Top 10 beautiful caves in Halong Bay

Last updated - May 21, 2024
Top 10 beautiful caves in Halong Bay

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized twice, is an ethereal landscape unique to the world, famed for its numerous caves and grottoes scattered throughout the bay. Ama Journey would like to express our admirations for these natural wonders. And here is a list of 10 beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay.


1. Sung Sot Cave

Sung Sot Cave, also known as Surprise Cave, is one of the most famous wonders of Ha Long Bay. Located on Bô Hòn Island, the cave was discovered by the French in 1901 and has since become one of the region's most popular attractions.

A huge space inside Sung Sot cave in Halong bay

The cave's first chamber resembles a grand theater, with a ceiling that seems to stretch infinitely, giving the impression of reaching for the stars.
The second chamber of Sung Sot Cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites in fascinating shapes.
Over the years, Sung Sot Cave has become a must-see attraction in Ha Long Bay, drawing milions of visitors each year with its unique blend of natural grandeur and striking beauty.

2. Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung Cave, also known as the Heavenly Palace Cave, is a geological wonder that has been dazzling visitors since its discovery in 1993. From the moment they enter, visitors are transported into a fairytale world where nature unfolds in all its splendor.

Inside Thien Cung cave

Perched at a height of 25 meters, this underground sanctuary covers more than 10,000 square meters, with complex structures spread over several floors. The high ceilings and monumental cliffs impress with their majesty, while the oddly shaped stalactites and stalagmites seem to have been sculpted by an artist's hand. Every corner of the cave holds its own surprises, with geological formations that evoke scenes of life, animals, and landscapes, like so many enchanting natural tableaux.

3. Dau Go Cave

Dau Go Grotto, also known as the Grotto of Wonders, is one of Ha Long Bay's most treasured sites, rich in centuries-old history and legends. In reference to the story of storing wood for the historic battle against the Chinese on the Bach Dang River in the 13th century.

Located at an altitude of 27 meters and covering an area of approximately 5,000 square meters, Dau Go Grotto is a natural masterpiece. Its three main halls, dazzling and almost surreal, offer a breathtaking experience for any visitor.

Upon entering the cave, visitors are greeted by a majestic dome bathed in natural light, where an array of stalactites and stalagmites stand tall. The varied geological formations lining the walls and ceiling appear sculpted by a skilled artist, creating a captivating and mystical atmosphere.

4. Kim Quy Cave

In the heart of Ha Long Bay, the Grotto of the Golden Turtle, or Kim Quy Grotto, invites travelers to discover an ancient legend. Nestled on Dam Nam Island, with the 200-meter-high Soi Rim Island as its backdrop, this majestic cave is nearly 100 meters long and 5 to 10 meters wide, concealing unique geological formations.

According to legend, after a victorious battle, the Sacred Turtle returned to the Eastern Sea but exhausted herself fighting monsters in Ha Long Bay. She fell asleep in the cave, where about 30 stalactites still evoke the pieces of wood in the battle of Bach Dang.

5. Luon Cave

For those eager to try kayaking in Ha Long Bay, Luon Cave is a must-visit destination.

Luon cave in Halong bay is on many cruises' activities

Unlike many other caves accessible by boats or cruise ships, Luon Cave requires a bamboo boat or small kayak due to its limited height. Be prepared to duck low when the tide is high.
Once you pass through the cave's entrance, you will be greeted by its tranquil atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing and serene experience.

6. Me Cung Cave

Located on Lom Bo Island, about 2 kilometers west of Titov Island, Me Cung Grotto, also known as Labyrinth Grotto, is a must-see in Ha Long Bay. Its modest entrance hides a stunning labyrinth of sophisticated rock formations.

The stunning Me Cung cave

Inside, visitors are transported to an imperial setting with walls adorned by fascinating geological formations, creating a mystical atmosphere. The cave's maze-like passages invite exploration, revealing hidden wonders. Surrounding the cave is lush vegetation and a serene lake, home to diverse wildlife including birds, monkeys, and lizards, enhancing the magical experience.

7. Trinh Nu Cave

Grotte Trinh Nu, or Virgin Cave, is steeped in legend and poetry. Its silhouette, resembling a long-haired young woman gazing out to sea, captures the imagination of visitors.
According to legend, the cave faces Grotte Trong, or Man Cave, depicting a man. These caves tell a tragic love story between a young girl and her beloved. Visitors admire the magnificent stalactite formations while hearing this moving tale.

Trinh Nu cave in Halong bay

Trinh Nu and Trong Grottoes symbolize a legendary temple of love, where young lovers pay homage to the timeless story. Beyond its geological beauty, Trinh Nu Grotto embodies the romance of Ha Long Bay, offering a captivating experience.

8. Trong Cave

Also known as "Male Cave," this location is tied to a grim legend rather than romance. According to the story, a woman in Ha Long Bay fell in love with a fisherman but was forced to marry a wealthier man. She fled to Trinh Nu Cave, waiting for her lover's return.

The view from Hang Trong cave

The fisherman, desperate to find her, set off in a rowboat but was caught in a storm and took shelter in a cave opposite hers. They could see and wave to each other, but the storm kept them apart.
The cave where the fisherman shelted was called Hang Trong or Male Cave.

9. Bo Nau cave

Bo Nau Cave was explored by the French in the 20th century, and a famous photo taken in 1958 has become a symbol of Ha Long Bay. The origin of the name “Bo Nau” is unclear, but according to locals, the cave once sheltered thousands of pelicans. The nearby fishing villagers named it “Bo Nau,” a spoonerism of “Bo Nong,” which means pelican.

10. Tien Ong Cave

Tien Ong Cave is spectacular for its size of nearly 10000 Sqm It features two chambers divided by a tall stone pillar. The cave entrance, covered in emerald green moss from centuries of sea water exposure, exudes a primitive charm. Inside, the stunning stalactites take various forms, from peacocks to crocodiles, enhanced by well-placed lighting. The grotto resembles a natural museum built by Earth.

Steps to Tien Ong cave

Beyond its beauty, Tien Ong Cave holds significant archaeological interest with stone artifacts from the Hoa Binh Culture (10,000-2,000 BCE). Opened for tourism in 2010, it delights Ha Long Bay enthusiasts and archaeology buffs alike.

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