Phong Nha-Ke Bang to Build “World’s Longest Zipline”
Officials at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park have announced the decision to build what they have called the world’s longest zipline for tourists to enjoy adventurous activities.
The government of Quang Binh Province has given permission to a local company to develop the zipline at the park.
Starting from Nuoc Mooc Stream to the entrance of Toi Cave, the zipline will run 3.5 km above the Chay River and cover an area of 35 hectares in Chay Lap Village, which boasts the suitable landscape for ziplining and other adventurous entertainments, such as kayaking through waterfalls and mountain climbing.
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The project is estimated to cost US$13.2 million and expected to serve 1,000 visitors per day.
Several ‘observatories’ will sit on top of the zipline poles for tourists to observe the landscape and wildlife in the national park both during the day and the night.
Mr. Nguyen Quang Hai, chairman of Phu Sa Do Company, the developer of the project, told Tuoi Tre that tourism at Phong Nha-Ke Bang is mostly focused on caves, which did not tap the full potential of the area.
He hopes the new zipline will bring more tourists, especially from abroad, to the national park.
“We’ll pay attention to the reservation of forest resources and the landscape and comply with the province’s environmental requirements during the building process,” he said.
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Currently, the only zipline in Phong Nha-Ke Bang is 400 metres long and extends from the Chay River banks to Toi Cave.
The Famed Caves
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Phong Nha-Ke Bang protects one of the world's two largest karst regions, which includes 300 caves and grottoes. The most famous sites remain the Thien Duong (Paradise) and Son Doong (Mountain River) Caves.
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Son Doong was opened to tourists in 2013, four years after members of the British Cave Research Association finished their exploration and named it the world’s largest cave.
Oxalis is the only company currently licensed to operate tours in the cave, with limited permits granted to tourists.
Early this year Quang Binh government denied rumours that a cable car system will be built in the cave after the news sparked public outrage; thousands of Vietnamese people signed a petition to protest the potential plan.
The cave is now a big attraction with huge interest from global media agencies and film studios, including Hollywood. In 2015 US magazine Smithsonian named the cave the greatest place to visit in the 21st century.
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