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Discovering the world’s fourth largest cave

By Gia Nghi – Cong Huu

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Pygmy Cave in Quang Binh Province, known for its spectacular natural landscape and rich biodiversity, has become a popular destination for adventure seekers. The cave also features a challenging trekking route and one of the most serene camping sites on the planet.

Pygmy Cave is located deep inside Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province. The cave is also known as En Ruc Ca Roong Cave, as it is inhabited by thousands of swallows, creating an impressive natural spectacle. With a height and width of up to 100 meters, Pygmy Cave was recognized as the fourth largest cave in the world by the British Cave Research Association.

To reach the cave entrance, travelers must embark on a 20-kilometer trekking route passing through the majestic primary forest. The cave entrance forms an arch shape with a length of 845 meters. Light penetrates deep into the cave, nurturing the growth of lush green ferns. Moreover, the cave entrance is adorned with carpets of vibrant green moss and twisted vines.

Travelers explore inside the cave

Pygmy Cave offers stunning landscapes, natural forests atop limestone mountains, high biodiversity, and notably, impressive stalactites and stalagmites emerging from the ground and hanging above. There is a skylight inside the cave, providing a magnificent space for stargazing, conversation, and deep immersion in nature.

Since January 2018, Quang Binh Province has permitted the opening of exploration tours to Pygmy Cave. Travelers often combine exploring Pygmy Cave with visits to Dai A and Over caves in a three-day, two-night journey. Additionally, they can experience sleeping amidst the natural landscape near the cave entrance. Numerous flat rocks provide comfortable resting and gathering spots. During the exploration, visitors can try drinking water flowing from small crevices within the cave. This water source is suitable for both daily use and cooking.

Besides trekking and camping, visitors can also engage in other unique activities at Pygmy Cave, such as swimming through expansive pools of water within the cave, exploring underground water channels, or rappelling, one of the most anticipated challenges at the cave.

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