Nearly 30 years ago, a British woman was with her husband and the expedition. They have explored millions of kilometers through the forest, swum through hundreds of kilometers above the underground river … to come to Son Doong.

That woman is Debora, Howard Limbert‘s wife – the team leader of the British Cave Research Association.

In the 5 th may 2015, after nearly 30 years with searching, exploring and studying caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh), Mr Howard recieved “Third Class Labor Medal” by the President. AT the award, Mr. Howard Limbert thanked to Mrs Debora – his wife, who is also the only woman of the expedition have been with him for almost 30 years to find and discover hundreds large and small caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang.

In 1990, That was the first time the British expedition have explored the caves of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, the people here were very impressed. Because among the expedition more than a dozen people, there is only one woman. “That day, Mrs. Debora was very young and beautiful. But like other members of the expedition, she still had to carry many kilograms of devices on the back and through the forest, searched caves lasted for months. We really admire her “- a long-time staff workin in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park recalled.

Howard also shared many times, he did not expect to get his wife, a trusted partner like that. “I am extremely lucky to have her share the caving hobby. She is always with me, cares for me, and comes to everywhere I come in all the adventure expedition “- Mr Howard told lovingly.

Morever, Ms. Debora is a real expert of geodesy and mapping of caves, a member indispensable in the expedition. “For people to be able to visualize the shape of the cave system in Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Debora directly seted up field mapping, as well as helped experts to make 3D models.  And to have a ” 150km cave road ” in Phong Nha as everyone knows, her hard work is great “- Mr. Howard said.

Son Dong cave’s beauty.

In 2009, Son Doong was firstly announced as the world’s largest cave. Mrs Debora was the one who directly work with the largest news agencies in the world such as BBC, CNN, the cast and crew from Hong Kong, Britain, the United States … “leading the way” for them to Son Doong. And since then, the wonders, the stunning beauty of Son Doong has made millions of hearts sobbing and decide to discover …

This year already at the age of 57, but her enthusiasm about the trip through the forest to find new caves has not reduced. “I remember trips at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 (57 caves have discovered), when the whole expedition came into together these areas without water, must learn to take water from the trunk taught by local people. We also see the huge bombs left over from the war … Now I just hope to have lots of health to continue to explore, look for more new caves “- Mrs. Debora shared.

 

Among  the 57 new caves announced by the experts , Hang Tien 2 is considered a  beautiful cave. This cave has been licensed for tourism by the Quang Binh Provincial government  in early July  2016.

(22/6/2016)Today, Mr Howard Limbert , the cave expert announced 57 recently discovered caves in Quang Binh. Among these caves, the British cave expert  evaluates Hang Tien’s  potential  position.

Along with Hang Tien 1, Hang Tien 2 is called ” anonymous Paradise ” in  mountainous region, Cao Quang (Tuyen Hoa district) bordering Tan Hoa (Minh Hoa district). This is the last cave of Tu Lan cave system, located outside the national park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, which is known as the Kingdom of the cave.

Hang Tien 2 is 2,519 meters in length. The cave has the deepest place about 94 m above the ground. There is a nice stream outside the cave. Its mouth is about 3 meters high but only 1.5 meters wide. The most prominent feature of Hang Tien 2 is the border (on) on the ceiling of mysterious rock . The main arch of the cave is about 400 meters long , about 30 meters high. Tien Cave Tien Cave 2 and 1 are both dry caves, a stream just created in the flood season. The cave’s ceiling is with countless colorful paintings. Many sections have walls with beautiful stalactites. The stalactite is formed from hundreds of years with many shapes makes up the beauty of the cave. Because the cave’s natural beauty is so rare , It is named Hang Tien – Fairy Cave, associated with the legend, “The fairy down to earth”.

Previously, the local people explored Hang Tien 1 and 2 but they don’t have any specialized agency surveyed before. In 1994, the British Caving Association made a survey this cave for the first time . Last March, the cave experts  continued to discover  the entire length and width of this cave as well as made specific plans on tour operators, submit them to  the People’s Committee of Quang Binh province.

On the same day with the announcement of 57 recently discovered caves in Quang Binh, the provincial People’s Committee allowed the Oxalis company  open  tours, taking tourists to the Hang Tien 1 and 2 according to the tour experience (1 day), exploring (2 days) and exploring the cave system with Tu Lan (5 days).

Mr Chau A – the CEO of Oxalis company  said that “Hang Tien 2 will officially welcome guests from the beginning of July. The tour will have the number of tourists from 8-20 people.

 

Quang Binh People’s Committee on June 22 announced that up to 57 new caves had been found in the locality over the past month.

A 13-person team, including members of the British Cave Research Association, forest rangers of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and experts from Vietnam National University, Hanoi took part in the exploration.

 

One among the 57 newly-detected caves in Quang Binh

According to Howard Limbert from the British Cave Research Association, the caves are located in 14 different areas in Quang Binh Province, with the majority in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. “The team had to spend eight days in forests with very a harsh weather condition to find the caves,” he said.

Among the new caves, the largest is Hoa Huong which is named after a local couple’s name who helped to discover it. Hoa Huong measures some 2,876 metres long and is around 5 million years old, the oldest among caves found in Quang Binh so far.

Limbert said that previously Hoa Huong cave was situated below a big lake, but now, the lake has become dried and the water may only return during the rainy season. This is also the first cave detected under the water in Quang Binh.

Since 1990, Libert and experts from the British Cave Research Association has conducted several explorations in Quang Binh Province. To date, they have discovered 311 caves, including many becoming famous tourist sites such as Soon Dong and Hang Va and Nuoc Nut.

Libert said that his team will continue their explorations in Quang Binh in early 2017.