Vietnamese cruises are becoming more and more popular, despite the fact there are few cruising spots as yet. Aluxury cruise in Halong is definitely the best cruise available for a complete experience.
Thousands of grottoes are scattered around this incredible UnescoWorld Heritage Site, but most of them are still underwater and thus inaccessible. Others emerged after decades of shaping by the action of the water and wind combined.
Many Halong cruises will visit the Sung Sot cave (meaning Surprise cave), because it is one of the most impressive of all. It covers more than 10 000m2 and is 30 meters high as well as relatively close to shore which helps saving fuel costs.
The Halong Bay boat drops off passengers on Bo Hon Island, where they have to climb several stairs before entering the cave. The 1-day Halong tours aren’t recommended as it takes 1h30 for the boat to get to the cave, which means all of them arrive at the same time and the place is likely to be crowded when you get there.
The Sung Sot grotto is composed of 3 rooms. You will have to climb 50 stone stairs to get to the first one, with many stalactites hanging from the high ceiling. A small passage leads to the second room, inside which the experiencedHalong tour guide will show you the magical rock formations, looking alike familiar figures.
The last and final room is huge, as big as a stadium, and is considered the real surprise.
The total visit takes around 1h and there are in total about 700 steps up & down. It is recommended tp wear comfortable shoes. The cave offers many picture opportunities and especially the highest point of the cave from which you can take panoramic pictures of the stunning Halong Bay scenery.
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