New Caves Discovered in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

March 16, 2012 / Vietnam, Asia
Tien Son Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Photo by Genghiskhanviet/Wikipedia

British explorers on an expedition to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Binh have discovered seven new caves.

The week-long trip led by Dr. Howard Limbert, was joined by Mr. Ho Khanh, who discovered Son Doong Cave, which is also located in the park.

First discovered in 1991, it wasn’t until 2009 that a group of cavers from the British Cave Research Association visited Son Doong Cave and conducted a survey. According to their results, the largest chamber of the cave is over five kilometers (3 miles) long, 200 meters (656 feet) high and 150 meters (492 meters) wide, making it the world’s largest cave discovered so far.

The newly discovered caves, which were given names such as Gio (Wind), Con Chay, Ky and Hai Cua (Two Doors), are located in remote areas of the park and are said to contain many beautiful stalactites.

British cavers are working on surveying the new discoveries.

Seven new grottoes discovered in Phong Nha-Ke Bang [vietnamnet]

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  1. Dave Brumbaugh
    March 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    By those measurements Son Doong would be the World’s largest chamber in a cave or one could even say the World’s largest cavern, but not the World’s largest cave.

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