VietNamNet Bridge – A team of experts from UNESCO will be setting off to the Krong No volcanic site in the central province of Dak Nong between July 17 and 22 to examine the possibility of recognising it as a Global Geopark.
Krong No boasts stunningly beautiful caves. — VNS Photo Hoang Thien Nga
Dak Nong authorities have sent letters to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Prime Minister to add the site to the list of national tourism sites to figure out a long-term development plan for the region.
Local authorities have asked experts to compile a dossier on the site to submit to UNESCO for recognition in 2019.
Dak Nong People’s Committee has also drafted a plan to develop local tourism products including homestays at the site.
Krong No boasts a cave system covering a total area of 2,000sq.km. The geopark stretches from Krong No Distirct to the neighbouring districts of Cu Jut, Dak Mil, Dak Song and Dak Glong.
There are dozens of caves at the site with a total length of 25km stretching from a volcano in Choah Village and running along the Serepok River to the Dray Sap Waterfall.
The cave meets seven out of ten geological forms of UNESCO’s heritage criteria, and has been judged by experts as having the longest and most stunning stalactite in Southeast Asia.