Archives for April 2012

Bach Son Cave

Bach Son’s entrance is more than 20m wide which is covered by ancient trees. Its inside part is wide and hundreds of meter deep. The stalactites with different shapes, which is beautiful without any description. Bach Son Cave has just been discovered in Bac Me district (Ha Giang province), which is about 1 hour on boat from Bac Me township (about 15km). Bach Son Cave was evaluated to be the most beautiful discovered Cave in Hang Giang by the managers of Tourism, Natural resources and Environment Department in Ha Giang province. Bach Son is located in the tourism route of Bac Me hydroelectric plant lake – Na Hang (Tuyen Quang province) – Ba Be (Bac Kan province). Bach Son is deep inside the jungle of Bach Son limestone at the height of 200m above the lake water level. There are many stalactites with different shapes in every part of the Cave. After being discovered, many visitors in the province have come to enjoy its natural beauty. Bac Me district has implemented the protection measures to keep the original beauty of it.   … [Read more...]

Cac Co Cave

Cac Co cave is in Thay pagoda complex of Sai Son commune (Quoc Oai district, Hanoi) which is concerned for being said to have 3600 skeletons. Crossing the stone steps to come to the top of the pagoda and passing a gliding stone flap, we came to the entrance. The cave is deep and dark; we need to use the torch and stepping carefully to reach the floor. Crossing the vertical staircases, we could see the tank of skeletons. It was a big tank made from stone. There is an altar in front of it and there was a small square enough for the head of the human. Looking in the tank by the torch, we could see many parts of human bones, and a feeling of shivering came. There are some real money, paper money for dead people, etc. Mr Ta Van Chinh, the guarder of Cac Co cave, told us sensational stories of the skeletons. That was the battle of the general Lu Gia. When he was discovered by the enemy, he lead the soldiers to hide in this cave and when being discovered by the enemy, they used stone to block the entrance and all the people inside were dead. According to the stories of many generations, Mr. Chinh said they found this cave with the skeletons overlapping each other and they made a tank of stone to put them in. Nobody could list the number of the skeletons but there are statistics written in books of history that there are about thousands of them. There is also a spring called bone spring in the cave. Mr. Chinh said that was just an exaggeration of people and that was just some bones found in this spring. In order to come to this spring, people have to cross a long path for more than half a day. … [Read more...]

Huong Tich Cave

Huong Tich is a nice cave and the centre part of Huong Son national tourism spot in My Duc district, Hanoi. Huong Tich cave is about 70km to the South West of Hanoi. There is pagoda called Huong Tich Pagoda inside. From Giai Oan pagoda, visitors would cross the journey of 2.5km to come to Huong Tich cave. Many parts of the journey are tortuous, sloping and tough. The closer to the cave, the higher the slope is. Coming to the highest stone case, visitors would see a large dome and deep like the jaw of a dragon, which is Huong Tich. The upper part has five big letters left by the Trinh Sam Lord: Most beautiful cave in South. Crossing the entrance, going down for 120 stone steps, there is the inner part of the cave. In the middle part, there is a stalactite called rice hill. Coming a bit deeper, there is a way to the heaven, and a way to the hell. There are different size and shapes of the stalactites in the cave with many names. Beside those natural carving statues, there are artificial carving monuments. The most valuable one is the statue of avalokiteśvara, which is carved by the green marble in Tay Son time. Huong Tich was like the big dragon jaw with the balance in every sides. The stalactite with the name of Dun Gao in the middle of the entrance, which looks like the tongue, and mouth of the dragon. Coming deeper would be the throat of the dragon. In the cave, stalactites are on the ceiling and from the floor with many real objects. Those are mother pig, baby pigs, pomelo, etc. Huong Tich has become the biggest honoring place for Buddha of Huong pagoda. Coming to the festival of Huong pagoda, you have to come to this cave. There are many precious statures especially the statue of avalokiteśvara in green marble, which is made since 1793. It was made by the official named Nguyen Huy Nhat. In the festival season of the first lunar month, Huong Tich cave is always full of fragrance and perfume incense sticks and the sounds of pilgrim visitors. … [Read more...]

Sung Sot cave

Sung Sot cave (Surprised cave in Quang Ninh province) is just voted to be one of the ten most beautiful cavees in the world by the Czech travel agent association for its mysterious beauty of stalactites. Sung Sot cave was discovered in Bo Hon Island in the centre of the heritage group of Halong in 1991 by the French. With the special beauty and always giving surprise to the visitors, French people gave it the name “grotte de la surprise”. The cave is about 10,000sq m and 30m high, and it is separated into two main parts. The first part is quite large with many stalactites and in different shapes of elephant, seal, leaves, etc. There are also stalactites hanging from the ceiling, which are like the cluster of bowls. From the first part to the second part, you would have to cross a small path. Beside the entrance to the second part, there are shapes of elephant and sword. It is said that Giong God before coming to the heaven have been in this place and helped people to beat evils and ghosts, and he left the sword and horse to calm people’s nerve. There are still signs of that battle for the footprints of horse, etc. In the dome, there is no water dropping from the stalactites. Instead of that, there are concaves like the ceiling of the theatre. The sound in this place is able to hear in echoes back, which are clearer. This is one of the typical karts caves with high value of science. Coming deeper, the landscape is more beautiful with the shape of a royal garden with the shapes of stones like cycad tree, ancient banyan trees, etc. From the Bai Chay port, sitting on a ship to the South of 14 km, visitors would reach Bo Hon Island. From this point, you could cross 50 high staircases and go down for 10 more steps to come to the entrance cave. Following the long stone path for 800m from the beginning to the end of the cave, you would see the mysterious and magnificent beauty of this cave.   … [Read more...]

Dau Go Cave

Dau Go (Driftwood) cave is a simple name between the sky and land of Halong. From the far distance, the entrance of the cave is in the shape of a jellyfish. After 90 steps up the island, the entrance is reached. The ceiling of the cave is about 25 m. Hundreds of stalactites falling down from the roof of the cave look like a waterfall. The cave is divided into three main rooms. The outer room is a room with a vault full of natural light, the dome of the cave is a giant canvas with the natural wild landscape of stalactites. Many forms may be seen in the rock formations of the chamber, depending on the imagination of the visitor. Crossing the first chamber, one enters the second chamber through a narrow passage. The light here is mysterious, and new images appear in the stone. It makes us having a fear and be inquisitive. The stone flowers appears with the shapes of similar and strange things to human, which creates the excitement as well as the curiosity. The third chamber of the cave is widely opened. At the end of the cave is a well of clear water. Looking up in the dim light we recognize that surrounded is the image of an ancient citadel and a scuffle of elephants, horses, man with bristly sword and spear. All are making a rush and be petrified suddenly. The name Driftwood Cave came from a popular story of the resistance war against the Yuan - Mongolian aggressors. In a decisive battle, Tran Hung Dao was given the order to prepare many ironwood stakes here, to be planted on the riverbed of Bach Ðang River. The remaining wooden pieces found in the cave have given it its present name. And the name Dau Go is associated with the legend that General Tran Hung Ðao (1226-1300) hid ironwood stakes in preparation for the Bach Dang battle against the Yuan-Mongolian invaders. If the Thiên Cung Cave is monumental and modern (in its natural form), then Driftwood Cave is solemn, but also grandiose. In "Marvels of the World," published in France in 1938, the author called the cave "Grotte des merveilles" (a site of many marvels) In 1917, Emperor Khai Ðinh came to visit the cave, and amazed by the beauty of the place, ordered the erection of an engraved stone stele singing the praises of Ha Long Bay and the cave. Today, it remains to the right-hand side of the entrance. … [Read more...]

Cam Duong cave

Cam Duong cave is considered the most beautiful cave in Yen Bai and could be listed as the group of 10 most beautiful caves in Vietnam. Cam Duong cave has the location in the middle of Bach Ngoc Mountain, which is in Chinh Quan hamlet, Lieu Do commune, Luc Yen district, Yen Bai province. The cave could contain thousands of people with the entrance of 25m wide, the dome of 12m high, and many smaller caves inside. There are many stalactites in the cave with strange and beautiful shapes. There are also some channels inside. The cave is quite undamaged and wild with merely touching of human being. According to Mr. Ta Xuan Hien, director of the department of culture, tourism and sport of Yen Bai, the cave could become the attractive tourist destination of the Luc Yen land. The people’s committee of Yen Bai has had the department of culture, tourism and sport to have the solution for preserving and develop this site.   … [Read more...]

Muong Khuong Cave

About 500m from Muong Khuong district, there are two mountains emerging and created two vertical cliffs. Between them is Muong Khuong – Pha Long road which is called Ham Rong by local people. From the far distance, Ham Rong Mountain looks like a giant mouth facing the sky. It is said that this is the dragon head, which is turned into stone. In one side of the cliff, there are two big cave entrances, which are parallel to each other and called Ham Rong cave. The entrance is wide and deep with the stalactites in different shapes and colors, which encourage people’s imagination. The main cave has the spiky stalactites, which are like dragon’s teeth. In the winter, water spume from this entrance creates the clouds and an illusory beauty. There is a connected way between two entrances. Inside the cave, there is a wide way of 1.5km long crossing the mountain to the third entrance, which looks like an ear of the dragon. The dome would reach 20m. There are many groups of stalactites in the dome and under the floor which are very plentiful and various. Some of the group has luminescent when there is sunlight. In dry season, there are still underneath water line in the cave and it appears suddenly in the cave. In the rain season, the water from the spring of Muong Khuong flows to the cave entrance and release to the fourth entrance cave to create the Pao Tung  waterfall with the height of hundred meter. From the cave of Ham Rong, crossing the slope of 9 handles, you could reach Mao Chao Su hamlet. About 1.5km from the path of the people doing the terraced field, there is another cave called Mao Chao Su. This is one of the places to honor and worship for local people. The entrance gate faces the South East, in front of the cave is a wide valley, which is the settle place of Na Mang village, and it is like a landmark for the grandiose mountains. The entrance has two bamboo groups, which helps the cave beautiful in a private way. There is no similar thing between the outer and inner part of the cave. The cave is quite big with hundreds of people could be contained, and people could feel the maze is appearing in front of the eyes. Perhaps the underneath water line and the wearing out of the water, the stalactites are created in high density. The water drops from the top of the stalactites and created the sparkling lines in the shape of windy curtain. The cave shape is more and stranger with the shapes of stone lines, which aare connected to the floors like the terraced field of local people. There are some big pillars, which are separated into the equal conk of stalactites, and when you knock on them, there would be nice sounds and echoes back. On the cliff of the cave, there are white stalactites, which are like the rice bundle. There are shapes of statues, patterns, etc that create a splendid view. If Ham Rong cave is magnitude with the firm stalactites, the stalactites in Mao Chao Su are delicate, smooth, and pure like the crystallized … [Read more...]

Tien Son Cave (Quang Binh)

Phong Nha and Kho cave are only two among 300 caves and caves in the natural preserve zone of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, which is so-called “kingdom of caves”. Tien Son entrance is about 1,000 m from Phong Nha cave on the height of 200m. Tien Son is located in the Limestone Mountains of Ke Bang of Son Trach commune, Bo Trach district. According to Thai Van Kiem in the book “Vietnam landscape”, Tien Son cave was found in April 1935 by a local man. When it was newly discovered, Tien Son cave was called Tien cave (fairy cave) for its mysterious beauty. Later, the Phong Nha cave was found and people call this Kho cave (dry cave). The landscape in Tien Son cave is said to be the P’eng lai land. There are thousands of stalactites in the cave with different colors. The dome is high with the emerging of porphyry that has the colors like silver of gold. The pillars of marble make people being delighted like being in the Thien Cung or Thuy Cung (palace under the sea). Tien Son has different features from Phong Nha for being the flagstones and pillars of stone that are sound resonant. When people knock on them, there would be strange sounds like the gongs and drums from the very deep part of the earth. According to the research of the discovery group of British association of Caving, Tien Son cave is created since tens of millions of years when there was a water line flow through the mountain, and it carve the cave into empty mountain of Ke Bang. Then due to the topography constructing, this part of mountain was raised up or collapsed and the blocks of stone tumbling to block, the water line and Tien Son cave was created on the above. The part which has the underneath river is Phong Nha cave. According to the surveying, though these two caves are next to each other, but there is no connection between these two. Tien Son cave is 980m long, and from the entrance gate, there is a chasm of 10m deep and an underneath stock ground of 500m long, which is quite dangerous. People can just visit 400m long from the entrance gate. People around this place said that this is the beautiful landscape with the objects that could be the relics of ancient people in the flat area in front of the entrance. That would even make the Tien Son cave more mysterious and attractive.   … [Read more...]

Pa Thom cave

Located in the west of Dien Bien district, about 30km from the centre of Dien Bien Phu city, belong to two communes of Na U and Pa Thom, the national landscape of Pa Thom cave is certified in 2009 to be the interesting ecological tourism spot. According to the topographer, in the valley area among the limestone mountains, under the deep surface is the underneath water lines which are not dry ever, therefore, the nature has created such a big cave and cavees with the forest of stalactites in different shapes like in Pa Thom today. The way to Pa Thom is such a long nervous journey. About one hour driving from Dien Bien Phu city, over the valley and paddy fields around the villages, you would reach the foot of the limestone mountain, which is covered by the forest, cloud, and mystery. Crossing the Nam Ron spring by the raft, visitors would start a climbing journey, which tests your resistance with the supporting of forest fragrance and bird singings. The higher it is, the more attractive visitors would feel. When you reach the entrance door of the cave, you would look down to the foot of mountain and be surprised by the location of your standing. It is a white field of cloud under the sunlight and somewhere over there is a Nam Ron spring, which is as thin as the thread. While you come to the cave, you would see a giant stalactite elephant waiting for the visitors for thousands of years ago, which suggests many ideas of the wild animals world. The nice elephant look to the sky with the rejoice like going to roar and it has the crossing tusks which look strange. Coming deeper to the cave, there is a giant cobra with the length of 20m; the skin of it is shiny like just creeping from the bottom of the cave. The deeper part of the cave would let you see some other stalactites in various shapes, like a coded message to pull back the steps of visitors, and think about the mysterious of the nature. Besides, if they want to follow the stories of the marvelous time, come to the fairy cave in the road to the bottom of the cave. This is a blur room, which is shined by the torches. The gold and silver trays are put in the foot of the wall with the ivory color. The stone bed is smoothly covered behind the thin wind curtain, which is like made from the silver thread. The fairy cave is an endless thought about the eternal wish to have happiness of a couple, but the earth happiness is so faint… … [Read more...]

Tham Pua Cave

Tham Pua cave (or Tham Bang cave) is located in Bung Lao commune, Tuan Giao district, Dien Bien province. It is a natural beautiful cave with the large and deep space and many alleys. It is about nearly 100m high. This is also the first head quarter of the Dien Bien Phu campaign. In the middle of the cave, there is a large block of marble, which is flat like a table. There are lots of stalactites in the dome and cliff which are in the shapes of dragon, phoenix, lion, elephant, or the gorgeous orchards. Tham Pua cave is not only a nice cave, but local people discovered here a kind of axe, pestle to pound the food and some fossil bones of animals. Coming deeper in the cave, there are much more alleys which create the mysterious way. Apart from the role of a vestige in the complex of Dien Bien Phu winning, Tham Pua is also an oldest archeologist relic site in Tuan Giao area. It is said that this relic was discovered in 1985, and being the narrow roof of stone of 4m wide, the floor of the cave is uneven and wet. At first, the research group collected about 19 tools of the stone, three undefined tools and other animal bones and wrinkle cover. According to the adjustment of the expert, Tham Pua relic is in the cultural era of Hoa Binh. Nowadays, Tham Pua cave is suggested to be acknowledged as the national vestige and the visiting place for nature discovering. … [Read more...]