Adventure Expedition in Vietnam : Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

I traveled a lot when I was younger. My adventurous spirit pushed me to visit caves… the experience is quite unique! Read this article … it will give you the taste #MustSeeInVietnam Editor

A newly-launched expedition inside Thoong Valley in the heart of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park allows visitors to go kayaking through emerald waters and admire crystal stalactites. 

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh, dubbed as Vietnam’s cave kingdom, are allowing travel agencies to arrange trial expedition tours inside Thoong Valley surrounded by a system of million-year-old limestone mountains and primeval forests.

Quang Binh is home to Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, and UNESCO heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang. 

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

Travel agencies have begun launching three-day expeditions inside Thoong Valley in which visitors are able to conquer the Hung, Tron and Thung caves, swim through a lake with emerald waters to admire the system of striking crystal stalactites and to camp in the middle of a primeval forest. 

The first stop of the tour is Hung Cave (pictured).

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

Ngoc dong, also known as ‘cave pearls,’ look like eggs inside Hung Cave. 

This natural phenomenon is formed over hundreds of years through dripping and creating layers of calcite that built up around grains of sand.

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

The next destination is Thung Cave. 

To reach deep inside Thung cave, visitors must swim across a 30-meter-wide lake with emerald-green waters. 

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

The lake is covered with a limestone system and stalactites.

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

The entrance to Tron (Round) Cave. 

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

Tron Cave is half dry and half wet. 

Inside the cave there are lakes and underground rivers. Visitors have to swim or stand up paddle (SUP) to reach the cave’s back door to continue the journey. The experience of swimming in a cave can be overwhelming because you don’t know when it will end.

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

After leaving Tron Cave, visitors will see a waterfall surrounded by large rocks. 

Crystal stalactites, emerald lake hidden inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang Valley

As part of the tour, visitors set up camps and go trekking in the middle of a magnificent primeval forest. 

The tour is for visitors aged 15 and above and is limited to maximum of 20 people to ensure safety and avoid having a negative impact onto the world heritage site.

Written By Hoang Tao for E.VnExpress.net

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