Caves elicit something indescribable within us. Ineffable. The same way being dwarfed by something of massive scale does. And you know what? A company called Oxalis can combine those things for you.
It all goes down in the Hang En cave, just outside of Phong Nha in the Quang Binh province of Northern Vietnam. A cavern with arches exceeding 120 metres, tall enough to – as this New York Times travel diary notes – house the statue of liberty. Though getting to Hang En involves some formidable trekking, there’s even more cavernous profundity available to the truly adventurous. If you want the absolutely straight stuff you’ll want to book one of only 220 permits for the six-day tour of Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, known to the world at large since only 2009.
The tours may be more expensive than renting 2001: A Space Odyssey but if you’re after existential epiphanies about your place in the universe there’s nothing better. Or you could just armchair it and look at some photos on 500px.