18.06.2021, 10:59

Discovering Chà Lòi cave in Quảng Bình

 

Discovering Chà Lòi cave in Quảng Bình

Cha Lòi cave has been opened for visitors recently. — Photo congthuong.vn

We prepared essential equipment and prepared for spectacular views of the pristine system of stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave to explore the cave.

To get to the cave, we had to trek about 800m along the trail through the gardens and houses of the Bru Van Kièu ethnic minority people.

At the end of the trail, a small entrance of only about 4sq.m appeared in front of us. Stepping inside, a new world beckoned.

Although it doesn’t rain, the water inside the cave still flows. — Photo nhandan.vn

We were surprised by the vast space of the cave, which is very large, airy, with high ceilings, clusters of stalactites of all shapes and sizes hanging down.

The cave has a three-story structure with an average height of 60m, a width of 30-100m, and the highest part is up to 90m. The cave has small lakes where many animals live, such as crabs and spiders.

The stalactites inside the cave contain a lot of silicic, so we saw a golden iridescent color when we looked at them. The stalactites here are very diverse with tubular, custard-apple, and cloud shapes. When light shines on them, they seem energized by an energy source that emits extremely mysterious lights.

Inside the cave, there is a statue of a general formed entirely from nature. The face of the statue faces inward, and at first glance, we thought that people had built it to commemorate a national hero.

Inside Cha Lòi cave, there is a statue of a general formed entirely from nature. — Photo quangbinhtravel.vn

During the resistance war against the US, Cha Lòi cave was a haven for many soldiers. They came here for meetings or to relax after a long tiring journey. No matter how intense the war was, the soldiers still held art performances in the cave and played the guitar and sang.

After looking at the sparkling stalactites and passing many difficult roads, we arrived at the heart-shaped tunnel to admire the uniqueness of nature. Viewed from a distance, it looks like a wonderful gift for lovers. When the stalactites glow, the whole tunnel suddenly shimmers strangely.

The second floor is more rugged, and the rocks are tightly packed together to create a solid rampart of the cave.

Visitors pose at the love tunnel, shaped like hearts. — Photo focusasiatravel.vn

Camping

After finishing a 5km journey in Cha Lòi cave, we reached Còi Đa Village, which is in a large valley surrounded by mountains, rivers, and streams.

The scenery here is extremely peaceful and is a great stop to end an interesting journey.

We decided to camp here and had the chance to enjoy the delicious food of Bru Van Kiều people here while discovering their unique cultural features.

When night fell, the valley shimmered from the light of the small huts. The campfire flared up, we made new friends, and the world seemed to be at peace.

Camping at Còi Đa Village, a large valley surrounded by mountains, rivers, and streams. — Photo quangbinh.gov.vn

The journey to explore Cha Lòi cave brought us many different emotions, from excited expectation, joy, admiration, and finally, indescribable joy.

No matter how challenging the journey was, we were still delighted and look forward to coming back. VNS