Vietnam cave reopens next month after restoration work

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Beautiful lime structures reflected on a stream inside Tu Lan cave in central Vietnam. Photo credit: Oxalis Beautiful lime structures reflected on a stream inside Tu Lan cave in central Vietnam. Photo credit: Oxalis

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Tu Lan, a submerged cave outside the famous Phong Nha – Ke Bang cave system in central Vietnam, will open to tourists again in two weeks after closing for two months for restoration.
The 200-hectare karst cavern, lesser known and far wilder than the caves frequented by busloads of people, has begun to draw visitors recently.
It will resume tourism services on November 10 after restoration work and flooding during the monsoon.
Tu Lan was discovered by local fishermen in 2009 and explored by members of the British Cave Research Association in 2010.
It opened to tourists last year with tours operated by Oxalis and attracts large numbers of them by offering adventures through twisting streams and cliffs that are hundreds of millions of years old.
More than 3,000 people have visited the cave this year, most of them foreigners.
Tour prices will remain at VND5.5 million (US$246) a person for a single night and VND7.2 million for two.
Son Doong, the world’s largest cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang system, will reopen on February 1 next year also after a restoration period.
En, a 1.6-kilometer feeder to Son Doong and one of the most captivating caves on earth, will welcome visitors again on December 24.

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