The Sơn Đoòng Cave which means The Mountain River Cave in Vietnamese, is one of man’s biggest recent natural discoveries- yes, both figuratively and literally. Situated in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam, The Sơn Đoòng, or The Lost World, as we may rightly call it, was discovered by a man called Hồ-Khanh in the not so distant past in 1991, only 24 years ago. That seems to be surprising as to how, and for so long, did we manage to miss out on such a huge although inconspicuous world! Also, when we say huge, we mean it as no exaggeration as the cave is about 5 times bigger than any of its competitors known to man!
While the cave was discovered in 1991, no one knew much about until it was finally explored by the British Cave Research Association in the year 2009. How lazy, right? Well, not really. The magnificent cave has an incredibly steep descent which prevented even the most curious of the people around from entering it, and to make it worse there is the eerie whistling of the wind and the gushing roar of the river. It was not until 2009 that scientists finally explored the cave.
All the questions about it were put to rest after the British team led by Howard and Deb Limbert finally carried out its exploration 6 years ago. The team took about a year to get to the end of the cave, all thanks to what we know today as The Great Wall of Vietnam, a 200 feet high wall composed of calcite to hinder their progress.
The stubborn Great Wall of Vietnam caused Howard and Deb Limbert to take about a year to complete their journey. However, their year long journey that ended in 2010 has brought to us all that there is to know about this wonder. The cave is known to foster a few of the tallest stalactites and stalagmites in the world, with a few as tall as about 230 feet!
In addition the cave is also home to very fine natural rock formations, some of which give the impression of perfect works of art. Furthermore, the cave even boasts of its own jungle, which is now known as the Garden of Edam! Complete with own flora and fauna.
A jungle would have been incomplete without the presence of a river! Yes believe it or not but this cave sports its own god damn river!
Another bizarre finding inside the cave has been of cave pearls of an abnormally large size, almost as big as baseballs! Fyi, cave pearls are small spherical cave formations formed by calcium salts in concentric layers.
Reportedly the cave has existed for nearly 2 million years. With that being noted, it is more believable that the cave has its own climatic conditions, with the formation of rain clouds inside as well.
For all of those wanting to visit this cave, we have good and bad news. First, trips to the cave are now live. Hold your horses though, the first trip ever inside the cave cost around $3000 per person! You can learn more about this awesome cave right here!