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FINAL WORD] Howard spends a lot of time in Phong Nha National Park, located in the northwest of Vietnam, close to the border with Laos. It's home to the planet's largest deposit of limestone and contains some the world's most magnificent caves, perfect for exploring. HOW DID YOUR INTEREST IN CAVING START?I started caving while at school. It was a choice of cross-coun y running or outdoor ac vi es, which included caving, climbing and sailing - an easy decision!HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CAVING IN VIETNAM?Our Bri sh team has been exploring caves in Vietnam since 1990 and our next big expedi on is in early 2014. Our team is very experienced and we have had a lot of success in explora on over the last few years.questions for. 10 WHAT'S BEEN YOUR CAVING HIGHLIGHT?  ere are many to choose  om but I'd probably say leading an explora on of Hang Son Doong with the Bri sh Cave Research Associa on in 2009/10.  e cave had been discovered by a local man back in 1991 but it was the  rst  me it had been properly surveyed. It is quite exci ng that even today it is possible to  nd a new wonder of the world.WHAT MAKES HANG SON DOONG SO SPECIAL?Its scale and beau - it is a staggering 200 me es wide, 150 me es high and 9 kilome es long.WHEN YOU FIND A CAVE THAT HASN'T BEEN EXPLORED, WHAT TYPICALLY HAPPENS?Usually we are in teams of three or four. One person will take measurements, the others will  nd the way through and photograph the cave. We o en go into the jungle or caves for a week at a  me. Underground camps are set up to enable us to go further into the cave.WHY IS PHONG NHA SO SPECIAL FOR CAVING? Quite simply it has the best caves in the world owing to the quali of the limestone and the high rainfall. It has the largest cave in the world, the longest underground river in the world and is also part of the largest single block of limestone in the world. ASIDE FROM CAVES, WHAT ELSE DOES THE AREA HAVE TO OFFER? Jungle walks and  eks, kayaking and mountain biking are just a few other a ac ons that can be found in the park. A lot of people really like to mix walking in the jungle with some easy caving to experience jungle life.WHAT IMPACT HAS TOURISM HAD ON THE REGION? Un l recently the village had poor roads and no elec ici .  is has changed now and tourism has certainly played a major part in that improvement. HOW DO YOU HELP? Our aim is to give more local people jobs assis ng visitors in the caves and jungles of Phong Nha. It was once a very poor province and now over 2,000 people are employed because of the caves and na onal park.WHAT'S NEXT?Our guides o en tell me of new caves they have found in the jungle. In the next few weeks we're o to see them. Life is never dull over here!Guided  ips into Phong Nha,Paradise and Dark Cave can be organised.  e region is reached with  ights  om Dong Hoi, Hanoi or Saigon.Paradise Cave at Phong Nha - ideal for adventurous souls to exploreCave expert and explorer Howard Limbert, tells us more about his fascinating career which has included mapping 300km of caves in VietnamFor more information about trips to Vietnam, including exploration of Phong Nha, please contact our specialists on 01993 838 140.Ho rd Limb t

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