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Take in the grandeur of nature in Quang Binh’s caverns

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 15:13 GMT+7
Take in the grandeur of nature in Quang Binh’s caverns
The arched structure at the tail of Tien 1 Cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam is captured in this photo. Photo: N.V.H.

Vietnam's north-central, coastal province of Quang Binh is home to an extensive cave system, the enormousness and splendor of which have gained enthralled adventure seekers from all over the world.

For a five-day-four-night tour, visitors are able to explore three caves within the system: Tien 1, Tien 2, and Cha Loi.

Treading the surface of Quang Binh during the summer might prove a challenge under the Foehn effect, a meteorological phenomenon caused by hot, dry air rushing down mountain ranges to low-lying areas.

The heat, however, would significantly drop to 20 degrees Celcius or lower as visitors descend into the cavern.

Visitors jump for a photo at a camp site after their expedition into the caves of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Visitors jump for a photo at a campsite after their expedition into the caves of Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Since the journey would involve rock climbing, passing through narrow rifts that only fit one person, or swimming through small streams, the optimal photography gear to ferry into this depth is one camera with a wide-angle lens.

The struggles on the journey will eventually make way for the thrilling sensation inflicted by the ever-changing, rugged landforms.

Visitors walk toward the entrance of a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Visitors walk toward the entrance of a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

From the start till the very last minute, the journey is sequenced with back-to-back climbing and descending action.

At the end of the tunnel, shafts of daylight reveal a magnificent arched structure, a gateway that reminds visitors how frail and transient human beings are in juxtaposition with the force of nature. 

Expedition members pass photography and lighting devices through a stream inside a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Nhiem

Expedition members pass photography and lighting devices through a stream inside a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Nhiem

An expedition team walks past an emerald-colored pond before entering Tien Cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

An expedition team walks past an emerald-colored pond before entering Tien Cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Visitors are seen camping on the shore of a stream that flows out of a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Visitors are seen camping on the shore of a stream that flows out of a cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: N.V.H.

Visitors are seen capturing the scene inside a cave using tripods in this photo taken in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: LH.L.

Visitors are seen capturing the scene inside a cave using tripods in this photo taken in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: LH.L.

A visitor is seen diving into Mat Ngoc Lake in this photo taken in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: L.H.L.

A visitor is seen diving into Mat Ngoc Lake in this photo taken in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: L.H.L.

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