Son Doong Cave is now the hottest tourist destination that is called as “the dreaming paradise” for discovery tours. The striking beauty of the world’s largest natural cave cannot be fully described by just a few words or pictures. Anyhow, just some sides of the cave are enchanting enough to win interest of the tourists worldwide. How amazing it is! While more and more people desire to discover the cave, it’s worth pointing out the hard truth that Son Doong Cave Discovery is not for everybody. Why do we say so? Let’s check!
Son Doong Cave Challenges Your Spirit
After being greatly recognized by ABC Channel of America, the Son Doong Tour Packages are sold out until 2016. The adventurers worldwide all wish to set foot on the world’s largest cave at least once in a lifetime. However, some people may even lose all enthusiasm and give up their dream of conquering the cave because of many visible challenges at Son Doong. You know what?
First, understand that Son Doong Cave Discovery is NOT the sightseeing or resting tour. It is the challenging journey due to the geographical difficulties. Therefore, you have to admit the fact that Son Doong is only for the adventure-seeking hobbyists, but not the ones that prefer the luxury at 5-star resorts.
To reach the cave, it’s required the careful preparation for physical and mental health. Some even practice daily within 3-6 months in the strict way to explore the cave at good conditions, such as going jogging at least 20km a day or climbing up and down stairs 10 times of a 15-storey building. Another better practice method is to try trekking models with a backpack including a drink bottle for the whole weight of 7-8kg. Though this exercise is industrious, you have to do it within a month prior to your Son Doong exploration. Also learn to use various protective equipments, cables, and cords beforehand! If not, you may head home back before you see the cave’s magnificence.
Another challenging truth is that the 7-day-6-night Son Dong Cave Discovery Tour costs up to $3000/person, equivalent to 64 million VND, excluding the fees of flight ticket, clothes, etc. You will accommodate inside the cave for 5 days 4 nights while the rest times are done in Phong Nha and Dong Hoi hotels. The International Travel Company Oxalis (called Me Chua Dat in Vietnamese) is in charge of operating this adventure tour. They announce that there is no available tour to book till 2016. However, the company is only permitted to exploit the 8 caves in the 20 cave system of Quang Binh Province till the end of 2015, so nothing is secured at 2016. Up to now, Oxalis has brought about 500 tourists into the Son Doong cave. Among these, there are 115 Vietnamese people, just behind the Americans and Australians.
Some pictures of Son Doong Cave (By National Geographic, Howard Limbert, Simon Dunne…)
If the challenges at Son Doong put you down but you still want to discover the nature here, the best way is to conquer the tours with “lower challenging degree” and shorter length at Tu Lan Cave, En Cave, Toi Cave, and Va Cave. The Va Cave came to light in March 2013, just below the Son Doong, which is said to be more beautiful than Son Doong. However, its length is quite modest (just 1,7km). At present, no more than 30 people enter this cave.