Being a country with complex terrains, Vietnam is presented many attractive and spectacular caves by the Mother Nature. In this post, we will introduce you top 5 most beautiful caves in Vietnam that you should not miss if you have the chance to travel to this beautiful country.
Son Doong Cave
It is difficult to describe the spectacular beauty of Son Doong Cave. This cave belongs to the limestone cave area of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh Province. The cave was discovered in 1991 by Ho Khanh, a local man.
Son Doong Cave is 150 meters in width, more than 200 meters in height and at least 5 kilometers in length. The cave may be much deeper. With such a great area like that, Son Doong has become the largest natural cave in the world. Inside this cave, the researchers also found an underground river, which is more than 2.5 kilometers in length, as well as some pillars of stalactites, which are over 70 meters high.
At every moment of discovering, every moment of observing the natural architect inside Son Doong Cave, you will never stop being surprised. The scenery of the Eden inside the cave, the giant wall of stalactites and stalagmites or the “pearl collection”, which is over a thousand years old, have such a strong attraction to the human beings. Son Doong Cave is certainly a charming destination, a mysterious underground world with a pristine and spectacular beauty that we have not fully explored yet.
Phong Nha Ke Bang
Quang Binh is not only famous for Son Doong Cave but also for “The kingdom of caves – Phong Nha Ke Bang”. Being a part of Ke Bang limestone area in Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Phong Nha Ke Bang is a large area that includes more than 300 spectacular caves in a great deal of size. The average measurement of Phong Nha Cave is about 8 meters in length, 83 meters in depth and 50 meters in height.
On entering these caves, the extreme weather of the Central part of Vietnam is replaced by the typical cool atmosphere. The sunshine will gradually disappear once you go into the cave. Then, a whole new world of sparkling stalactites and stalagmites will welcome you.
Just as other caves, Phong Nha Cave also possesses unique limestone structures, which are named after their shapes, such as Su Tu (the lion), Ky Lan (the unicorn), Vo Chau, Cung Dinh (the palace) or Tuong Phat (the Buddha statue). Especially, there are some giant stalactites, which look like the teeth of the titans. Besides, you can also pay a visit to other magnificent caves such as Tien Son, Paradise cave… If you have the opportunity to travel to Quang Binh, you should not forget to visit these spectacular caves, especially Phong Nha cave.
Trang An Cave system
Trang An, Ninh Binh is a favorite destination for many tourists thanks to the magnificent natural beauty of the picturesque landscape and spectacular caves.
In this region, there are 31 lagoons, which connect with 48 caves. Some of those caves are more than two kilometers long such as Dia Linh Cave, Sinh Duoc Cave, May Cave. Each of them has a unique feature and beauty. Some of them are even recognized as archaeological relics.
Floating on a small ferry, you will pay a visit to 12 caves, of which total length is over 5 kilometers. You can feel the excitement once entering deeper into the caves. The longest cave here is about 350 – 400 meters long. The level of water is quite high; therefore, you must lower your head whenever the ferry goes through these areas. The more you enter the caves, the more you are surprised by the interesting structure of them. Some areas are so even and wide while some are very narrow, which are only wide enough for a small ferry to go through.
Sung Sot Cave
Located on Bo Hon Island, Sung Sot Cave is the largest and the most beautiful cave of Halong Bay – A World Natural Heritage. The name of this cave comes from the fact that the area of the cave is very small but once you cross the narrow limestone interstice, you must be amazed and surprised by a new world, which is larger and more magnificent.
The cave is divided into two main rooms; each one is so large that it can accommodate thousands of people. The ceiling and the ground are packed with a lot of stalactites in magnificent shapes. Ongoing into this sparkling world, you can freely contemplate the beauty of the natural limestone statues, such as the statues of the elephant, the seal or the flowers, etc.
When you enter the next room, you will be overwhelmed by the splendid light as in the fairy tales. The stalactites are now replaced by the luxuriant green. When you approach the highest point of the cave, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful garden with crystal-like water, picturesque landscape, along with many kinds of plants and birds. This dreamy, pristine but spectacular world is such a masterpiece of nature.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong
“Halong Bay on land” is the luxurious name that people use to call the cave system of Tam Coc Bich Dong. Located in Ngu Nhac Mountain, which is about 7 kilometers to the South of Ninh Binh, Tam Coc – Bich Dong includes three caves: Ca Cave, Hai Cave, and Ba Cave. You can contemplate the spectacular beauty of this area when sitting on the boat on Ngo Dong River.
On entering the cave, you are welcomed to a whole new world, a mysterious and sparkling world without the sunshine. The total length of Ca Cave is 127 meters and its entrance is 20 meters wide. This cave goes through a large mountain. You can vividly feel the cool atmosphere inside the cave, which is a far cry from the hot weather outside. Thanks to the talent of the Mother Nature, Ca Cave is so gorgeous with a lot of stalactites in various shapes.
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