The discovery has been announced at a time when plans to build a cable car in a UNESCO-listed park continue to trigger heated debates.
Explorers have uncovered 58 new caves in Vietnam’s world-renowned cave kingdom, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The discovery has been announced at a time when plans to build a cable car in the UNESCO-listed park are continuing to pit local authorities against environmental activists.
Le Thanh Tinh, director of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, said Wednesday that some of the newfound caves lie deep in the park and take a two-to-three day trek through the forest to reach.
Many of the caves have mist or cold streams gushing out of them which has kept locals away and left them hidden until now.
“Some are large and have significant geographical value,” he said.