There are a number of incredible caves and caverns in Ha Long that are well worth visiting as part of a group holiday. Inspired by the majesty, wonderful and remarkable formations of these caverns and their spectacular features both see inside and out. Some of these caves offer other things to do that make a fascinating and memorable day out.
The best time to explore Ha Long’s incredible caves
The best time to discover the fascinating caves in Ha Long really depends on your own definition of a perfect trip. If you are interested in a dry climate and pleasant temperature that enables you to enjoy all the majestic caves, then spring and winter suits you best. However, you should choose summer to go on a vacation if you are a budget-minded traveler because they usually sell off cave tours for you. If you do not have the time, make sure that you can enjoy your trip as much as you would every other month or day of the year. In this blog, I will recommend you some caverns in Ha Long that match each weather.
Exploring the incredible caves in Ha Long in Spring
Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave)
Level: Suitable for beginners and kids
Protips: Wear sensible shoes and bring your own water as water sold at the cave entrance might be more expensive. Also, don't forget to take pictures of Ha Long Bay at the mouth of the cave.
To start off my list of the caves available to visit in Spring, I’ve chosen a few locations close to its most charming city, Ha Long.
Surprise Cave is well known locally for the ‘caves’ which are really spectacular and popular with tourists. Sandstone miners carved this cave, and the rock was mostly used for building fancy houses and public monuments.
Surprise Cave consists of two major chambers. One features various colorful stalactites dropping from the ceiling. The other chamber can be witnessed from a narrow passageway. Here, you will see a flow of natural light that brightens a space of room enough to hold thousands of people.
Location: the center of Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Ti Top Island, Bo Nau Grotto, Me Cung Cave, and Luon Cave.This is a cruise tour in Halong Bay
Level: Suitable for beginners (with careful guide)
Protips: Stay close to your guide (if any), and pay attention when they switch shifts with another guide.
Luon Cave is the most famous cave of Quang Ninh, voted as one of the areas worth a visit to Ha Long during spring. Different from most caves that enable tourists to reach by cruise ships and boats, Luon Cave has a limited height so you need to visit this place on a small kayak or a bamboo boat.
I will recommend you travel around the Bay by boat or book a cruise to stay on the water for a night. They should include Luon Cave in the schedule. It takes only 20 minutes for a tour around the cave.
Location: Bo Hon Island, Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Bay Chay, Sung Sot Cave.A suggestion cruise for your tour in Halong Bay
Tien Ong Cave
Level: Best for experienced cavers.
Protips: Don’t forget to take pictures of Tien Ong Cave. You can book a cruise in advance to contemplate Tien Ong Cave
Although this cave was officially opened in 2010, way later than other caves, it is also one of the most popular destinations in Ha Long that tourists love visiting in spring. Tien Ong Cave includes stone artifacts that dated 10,000-2,000 BC. When discovering Tien Ong Cave, archaeologists found fossilized pottery shards, animal bones, shells and ancient tools that proved this cave was inhabited around 8,000 - 10,000 years ago. Here, tourists can learn the amazing historical information about the cave from their tour guides.
Location: Cai Tai Island, Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Cat Ba Island, Ba Ham Lake, Cua Van floating village.
Exploring incredible caves in Ha Long in Summer
Thien Cung Cave
Level: All levels, including beginners and kids.
Protips: In the low season, there are always specific tours for travelers available on online booking sites, where they offer you an itinerary without any single supplement. If you want to plan the details of your holiday regarding budget and timing, it’s time to hunt a value-for-money package.
Besides Sung Sot Cave, one of the best places that travelers want to visit in summer at Ha Long, Thien Cung Cave ranks second among the top areas to visit in the summer of Ha Long. It is one of the destinations in Ha Long that visitors shouldn’t miss out on.
When traveling to Thien Cung, you may feel that you are in an art museum because it was made by the creative thinking of a human. Once you visit the cave, you will understand why locals mention Thien Cung cave as “heaven”.
Location: Cat Hai, Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Dau Go Cave, Canh Doc Island, Hon Ga Choi Island.
Dark & Bright Cave
Level: Best for experienced cavers and clubs
Protips: Stay with your caving team throughout the entire trip and make sure you drink enough water. Moreover, try not to touch anything unless you really need to.
Dark and Bright (also known as Day and Night) Carven is regarded as a stunning limestone structure that showcases its amazing natural landscape. This is a perfect destination for adventurous visitors who are interested in a dry climate and pleasant temperature to enjoy the cave’s impressive stonewalls. Because it is one of the less popular destinations in Ha Long Bay, it suits those who want to discover new things.
Location: Viet Hai, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Monkey Island, Luon Cave, Nam Cat Island, Van Boi Beach.
Exploring incredible caves in Ha Long in Autumn
Bo Nau Cave
Level: All abilities, including beginners (with a guide)
Protips: Booking your tour with numerous providers, you have to find in the Vietnamese travel agencies. So, my tip for you is to book your tour online from a trustworthy tour company like Scruise.
According to travelers on the top things to do in autumn at Ha Long, Bo Nau Cave stands among the top areas to visit in autumn of Halong. With bright lights from the cavern entrance and mountain chinks together with dripping sounds of the water dripping from the cave ceiling, Bo Nau is considered unreal heaven which can steal any travelers’ heart.
One of the most typical features of that outstanding cave is the abundant stalactites and stalagmites sticking to its walls as well as sandstone miners carved into this grotto. From the cave, you can contemplate a unique view of Ha Long that makes you imagine as if you were gazing out from inside a beast’s mouth with sharp teeth.
Location: on the southwestern Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave, Ti Top Island, Trong Cave, Hon Ga Choi Island.
Maze Cave (Me Cung Cave)
Level: All levels, including beginners and kids
Protips: Try not to touch anything unless you really need to because it could break and you could hurt yourself. Don’t wear white clothing because it most likely won’t be white when you’re done.
Maze Cave is one of the most amazing places for travelers in autumn due to its outstanding features that match this weather. Not only is it one of the many famous destinations in Ha Long created by the hands of Mother Nature, it also includes thousands of sparkling stones. The cave covers a great area with numerous levels of height. Stepping into this cave, you will get the feeling as though you are lost in a huge palace.
Location: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island, Quang Ninh.
Things near me: Ti Top Beach, Monkey Island, Luon Cave, Van Boi Beach.
Exploring the incredible caves in Ha Long during Winter
Wooden Stakes Cave (Dau Go Cave)
Level: Suitable for beginners and kids
Protips: Don’t leave your valuables here. There are rumors that people have gotten things stolen from these lockers. This cave is available for travelers going on a 1,2 or 3-day trip (Reference: Halong Bay 1 day tour)
Not only by watching Ha Long Bay but also by going to the best spots in winter of Ha Long can you get astonished by how alluring Ha Long is. Discovering Dau Go cave with its various fossil stalactites of many bright colors is probably among the worthy things to do in winter at Ha Long.
Dau Go Cave is really exclusive because it is sheltered with a bow shape. There are three chambers in the cave with an unusual natural landscape. The first one has thousands of stalactites with many famous carvings such as turtles, lions, fighting cocks, pythons,... The second chamber is a place where photographers usually take spectacular images of the rocky islands. The third has many stone pillars that were made by nature.
Location: Gia Luan, Cat Hai, Quang Ninh
Things to near me: Bai Chay Harbour, Thien Cung Cave
Virgin Cave (Trinh Nua Cave - Trong Cave)
Level: All abilities, including kids
Protips: Decide on what to wear and bring your necessities such as camera, first-aid kit, headlamp with extra batteries, etc. Moreover, you should go with your friends when visiting the Virgin Cave.
Besides Wooden Stakes Cave, Virgin Cave is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in winter. Entering Trinh Nu Cave, tourists will find in the middle of the cavern a stone resembling a lying girl with her long hair hanging down, looking out at that distant sea in vain hope. Moreover, Trong Cave has two interconnecting doors on the two cliffs, each clustered with stalactites dripping down the door of the grotto creating a breathtaking view. Inside the cave is a very high stalactite that tourists usually perceive as a man looking out at the distant sea.
For young couples, it is considered a symbol of true love and a romantic place for making oaths of love. There, tourists will hear this fanciful love legend from the locals.
Location: Bo Hon Island, Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh
Things near me: Sung Sot Cave, Dong Tien Lake, Luon Cave, Bai Chay Beach