Hang Son Doong to be Featured on Good Morning America
Vietmaz reports that a deal has been reached between the Quang Binh provincial People’s Committee and ABC, to shoot live broadcasts inside both Hang Song Doong and neighboring Hang En.
Television crews are to begin assessing the caves with Oxalis Adventure Tours, the agency which began tours of the massive cave in 2013, shortly, with the live broadcasts expected to occur sometime in May 2015.
Located in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, Hang Son Doong, although first found by a local in 1991, was only explored in 2009 by a team of British cavers.
They found its largest chamber to be more than 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) long, 200 metres (660 feet) high and 150 metres (490 feet) wide, far surpassing Malaysia’s Deer Cave, the previous champion.
Since then, it has slowly been gaining world-wide attention. A recent video of a drone exploring the cave which went viral has further brought the cave into the spotlight.
The cave has also had its share of controversy after plans to build a cable car, first into, then to, and then close to, the cave surfaced in October 2014. A petition to Save Son Doong collected over 71,000 signatures before the project was effectively halted, however there have been recent efforts to revive it.
[via Alex Sproul]