A place so amazing that the French deemed it “Grotte des Surprises” or (Surprise Grotto), Sung Sot Cave is one of the biggest, most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and a highlight on most Halong bay itineraries.

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Sung sot cave from outside!

In order to lớn reach the second chamber, visitors must walk down a narrow passageway. The second chamber is known as the “Serene Castle”. This chamber is large & grand with an extremely high ceiling and has many interesting rock formations which locals identify by likening them to animals due to their shapes.


Legend of Sung Sot cave

One eye-catching rock formation is shaped lượt thích a horse with a long-sword và is linked to the legend of Thanh Giong (God Gióng). It is said that Thanh Giong protected locals by defeating aggressors, demons and evil spirits, và once his work was done he ascended lớn the heavens, leaving behind a stone horse and sword khổng lồ continue to drive away any future aggressors.


At the exit of the grotto, there is an open area called the “Royal Garden” where there is a peaceful pond & beautiful banyan trees. Some lucky visitors get to lớn see monkeys in tìm kiếm of fruit which makes for some great photo opportunities!

How lớn visit Sung Sot Cave

There are two popular ways khổng lồ visit Sung Sot Cave:

Option 1:

For tourists who are in shortage of traveling time and want lớn include Sung Sot Cave only in their itinerary, the best way is to rent a canoe. Most high-speed canoes are docked in Tuan Chau & Hon gai Pier. It often costs from US$50/hour for a 4-to-8-seat canoe.

Option 2:

Alternatively, a more convenient & budget-saving option to visit Sung Sot Cave is to take a 6-hour day boat.

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Sung Sot Cave belongs lớn route 2 that the day boat departs from Tuan Chau International Port - Soi Sim Island - Titop Island - Sung Sot Cave - Bo Nau Cave - Luon Cave - Fairy Lake Cave - Trinh Nu Cave - Me Cung Cave. Visitors have opportunities to lớn enjoy activities such as exploring caves, swimming, boat sailing, and kayaking.

Ticket price: the ticket is sold at Tuan Chau International Port. It costs VND 290.000/pax. Additionally, tourists have to pay VND 200.000 boat rental fee và VND 150.000 to VND 250.000 for lunch (optional). The total price is VND 640.000 - VND 740.000/pax.


Children under 1.2m or 7 years old are free.Children from 7 khổng lồ 16 years old get a 20% ticket price reduction.People aged above 60 years old get a một nửa ticket price reduction.

Best time khổng lồ visit

While the best for locals khổng lồ visit Halong bay is from April to October, winter from October to lớn December attracts the biggest number of foreigners lớn the wonder. During this season, the humidity màn chơi is low & the weather is dry.

What khổng lồ pack

Tourists should prepare light clothes, some sweaters, sports shoes. Insect repellent và sunscreen are also necessary as you will spend a large amount of time outdoors and in the caves.