World’s Biggest Cave Discovered in Vietnam

Posted on August 9, 2009

Caves are cavernous and scary places, filled with bats, bottomless pits, and other natural mysteries. In Vietnam, some brave explorers have discovered and mapped the world’s biggest cave.

The Son Doong cave is 262 feet wide throughout most of the passage, and features a 1.6 mile long river and 230 feet stalagmites. For a couple of miles of the passage, the cave measures 460 feet wide.

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A local farmer discovered the cave and led the joint British and Vietnamese exploration team in their April expedition. The team mapping the cave got as far as a 46 foot high wall before they were stymied.

“The second team that went in got flooded out,” Adam Spillane, a member of the British Cave Research Association expedition that explored the limestone cavern, said. “We’re going back next year to climb that wall and explore the cave further.”

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The previous record-holder, Deer Cave on the Malaysian island of Borneo, is 300 feet wide, but it is much shorter than Son Doong. The Vietnamese terrain, which is filled with similar limestone caves, presented a lot of difficulties to the explorers. The research team surveyed the cave using precise laser technology to assess its size.

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Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.
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20 comments
Mike
Mike

caves are "cavernous"?? Hmmmmmm...isn't that strange?

king kong
king kong

Godzilla isnt gonna like you entering his house uninvited.

sex maniac
sex maniac

Calbiga Samar Philippines the world's largest cave! 3 days of venture before leaving out the cave

mYc
mYc

dannnggg...that looks tight... but i wouldn't go in there...lol

yiqiW
yiqiW

Bottomless pits, still to this day creeps me out. The more I read about it, the scarier the thought of no one being able to reach the bottom gets. It is hauntingly beautiful, hopefully a documentary could be made on this so people who dont have access to go to places like this, least get a glimps of it.

pacat
pacat

Stunning!!!!!

matelot
matelot

Just discovered ?????

jrff
jrff

Has this been scoured for evidence of Iraqi WMD yet?

jason
jason

borneo... malaysia, brunei, indonesia. 2 malaysian states of sarawak and sabah- the indonesian part known as kalimantan. dumbasses

Jim
Jim

Awesome article on one of the wonders of the world.

Mark
Mark

Borneo is not in Malaysia but in Indonesia

Steaven
Steaven

Wow, that is amazing..

Anon
Anon

Just a country away, I wonder if any of it is open to the public... I'd really love to see it.

Tito
Tito

That was where they were hiding!

Trish
Trish

That is really awesome!