Son Moc Huong Cave

Son Moc Huong CaveMoc Chau is the gateway district of Son La province and the whole West North area. The main part of topography in this area is the Limestone Mountains. After thousands of years under the impact of the nature, big grottoes have been created. There are some grottoes that were used for living 30,000 to 70,000 years ago. There are some grottoes, which own the fascinating beauty with high level of slope, which creates the springs to let us have the feeling of coming to the wonderland.

Coming to Moc Chau, people should not pass over Son Moc Huong cave (Doi cave or Bat cave). Hang Doi is located in the East North of the town with the area of 6,915 sq m. Along the national road No 6 from Hanoi to Son La, the vestige is right in the middle of Moc Chau township, which is in the second mountain range and about 165m from the national road no 6. People have to clime 240 stairs to come to the grotto. The paths inside the grotto are made curling to ease the tiring for visitors.

It is said that there was a holy dragon flying to the South China Sea. When he flied to this land, he saw the grandiose mountains, well-off soil, and cool weather; he decided to land down for a residing. Nowadays, the mountain range is curling around the valley with magical color: it is white in the dawn, blue in the noon, pink in the afternoon, purple in the eclipse, and that is the body of the dragon.

When the dragon died, he thanked to this land and cough out seven gems to give his gratitude, which are seven small mountains nowadays.

In September 1992, the Museum of Son La province and Institute of archeologist of Vietnam did a research on this site. The hole of surveying is near the entrance gate, which is about 1.2 meter. There is a cultural layer, which is about 0.5m thick. Many relics have been collected which showed that there were ancient Vietnamese living here 3,000 o 3,500 years ago. Visitors could feel petrified coming here for the fascinating scenery of stalactites; many stalactites are more than 20m high, which look like the big roots of ancient trees. From the cliff, there are many shapes of elephant, lion, and lizard. The middle part is a bit higher with the rocky shade covering which is called “Princess Room”.

On the ceiling of the grotto, there are many small caves in the mountain, which are the nest of bats. They are crowded and dark, which lets to the name of Hang Doi (bat grotto). Water dropping from the ceiling makes the sounds romantic and melodious all year round.

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