Son Doong Day 4 – Great Wall of Vietnam

Rising early I enjoyed some hot tea while listening to Son Doong’s morning chorus of insects filled with an avian duet, buzzing beetles and the occasional hooting owl.  I hoped to hear a monkey or spot some of this magnificent wildlife, perhaps even the fabled flying foxes Howard mentioned.  Sipping my tea I settled for Read More …

Son Doong Day 3 – The Garden of Edam

Son Doong’s Garden of Edam peeked through the next passage like a half moon keeping a wary eye on foreign travelers.  Hiking once more in the dark, our headlamps illuminated bulbous calcite deposits left by a millennia of rainy seasons carving its way through this ancient waterway.  In another million years our passageway will likely Read More …

Son Doong Day 3 – Watch out for Dinosaurs

Breakfast our second morning in Son Doong proved even more delicious than the first.  Sitting at a picnic table eating fruit-filled fresh crepes boggled our minds as we imagined the prehistoric scene awaiting us in the distance.  We broke camp and were on the trail by 9:15 AM heading under the boulders on a new Read More …

Son Doong Day 2 – Jungle & Descent

Mother nature’s alarm clock began to ring as soon as light shone through Hang En’s massive entrance above us; with any luck we’d arrive at Son Doong by this afternoon but as the chorus of cicadas and swifts convinced me to check my watch I decided that could wait.  5:15AM, I think I’ll snooze for Read More …

Son Doong Day 1 – Through the jungle to Hang En

After a series of plane rides from Seoul to Hanoi and finally to Dong Hoi I was picked up by Oxalis for my trip into Son Doong, the world’s largest cave.  From Dong Hoi it was about an hour ride to Phong Nha; the home of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a remote jungle wonderland Read More …

Vietnam – a land of new friends and amazing adventures

The last month in Vietnam has been full of adventure, intrigue and amazing new friends.  Sitting in the cab to the airport I realized I had already made a list for my eventual return to this foreign land.  There’s so much I want to do again and even more places I simply ran out of Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 7

Today I should be making my way back to civilization and this will be the last of my automated posts.  I’m taking a 7:30 AM bus tomorrow, August 1st, to Hue where I hopefully will internet access (If I don’t have any by tonight).  After checking Facebook (obviously) I’ll try to Skype with my family Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 6

Departing the cave will undoubtedly be bitter sweet.  I wonder how long appetite for adventure will be sedated for.  Since my journal and photos aren’t ready to go online just yet you can check out National Geographic’s first expedition write up here! Day 6 – July 30th [See a beautiful viewpoint and start heading back Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 5

Keep the roughing it going!  I imagine by today I’m still super excited about being in the cave but possibly longing for something other than a composting toilet.  No time to think about pooping now.  There’s more caving to do!  For those of you at home you can check out this interactive Nat Geo map Read More …

Hang Son Doong Itinerary – Day 4

A dry day full of awesome photogenic cave sites?  Yes please! Day 4 – July 28th [This is what Son Doong is really about.  You will take more photographs this day than any other.  Most of the day you are in daylight and we ensure plenty of time for photography or just staring at the Read More …