If you have ever visited to Ha Long once, you must be mesmerizing by the beauty of Ha Long Bay. Famous for its many beautiful and unique caves, Ha Long Bay is increasingly popular with tourists all over the world. Each cave in Ha Long Bay has its name that intrigue curiosity to explore. Together with Topsvietnam, let’s discover the most beautiful Halong bay caves to see the magnificence, a monumental of one of the natural wonders of the world.
1. Sung Sot Cave – ” Surprise Cave”
Sung Sot Cave – Surprise Cave is one of the most beautiful Halong Bay caves. This cave is located on Bo Hon Island, which is in the center of Halong Bay. Sung Sot Cave is the largest and most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay, which is home to many unique rock formations. The way to Sung Sot cave under the foliage of the forest, you need to pass the long stone stairs, get the fun of climbing, as well as the excitement like walking to the heaven.
Every year, Sung Sot Cave attracts a great number of visitors, who come here to contemplate its spectacular and magnificent beauty.
The total area of Sung Sot Cave is 10 000 kilometer square. Inside the cave is a wide range of stalagmites and stalactites in mysterious and weird shapes that there are no places like this. You may be overwhelmed when contemplating the pristine beauty of this fairy-tale-cave. The French used to call this cave as “Grotte Des Surprises” (The cave of surprises) thanks to its unique feature.
2. Dau Go Cave – Wooden Head Island
Legends say that the name Đầu Gỗ (Wooden Head) originates from the victory of the Supreme Commander Tran Hung Dao (1228-1300) against Mongol invasion in the 13th Century on Bach Dang River by deploying booby traps of giant steel-tipped wooden stakes beneath the water. He found a away to hide all the stakes during high tides so that the Mongol could not see it. Later on, some of those wooden stakes flow to this cave and was discovered by the local people.
From the far away, you can see the blue entrance of Dau Go Cave, which looks like the blue jellyfish in the center of Halong Bay. You must pass 90 stone staircases to enter the cave entrance.
On standing at Dau Go Cave’s entrance, you will feel as if standing in front of a magnificent and luxurious castle with marvelous architecture.
3. Luon Cave
Luon Cave is located on Bo Hon Island, which is about 14 kilometers to the South of Bai Chay. The location of this cave is a steep rock with quiet crystalized water.
The total length of Luon Cave is about 60 meters, and the cave’s ceiling is between 2.5 meters and 4 meters, depending on the water level. On entering the cave, if the level of water is high, you must lower your head to pass it. This must be the reason why the cave is called “Luon” in Vietnamese. The cave’s ceiling has so many beautiful and magnificent stalactites that you will surprise and amaze by the creation of Mother Nature.
After passing the entrance, you will see a large lake surrounded by luxuriant forest and spectacular mountains, craggy cliffs with funny golden monkeys jumping from cliffs to cliffs. Experiencing Luon Cave is an exciting journey when tourists have an opportunity to discover and enjoy the wonders of nature by kayaking. Luon Cave is thus among must-see Halong bay caves
4. Tam Cung Cave – Three Palaces Cave
Tam Cung Cave – Three Palace Cave is located in the center of Halong Bay, which is about 5 kilometers to the Northeast of Surprise Cave. The cave is divided into 3 rooms with a lot of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The cave’s ceiling has many stalactites, which look like a white orchid cacti’s bud.
Especially, the 2nd room of the cave is a lively natural museum with many stone sculptures of the lion, the seal, the water deities, etc. There is a long stream inside the cave, too. The cave’s wall looks like a magnificent stalactites curtain. And at the last room, tourists will have the opportunity to contemplate the spectacular and skillful sculptured artworks of the Mother Nature.
5. Thien Cung Cave – Heaven Cave
Being one of the most beautiful caves of Halong Bay, Thien Cung Cave has such a complex structure with many rooms and wide, large ceiling. Especially, inside the cave is a great number of stalactites and stalagmites in weird shapes.
6. Me Cung Cave – Maze Cave
7. Trinh Nu Cave – Virgin Cave
Trinh Nu Cave, along with other caves in the same cave system such as Sung Sot Cave, Dong Tien Lake, Luon Cave, is located on Bo Hon Island, which is about 15 kilometers from Bai Chay of Halong Bay.
In the past, the French came here and called this cave as La Vierge (Virgin Cave). On the other hand, this cave is called “Trinh Nu Cave” by the Vietnamese.
For the fishermen, Trinh Nu Cave is always their cozy home but for the lovers, this cave is even a symbol of their love.
On entering this cave, you can easily see a stone statue of a girl lying in the center of the cave. The girl statue is very lively with long hair and the hoping, miserable look in her eyes.
Opposite of Trinh Nu Cave is Trong Cave (or Male Cave). Inside Trong Cave is a stone statue of a man looking at the girl statue. You can even feel the despairing scream of the man and the sound of his knocking the stone wall for endless times.