Five New, Untouched Caves Discovered in Quang Binh Province

On the morning of March 25, the People's Committee of Tuyen Hoa district (Quang Binh) confirmed that the expedition of the British Royal Cave Association had just conducted a survey in this district and announced the discovery of a pristine cave system with stunning landscape.

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New untouched caves are discovered in Lam Hoa commune of Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province. Photo courtesy of the British Royal Cave Association
New untouched caves are discovered in Lam Hoa commune of Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province. Photo courtesy of the British Royal Cave Association

Five new caves where humans have never set foot were recently discovered in Lam Hoa commune of Tuyen Hoa district in the central province of Quang Binh by experts of the British Royal Cave Association, VOV reported.

According to Dinh Tien Dung, vice chairman of the Tuyen Hoa district administration, on March 24 an expedition of the British Royal Cave Association conducted a survey of limestone mountains in Lam Hoa commune where they discovered a pristine cave system.

Running for a total length of 3,349m, the caves also feature underground rivers which are completely pristine. They have duly been named Hung Tru 1, Hung Tru 2, Hung Tru 3, Hung Ka Vong 1, and Hung Ka Vong 2.

A beautiful cave with unique and magnificent system of stalactite
A beautiful cave with unique and magnificent system of stalactite. Photo courtesy of the British Royal Cave Association

The British experts will continue to make use of boats and other support tools to delve further into the caves in the near future, Dung revealed.

British explorers have a history of helping to investigate many caves in Quang Binh province, known as the nation’s kingdom of caves.

Experts of the British Royal Cave Association found Son Doong cave in Quang Binh province through a local resident’s tip in 2009. The cave has since been accredited as the world’s largest and most beautiful natural cave by the World Records Union and the World Records Association.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which these caves are part of, is already considered Vietnam’s “cave capital,” and is home to the world’s largest known such feature, Son Doong.

Underground river inside the cave
Underground river inside the cave. Photo courtesy of the British Royal Cave Association
Five New, Untouched Caves Discovered in Quang Binh Province
Photo courtesy of the British Royal Cave Association

US-based multinational news channel CNN also has praised nine Vietnamese caves, including six in Quang Binh, according to the provincial Department of Tourism, according to VNA.

The six magnificent creations of Mother Nature in Quang Binh which were rated as world-class caves by CNN included Son Doong, En, Va, Nuoc Nut, Tu Lan and Thien Duong caves.

Tam Coc cave in the northern province of Ninh Binh, Sung Sot cave in Ha Long Bay and Luon cave in Ha Long city in the northern province of Quang Ninh were acclaimed as strangely beautiful ones.

CNN quoted a member of the British Royal Cave Research Association as saying that his team has explored more than 500 caves in Vietnam, but they have still only explored about 30% of the area. There are many more caves to be discovered.

Vietnam’s caves praised by CNN are expected to attract more tourists to explore caves in the Southeast Asian country.

Hannah Nguyen