Thousands expected to join Quang Binh marathon; VietNamNet

Quang Binh Discovery Marathon is scheduled to take place early next year, expected to attract around 1,000-2,000 runners.

Source: Thousands expected to join Quang Binh marathon – VietNamNet

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Homestay owners hurt by price war of big hotels near Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritage site; Tuoi Tre News

Room rates as low as $1.3 per night have left visitors to Phong Nha -Ke Bang doubt their eyes…

Source: Homestay owners hurt by price war of big hotels near Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritage site – Tuoi Tre News

Phong Nha-Ke Bang among Southeast Asia’s most diverse national parks; Ha Phuong; VietNamNet

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Binh has been named among the 10 most diverse national parks in Southeast Asia, according to South China Morning Post.

Source: Phong Nha-Ke Bang among Southeast Asia’s most diverse national parks – VietNamNet

Biggest cave in the world just got bigger; Vanessa Brown; Herald Sun

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Dong Hoi – Da Nang seaplane flights to be launched in May; VNA

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Tourists to Quang Binh up in first nine months of 2018; SGGP News

The number of tourist arrivals to Quang Binh province increased 18.4 percent to more than three million, including 129,700 foreigners, in the first nine months of this year.

Source: Tourists to Quang Binh up in first nine months of 2018

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park attracts tourists; VoV

VOV.VN – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 500 km south of Hanoi, is one of the jewels of Quang Binh province. Recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage, the park straddles an imposing forested mountain range and some of the world’s most extraordinary caves.

Source: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park attracts tourists

Heritage preservation requires contemporary relevance: PM; VNN

The first-ever national workshop judging the country’s progress towards protecting cultural heritage sites to achieve sustainable development was held here yesterday, gathering local leaders, cultural experts and researchers.

Source: Heritage preservation requires contemporary relevance: PM

In Vietnam, cable car plans continue to threaten important cave system; Chris Humphrey; MongaBay

PHONG NHA, Vietnam – Since 2014, one of the world’s largest cave systems has been under threat from developers planning to construct a cable car that would carry thousands of…

Source: In Vietnam, cable car plans continue to threaten important cave system

Through the central trove of heritage treasures; Voice Of Vietnam

In the central region of Vietnam, a land of great heritage, visitors will feel as if they are travelling back in time to the glorious days of ancient dynasties, where unique natural wonders create scenes unlike anywhere else in the world.

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Quang Binh pilots tours of new caves; VNN

Authorities of the central province of Quang Binh have decided to pilot tours of some new caves at the World Natural Heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, dubbed the “Kingdom of Caves”.

Source: Quang Binh pilots tours of new caves

Phong Nha – Ke Bang, magnificent “Kingdom of Caves”; VNA

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh is frequently dubbed as the “Kingdom of Caves” for the magnificent specimens it boasts.

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Winner of online contest to get free tour of marvelous Son Doong Cave; Nhan Dan

NDO – An online knowledge contest on Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park was launched on June 6 with the grand prize being a US$6,000 tour to explore Son Doong – the largest cave in the world.

Source: Winner of online contest to get free tour of marvelous Son Doong Cave

Quang Binh attracts 14 investment projects in five months; VNA

The central coastal province of Quang Binh has attracted 14 investment projects with nearly VND3 trillion (US$129 million) in total capital into its industrial parks and economic zones so far this year.

Source: Quang Binh attracts 14 investment projects in five months

Quang Binh – potential for tourism development; Vietnam Net

Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Quang Binh in central Vietnam is well-known for natural landscapes, spiritual tourism destinations and historical relic sites.

The province has big advantages to develop cave, forest and sea-based tourism.

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which was twice recognised as world natural heritage sites by UNESCO in 2003 and 2015, is a paradise for cave explorers.

It was listed among the “Top experiences in Vietnam” in 2017 by Lonely Planet – a renowned travel publication.

The park contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed approximately 400 million years ago. Riddled with hundreds of extraordinary cave systems and spectacular underground rivers, Phong Nha is a speleologists’ heaven on earth, the site said.

“The caves are the region’s absolute highlights, but the above-ground attractions of forest trekking, the area’s war history, and rural mountain biking means it deserves a stay of around three days”, the travel site added.

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Inside Vietnam’s ‘cave kingdom’, adventure tourism sustains nature, local livelihoods; Pichayada Promchertchoo; Channel News Asia

Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

When Ho Khanh spotted a trail of mist, the illegal logger was lost.

He had trekked for 20 kilometres through the thick jungle of the Phong Nha-Kebang National Park in Quang Binh province and was searching for shelter from impending rain when the mysterious mist caught his eyes.

“I kept following it until I saw an enormous entrance of a cave. It was scary.”

Yet, curiosity soon replaced fear. The logger braved the deep, intimidating darkness and stepped through the large opening into the unknown space. As he went deeper, Ho Khanh picked up the sound of a river and felt a strong wind blowing out of the dark.

“The cave just got bigger and bigger,” he recalled. “But since I didn’t have enough lighting with me, I left.”

When he turned back, 28 years ago, the logger had no idea he had just stumbled upon Son Doong, the largest cave in the world. All he knew then was hardship and grinding poverty that drove him and other villagers into the forest to harvest timber and poach wild animals.

 

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Incredible spot you’re missing out on; Sangeeta Kocharekar; News.com.au

Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

THIS amazing place in Vietnam is rarely mentioned in guidebooks and this Aussie had only heard rumours of it from fellow travellers.

“Recently, I heard that up until 12 years ago, some people here used to pay for things with rice,” Michael Rowbottom told the twenty of us seated in front of him.

“That meant, in 2006, you could still buy things using rice.”

Mike, a British expat, was describing Phong Nha, a rural town in Vietnam I’d arrived at the day before. I was in the daily information session he gave at Easy Tiger, the hostel he managed in the area. It was a gathering point for tourists.

Both the hostel, which wasn’t listed on any booking sites, and the town were word-of-mouth destinations. Their visitors were a select group of travellers: ones eager to see another side of Vietnam.

“Hoi An gets six million visitors per year,” Mike continued. “We get 100,000.”

A friend I was travelling with had stumbled on Phong Nha through an Instagram photo.

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AMAZING OPENINGS INTO SUBTERRANEAN WORLD; Shira White; Beautiful Now

Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Some say it is the most awesome opening on Earth! Hang Son Doong, in Vietnam, is the world’s largest cave and it is filled with unimaginable beauty.

Known as “Mountain River Cave,” it is one of 300 caves in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Parkcave system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it is without a doubt the most remarkable.

Australian caver and photographer John Spies knows the cave well — he’s lived inside it for a week at a time, capturing its many wonders. He and his partner  run a guesthouse called Cave Lodge, located right near the the caves, They also offer guided tours.

Spies has been exploring caves for more than 30 years. He knows how to find them — discovering many never before seen by humans. He knows how to navigate around their incredible formations and wind through their convoluted passages. He knows how to photograph their drama.

Son Doong’s ceilings soar to more than 200 metres high in places. The entrance is quite small. You must descend 80m down a steep wall, using harnesses and ropes to enter.

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‘A lost world below the surface’: Russian explorers film in world’s biggest cave with drone; RT World News

A group of Russian travelers explored one of the most spectacular yet least visited natural landmarks in the world – the Son Doong Cave located in the jungles of inland Vietnam.

The world’s biggest known cave, formed as a result of a cave in caused by a mountain river at least two million years ago, was stumbled upon by a local logger in 1991, who then lost its location before finding it again in 2009. At at its widest, it measures 150 by 200 meters, stretches for over 5 kilometers, and has a volume of 38,5 million cubic meters, about twice the size of the next largest underground hollow.

Son Doong was entirely closed to visitors until 2013, and the Russian team of six spent a year arranging permits for the trip.

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One could only dream of what miracles grow from within World’s Largest Prehistoric Cave; Susan Price; America Out Loud

Viet Nam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

For years the entrance to the cave remained unexplored. Locals were afraid to go near it because of the steep drop and strange roaring sounds bellowing from it’s depths. The cave remained untouched by any human form as it had for the past two to five million years.

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the biggest cave in the world. It’s over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river that could fit a 40-story skyscraper within it’s walls. Son Doong Cave meaning “Mountain River Cave”.

Created by the heavens lies a majestic ecosystem, a scientists dream, deep beneath the earths surface, uninhabited by man in a far away land, “the most breathtaking, mysterious, exotic “Garden of Eden” containing a lush rain forest and river possessing a natural oasis of vegetation with the most unique and exquisite species of animals.”

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