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The Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 2 of 2

By on September 10, 2015 in Vietnam

The visit to the Surprise Cave in Ha Long Bay was interesting. We had a good tour guide who delighted in takings around the caves and pointing out the interesting rock structures and patterns. One such structure can be seen in the image below. Our guide seemed to be somewhat reluctant to say a particular word or phrase that would describe the structure, but we all got what he meant. Particularly when he pointed up to a hole in the ceiling.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

What is that pointing at the ceiling?

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

The three chambers of the Surprise Cave in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, were impressive. The first chamber is quite small, but once you go through a small archway into the second and third chambers, you can see why the place is worth visiting. However, beware is very popular and very crowded, particularly in the first chamber.

One thing that detracts slightly from the visit to the cave is the overuse of coloured lighting.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

The cave was huge!

In the image below I am at the furthest point towards the back of the cave looking towards the exit.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Almost looks like a model

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Stunning rock formations – all produced by the power of water.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Tree-like rock formations

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

The people in this shot give it a sense of scale

Finally, we move towards the exit.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

The exit

As I look back into the cave, one thing caught my attention – the fire extinguisher next to the rock formation. If a fire did break out in the cave, what would burn? It’s all rock and water!

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Looking back into the cave from the exit makes you realise just how big the cave system is. There isn’t a sense of scale until you realise that the small dots in the distance people.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Looking back in to the cave you got a real feel for its size

The view from the exit of the cave, like the view from the entrance, is stunning – truly beautiful.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Emerging back in to the sunlight and getting a stunning view of Ha Long Bay

And as we left the cave our guide pointed out the feet hanging over the edge. Look in the image below, top right-hand corner, can you see the legs and feet hanging over the edge of the cliff? These aren’t really the legs and feet of someone; it’s a rock formation. But it is convincing, and I challenge you to un-see it now that I’ve pointed out.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

The dangling feet of the Suprise Cave

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

As you walk back down the cliff side to your boat, you get a chance to look back up and see the exit to the cave high above you.

Suprise Cave Ha Long Bay

Looking back up to the surprise cave entrance (the exit)

I enjoyed my visit to the Surprise Cave in Ha Long Bay much more than I was expecting. The caves are very impressive, and the only thing that detracts from them is the overuse of coloured lighting. When I entered the first chamber, I was quite disappointed by how small it was, and how many tourists were present. But once I had passed through the small tunnel into the second and third chambers the sheer size of the cave complex meant that I became less aware of all the other people around me.

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