BackTravel » Da Nang Company Given Go-Ahead To Build $212 Million Cable Car In World’s Largest Cave

Vietnam’s cable car addiction (see Sapa and Ha Long Bay) has reached Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world and one of the country’s most valuable natural treasures.

A local man, Ho Khanh, discovered Quang Binh Province’s Son Doong Cave in 1991, but it wasn’t until 2009 that a group of British cavers repelled into the cave and found a jungle, rivers and a vast array of wildlife inside.

The Cave opened to small groups of tourists in 2013 and it became an instant hit for adventure-seekers. Tours, which cost $3,000 each, are fully booked through 2015.

In an effort to fully exploit the cave’s tourism potential, a resort developer has been given the go-ahead to build a $212 million, 10.6km cable car system that would both serve a planned resort in the area and travel through some of the Cave’s openings, reports Thanh Nien.

While we’re sure it would be quite a ride, given the country’s track record when it comes to the development of rivers, beaches and mountains, we doubt that the scheme will have a small environmental impact.