As 2017 is about to arrive, why don’t boost up your upcoming year by a really good cruise vacation to the World Heritage site– Halong Bay, recognized by the UNESCO twice, in 1994 and 2000. Broaden your mind with limestone caves, rock islands, and coastal culture of the exotic Halong Bay. Treat yourself and your family well first as a New Year Resolution before giving it all to 2017.
1) Surprising Cave/ Sung Sot Cave
Sung Sot Cave is known as the most popular and majestic in Halong Bay. It is named after the first impression all visitors get when they present in the cave: surprising, breath-taking, astonishing. The queue to the first chamber is quite long and steady but promised to be worth it when you then would see in eyes velvet ceiling, stalactites chandeliers, and bizarre shaped stalagmites. The first chamber only has the size of a theater; however, from here, a narrow, tiny passageway leads to the massive second chamber, where a flow of natural light brightens the surfaces of a space large enough to hold thousands of people, and as guaranteed, it will takes everyone’s breath from the first sight. This 10,000 square meters cave are sure to drive people crazily excited while hiking around and conjuring up all different kinds of enchanting iconic stalagmites. Take my words, exploring Sung Sot Cave is one of the best thing you can do to start a wonderful New Year.
Photo by Zsolt Fazekas
2) Heavenly Palace Cave/ Thien Cung Cave
Considered the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay, Thien Cung Cave is located only a few kilometers from Halong City, the embarkation point of most Halong Bay cruises. The cave's vast interior is some 3,000 square meters, including several levels and impressively high ceilings. The stalactites and stalagmites in Thien Cung Cave come in many forms, and tourists enjoy learning the local stories about them, including the legend of the Dragon Prince falling in love the Lady of the Clouds in Halong Bay.
3) Wood Stake Cave/ Dau Go Cave
Another gorgeous cave where is not very far away from Thien Cung, Dau Go Cave is located just 300 meters away to the south of Halong Bay, and our cruises always recommend these two to be visited together. The beauty of Dau Go Cave is in its ancient and mossy appearance spreading through 5,000 square meters. Its first vaulted chamber resembles a large opera hall, with the colors and shapes of its formations representing a harmonious design. The middle and rear chambers of Dau Go are full of stalactites which are carefully and colorfully lit. Locals always tell several myths about the name of this fascinating cave; one of them links to the spot of the historic battle against Mongol invaders in the 13th century under the Tran Dynasty. It is said that this cave is where wooden stakes were hidden, which were later driven into the river bed to trap enemy vessels – the name “Dau Go” means wooden stakes.
4) Maze Cave/ Me Cung Cave
Me Cung Cave, located on Lom Bo Island, is 2 kilometers away from the south west of Titop Island, Halong Bay. This cave has numerous fascinating chambers connected by small hallways spacy enough for only one tourist at a time. Me Cung Cave is notable as the site of archaeological evidence of prehistoric life in this area. Initial scientific explorations of the cave revealed piles of freshwater seashells along with fossilized animal remains. Experts believe the cave was inhabited 7,000 to 10,000 years ago by a Stone Age culture using the bay as a food source.
Let’s make 2017 specular from the very first days. Reserve a cruise with Legend Halong to explore the amazing caves and many other beautiful coastal creatures along with multiple exciting activities on broad!