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Exploring Moonlike Caves in Vietnam

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Exploring the Sung Sot Cave in Vietnam

Visiting Sung Sot Cave on New Year’s Day was a fantastic way to start the new year!  Sung Sot Cave is one of those places right out of a movie set. It felt like we were walking around Mars, for real! (take a look at the photos). Whew…. never seen or experienced any cave like this, ever (and I saw some pretty cool caves in Myanmar and Malaysia)! As a UNESCO site and one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave) does not disappoint.

As you can see by the beautiful weather, it made this outing just that more scrumptiously enjoyable (this area usually  has rain and fog during Dec/Jan).

New Year's morning 2015. The glorious sun shining brightly in Ha Long Bay.New Year’s morning 2015: The glorious sun shining brightly in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Getting to Sung Sot Cave-Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Our cave visit was included with our two day, one night Ha Long Cruise Tour, which is primarily how people arrive here.  However, you can book just a day cruise with the caves included.

The (Airbnb) lady who we stayed with in Ha Noi booked our cruise through someone she knew at GoAsiaTravel. Also, I can imagine if you show up at the doc (there are MANY, maybe 50 boat vendors, you could get a tour arranged the same day).

Woman on boat in Ha Long Bay selling food

Before and after you reach the caves there are several boats ready to sell you a snack. I admire these hard working entrepreneurial women driving around Ha Long Bay to sell snacks to the tourists; many come right up along side the junks (ancient Chinese sailing ship) in the harbor.

Inside the Sung Sot Cave: Walking around felt like you were walking around Mars, or a Hollywood movie set that looked like Mars. If you can pinch-open this photo for a bigger look, please do, to see the details.

Inside the Sung Sot Cave

Being inside the Sung Sot Cave felt, and looked, like being on the moon. How fascinating is this!!

Me with my two travel partners, Kerry and Karen.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. Looks like a honeycomb.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. The green in this photo is caused by the lighting; when you don’t use flash you tend to get a warmer color, and it picks up all other colors easier.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. Luckily there were not too many people inside.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Travel-gal-pals Karen and Kerry.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Cool honeycomb looking ceiling! Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Cool honeycomb looking ceiling! Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Cool honeycomb looking ceiling! Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Cool honeycomb looking ceiling! Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

It’s nice that they have a designated, ‘safe’, path to walk around inside the cave.

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Inside Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam

Photo of Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Pictured: Kerri and Kerry. I met Kerry in Portland, Oregon,  at the WDS Summit. She and I hit it off so later that year we ended up meeting in Vietnam for the 2015 new year. She had already been in Cambodia for a month so she was already close by. We had a great time in Vietnam and then we traveled separately for a couple weeks then re-conviened our adventures in Bali.

After visiting the caves for over an hour we got a shuttle boat back to our junk, where we picked up our luggage, and were returned to the pier. From there we drove around Ha Long Bay to the other side (which was super amazing and got some more incredible photos!), it was a nice, quiet area to spend the night. We took a walk around sunset, on the waterfront, and enjoyed the warm glow of the sun going down with the karst mountains in the backdrops. Next, onto Ninh Binh.

To follow along my journeys through other countries like Indonesia, Myanmar, or the UAE, you can check out my YouTube channel or Instagram.

The Journey is the Reward! – Kerri

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