Do I have the experience of going through the caves and in Ukraine, and for abroad, but at the sight of Pigmy breath 

Usually the word "Vietnam" would pop into my head with pictures of the jungle, and I always wanted to visit such wild places.     

Once I read that in Vietnam, in the Phong Nya Kebang National Park, there is the largest cave in the world - Son Dong. It was discovered 10 years ago and has been actively studied since then. Its vaults reach 200 meters in height in places , and preliminary data from speleologists indicate its uniqueness.             

In addition to Seongdong, there are many more huge beautiful caves in this park, the existence of which was not even known until recently . And, of course, I decided to go there and see everything with my own eyes.     

The support and assistance of the guides on such a journey is very important . They warn of dangers and teach you to distinguish them , give advice, talk to you and cheer you up when your strength is running out. Porters are no less important - throughout the entire trek they carry equipment and food, and during stops they organize meals for the whole group with lightning speed and help to set up tents. I started by looking for local guides who could accompany me on such a trip. I was lucky to find a Vietnamese - a descendant of hunters in the jungle. He is a child visited the rainforests of Vietnam with her parents, once even lived there for three months. And once he got lost and spent five days in the jungle without water and food, eating the gifts of nature. He said that this is the first time he is accompanying guests from Ukraine.                                

In general, the Vietnamese are very friendly and responsive on towards tourists. In the central part of the country, where Fongya Kebang Park is located, almost no one speaks English. But when they see a foreigner, local residents do their best to help. Perhaps because tourism is not yet very developed here and each guest is significant and special.         

In the end, I decided to visit the Pigmi Cave - it is also located in the Fognya Kebang Park, was opened in 2018 and is considered the fourth largest cave in the world.

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Our journey began from Halong Bay, world famous for its huge islands rising high from the water. There we were acclimatized to the Vietnamese climate and went inland.     

Do I have the experience of going through the caves and in Ukraine, and for abroad, and I was about understanding what awaits us. But the sight of Pigmy caught my breath. I directed the light from the flashlight upward to see the vaults of the cave, but the beam was lost in total darkness. Imagine how huge it is!            

The Pigmy we spent three days. There were places in the cave where sunlight does not penetrate at all , but we usually spent the night near gaps or entrances that resemble large craters.      

The places where the light falls are overgrown with forests. Once, making our way through them, we came to the lake, behind which one of the entrances to the cave was hidden . We had to swim under a stone vault to continue our journey. We tied our things in bags so as not to get wet, and went into the ice-cold water. In pitch darkness, we swam this lake, not even knowing about its size. It was a little creepy.              

In addition to the cave itself, I was amazed by the places through which we passed to get to it. Hills, rivers, rocks, jungles, underground lakes. It seemed that I was going through survival school, and overcoming each obstacle was a small victory.

 
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During the entire trip there was only one dangerous situation when we met a poisonous snake. Moreover, if not for the conductor, no one would have noticed her - she was green and completely merged with the environment. But the local Vietnamese feel great the jungle, feel like a part of it.            

In addition to adrenaline-pumping emotions, untouched wilderness is also impressive on this journey. We drank water directly from rivers and springs, it is so pure here. The guide showed us the flowers of plants and leaves that you can eat - I won't say that it is tasty, but quite nutritious.        

Passing one of the sections, I felt something crumbling under my feet. They looked like miniature corals with a velvety surface. It turned out - the embryos of stalagmites. It took them decades to grow a few millimeters .       

Although Vietnam has a tropical climate, you don't feel it in the jungle and caves . The temperature is quite comfortable, I walked the whole track in pants tucked into high socks, a long-sleeved T -shirt and trekking sandals.         

I was very inspired by this format of travel and firmly intend to visit the Vietnamese jungle more than once .    

Another reason for me to return to these places was the Ruc Caroong people - a part of the Vietnamese population that refused to obey the authorities and left civilization. Despite the fact that they are offered to live with all the comforts, they refuse, because they believe that they should remain in the place with which they are connected, where their homeland is. Our guide told about a community of about 180 people who live in the rainforest, hunt and have little contact with the outside world.