Explore beautiful caves in Halong Bay (Part 1)

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Halong Bay is famous not only for the beautiful scenery of sea and islands with strange shapes but also for the mysterious caves attached with historic legends of people here. Let explore attractive and wonderful caves in Halong Bay.

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Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung grotto is located in the north of Dau Go island, 4 km south of the tourist port. It is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong. The cave is wide with many compartments and a lot of stalactites and stalagmites in strange shapes.

The cave entrance is at the height of 25 m. This is the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay that people know. The cave has a total area of ​​10,000 m2 with a very complex structure, including many levels, wide and high compartments and ceilings. Especially in the cave, everywhere we also see a lot of stalactites, stalagmites with strange shapes. So ancient people has envisioned a myth of the love and separation of the Father Dragon and the Mother Dragon taken place on the cliffs or thought that this was the image of the labyrinth of the Persian Emperor in the story “One Thousand and One Nights”.

Thien Cung Cave via Wikimedia Commons

In the inside, the cave is vented through a small door, overlooking a small bay surrounded by a mountain. In the cave there is also a note on the cliff and the number 1901. Perhaps this is the first explorer’s autograph when finding this cave. Nowadays, people have built a system of stairs, beautiful and elaborate corridors both outside and inside the cave with lighting systems for visitors to easily visit the cave. On May 1st, 1998, the Thien Cung grotto was officially opened to visitors and since then has formed a wave of travel to Halong Bay. This is the first cave in Halong has been repaired on a large scale.

Sung Sot Cave

Sung Sot Cave is located in the heart of the World Heritage Halong Bay, in Bo Hon Island. This is a wide and beautiful cave in the first grade of Halong Bay and this is also the place where many unique rock formations are nowhere to be found. The road to Sung Sot cave under the foliage of the forest, the steep stone steps, visitors have just got the fun of mountain climbers, as well as eager as going to heaven.

The cave is divided into two main compartments, the entire first part is as a large theater. The ceiling is covered with a layer of “velvet carpet”, a myriad of “chandeliers” hanging from the glittering stalactites, stone statues of elephants, seals, raspberries, flowers … all seem to be vibrating between the reality and the dream. Not out from the surprising feel of the miraculous beauty of the first part, we enter the second compartment with a small path. A bright light burst into the eyes, the cave opens a completely different scene, the vast expanse of the cave can accommodate thousands of people. Going to the scene is very strange things, as the ancient tree with leafy foliage, the sea bear, dinosaurs … To the top of the cave, suddenly a “heaven garden” opens before the eyes, there are clear water landscapes, plants and many birds living. Monkeys are often pulled together here to find fruit that disturbs the whole region. The cave is located in the tourist center of Halong Bay (Titov beach – Bo Nau cave – Me Cung cave – Luon cave – Sung Sot cave) and was named “Grotte des surprises” by the French.

Sung Sot Cave via QTV

From the pier up about 50 steep stone steps up and then down to the next 10 stone steps to reach the entrance with a height of about 25 m. Approximately 10,000 square meters with thousands of stalagmites, stalactites. In the cave there is a system of paving stones from the entrance to the 500 m long exit. The two sides are low street lamp posts, which are both decorative and illuminated for directions. The lighting system with elegant patterns, lightening the eyes enhances the beauty of the cave. In the Sung Sot cave, the 30 m high ceiling has small, smoothly shaped concave, as if it were decorated with foam, which resembles the ceiling of the magnificent grand theater. Near the door, there are huge stone blocks rising from the ground to the ceiling. This is one of the typical karst caves, with high scientific value. Next to the entrance is a stalactite shaped horse and a long sword. Legend has been told that, after defeating the enemy, Giong helped the people here chase ghosts, and Giong flew to heaven, leaving the sword and precious horse to reassure the people, drive away the monsters. Now in the cave there are many natural images that seem to be traces of that fierce battle, Giong’s horse footprints become pretty little ponds and many huge rocks crumbling.

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