Exploring Chu B’Luk volcano in Central Highlands

May 29, 2015 | 10:06
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The Chu B’Luk volcano system in Buon Choah Commune, Krong No District, Dak Nong Province is a must-visit destination for those loving to explore caves and especially, volcanoes.
A tourist takes photos inside one cave in Chu B’Luk volcano in Buon Choah Commune, Krong No District, Dak Nong Province - PHOTO: TRAN THE DUNG

The trace of the operation of a volcano appears right on the path leading to the foot of the volcano as it is full of frothy basaltic rock created from lava which the volcano spewed in the past.

Passing the basalt reef, the trip to Chu B’Luk volcano continues with a long slope which leads straight to the volcano crater. After passing through several obstacles during the journey, the feeling of setting foot on top of the volcano which is 593 meters above sea level and admiring the cone-shaped crater is a once-in-a lifetime experience that mountain climbers should give a try.

Surrounding the carter is a cave system created by lava over the years. Visiting the place, tourists will be given safety shoes, torch and a long stick to explore the caves together with a tour guide.

At present, local authorities do not allow visitors to enter C7 Cave, the longest cave in Southeast Asia that is more than 1,000 meters long.

However, the exploration of other caves, including C1 Cave which is around 300 meters long, may make tourists thrilled thanks to the magnificent lava layers and stones as well as the fanciful light beams shinning down through a sky well.

Currently, several tourism companies in HCMC offer three-day and two-night tours departing from the city to Dak Nong that include visits to the Chu B’Luk volcano system. The tour costs some VND2.3 million (US$105) per person.


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