Incredible pictures of one of world’s largest caves – so big it has its own reach, river and jungle
These breathtaking images capture the hidden depths of one of the world’s largest caves, which is so big it’s home to a beach, a river and a jungle.
At more than 130m high, and 150m across, the imposing cave is so big as high as the London Eye and wider than one-and-a-half football pitches.
The incredible cave called Hang En, in Vietnam is the world’s third largest cave and even has its own climate.
Photographer Lars Krux, 48, ventured into the cave with his wife Justyna Krux, and a party of tourists, in order to capture these stunning shots.
The photographer, from Germany, Hamburg, reached the limestone cave, close to the border of Laos, on foot after a 10km trek through the thick jungle of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng national park.
He and his wife Justyna, then had to wade waist-deep through ice-cold water to gain access to the mesmerizing cave.
But after pitching up a tent and spending the night in the cave, Lars managed to capture these stunning images before exploring the depths in a 1km walk through the pitch-black.
Lars said: “My general goal is to explore the planet as much as possible and I’d never been to Vietnam before.
“It is hard work to access the cave, because there is no road nearby. The only way to reach the cave is to walk 10 kilometers through the jungle, uphill and downhill.
“You need to cross several rivers with a water level up to 1.5 meters and you’ll be attacked by dozens of leeches who are attaching themselves to your skin. This is certainly not to everybody’s taste.
“After hours we finally reached the cave and I saw that it was worth it to carry about 15 kilos of photo equipment (Nikon D800 camera, lenses, filters, two tripods) through the jungle.
“From above we saw the giant cave with its small turquoise blue lake, the sandy beach in the cave and some tents, our home for one night right in the cave.
“It was amazing privilege to photographer and sleep in such an exclusive environment.”
The En Hang cave is situated close-by to the Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, which was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert.