The lava cave system in Vietnam is considered as a unique cultural heritage of the volcanic eruptions million years ago. Mr. Nguyen Van Thuan, General Director of General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam said that Vietnam had a wide range of cave system stretching from the Northwest to Quang Binh Province. Many of them are the world's natural wonders such as Phong Nha Ke Bang, Halong Bay, and Tam Coc Bich Dong. Nonetheless, all discovered caves in the recent years are limestone caves, only the new cave system in the Central Highlands is the first lava cave explored in Vietnam. It has been said that this cave system in quite rare. It consists of dozens of big and small caves and craters formed by lava eruptions millions of years ago.
The spectacular lava cave system in Central Highlands Vietnam was found in Dak Nong Province, mainly in Krong No District. It has the length of 25 meters stretching from a crater in Choar Village along the length of Serepoc River to Dray Sap Waterfall. The biggest cave in the system has 1,066 meter long in a special structure. This cave has characteristics of a typical lave cave with backward lava flow creating a marvelous landscape. The cave is lying in a deep forest where have not recorded traces of human, however, this is a home of many animals and creatures. In addition to lava caves, scientists of Department of Geology and Minerals and Japan Caving Association (JCA) also discovered many beautiful craters. Currently, 3 caves were conducted detailed measurements. There are still dozens of caves has not been extensively studied.
“In comparison to other limestone caves and lave caves in some countries in the world, for example, Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave – a symbol of Korea tourism, the lava cave in Vietnam is bigger and more attractive. The cave system is assessed as the most beautiful one in the South East Asia. It have precious value in fields of science and tourism”, Mr. Thuan shared. With what has been discovered, the Central Highlands Vietnam will become an appealing destination for world-wide scientists and travelers, who want to discover a heritage of volcanic eruptions in the South East Asia.
It is expected that today, December 26th, 2014; the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam will officially publish the information of the Central Highlands Vietnam lava cave system’s discovery. On that basis, investments and financial supports will be mobilized for the continuing research. After finishing the research, General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam will announce to the world and promote the establishment of Global Geopark. The lava cave system will create much potential for the Central Highlands Vietnam tourism.