Ancient world in Vietnam

The largest cave in the world, Vietnam's Son Doong Cave is an otherworldly place few have visited

When the weather conditions are right, sunrays enter Son Doong Cave via openings, illuminating its dark interior.
When the weather conditions are right, sunrays enter Son Doong Cave via openings, illuminating its dark interior.PHOTOS: HER PLANET EARTH, OXALIS ADVENTURES, SANDRA LIM
Cave formations that are surreally beautiful.
Cave formations that are surreally beautiful. PHOTOS: HER PLANET EARTH, OXALIS ADVENTURES, SANDRA LIM
The journey to Son Doong Cave involved two days of intense trekking and a night of camping in Hang En Cave (above), the third latest cave in the world.
The journey to Son Doong Cave involved two days of intense trekking and a night of camping in Hang En Cave (above), the third largest cave in the world.PHOTOS: HER PLANET EARTH, OXALIS ADVENTURES, SANDRA LIM

The moment I heard about its existence, I knew I had to see it with my own eyes.

Son Doong Cave, or Hang Son Doong as it is also known, is the largest cave in the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 07, 2019, with the headline 'Ancient world in Vietnam'. Print Edition | Subscribe