Halong Bay, as you have read in other sections of this site, is a treasure trove of islands and caves located in North-east Vietnam. It is truly difficult to choose among these wonders, but here is a tip: do not ever miss out on Sung Sot Cave. The French explorers who discovered this cave in 1901 were astounded by its beauty. Thus, the name Sung Sot, which means “surprise.” Perhaps, even the grandeur of the surrounding islands and the bay’s clear waters were not enough to prepare them for the enthralling interior.
Fifty steps that lead to the entrance add to the suspense. Inside, narrow passageways lead to wide grottoes that can accommodate even a thousand visitors. Unexpectedly, a third grotto encloses a lake, with birds, plants and even occasional monkeys. Everywhere, stalactites and stalagmites mimic the shapes of wild animals – tigers, penguins and, yes, dragons. A rock formation near the end of the cave imitates a horse with a long sword. The end of the Sung Sot Cave rewards the explorer with a last wonderful surprise: a breath-taking view of the whole of Halong Bay.