Son Doong Cave voted as one of seven new wonders of the world
Son Doong Cave in the central province of Quang Binh, has been named on the list of the seven new wonders of the world by prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
|Son Doong Cave is located in the heart of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the central coastal province of Quang Binh. (Source: Ryan Deboodt)|
According to Conde Nast Traveler, Son Doong, which is nestled deep in the jungles of Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, is the world’s largest of its kind, featuring the planet’s largest chamber measuring 600-feet high, 300-feet wide, and over 2.5-miles long.
The scale of the site’s interior is so large that it could fit an entire 40-storey block from New York City inside or have a Boeing 747 comfortably fly through without the wings being in any danger.
Each year, only a handful of tourists are permitted to enter, with groups going into the cave as part of a five-day expedition that involves two nights of camping inside of Son Doong Cave.
The US magazine also mentioned that the cave is so massive, that it even has its own weather system. Clouds gather around colossal natural skylights, 300-feet across, which pour beams of light into the abyss inside.
The cave is also home to a troop of monkeys, the only ones on the planet to make their home underground, rather than in the trees.
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Six other new wonders for 2020 voted by the Conde Nast Traveler magazine included: Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico; Meteor Crater in Arizona; Marianna Trench in Marianna Islands; Don Sheldon Ampitheatre, Alaska; International Space Station, Low Earth Orbit; and Caracol, Belize.