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Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay

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Climb 680 steps through lush vegetation into a large grotto at Sung Sot Cave, a part of Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. Filled with unusual rock formations highlighted by colored lights, the cave features naturally carved limestone in intricately ornate shapes covering its long walls. Stalactites and stalagmites under spotlights create a dramatic effect for spectators in this popular tourist spot. You can see limestone in the shape of a Buddha or a tortoise, with the most famous formation in the shape of a phallic rock under pink spotlights, believed to contribute to fertility. Put Sung Sot Cave on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Halong Bay travel itinerary planner.
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  • Not for the faint-hearted, claimed 700 steps :-) so worth it though. Beautiful cave with fantastic views from the viewing platforms. 
    Not for the faint-hearted, claimed 700 steps :-) so worth it though. Beautiful cave with fantastic views from the viewing platforms.  more »
  • This is a unique experience ... A small junk boat and the misty "Halong Bay", with its deep calm waters, intriguing limestones formations and, all of a sudden, we landed at "Bo Hon Island" for... 
    This is a unique experience ... A small junk boat and the misty "Halong Bay", with its deep calm waters, intriguing limestones formations and, all of a sudden, we landed at "Bo Hon Island" for...  more »
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  • Cave is a one way route. The inside is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. The ceilings of the cave are carved from a prior earthquake where the ocean mixed with the minerals of the cave and created an acid that ate through the rock. There's free toilets at the beginning and end of the cave. The cave inside is cool and similar to an air conditioned room. There's a good viewpoint at the beginning and end of the cave that looks out to the water and the islets.
  • There are stairs to get to the entrance of the cave. No biggie. Take it slow if you have to. It's also quite humid, which is to be expected visiting in June. But the 3 stars bc it was a lot of tourists and it wasn't very organized. Just people jam packed in a smaller cave pushing and pressing each other, trying to get into a single file path to get to the Surprise part. Had they had lines or ropes or directions, that part may have not been so unpleasant. However once you get in there, what a site to behold! Plenty of space for all of those people and quite peaceful to be honest. Worth going, perhaps on a week day.

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