lifestyle • 10 Sep, 2015
A Cave Adventure Q+A With Bao Nguyen and Suboi
See Pics From The World’s Largest Cave
Son Doong in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park in central Vietnam is the world’s largest cave system, and one of the planet’s most impressive natural wonders.
It’s pretty hard (and expensive) for your average Joe to get to the caves, so when we saw the AMAZING photos from filmmaker Bao Nguyen and rapper Suboi’s recent trip, we just had to ask them all about it…
Your photos of the trip look amazing, it’s really like another world isn't it?
Suboi: It doesn't feel like the same world and I was also delighted knowing that this amazing cave IS in Vietnam!
Bao: It's definitely straight out of a science fiction film. I felt like I was on the set of ‘Prometheus’ or ‘Interstellar’ when we were going through those caves, especially with just our headlamps on.
Was it scary sleeping inside the world’s biggest cave?
S: It was like we were in some kind of village because there are people with us, I can hear them laughing, talking in echoes. We were trekking and climbing rocks all day, so once we lay down, there is nothing more to wish for. Not scary at all!
B: The only thing that was scary to me was the possibility of animals like snakes crawling into our tent at night. The cave is in the middle of the jungle, so you have to worry about more than the occasional gecko.
What’s it like to set foot somewhere no one else (or very few) has been?
B: When you think there has been more people who have been to space or the top of Mount Everest than Son Doong, it really hits you. Just to think this was just explored for the first time by humans only a few years ago is a bit surreal.
S: It's surreal, it's nice to forget about the chaos world for a while and just focus on my footsteps.
What was the coolest thing you did or saw?
S: Climbing rocks with the rope, it was challenging for someone like me who has never done that before, and it was a bit scarier climbing down then climbing back up. There are so many type of rocks, some are sparkling, some are spiky, some look like human brains!
B: For me, it was walking past the first doline where the light from above cracks and sunbeams just saturate the out-of-this-world landscape. I could spend days just looking at that view.
See the cave pics below.