Provincial Tourism Department expects tours to diversify discovery of local cave networks.
The Quang Binh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has given the green light to tours to Tien (Fairy) Cave in the central province’s Cao Quang commune, Tuyen Hoa district.
The Oxalis Adventure Tours Company is permitted to undertake such tours, which will include a one-day tour, a two-day, one-night tour, and another from the Tu Lan Cave system to Cao Quang. The new tours will be available from November to August next year before being temporarily suspended in September and October due to the flood season. The mildly-strenuous discovery tours are expected to appeal to many tourists.
First explored by experts from the British Caving Association in 1994, the cave consists of stalagmites that at times look like terraced rice fields. As one of the largest in the Tu Lan Cave system, Fairy Cave, with a total length of nearly 3 km, includes two branches - Fairy Cave 1 and Fairy Cave 2 - which are connected by a primeval forest with huge trees. The cave is dry, with streams only appearing in the flood season.
The opening to the cave is quite wide, at 50 meters, and has a height of nearly 70 meters. Due to flooding in the wet season its walls are covered with a layer of sand.
The department expects the new tourism service will diversify tours and meet tourists’ needs.
Moderately-strenuous tours to explore Va and Nuoc Nut Caves within the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh were officially launched on August 16.
The Phong Nha-Ke Bang tourism center also launched a program to explore Toi (Dark) Cave, as part of the Quang Binh Cave Festival 2015, themed “Quang Binh - Kingdom of Caves”.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang is famous for its spectacular cave system, with the 123-hectare park also being home to nearly 2,934 species of flora and fauna.
The largest cave in the world, Son Doong, is hidden within the park. Since the cave was discovered in 2009 by a group of scientists from the British Cave Research Association it has become an international sensation and drawn tourists from all over the world.