Exploring Sung Sot Caves: A Majestic Underground Wonderland

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Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay is a very popular tourist destination. It is present in most of the itineraries to visit Halong Bay and attracts domestic and foreign tourists. So why is Sung Sot Caves at the top of the list of must-visit caves in Halong Bay and attracting many tourists? The answer will surprise you.

Location ⭐ Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Discovery 1901 by French explorers
✅ Size ⭐ Two main caverns, spread over 10,000 square meters
Features ⭐ Stalactites, stalagmites, unique rock formations

Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay

Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay

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Location of Sung Sot Caves

Sung Sot Caves were discovered by the French in 1901 and are located on Bo Hon Island in the central area of the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province. They are located adjacent to Titop Island, Me Cung Cave, and Luon Cave. Sung Sot Cave is also a bridge to famous tourist attractions in Halong Bay.

Sung Sot Caves are 25 meters above sea level and cover an area of more than 10,000 m2. This is an amazing number. Inside Sung Sot Caves is an 800-meter-long stone walkway with colorful lampposts that make the space more mysterious and attractive.

Sung Sot Caves are seen from the outside

Sung Sot Caves are seen from the outside

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Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay are divided into several compartments.

The first compartment called the waiting room, is adorned with sparkling chandeliers and vivid stalactites.

Stepping into compartment 2 is an extremely large space, accommodating up to thousands of people. With this area, Sung Sot promises to be a huge cave that makes you overwhelmed when visiting. The room is majestic, with super high ceilings and many stone blocks with interesting animal shapes such as mammoths, seals, flowers, etc.

The deeper you go inside, the royal garden appears in front of visitors with diverse vegetation, a clear lake, many kinds of rare birds, and playful monkeys foraging.

The path is bright and full of unique stalactites in Sung Sot Caves

The path is bright and full of unique stalactites in Sung Sot Caves

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 The Legend of Sung Sot Caves

The origin of Sung Sot is derived from the surprise of a French scientist when he discovered Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay in 1901. When he slipped through a narrow rock gap from the mouth of the caves to enter, he had to exclaim the name "Grotte de la surprise" (Caves of Astonishment) because of the splendor of this creation-given masterpiece. By 2012, Sung Sot Caves had been rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful caves in the world by the Czech Association of Travel Agents and Brokers.
Not only that Sung Sot Caves are also associated with the legend of  Thanh Giong (Saint Giong) -  a hero of Vietnam. It is said that when Thanh Giong finished driving the invaders out of the country, he rode a cloud to heaven, and left the sword with the war horse in Sung Sot Caves to suppress the devil (you can see the stalactites look a lot like a horse and a sword). The place where his horse's footprints ran through also turned into a pond in Sung Sot Caves. It can be said that Sung Sot Caves are a sacred vestige of a great battle to protect the Vietnam of Thanh Giong.

The charming fountain inside Sung Sot Caves

The charming fountain inside Sung Sot Caves

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How to Get to Sung Sot Caves

There are many ways to visit Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay that you can refer to, such as:

  • Canoe

This is the fastest way to get straight to Sung Sot Caves. You can visit Tuan Chau and Hon Gai piers to rent canoes. It only costs about $50 for a canoe with 4 to 8 seats.

  • By sightseeing boat

In addition, you can buy tickets to visit Halong Bay at Tuan Chau or Ha Long International Passenger Port. Note that visitors need to buy a ticket for Route 2 (the journey lasts 6 hours a day) to get to Sung Sot Caves. Besides, tourists can also visit Ti Top Island, Bo Nau Cave, Ho Dong Tien Cave, Luon Cave, Trong Cave, Trinh Nu Cave, and Me Cung Cave, etc with many interesting and attractive activities such as swimming, kayaking, exploring caves, etc. The ticket prices start at only $12 per person.

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  • By cruise

Renting a cruise to visit is a great idea to make your trip perfect. Not only can you visit and admire the scenery, but you can also experience many other great facilities such as high-class restaurants, spas, outdoor sunbathing, luxurious rooms, etc. If you are looking for prestigious and classy cruises, Paradise Cruises is a great choice that you can refer to.

Paradise Elegance Cruise with Sung Sot Caves itinerary

Paradise Elegance Cruise with Sung Sot Caves itinerary

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The best time to visit Sung Sot Caves

The ideal time to travel is from April to July. At this time, the cool and sunny weather is very suitable for traveling in Halong Bay in general and Sung Sot Caves in particular.

Tips for visiting Sung Sot Caves

Currently, Sung Sot Caves have become a famous tourist destination, attracting many tourists to explore them every year. However, the caves are still quite wild, so you should equip yourself with some essential tools to make the tour smoother and more comfortable.

  • You should prepare a good pair of shoes to easily climb the terrain. Moderate luggage will make traveling more convenient.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen and insect repellent before the trip.
  • Bring a flashlight; you will need it sometime.
  • Because the space in Sung Sot Caves is quite large, you should go in groups to avoid getting lost.
  • You should combine many tourist destinations to make the journey richer and more enjoyable.

Thorough preparation before the trip is always necessary

Thorough preparation before the trip is always necessary

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Pictures at Sung Sot Caves

Take a look at Sung Sot Caves. The magnificent caves with colorful, fanciful spaces formed after millions of years. You will wonder how to resist this beauty.

View from the entrance to Sung Sot Caves

View from the entrance to Sung Sot Caves

Sung Sot Caves - Mother Nature's sculptural masterpiece

Sung Sot Caves - Mother Nature's sculptural masterpiece

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The beauty of stalactites combined with lights

The beauty of stalactites combined with lights

Sung Sot Caves is as large as a theater

Sung Sot Caves is as large as a theater

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Sung Sot Caves are a rare natural masterpiece in the world, compared to the gift that nature has bestowed on Halong Bay, contributing to making it a world natural heritage site. If you have the opportunity, visit Sung Sot Caves to experience it.

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