Monday , December 5 2022

Oxalis to offer sailing tours near Son Doong Cave

Quang Binh Province has approved a travel firm’s proposal to trial new tours that will allow visitors to experience the flooding season near world’s largest cave Son Doong.

Oxalis Adventure, the only company to operate tours to Son Doong, will survey flood-hit areas in Tan Hoa Commune in Minh Hoa District for developing its new offering.

The hilly commune, about two hours drive from Son Doong, hosts corn fields and rice paddies; and has a slow pace of life.

The commune used to be among the most vulnerable places, but people in the flood-prone area began building floating houses to survive the flooding season.

The new tours will enable visitors to stay in “floating houses” and see how local residents deal with the annual occurrence. They can go kayaking and fishing in flooded areas; and cross streams to enter deep caves.

Floating houses built by residents in Tan Hoa Commune to survive the flooding season. Photo by Quang Ha

Floating houses built by residents in Tan Hoa Commune in Quang Binh Province to survive the flooding season. Photo by VnExpress/Quang Ha

Provincial authorities are striving to boost local tourism following a two-year slump caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last month, they licensed two private travel firms to offer paragliding services above the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

In the first nine months of this year, the central province received over 1.58 million visitors, up 189% from 2021.

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