Stig continues his journey towards the North of Vietnam. Vietnam is an elongated place with well over 250 miles from North to South.
Until 2009, Vietnam had the world’s largest cave: “Dong Phong Nha cave". It is 7729 metres long, and including the side caves, it totals 44.5km. In 2009, the farmer Ho Khanh found a new opening, so he took some guys from the British Cave Association to have a look. Inside the cave was an enormous chamber, 6.5km long, 165m wide and 200m high – “Son Doung cave". This is now considered the world’s largest chamber. I had made the trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, considered by many as South East Asia’s finest, and decided to go into Dong Phung Nha cave. The world’s longest underwater river is 13.9km long – we tourists come just 1.5km inland by boat.
We had a great trip up the river and what we saw inside the mountain, I think, is the greatest tourist attraction I have ever visited. They have lit, sandy beaches, walkways and bridges inside the mountain which are absolutely massive. After we had returned the boat to the tourist centre, Carl and I wanted to continue to see another dungeon. We chose to see Paradise Cave which is located 35km away. We drove there- what an experience! We are talking about an enormous cave, greatly lit and footbridges- 1.1km into the mountain. For $3000, you can enjoy a 7-day trip inland to Paradise Cave. You can take a boat, walk, crawl through mud, climb, sleep and eat in the cave. 7km inland and 3.5km down- in 7 days before you are out again.Vietnam is a terribly far country. More than 250 miles from South to North- in other words, as far as Norway. I have slept a few nights in the car and now arrived in the capital Hanoi. It’s time for the main service on the car and on Friday morning I will pick up Veronica. She has planned a tight schedule so I will get to go around Hanoi, Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay and then finally to Louangphrabang in Laos. One should not sleep away the time when you’re out in the big world so this is good.