Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017
Son Doong is world’s greatest natural wonders located in Vietnam. Very few people actually get a chance to see this magnificent splendor! This huge cavern has most ancient and immaculate ecosystem making it one of the breathtaking sites in the world. Back in 2009, the site was explored properly with the assistance of the British Caving Association. 500 people at the maximum visit this place yearly. One can enter the cave through Oxalis, a Vietnamese adventure travel company and the only operator to offer trips into the caves. The company’s 2017 cave tours sold out just within a time span of 20 hours last summer.
But recently this nature’s gift is at risk as plans to build a cable car right through it are being thought of. The cave at its tallest point could easily house a 40-storey skyscraper and a 747 can fly through its widest part. This cave is situated beneath Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. It is being considered that influx of tourists could give a major push to the fledgling economy of this place. However, environment conscious people urge that unregulated mass tourism should be kept away from this natural splendor. To quote Averie Timm, managing editor at LA’s RYOT journalism agency, ‘because of the limited amount of permits that are granted per year, only our photographer – Jason Speth – was able to enter the cave. The whole area is incredible, there’s really nowhere in the world quite like it.’