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Sung Sot Cave, which means Cave of Surprises, is the biggest and finest cave in Halong Bay. It actually got its name from the French, who called it grotte des surprises, or grotto of surprises. It is located on Bo Hon Island, near the centre of Halong Bay, within the vicinity of other sights such as Titov Island, Bo Nau Grotto, Me Cung Cave and Luun Grotto. There is a small pier where boats dock to allow visitors down. From the pier, a flight of 50 stone steps takes one to the entrance of the cave. The inside of Sung Sot Cave is simply cavernous. At many places the ceiling is low, and takes on a wavy appearance. A profusion of stalactites and stalagmites cover the walls.

To ensure the safety of visitors, a path is built to zigzag through Sung Sot Cave. Guide ropes help to keep visitors on the path Multi-coloured lights are also installed to beautify the cave and bring out its grandeur. Coming out of the cave, visitors get a panoramic view of Bo Hon Bay below. It is one of those iconic view of Halong Bay that has appeared in many postcards.



Junks carrying tourists anchored off Sung Sot Cave.

Going to Sung Sot Cave

The easiest way to reach Sung Sot Cave is to book a tour of Halong Bay. There is plenty to choose from in Hanoi.

Halong Bay Travel Guide

Useful information to help you prepare for your trip to Halong Bay.


Halong Bay Photo Gallery

Photo Album of the panoramic sights in Halong Bay.

Halong Bay at Night

View Halong Bay when darkness falls and the lights come on.

Bo Hon Island

Click enter to see scenic views of beautiful Bo Hon Island.

Cat Ba National Park

We went kayaking at this national park to explore its beautiful caves and passages.

Cat Ba National Park Photo Gallery


Fighting Cock Island

This is a pair of rocky outcrops in Halong Bay.

Me Cung Cave

This is a cave in Halong Bay.

Sung Sot Cave

This is the biggest and grandest grotto in Halong Bay.

Sung Sot Cave Gallery


Titov Island

This is the island with a scenic viewpoint pavillion at its highest point.

Titov Island Gallery



Places of Interest in Vietnam

Vietnam is a land of cultural and natural beauty. Click enter to view many of the sights in Vietnam.



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