Sung Sot Cave, or the Cave of Surprises (Surprise Grotto), is the best known cave of Halong Bay and one of the most spectacular. The Sung Sot Cave was first discovered by French explorers in 1901. And they called it is grotte des surprises, or grotto of surprises.
It is located on Bo Hòn Island,near the centre of Halong Bay, within the vicinity of other sights such as Titov Island, Bo Nau Grotto, Me Cung Cave and Luun Grotto.
There is a small pier where boats dock to allow visitors down. From the pier, a flight of 50 stone steps takes one to the entrance of the cave. The inside of Sung Sot Cave is simply cavernous. At many places the ceiling is low, and takes on a wavy appearance. A profusion of stalactites and stalagmites cover the walls.
Covering an area of more than 130,000 square feet (12,200 square meters), the massive cave consists of three smaller compartments, or “rooms,” each filled with impressive stalactite formations. In places, the grotto’s roof sits nearly 100 feet (30 meters) from the cave floor.
To ensure the safety of visitors, the grotto has been outfitted with a smooth walking path and guide ropes help to keep visitors on the path Multi-coloured lights are also installed to beautify the cave and bring out its grandeur. Coming out of the cave, visitors get a panoramic view of Bo Hon Bay below. It is one of those iconic view of Halong Bay that has appeared in many postcards.
The easiest way to reach Sung Sot Cave is to book a tour of Halong Bay. There is plenty to choose Halong Bay Tours from Hanoi.
However, if only booked a trip to Halong Bay for your holiday. So it does not give you a comprehensive view of the beauty of North Vietnam.
Hope this article will provide a lot of useful information to visitors. Wish you a great travel in Vietnam !!!