Hang Sung Sot (Sung Sot Cave), Halong Bay, Vietnam
We visited Gua Tempurung located in Gopeng, Perak over the CNY long holidays and I will blog about it after this post. It was an interesting and educational trip for both the boy and the parents. I always try my best to 'squeeze in' something educational when we go holidaying and hopefully the boy picks up some knowledge and values here and there and not purely to enjoy himself! Okay, talk about a kiasu mother here.. hehehe...
What prompted me to visit Gua Tempurung was my amazing experience visiting Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay, Vietnam 6 years ago. The view, both inside and outside the cave was simply spectacular and I am still in awe of the calm, serenity and beauty of nature God has created.
This post is not about Gua Tempurung, instead it's a post to pen down my visit to Sung Sot Cave located in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
View of Bo Hon Bay, photo taken from a platform when exiting Sung Sot Cave.
Sung Sot Cave, which means Cave of Surprises, is the biggest and finest cave in Halong Bay. It is located on Bo Hon Island, near the centre of Halong Bay. 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.
Top photo: Panoramic view of Bo Hon Bay from the viewing platform
Bottom left photo: Viewing platform at the cave exit
Bottom right photo: Our friendly tour guide (a very nice local young chap) walking mom in-law to our waiting junk. She did not join us for the cave tour due to her osteoarthritis condition.
Simply lovely though I remember a truly tiring adventure zigzagging the path through the cave with my fellow tour mates. There's no turning back once you step foot on the cave entrance as the junk that took us there would wait for us at the exit point which was at the other end of the cave.
These two photos are taken from the internet. My camera couldn't capture such amazing God's creation. Trust me, the interior of the cave looks exactly like that if not better. Simply spectacular! I would love to visit Sung Sot cave again and this time with my boy tagging along!
Next will be on our visit to Gua Tempurung.