Lets dive together into the depths of mesmerizing Son Doong cave in Vietnam.
The world knew little about this place until about seven years ago.
Mesmerizing Son Doong cave is actually the largest cave in the world. To reach the cave you would have to go through the dense jungle of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a home to Son Doong cave. The national park was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003.
It is very hard to comprehend the scale of the cave, unless you see it in person. And once you see it, you will be amazed by its grandeur.
Mesmerizing Son Doong cave is said to be 5.5 mi long, 650 ft wide, and 500 ft tall. It is large enough to make 40-story building fit inside.
The world’s largest cave was discovered in 1991. A local man Ho Khahn stumbled upon it while he was searching for a shelter from a storm. After that, he had several attempts to get back there, but was unable to locate it. It was not until 2009 he ran across the hole again with a group of British explorers. What they found turned out to be the largest cave in the world. It was created by river eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain. Determining its exact age is really hard, but it is believed to be 2-5 million years old.
Mesmerizing Son Doong cave is not just massive; it’s unlike any other cave in the world. Made up of a network of almost 150 individual caves, Son Doong even has its own river, lake and jungle. The vegetation inside the cave is lush. The closer you get to daylight, the larger the greenery. Also, a wide variety wildlife can be seen there, like birds, monkeys and even snakes.
Walking through the world’s largest cave is a privilege granted only to few people on Earth. British tourist Simon Dunne was one of the first people who visited this amazing place, that has been open to public since 2013. Simon said for Dailymail:
‘The strangest experience of them all was the silence. As they say, silence is deafening and when you’re in the lake section of the cave, which is barren to all things living, standing in complete darkness and silence is an experience I’ll never forget.’