Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination in Vietnam. The Bay includes 1,960 islets, most of which are limestone. The limestone has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst formations in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.
After eating lunch, we made our way to Hang Sung Sot (Cave of Surprises). Our junk boat remained in a bigger portion of the bay, and once again we climbed onto a smaller boat to be transported to the Caves.
The weather was starting to clear up, and the bay looked amazing!!!
Hang Sung Sot – Cave of Surprises.
Discovered by the French in 1901, Hang Sang Sot rest 25 meters above sea level and is immense.
Valentino, our tour guide, told us about Ha Long Bay gaining the highest growth in votes in the poll for the Seven New World Natural Wonders.
We climbed these steep stairs to the entrance of the cave.
The view got more and more spectacular as we climbed.
The fog in the bay added a sense of mystery.
What a beautiful sight!
Entering the caves.
There were a number of tours being conducted, so it was hard to follow Valentino, and listen to his speech. We ended up trailing off by ourselves.
The cave’s ceiling is approximately 30m high and the paved passage inside is 500m in length. The cave holds many different shapes of stalagmites and stalactites which hang from the high ceiling. The formations inside seemingly come alive when light is reflected from several water pools inside the cave.
Valentino used a laser pointer to show us different shapes and “animals” on the walls/ ceiling of the cave. We started to make up our way after a while.
The paved paths were spooky in some areas.
When we exited the caves the white sky almost blinded us.
The view after exiting the cave.
Down on the shore we made our way back to the jetty.
Souvenirs and refreshments.
We boarded our little boat, and made our way to the next planned activity….