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A Trip by Air and Kayak Through Tham Khoun Xe, One of the Largest Active River Caves on Earth

Beijing-based photographer Ryan Deboodt (previously) recently returned from a trip to Laos where he spent two days exploring Tham Khoun Xe, one of the largest active rivers caves in the world. Stretching nearly 4.5 miles (7km) underground, the cave system is extraordinarily remote and Deboodt was permitted to photograph and film beyond where tourists are normally allowed to visit. The immensity of the subterranean space is staggering, with an average ceiling of almost 200 feet (60m) and width of 250 feet (76m) it’s hardly imaginable a space like this could exist underground.

Deboodt brought an arsenal of camera and video equipment as well as a drone to capture the expansive interiors of Tham Khoun Xe, much of which he edited into a short video included below. You can follow more of his cave photography from around the world on Facebook or Instagram, and read an interview about the endeavor on SmithsonianThanks Colossal

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Highlight of the day: ridgewalking for an hour and finding a hidden cave. I went back about 100 feet before I realized I should’ve grabbed knee pads. I’ll definitely have to revisit this secret nook and see how far back it goes.
#caving #cave #hike #oklahoma #adventure

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An Ice Cave inside Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier

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Waves of the Atlantic Ocean striking the coastline in Barbados.

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