Me Cung Cave

Me Cung cave is located in Ha Long bay, only 2km from the South West of Ti Top beach. It gate looks like the house, which is carved into the island body. The cave is on Lom Bo islet in the height of 25m above the sea level. Is it the reason for the attraction from domestic and international visitors to name it Me Cung? (Maze cave). The hillside of Me Cung is separated into many parts. However, it is very narrow but it is very beautiful with stalactites and familiar images with Vietnamese people like statue and patterns. The coming gate is only enough for one person and there is a light inside the hillside, which is the way-out. After coming out of the cave, there is a small lake with pure water with creature world inside like fish, shrimp, squid, coral, etc. Besides, there are many ancient trees, which could be named and felt by every visitor. Right in Me Cung cave, there are also many relics of the pre Ha Long culture with the era of newly stone which about 7000 to 10,000 years from now. The Melia spring is about 1,2m thick and locates in the outside. All prove that Ha Long is the place of pre-culture of Ha Long, which is still available until now. On the island, the ancient trees reflect upon the water. This is also the residence of birds, monkey, etc. Me Cung cave also contribute to the excitement of the tour on Halong Bay. It would be a mistaken if you come to Halong without a visit to Me Cung cave. … [Read more...]

Tu Thuc Cave

Tu Thuc cave is also called Bich Dao cave. It is a limestone mountain range with many stalactites related to the legend of Tu Thuc meeting the fairy. In 1992, department of Culture and Communication have acknowledged this place to be the national vestige. According to the open encyclopedia, this cave is located in Nga Thien commune, Nga Son district, Thanh Hoa province. In the period of America war, this cave is left fallow and the grass are free to grow in the gate of it. The special part of this is not only its stalactites but also the imagination love story between a human and a fairy: Tu Thuc boy and Giang Huong fairy girl. There is a small temple in the cave called Son Than temple (temple of God of mountain). Above the cave gate, there are cliffs with the carving poem of Le Quy Don (famous teacher of Le dynasty) when he visited this cave in 17th century. Along the length of the cave, there are many stalactites with different shapes, which are related to the legend of Tu Thuc and Giang Huong. The main cave has two parts: the outer part is large with the curving ceiling like a giant upturn bowl, the inner part has a stalactite looks like the fairy peach, therefore it is also called Bich Dao cave. On the smooth plate of stone, there is a relic of Tu Thuc. Following are the sparkling hills, which are compared to the different storage places: the gold store is the sparkling lumps in yellow color, the salt store contains small stalactites with white color, the rice store is more interesting with smooth rocks, which are connected to each other, and all are in sliver brown color. Coming to the inner part, there are three incarnations, which are buffalo, goat, pig, a big feast, which are similar to a natural feast set up since many years. Coming deep into the inner part, the hillside is larger with many relics of the love between Giang Huong and Tu Thuc. There are also two footprints on the rock, which are on from unknown time. They are said to be the footprint of Tu Thuc. At the back of the cave, there is a mountain named Than Phu and a cave called Doi cave, etc. … [Read more...]

Nguom Ngao cave

Nguom Ngao cave is located in Gun hamlet, Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province. It has the neglected beauty with many praise and admired by many visitors. According to the local people, the name of Nguom Ngao is put from the past when people passing this cave would hear the sound of lion and tigers inside. According to the scientists, Nguom Ngao was created for more than 300 millions of years. However, it is only discovered since 1921. In 1994, the local people began to bring the visitors to come to Nguom Ngao via plain road and river. In 2003, the tourism sector of Cao Bang officially exploits this cave and brings it into the interesting destination. The length of Nguom Ngao is about 2144m, but it is only exploited for 980m. The inside parts are nearly original as it was with hundreds of unique figures and shapes. There are four pillars of supporting the sky rising like supporting the ceiling of the cave. Three lithophones with the sounds of T’rung, the statues of three abundances, the statues of old couple and also the tree of gold and silver sparkling, etc, all are gathering in this very place. In the hillside, there are some places with the sound of spring. In the past, whenever coming to this part, local people often ride the visitors on the small boats. In 14:00 of 22 April, there are annually three light meeting to create the hillside part clear and bright like morning in few minutes. It is a particular interesting natural phenomenon, which is gifted to Nguom Ngao. Though Nguom Ngao is only 100km from Cao Bang Township and 300km from Hanoi, the road to come to this cave is still far and tortuous, however, its neglected beauty has attracted thousands of domestic and international visitors to come. Only in 2008, there are 10,000 participations of foreign visitors coming to Nguom Ngao. … [Read more...]

Pu Sam Cap Cave

If the nature has “pre-setup” for the North West part with the limestone ranges or the green forest ranging with rivers and spring, the historical of nature also left many landmarks with the living symbols of grottoes inside the hillside with the magical stalactites. All have made the visitors being moved. One of the typical features for the tenacious creativities is located in Lai Chau province with the complex of grotto Pu Sam Cap which is newly discovered since July 2006 with more than 10 grottoes and caves. Among them, there are three main grottoes named Thien Mon, Thien Duong and Thuy Tinh which are compared with the sleepless woman in the forest. The natural beauty of Pu Sam Cap is not so less in comparison with any complex which is acknowledged to be the national and international landscape such as Phong Nha – Ke Bang (Quang Binh) or Thien Cung (Quang Ninh), etc. Pu Sam Cap means “three overlapping big mountains” in local language. This is the name for the limestone mountain range with the topography type of karst, which is shaped from the Tectonics era. Pu Sam Cap complex is along the provincial road no 129 to Sin Ho plateau. It is about 6km from the West of Lai Chau Township, and it is on the height of 1,700m above the sea level. Coming to Pu Sam Cap, visitors have to go through a rough tortuous pathway with the ancient trees being stroked down by storms lying in the middle of the road. That makes the steps of the visitors full of magic and natural power of the jungle. The interesting part of it is when visitors are hard to approach different types of stalactites; it is very easy for them to touch in Pu Sam Cap. This seems to be the advantage of this cave, but it has left many tough issues in preserving. Because it needs millions of years to create these masterpieces, but only small unawareness could harm them even in a blink of eyes. Py Sam Cap cave is still too neglected and simple. There seem only some instruction plates to instruct the visitors to the Thien Mon or Thien Duong caves. There are also some of llight bowl are set up to help the visitors to witness the inside parts. Almost no large-scale investments are made to match the beauty of the Pu Sam Cap mountain girls. It is hoped that in the near future, under the special treatment of the local authorities, Pu Sam Cap complex would become the bright point along with the latent values of the province. Pu Sam Cap will contribute to the tourism enhancement of Lai Chau to add on the unique colorful features of North West sonority. … [Read more...]

Son Doong cave

Son Doong grotto is located in Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district of Quang Binh province. This is the biggest natural grotto. Son Doong is in the complex of Phong Nha – Ke Bang (world natural heritage). It is a part of the underground system, which connects with 150 other grottoes and caves in Vietnam’s part, which is near Laos’s border. Limestone mountain range near Laos-Vietnam border has many grottoes and cave like well-known Phong Nha cave, however, Son Doong grotto was just discovered in 1991by Mr. Ho Khanh – a local person coming to the entrance gate by accident when he sheltered from rain. However, it is neglected for quite a while until 2006, when there was a discovery group of British Caving Association (BCA) coming here to survey, and Mr. Khanh told them about the grotto. It was hard for him to locate the position of the entrance gate, which is so deep in the jungle and rough topography. It is far from the main road and could not be seen on Google Earth. Under his instruction, they came deeply into the grotto to take pictures, measure and collect the scientific information. They also let the honoring of giving name to Mr. Ho Khanh. In 22 April 2009, the group of BCA announced to discovering the grotto and supposed that Son Doong’s scale is biggest in the world. In January 2010, some explorers came back to find out more about this grotto system. Son Doong grotto was created 2.5 million years ago. When the river flew through the limestone area, it was buried in the Fault line. The water line eroded the land and clean out a giant tunnel underground. In the area of soft rocks, the ceiling collapsed to create the holes and they became vast ceiling of grotto after the long time. The grotto is about 200m wide, 150m high, 6.5km long at least. Its length could be much more but due to the shortage of technology condition, the explorer of BCA could not go through the length of the grotto to measure how long it is. With its dimension, Son Doong grotto has overtaken the first rank of Deer grotto in Gunung Mulu national park of Malaysia (100m high, 90m wide, and 2km long) for being the biggest natural grotto in the world. Otherwise, in many parts of Son Doong grotto, the dimension could be 140m x 140m with the stalactites pillars of 14m high. A splendid picture taken by Carsten Peter in May 2010 shows that the grotto is about 91.44m wide, the ceiling is nearly 243.84m which could hold the whole 40-storey building in New York city. Explorer also found out the underground river, which is 2.5km long, and some stalactites of 70m high. … [Read more...]

Nguoi Xua Cave

At the end of the small valley among the mountains of Huong Son complex, the Nguoi Xua cave or Ngay Xua cave (Old People or Old Days) seems to be more interesting in the description of Mr. Pham Van Toa who is looking after this cave for more than 20 years. Coming to Nguoi Xua cave, many people only knows the famous complex of Cuc Phuong national park (Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province) and not so many people knows the famous vestige of Huong Son  (My Duc district, Hanoi city). In terms of geography, the Nguoi Xua cave is located in the end of South West of Hanoi, and it is only one mountain more before reaching Kim Boi district of Hoa Binh province. After about 50km from Hanoi to Huong Son complex, though loving discovering the cave, visitors could not help watching the swimming fish in the Yen pure spring. Going along the only one path under the mountains, the end of the path is Long Van pagoda vestige. Many people passing this pagoda often ask for a paper of petition to wish for luck and safety. Coming to Nguoi Xua cave, if people go fast, it would take only one hour. On the way back, remember to pay a visit to Long Van cave, Khe pagoda, Tien Tu cave, etc, to have the overview understanding of the Huong Son landscape, said a nun in Long Van pagoda. At the end of the path, there is nearly one km full of the settled stone staircases, which are places along the two banks, and they are called giant rocks. Visitors could take a sit on these rocks to rest before continuing their path. The smell of magnolia delicate the whole path, therefore visitors would feel it is peaceful and free in this land. … [Read more...]

Thien Ha Cave

Being brought into exploiting since October 2010. Thien Ha grotto in Son Ha commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province has contributed to the tourism map’s variety. Thien Ha cave is located in the hillside of the Tuong Mountain rang with the height of nearly 200m. To reach this cave, visitors have to be on bamboo boat to float over a small canal among the paddy fields for 1km before coming to the land and reach the cave. After strolling along the curling rocky path of the foot of Tuong Mountain for 500m, visitors would come to the cave gate. Being in front of the gate, all the toughness seems to be dissolved. The gate of the cave is about 4m high with thousands of stalactites in different features at the very beginning of it. Coming to the cave and looking back, people will see a sparkling light ribbon coming through the gate to reflect the stalactites. All the length of Thien Ha cave is about 700m with two areas: 200m dry cave and 500m water cave. Separating this two areas is a “heaven gate” which spread the natural light from the top, which opens the eyes of people with the stalactites colors. Under the natural hand, there are lots of shapes and figures of stalactites which inspire the curiosity of the visitors. Coming to the water grotto, visitors would float on the underneath river which is name Galaxy. The galaxy appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling. There are also many stalactites under different shapes, which need to be named. In the peaceful space, visitors would feel the sound of the oar striking clearly, the sound of water drop and thousands of bats inside the grotto. According to Ms. Ha, the boat rider, after coming to the bat area, the bats are alerted and fly scatter, however, they do not fly against or touch any visitors. Mr. Ha Huy Loi, director of the agent who is assigned to exploit this complex, said this cave was discovered since 2007 and exploited since 2010. When it was newly discovered, there was a small gate and covered by trees. The hillside parts are full of mud and there is almost nothing in infrastructure. To come to the current point, there is so much to do. Along with the But grotto which is next to it, Thien Ha cave is the new destination for visitors to come to Ninh Binh province. … [Read more...]

Puong Cave

Puong Cave is located in the Nang River of Ba Be district, Bac Kan province. It is about 5km from the Cha Ra town. The Puong Cave attracts visitors with its strange and unique stalactites and the bat community of ten thousands. The Nang River flows under the limestone among the vertical cliffs of Lung Nham Mountain that is Puong cave. The small boat floats in the cave with the ethereal lights. Beside this magical scene with color and sound of water and light, visitors would be fascinated by the strange stalactites in the gate of the cave. There is a community of bat inside the cave with the number of tens of thousands. On the east north of Ba Be Lake, in the hillside of the Lung Nham range, Puong cave is one of the favored destination with the height of 50m. It creates a splendid entrance with the Nang river flows for 300m through the cave, which creates one of the most magnificent limestone landscapes of Ba Be national park. The cave is the residence of many night creatures. Typically, there are 18 types of bats with the amount of thousands, which covers the vast number of national park of Ba Be. They often run in the twilight and dawn time. There are three types of bat, which are important in pollination, and distribution of the seed. The bats, which eat insects, also help with protecting the local crops from many harmful insects. However, the noise for visitors and bothering for local people to gather its dung are affecting the down number of bats. … [Read more...]

Thien Duong Cave

Thien Duong cave is located in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. This cave is discovered by British Caving Association since 2005, and it is evaluated to be the big and beautiful cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Thien Duong cave is a dry cave and there is no underneath river flowing through like Phong Nha cave. According to the judgment of many experts, this grotto is more beautiful and magnificent than Phong Nha and Tien Son cave, therefore, it is named Thien Duong cave. It is 7km to the Thien Duong cave from Ho Chi Minh road (western part) from km 16. About 300m from the cave, there is a rocky part of road, which requires climbing through the sharp rugger rocks. This cave is located in the area of ecological restoring forest, which is in the core limestone of World cultural heritage of National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang. According to the preliminary researches of scientists, Thien Duong cave is longer and in larger scale with Phong Nha cave. There are many magical stalactites and rocky shoots inside and the vast area of floor soil is soft soil, which is suitable for discovering. Coming through the forest of hundreds of years, the ancient trees are lining to cover the land from sunlight, and the birds sing in warble way, the squirrels pass the branches crowdedly, etc. Coming to the gate of the cave, it is very impressive that the gate is enough for only one person to come which is under the large scale of rock, which is about hundred meters of height. There is a slope leading the floor, which is about 15m wide. When the headlight of 1000W is turned on, the light surprise all the people with many stalactites appear. In the height of more than 100m and the width of 200m, people would stand comfortably to enjoy the natural beauty. There are especially some figures, which are the same with the symbols of culture in different areas. From the deep part of the cave, there are many rocky grains gliding like the terrace field. In the middle of the cave, there are the umbrellas, which are like the symbol of paddy crop civilization with many stalactites under the shape of Champak towers. Coming to the second part of the cave, the ceiling is suddenly tall up to hundreds of meters with different range of pillars. There is also the stalactites pillar, which is about 30 to 60 cm height on the floor of the cave which looks like the Buddha statues. Due to the lack of light, people could not see them clearly, but if they come close to them, they would recognize the shapes like the animals like tiger, elephant, fish, etc. In comparison with Phong Nha, the stalactites in Thien Duong cave are more various in shapes. People could see a newly created stalactite with the water fume. When coming above, we could hear the sound of grating noise. There are some parts, which will be alighted with the light of lamé, which look like night stars. Most of the soil inside the cave is soft, so it is quite wide and plain. Therefore, people said that if this cave … [Read more...]

Son Moc Huong cave

Son Moc Huong cave (or Bat Grotto of Moc Chau) is a familiar name for visitors to Moc Chau district, Son La Province. It is an artistic masterpiece, a national landscape that is gifted for Moc Chau plateau. From the Moc Chau town, back for 300m to Son La township, Doi Cave is on the right hand and it is about 150m from the national highway no 6. The cave gate is facing the South looking down a big valley, and there are seven small mountains in the valley, which are like seven gems. It is said that there was a dragon flying to the South. When he passed this land, due to the coldness, he could not carry on and fell down here. Before dying, he coughs out seven gems, which turned to the Stone Mountain range, and seven gems, which turns to seven mountains. The dragon still turns to the seven gems like regretting about the old days. The cave gate looks like a dragon mouth. The paths along two banks like the edges of the mouth. The upper dragon jaw is like a natural cover roof, which is high and gliding to the inside. The cave floor (the lower jaw) is plain and could be enough for hundreds of people. The images inside the cave are very magical. The stalactites inside are sparkling and colorful. There are many stalactites from the ceiling could be higher than 20m which is like ancient banyan-tree root. There are also many stalactites in the shapes of money tree, paddy, fairy man, elephant, lion, tiger, eagles and flying clouds, etc. Each stalactite has a name with the skillful hands of the nature, which could not be replaced by any human’s touching. The figures of the stalactites are unique and sophisticated, magical and lively. In the middle of the cave floor, there are dry ponds, which are about 200sq m. In the middle of the pond, there is a giant stone tortoise. The left sight of the lake, there is a stalactite, which is in the shape of a couple together together. According to the legend, there was a prince of the King of the sea, he came to this land and loved the princess of the King of the land. He used the tortoise of the King to visit the princess. The king was angry and ordered to withdraw all the water to let him no way to come back. The prince was determined to marry his lover. Then, the couple was turned into stone to prove their love. Then the tortoise was touched and royal to his boss, and he was also turned into stone to stay with them. Though being mad with the prince, the king of the sea still gave chance for the life of his son. He created the paddy fields with the water lakes and dry lake and cattle for the new land. With the unique of the cave, many visitors coming to this place have left comment: “The most beautiful cave in the West”. This vestige was acknowledged to be the national vestige by the department of Culture and Communication of Vietnam.   … [Read more...]