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Behind the scenes of the Son Doong cave expedition by an American film crew

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Just after 10 a.m. on May 14, the ABC television crew arrived at the center of Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh, by helicopter.

They couldn’t hide their tiredness, but everyone’s faces were radiant because of the success of ABC’s live program, introducing Son Doong cave to 6 million American television viewers and 60 million internet viewers.

Maria Stefanopoulos, a member of the film crew, could not believe her eyes when she set foot in Son Doong cave.

At noon, 10 members of the group along with more than 150 suitcases of equipment and 12 generators were fully gathered at the commune center.

Sharing after the program, Maria Stefanopoulos, crew member and Head of Production, said that the 10 members of the crew are all of ABC television’s best people from around the world.

The program was commented by the crew as very special because for the first time it was directly in a cave environment, in the middle of rugged and remote mountainous areas.

The lack of light in the cave made the film crew very worried.

The 11-hour time zone difference between Vietnam and the US was also considered by Maria to be a major obstacle during the filmmaking process.

Behind the scenes of the Son Doong cave expedition by an American film crew

Film crew members review the program on the internet.

Returning from Son Doong, the members of the delegation went online to review the program.

`I couldn’t believe my eyes. When I set foot in Son Doong cave, I knew that paradise was real. A lot of viewers responded that this was the best live show they had ever seen,` Maria said.

Sharing the same feeling about Son Doong, Romeo Durscher, the person in charge of filming from the flycam in the group, also spoke endlessly about the impression the cave brings.

With a large audience watching the show, Maria felt proud that the show ended successfully.

“Son Doong is a place with complex and dangerous terrain, but there are experts and professional service people who always bring confidence and a feeling of safety to us.

Behind the scenes of the Son Doong cave expedition by an American film crew

The film crew’s equipment was gathered to be shipped to the US and UK.

Talking about the connection process to carry out a live program at the world’s largest cave, Mr. Nguyen Chau A, General Director of Oxalis company, the unit that is exploiting the Son Doong expedition tour, said that the communication continued.

“150 people carrying goods and 25 administrative staff and experts worked hard continuously for 10 days throughout the program.

According to the general director, Son Doong is the reason for ABC to come to Vietnam to carry out the program.

`This is a major breakthrough, introducing Vietnamese tourism to the world. Son Doong is like an ambassador, using the world’s largest cave to promote and serve as a highlight to introduce Vietnamese nature and people to the world.`

After the success of the program, both the film crew and local tourism operators assessed that many Americans would be interested in Vietnam, and planned to visit the S-shaped country.

Currently, Oxalis has been assigned the right to exploit Son Doong cave by the Quang Binh People’s Committee until August 2015.

Previously, at 6:00 p.m. on May 13 (Vietnam time), Good Morning America broadcast a live program about Son Doong cave, lasting two hours.

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