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Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently established a group of experts in culture and heritage to help Lao with dossier compilation before submitting those documents to UNESCO.
Hin Namno National Biodiversity Conservation Area is a nature reserve in Khammouane Province, Laos, which shares the border with Phong Nha-Ke Bang in Quang Binh Province of Vietnam and protects the biodiversity of Laos and Southeast Asia.
The area features karst formation with a total square of over 82,000 hectares. Hin Namno is home to around 40 mammals, 200 feather species, 25 bat species, 46 species of amphibians and reptiles, more than 100 kinds of fishes and over 520 species of plants.
Besides, Hin Namno also boasts potential to develop natural tourism with an enthralling system of limestone caves including Nangen, King, Heaven, Konglor and Xebangpha.
A large part of limestone mountain in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park links with those of Hin Namno creating the biggest karst area in Southeast Asia.
Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003, the remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed approximately 400 million years ago. Riddled with hundreds of cave systems – many of extraordinary scale and length – and spectacular underground rivers, Phong Nha is a speleologists’ heaven on earth, the world’s biggest travel publisher The Lonely Planet said.
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The caves are the region's absolute highlights, but the above-ground attractions of forest trekking, the area's war history, and rural mountain biking mean it deserves a stay of around three days.
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