Sung Sot Grotto

Location: Situated in the centre of the UNESCO-declared World Heritage area – Ha Long Bay, Sung Sot (Surprise) Grotto is on Bo Hon Island.

Characteristics: Covering area of 10,000m² in Bo Hon Island, Sung Sot Grotto with thousands of stalactites is one of the finest and widest caves in Ha Long Bay which were discovered by the French in 1901.

◊ It Looks Like a Theatre

Ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage and consists of great paved stone blocks. Inside, it is partitioned into two chambers; the first one being similar to a wide theatre hall. Many stalactites hang from the high ceiling, with numerous possible forms and shapes. From the wharf, you climb 50 steep stone stairs to the mouth of the grotto, which lies 25m above the sea level. Going down some 10 stone stairs, you reach the mouth of a grotto. The grotto covers some 10,000m2. Inside the grotto there have thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along the 500-meter paved passage.

 

 

A narrow passage leads to the second rooms, where a flow of light meets visitors. 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. The chamber is so immense it could contain thousands of people at one time.

 

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.

 

◊ Fascinating Landscapes

At the deepest point of the grotto, a "royal garden" appears with a clear pond and a seemingly fascinating landscape of mountains. Many birds and plants (benjamin figs, cycads and centenary banyan trees) live here. On nice days groups of monkeys might arrive in search of fruit.

 

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 (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.

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WHERE TO STAY
Ha Long Hotel

Add: 80 Le Thanh Tong St., Hon Gai Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3826 509

Tuan Chau Resort

Add: Tuan Chau Island, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3842 999

Ha Long Trade Union Hotel

Add: Ha Long St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 780/ 3844 043

Huong Lien Hotel

Add: 283 Le Thanh Tong St., Hon Gai Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3826 608

CityBay Palace Hotel

Add: 156 Le Thanh Tong St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3621 838

Ha Long Bay Hotel

Add: Ha Long St, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3845 209/ 3845 211

Hoa Thuy Tien Hotel

Add: 193 Le Thanh Tong St., Hon Gai Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3826 297

Hotel Eden Ha Long

Add: Hamlet 2, Tam Dao Town, Tam Dao

Bach Dang Hotel

Add: 2 Ha Long St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 330/ 3847 837

BMC - Thang Long Hotel

Add: Ha Long St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3845 985/ 3849 667

Le Hoa Hotel

Add: 109 Le Thanh Tong St., Hon Gai Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3625 067

79 Luxury Ha Long Hotel

Add: 152 - 156 Bai Chay St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3848 798

Doan Trang Hotel

Add: Group 12- Zone 4B, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 953

Hoang Lan Hotel

Add: 15 - 17 Vuon Dao St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 504

Sunrise Hotel

Add: 42 Hau Can St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3844 908

Hoang Ha Hotel

Add: Hau Can St., Hon Gai Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3844 844

Morning Star Hotel

Add: Tuan Chau Island, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3842 350/ 3842 359

Kieu Anh Hotel

Add: Group 3- Zone 2, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 382

Bac Long Hotel

Add: 34 Vuon Dao St., Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 167

Binh Than Hotel

Add: 4 Doan Thi Diem St., Bach Dang Ward, Halong City

Tel: (84-203) 6216 68

WHERE TO EAT
Bien Mo Floating Restaurant

Add: 35 Ben Tau St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3828 951

Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant

Add: Yen Tu's telpher station, Uong Bi City

Tel: (84-203) 3661 027

Hong Kong Restaurant

Add: Ha Long St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3847 591

Thien Trang Restaurant

Add: 7 Tran Phu St., Cam Pha City

Tel: (84-203) 3862 467

Tuyet Tuyet Restaurant

Add: Khu 8, Cai Rong Townlet, Van Don Dist.

Tel: (84-203) 3874 256

Quan Hai Lau Restaurant

Add: Bai Chay St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3847 037

Cong Doan Restaurant

Add: Bai Chay Tourist Centre, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3846 780

Bien Xanh Restaurant

Add: 8 Le Thanh Tong St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3825 112

Anh Duong Restaurant

Add: Group 6, Yet Kieu Ward, Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 6293 666

Ha Long Wonder Restaurant

Add: 98 Ben tau Hon Gai St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3811 279

Phu Dong Restaurant

Add: 6A Le Thanh Tong St., Ha Long City

Tel: (84-203) 3656 339