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Exploring ‘Son Doong’ in northern Vietnam

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 18:08 GMT+7
The stunning rock veins on the roof of Tham Phay Cave, located in Ba Be District in the northern province of Bac Kan.
The stunning rock veins on the roof of Tham Phay Cave, located in Ba Be District in the northern province of Bac Kan.
Rainwater from cliffs inside the cave tumbles into a spring.
Rainwater from cliffs inside the cave tumbles into a spring.
The currents inside Tham Phay Cave, also known as ‘Cave of Fire,’ are a major source of water for locals.
The currents inside Tham Phay Cave, also known as ‘Cave of Fire,’ are a major source of water for locals.
A view of the entrance to Tham Phay Cave from the cave mouth.
A view of the entrance to Tham Phay Cave from the cave mouth.
The cave is barely one meter high in several sections, making trekking painstakingly difficult.
The cave is barely one meter high in several sections, making trekking painstakingly difficult.
Thousands of ‘rock silk’ threads hang from the cave walls.
Thousands of ‘rock silk’ threads hang from the cave walls.
Spooky rock veins have been formed due to erosion.
Spooky rock veins have been formed due to erosion.
The deeper one ventures inside, the faster the currents flow, hampering trekkers’ movement and progress.
The deeper one ventures inside, the faster the currents flow, hampering trekkers’ movement and progress.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Incredible stalactites hang from the cave roof and walls.
Lush vegetation outside the cave.
Lush vegetation outside the cave.
The cave roof towers around 20 meters at the highest point.
The cave roof towers around 20 meters at the highest point.

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