Specifically, this expedition was ranked fifth among the 20 best tours after receiving 24 percent of the votes. Son Doong Cave is the only representative of Southeast Asia and one of few Asian destinations on the list. The tour has seen off competition from several well-known places such as Arctic Bay in Greenland and South Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The cave was placed behind Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Grand Canyon in the US and Thrihnukagigur Volcano in Iceland.
Oxalis Adventure, the sole tour operator to the site, charges about VND70 million (roughly US$3,000) for a tour through Son Doong lasting for four days and three nights. This incredible Son Doong Cave Expedition will give you a wonderful chance to explore the unique world inside the cave with its own lush tropical jungle growing under the huge dolines, climate, underground river, and the 90m-high Great Wall of Vietnam. It is impossible not to mention spending 3 nights camping at the unreal campsites inside the world’s largest cave, which brings you an experience beyond your expectations.
Visitors will also trek through 25km of mountain forest trails with uneven terrain, exploring almost the entire 9 km length of Son Doong Cave, 1.6 km of Hang En Cave – which is also one of the world’s largest caves, and visit Ban Doong ethnic minority village. The tour includes the use of ropes over rocky ascents. This journey to the wild, exploring Son Doong Cave requires more than 25 porters, safety advisors & guides.
Despite the high level of adventure, Son Doong Expedition is always in high demand by explorers because of the untouchable beauty of this cave. Since only 1,000 people per year are allowed to visit under strict control with a maximum group size of 10 people, the slots are filled quickly. Customers usually make a reservation at least six to twelve months in advance.
Tours of this spectacular cave are fully booked in 2022 mainly from Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces while over 80% of tourists are mostly foreigners, have already booked tours to the cave for 2023.
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Son Doong was discovered by a local man in 1991 and was first explored in 2009 by a group of The British Vietnam Caving Expedition Teamwho conducted an extensive survey. It has been open to the public since 2013.
Geologists said the cave formed two to five million years ago and it could be considered one of the world’s most unique caves. It contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70m tall and is home to both a jungle and a river, whilst it could fit a 40-storey skyscraper inside, the size is so massive that the cave creates a separate climate inside it, and there are clouds forming throughout the day.
Son Doong Cave Expedition has consistently been ranked in the world’s most prestigious rankings since its launch.
The 9km-long cave system, which extends through a mountain, was named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic.
The Huffington Post website ranked Son Doong fifth among 10 must-visit destinations.
Son Doong Cave has been recognized as the largest in the world by three international organizations including Guinness (based in the UK), the Association World Record (based in Hong Kong), and World Kings (based in the US and India).