A New York-based, famous newspaper Business Insider has recently announced Top 20 gorgeous Natural Wonders of the world, of which Vietnam is luckily classified two tourism sites in the list including Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh) and Halong Bay (Quang Ninh).
The paper said that Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province is the homeland of the oldest karst formations in Asia (landscapes established from soluble rocks and characterized by caves and sinkholes). The karst formation process has led to the creation of not only underground rivers but also a variety of cave types such as dry caves, terraced caves, suspended caves, dendritic caves and intersecting caves. With a length of over 44.5 km, Phong Nha Cave is the most famous of the system with tour boats able to penetrate inside to a distance of 1,500 m. The Son Doong Cave in the National Park, first discovered in 2009, is voted as the largest, the most magnificent cave in the world in terms of diameter and continuity.
Besides Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Ha Long Bay is also among Top 20 Natural Wonders of the World. The Bay, situated in Northern Viet Nam at the Gulf of Tonkin, contains over 1,600 mighty limestone islands and islets of all shapes and sizes. Oriental residents explain Halong as “Where the Dragon descends” from the historical myth of the ancient Vietnamese. Besides, Halong Bay is the unique destination for its own incredible marks in the period of earth layer forming and developing and it is also the magic and astonishing masterpiece of Mother Nature combined of thousands of rock islands of all shapes and sizes as well as amazing caves that create a lively and mysterious complex.