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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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.
Simply breathtaking!
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.

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Blogger Merryn said...

My camera oso wont be able to capture such beauty. Nice place!

March 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger mNhL said...

I've never visited any cave before. The scenery was really breathtaking..... wooww.....

March 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

I missed this beautiful place when I visited Vietnam 2 years ago.

March 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Hayley said...

Never know about this place, but the view is really breath taking!

March 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Yee Ling said...

I think the pics you captured is beautiful.

March 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Mummy Gwen said...

Wow..a cave can be so beautiful. I'm not into shopping, I like sight seeing.

March 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Inspired Momx1 said...

Merryn: yes, really nice place, wish I could be there again soon!
Hui Li: yes, it's spectacular, nice place.
Yan: In fact I love Vietnam and would like to go again.
Hayley: Yup, nice scenery there.
Yee Ling: Really, I felt mine was a bit blurry and dark.
Mummy Gwen: I am so into exploring places and usually self plan our itineries when going for trips. I am weird, not so into shopping and you can hardly see pics of shopping malls or shopping loots in my blog. ;)

March 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger yvonne said...

I declined my friend's offer to visit Gua Tempurung 10 years ago. Now I regretted my decision, after seeing all the beautiful caves in Vietnam.

I never visited any cave before :(

March 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Health Freak Mommy said...

I've always wanted to bring the kids to Gua Tempurung. Hubs said to wait until Cass is bigger. Can't wait to see your pix on Gua Tempurung!

March 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Mummy Gwen said...

Ian's mummy, you are not weird la..not all ladies like shopping hehe.

About Legoland, I personally think it's very nice. But the parking system is lousy...only one entry point.

March 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Small Kucing said...

an aunt went there before and she said it was very beautiful

March 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM  

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