It can be completely tucked into a 40-storey building in New York.
With the majestic and magnificent landscape of the Son Doong cave, it is the world's best known "The Great Wall of Vietnam".
You can see a heaven garden in Son Doong cave
Son Doong cave is not only famous for its enormous size but also well-known for the diversity of its landscapes.
In Son Doong cave, the explorers discovered a whole primitive forest with rich vegetation that has totally no trace of humans. Experts have even called the forest in this cave as "heaven garden" to praise this gorgeous beauty.
A whole jungle in Son Doong cave
The thousand “pearl” with the size equal to the baseball in Son Doong cave
The special point of Son Doong cave, which is the stalactite system and giant "pearl" in the cave. Over the millions of years under the influence of external forces, Son Doong owns columns of stone as high as 70m.
People discovered the giant fake "pearls" with the size belonging to the world's largest in Son Doong.
Normally, these "pearls" are only about 1cm in diameter, but in Son Doong they are as big as a baseball.
The fake pearls in Son Doong cave
Worldwide celebrities are also eager to explore Son Doong
With its beauty, Son Doong cave attracted many tourists with 98% foreigners. Many of them are the famous people such as singers, actors, politicians, and even supermodels such as Jasmina Mala (Czech) and Prince Ahmed Hamdan (from Abu Dhabi). They have come and explored the beauty of the largest cave in the world.
Coming to tours of Cambodia Thailand and Vietnam, you will surely have the unforgettable moments in this region. Vietnam and Indochina are always welcoming you to come and explore the new things in its heart. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Thank you and have a nice trip!