Sung Sot cave is one of the largest and the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. It is regarded as an Opera theatre on Halong Bay with 2 main chambers covering an area of over 10,000 sq.m. Each chamber has its own beauty which surprises tourists. The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and is lined with shady trees.
The first chamber is similar to a wide theatre hall. Many stalactites hang from the high ceiling, with numerous possible forms and shapes. The path to the inner chamber is approximately 3m wide. The inner chamber is known as a “royal garden” which appears with a clear pond and a seemingly fascinating landscape of mountains. Many birds and plants live here.
It is situated in the central tourism centre of the bay, as well as Ti Top Beach, Bo Nau Grotto, Me Cung Grotto and Luon Grotto. French named it “grotte des surprises” (grotto of surprise).
From the wharf, you climb 50 steep stone stairs to the mouth of the grotto, which lies 25 m above the sea level. Going down some 10 stone stairs, you reach the mouth of a grotto. The grotto covers some 10,000 m2. Inside the grotto there have thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along the 500-meter paved passage. Light posts line the passage and serve as signposts and ornaments. The lighting system with elegant styles adds more charm to the beauty of the grotto.
Up in the 30-meter roof of the grotto, one can figure out small, soft and even concave spots, which look like patterns in the ceiling of a theater. A huge piece of stone stands up to the ceiling by the grotto’s mouth. This evidences one of the typical karst-style grottoes with high scientific values.
At the side of the entrance, the rock seems to form the shape of a horse with a long sword. Legend has it, that after having defeated the an aggressors, Thanh Giong (the Saint Giong) helped the population to chase away evil spirits and demons. After this feat, Saint Giong flew to heaven, leaving a stone horse and sword to continue to keep the demons away.