We all love images taken by drones — some of the recently published ones of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are quite phenomenal.
But stretching the video-from-above spectrum to its limit has to be the footage shot by Ryan Deboodt of Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world. It’s nothing short of spectacular.
Located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, in North Central Vietnam, Son Doong was first opened to the public in August 2013 and since then, only small groups have been taken to the site via a seven-day, six-night tour with local travel agency, Oxalis.
Deboodt was lucky enough to do the trek, one which has been described as the equivalent of entering the Land of Dinosaurs. So otherworldly is the cave and so vast are its numerous, sunlit caverns, that as journalist Mark Jenkins wrote in National Geographic, there is “room enough for an entire New York City block of 40-story buildings. There are actually wispy clouds up near the ceiling.”
Ben Mitchell, one half of the husband-and-wife duo behind local guesthouse, Phong Nha Farmstay, was one of the six tourists lucky enough to go on the first public trip into the cave. “Going to Son Doong was life-changing,” he said. “When I was a kid I saw Mount Everest and later on went to Maasai Mara in Kenya. It was better than the two of them put together.”
A cave, adventure, and travel photographer who lives in Beijing, China Deboodt’s six-minute video was shot with a GoPro HERO4 Black from the air, while on the ground he used his Canon 6D. It provides a gravitas and a vantage point to what it’s like inside Son Doong that other mediums are unable to show.
To see more of Ryan Deboodt’s work, go to his website: www.ryandeboodt.com. You can follow him on Instagram on @rdeboodt. To see our September 2013 issue that featured Son Doong and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, click here: http://wordvietnam.com/print-editions-wordvietnam/september-2013-print-edition
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Christy Platt Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:10 Comment Link
The cave is very beautiful, there are a lot more pictures of the cave. The truly amazing spots were not even captured here. The son-doong-cave is a place every one should visit at-least once in a lifetime.