If you’re even a smidgen of a travel bug, you’ve probably dreamt of traveling to the far ends of the Earth to witness its greatest wonders, from the Niagara Falls in the United States to the Alps in Europe.
But the world’s biggest cave, the Son Doong Cave in Central Vietnam – over 5.5 miles long and able to fit a 40-storey skyscraper within its walls – is just a 3 hour flight away from Singapore.
And nobody knew of it until about 6 years ago when this gem was finally discovered by cavers. The cave was finally open to public in 2013, and it’s majestic beyond words.
The cave is hidden deep within the dense tropical forest of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province in Central Vietnam, about 500km south of Hanoi.
Statuesque stalagmites and a lush jungle blanket the cave; stalagtites adorn the ceiling imposingly.
Light reflects off the river within the cave, the dazzling (literally!) emerald glimmer creating a sense of otherworldliness.
The cave is so huge, it even has its own localised weather system. Ethereal, misty clouds roll through the depths of the cave .
But it wasn’t explored earlier because the drop from the mouth of the cave was way too steep.
A trip to see the cave requires at least 4-5 days. Getting there is an adventure in itself, involving jungle and mountain trekking, traversing river currents, abseiling, and more.
By Pinky Chng, July 2016