Hang Son Doong (“mountain river cave” in Vietnamese) is the world’s largest cave, located in Quang Binh province, Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain.
The cave was discovered/explored in 2009 by British cavers from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard Limbert, but it was originally found by a local, named Ho Khanh in 1991.
Hang Son Doong cave entrance is more than 656 ft wide (200 meters) – enough to fit a Boeing 747, 492 ft high (150 meters), and approx. 5.5 miles long (9 kilometers), with caverns big enough to fit an entire city street inside them, twice as large as Deer Cave in Malaysia (recently considered the world’s largest). It is considered as a true lost world, albeit without the dinosaurs, dotted with wonderful adaptations in plants and insects.
The adventure photographer Ryan Deboodt went back to explore this cave and not only he took stunning photos (like the first time), he also filmed the interior using a drone.
In his own words:
“From the shear size of the cave to the two doline where plant life has started growing inside the cave. It is truly otherworldly and something that probably can’t be experienced anywhere else in the world.”
The video was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone with a GoPro Hero4 Black camera attached to it. The stills were taken using a Canon 6D camera.
Stills taken in the cave by Ryan Deboodt.
If you are thinking to visit this cave you must know that it will cost you around $3,000/person and the company which can get you there is Oxalis Adventures (we are not affiliated with them).
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