Top 5 Most Amazing Caves in Halong Bay

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Top 5 Most Amazing Caves in Halong Bay

No trip to Halong Bay is complete without touring some of its most famous caves. Carved deep into Halong’s limestone karsts, each Halong Bay cave is a grand display of just how beautiful nature can be. The caves found in this area were formed between 11,000 and 70,000 years ago and walking into one is like stepping straight into history.

Ancient tales and folklore surround each of Halong Bay’s caves, and this is usually where you can find the origin for the name for any cave. These tales give each cave a kind of mystical, spiritual feel. Read our detailed cave guides to find out more about each cave’s given story.

Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace) - Vietnam Halong bay
Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace) – Vietnam Halong bay

How many caves in Halong Bay?

Nobody knows for sure how many caves can be found in Halong Bay, but there are around 30 that are accessible to the public. These caves differ in size and stature and are spread wide across the bay so be sure to visit a handful of them to get the most out of your trip.

List 5 most amazing caves in Halong Bay you should come to visit:

Many of Halong Bay’s caves are massive and have magnificent displays of stalagmites, stalactites, and other crazy rock formations. Some caves are great for exploring by kayak and others even have graffiti dating back to the French occupation in the 19th century. One cave is said to be the home of fairies and in other caves, you may be lucky enough to find some fossils. We have compiled a list of the top 5 most amazing and beautiful caves as follows:

1. Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave)

Fact: Located on Bo Hon island,  3km away from Sung Sot Cave and 15 km to the south of Bai Chay wharf.

The beauty of Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave (Photo: Instagram/

2. Luon Cave

Fact: Located on Bo Hon island, 1 km away from Sung Sot cave and 14 km from Tuan Chau tourist wharf.

3. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave)

Fact: Sung sot cave was discovered back in 1901 and initially known with the name “Grotte des Surprises”.

Inside Sung Sot cave – one of the most visited caves in Halong bay!

4. Bo Nau Cave (Pelican Cave)

Fact: Located on Bo Hon island and has an area of 200 m2.

5. Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Palace Cave)

Fact: This is one of the biggest caves in Halong bay, with a total area of 10.000 m².

Each cave has its own story and special qualities and should not be missing from any good Halong Bay itinerary.


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