Famous Caves to Visit in Halong Bay

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Vietnam offers the most enchanting caves in Trang An. Throughout the years, the network of caves in the limestone mountains has attracted many tourists around the world. With 48 grottoes and caves around Halong Bay, the Bay becomes famous for its wild beauty.
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1. Toi and Sang Cave (Dark and Bright Cave)

Today, we were going to visit a cave in Halong Bay. We headed out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Toi and Sang Cave (Dark and Bright Cave) is situated. We sat on a bamboo boat and I was amazed by this lady who was able to row a boat with the weight of ten adults.
Dark and Bright Cave is located in Lan Ha Bay. It’s named as Dark Cave because it’s the longest cave at 315 meters and the visitors have to use their flashlights to observe stalactites inside. When we passed through the cave, we felt a significant hot stream. The cave’s temperature is always 2-3 degrees Celsius higher than outside. Bright Cave, on the other hand, is shorter and it receives natural light from both ends so we could see from side to side. We didn’t get to visit Dark Cave as it’s difficult to explore Dark Cave since it can be swallowed by the tide.


2. Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave)

Virgin Cave is also located on Bo Hon Island. In the centre of Virgin Cave, it has a stone statue which looks like a girl with long hair. Basically, this is the shrine which makes this cave famous. Due to the legend, this cave and Trong Cave (Male Cave) are known as ‘couple cave’. A lady committed suicide in this cave as she was forced to marry an old man and turned into a stone.
Many tourists organise dinner in Trong Cave. It has two large interconnecting doors. Inside the cave, you can see silvery stalactites hanging down from the ceiling. If you look closely, you can see a stone statue which looks like a man overlooking at the Trinh Nu cave. That’s how Male Cave and Virgin Cave become an eternal symbol of love to the locals.

Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave)

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Trong Cave (Male Cave)

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3. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave)

Besides Virgin Cave, Surprise Cave is one of the most magnificent caves in Halong Bay and it’s located on Bo Hon Island. It’s definitely worth a visit as you see stalactites in various shapes. Passing through a narrow path, it leads the travellers to its inner space of the cave. With all the colourful chandeliers and the rocks in different shapes, Surprise Cave appears as a beautiful stage having a light show.

4. Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave)

If you’re more adventurous, you will like Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave). This cave is located around 4 km away from Dau Go Island. Unlike the other caves, Thien Cung Cave is divided into 3 chambers with unique stalactites and stalagmites. That’s always a reason why it was named as Heavenly Palace Cave. During the old days, the local folk believe that the Dragon Prince fell in love with a beautiful young lady, May and this was where they had their wedding. It’s not easy to explore Thien Cung Cave due to its craggy cliffs.
Exploring Thien Cung Cave’s craggy cliffs is no easy task. Going through a narrow door, you would be surprised by a large space inside the cave.  Thien Cung Cave is like a massive art museum created by the Mother Nature throughout the years.
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5. Bo Nau Cave (Pelican Cave)

Bo Nau Cave (Pelican Cave) is about 13 km far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf and 2-3 km to the south-east of Trong Mai Islet. It was named as “Pelican Cave” because in old days, there were many pelicans (a large gregarious waterbird with a long bill) lived in the cave.

Bo Nau Cave is known for its quite mouth which is around 5-7 meters with three stalactites hanging down from the ceiling. There are another three blocks of rock which look like a sculpture of three human beings at the entrance. From far, Bo Nau Cave looks like a monster’s mouth with sharp teeth.

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