Often called the Sung Sot Cave this grotto is also known as Surprise Cave, located on Bo Hon Island, in the northwest of Halong Bay (near Dau Go Cave and Tuan Chau Island). It was first discovered by the French in 1901 and originally named “Grotte des Surprises”. As its name, Sung Sot is one of the most spectacular and largest karst caves in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At approximately 25m above sea level, this kind of limestone cave occupies around 10,000 m2 and comprises two caverns, each as beautiful and fascinating as the other. After a steep climb of around 50 steps to get to the mouth of the cave – which is sheltered by natural vegetation – visitors step into another world: a world that combines the cool mystery of Sung Sot Cave with soft, diffused light from the outside world.

The first chamber of Sung Sot Cave is known as the waiting room and is around 30 metres high. It is accessed by walking down a flight of 10 steps from the mouth of the cave. With walls eroded by Mother Nature and squarish in shape, the waiting room provides a grand entrance to the larger, second chamber, which is reached by a narrow path joining the two caves. It is when they enter the second chamber, that tourists to Sung Sot understand why it is called the Surprise Cave. An “Opera House” appears in front you with a numerous number of flowstones, stalactites, stalagmites and columns forming thoughout millions of years.

The second, or inner chamber, is so large it could hold a thousand people at any one time. Above and below, magnificent stalactites and stalagmites extend from the floor and ceiling, sometimes meeting in unison. A meandering path around the chamber allows tourists a view of the cave from different angles, and the light from outside, when coupled with the cave’s coloured and enhanced lighting, creates a magical world, perfect for photographs.

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