Perhaps the most spectacular cave at Halong Bay is on the island closest to Bai Chay, the vast Grotto of the Wooden Stakes ( Hang Dau Go ). (more…)
Halong means “dragon descending“, and its name is steeped in local legend. The story goes that the heavenly celestial dragon and her offspring were ordered by the Jade Emperor to halt an invasion from the sea. To combat this, the dragons spewed out bits of jade and jewels that turned into wondrous islands and karst formations on contact with the water, thereby scuppering the enemy ships. (more…)
The typically rushed one-day-tour from Hanoi is a far from ideal way to experience this wonderful place; by the time you get to Halong Bay and board your boat almost half the day is gone. Those with time and specific sites in mind could spend a few days cruising around the bay. Tickets for the many tour boats are available at the pier in Bai Chay, though a much better option is to book a package from a Hanoi based tour operator. As some of the caves are wet, a sturdy pair of shoes and a flash light are handy items to have.
Another alternative is to base oneself on Cat Ba island, the bay’s largest island and a national park in its own right. Not only is it cleaner and less crowded than some other parts of the bay, it is also closer to many of the most dramatic grottoes.
Located in the centre of the World Heritage area, Bai Tu Long Bay covers an area of 2000 sqm., Thien Canh Son Cave offers a wild and mysterious beauty. This is the reason why we choose to bring tourists here - to discover the geological value of the bay, and to enjoy a cosy dinner with family and friends in sparkling candlelight.
The pathway to Thien Canh Son Cave is set below the forest canopy and a stone cliff, so tourists have the feeling they are climbing towards heaven. Inside the cave, is a strange beauty - an image of a lotus, a picture of baby elephant. The ceiling of the cave is covered with a layer of shiny ‘carpets', numerous sparkling stalactites appear like “hanging lamps”. Stone statues, stone elephants, seals, flowers - all seem to create an imaginary world as if in a dream.