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September 30, 2018
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The dangerous journey through Son Doong Cave by Model Trang Tran

Sometime, Trang Tran felt trembled because she was tired, although she had exercised regularly and had a lot of experience of trekking.

Desire to participate in the journey

From the moment when Son Doong cave opened to welcome visitors, Trang Tran model has actively searched information to join the discovering trip of the planet’s largest cave located in QuangBinh province. Especially, after hearing the news of Son Doong cave expanded the exploitation for tourism, Trang Tran urgently made the trip to enjoy the majestic beauty of nature soon.

The dangerous journey through Son Doong Cave by Model Trang Tran
The dangerous journey through Son Doong Cave by Model Trang Tran

The model shared that she enjoyed the adventure, had been joined in many trekking trips across the stream and jungle, she is not afraid of danger. However, before the difficult trip with high physical requires and determination as this time, Trang Tran had to practice positive physical training before 3 months. She had to register one year in advance; the trip costs $ 3,000 and must pass a physical examination before being accepted into the group.

“Not everyone has the money can also conquer Son Doong cave, but we have to pass the obstacle course test, answer the interview questions to ensure good health. Taking part in this trip, the delegation had to go 10 kilometers of mountain trails every day, there are distances having to cross streams that water level are as high as your chest, swim in the fast-flowing streams but with me more challenge more interesting.” she said.

The adventure was hard but great!

The trip lasted four days and each group had nearly 10 people, accompanied by 25 porters. In the group, in addition to Trang Tran, there were a couple of singers Kiwi and Ngo Mai Trang, who participated in TV show The Exciting Race. The journey is mostly difficult and hardship. Trang Tran said, in the cave there are dark areas but when the lights up on the helmet, the scene around was illuminated. All appeared very majestic, magnificent and wonderful as in Hollywood movies like King Kong.

The trail was very wild and slippery,sloping terrain. Many sections from the bottom of the mouth to the top of the cave were only 120 m but she had to go around 3 km. Everyone had to go by themselves, many slippery slopes were very dangerous. Although, there was a protective belt, but still very easy to slip, colliding with the cliff is very painful like the accident of Kiwi Ngo Mai Trang. The width of the trail was just enough to fit a foot or by the organizer planned the trails. Each line is only about 50 cm – 100 cm and you were forced to walk in this section, ensuring both safety and avoid destroying the surrounding environment. The distance from the mouth of the cave is only about 600 m but must moving very fast, the trail is very small, you needed to bent body and look before the footsteps put down because if stepped out you will fall. In many passages, she had to “dither because she was too tired”.

At the section “Vietnam Wall”, that is 90 m high and slippery, each person just clung to a rope and goes backwards very hard, got tired and tired. “Because of thin body, Kiwi Ngo Mai Trang and me went very fast while her husband was more difficult because his body was not favorable. There are segments that could only be sprung through the cliff and moved in the direction of lying down and slipping. This section was very dangerous, only dared to look up but could not look down. Everywhere was dark; flashlight on the helmet could illuminate 15-20 m only. My favorite section was at the cave mouth, the climb was very high, rock was very slippery and must wear specialized shoes, but when overcame, I got the happy feeling that was difficult to describe because I have done a good job, which is not everyone can also do it” Trang Tran was proud.

Living conditions in the cave

The living conditions in the cave were very special. In four days, the group would not have a network, no phone signal. Many dangerous movements, the instructor also asked people not to use the phone to avoid the loss of attention, leading to the accident. Therefore, Trang Tran has regret for the most beautiful and dangerous sections could not be recorded for images.

The group had five chefs and chef assistants who carried things and food ahead. When the group stopped, meals were ready to be served. The main food in the meal was rich in protein such as pork, chicken, beef, eggs, milk and coffee to increase physical strength. Each day, about 16:00 – 17:00 we arrived to the camping site, the whole team would be bathing, 19:00 had dinner and 21:00 will be forced to sleep to stay healthy. The participants slept in the tents; the night in the cave was very cold. “In the morning, it was the best to wake up early to get the first sunlight of the day into the cave, an unforgettable sight. The light in the cave is very clear, not dusty like in the city. Four days without networking, no contact with the outside world, no working, no business, I feel relieved and focused on enjoying the life” she shared.

There were a couple of singers Kiwi Ngo Mai Trang, Trang Tran's close friends
There were a couple of singers Kiwi Ngo Mai Trang, Trang Tran’s close friends

However, the group would have to limit bathing, went to bath takes about 45 minutes and did not use shower shampoo because it will destroy the environment. When we arrived at En cave, we were allowed to use soap but were very limited. Going to the toilet must also be guided in order to avoid contamination. In particular, the porters in addition to supporting the group, they also were responsible for ensuring protecting environment, they picked up small trash, put in pants pocket to bring off the cave.

The brave porters of the journey

Also on this trip, Trang Tran felt sympathy and respect the efforts of the porters when carrying on the shoulder 40 kg of things from bucket, toilet seat, food, luggage… were very hard and dangerous. They had to climb mountains, waded through streams and not be wet. Trang Tran curiously asked a porter if porter had given up, he said that only one person got problem the responsibility of the porters will be very big, there was a person who had injured his leg needed 6 people carried him on the mountain trail, very hard. Therefore, her advice was before you decide to join this trip, you need to be well prepared to finish your journey safely, and not affect others.

See more photos during the trip in Son Doong of Trang Tran

Journey through Son Doong Cave 1
Journey through Son Doong Cave 1
Journey through Son Doong Cave 2
Journey through Son Doong Cave 2
Journey through Son Doong Cave 3
Journey through Son Doong Cave 3
Journey through Son Doong Cave 4
Journey through Son Doong Cave 4
Journey through Son Doong Cave 5
Journey through Son Doong Cave 5
Journey through Son Doong Cave 6
Journey through Son Doong Cave 6
The dangerous journey through Son Doong Cave by Model Trang Tran
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