The overview of Sung Sot cave
A trip around Sung Sot cave
Reaching to Sung Sot Cave for the first time, tourists may have the impression that the cave is quite small. However, after passing through a rocky slot and entering inside, they will be amazed by the great expansion of the inside area. The name of the cave is derived from a visit of French tourists to Sung Sot Cave. Because they were so surprised by the majestic beauty and the great expansion of the area (about 10,000 m2 in width) that some of them expressed "Grotto des Surprises", which means a cave with many surprising things. From that moment, the cave has been called as Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave).
The way to visit Sung Sot Cave is under a canopy of leaves. Crossing steep stone steps, tourists may get the feeling of climbing on mountains and joining excitement as if they are reaching the sky. Sung Sot Cave consists of two main areas. The first one is like an wonderful theater. The ceiling of this area is decorated with many stalactites and stalagmites that make the cave looks like a silky "velvet carpet" with wonderful motifs or thousands of glistering and aglow chandeliers.
Visiting the next part of the cave through a small road, visitors will immerse themselves in the totally different space comparing to the other part that can accommodate thousands of people. Near the entrance on the right stands a horse made from stone and a long sword. According to an ancient legend, Thanh Giong (Phu Dong Thien Vuong), a mythical folk hero of Vietnamese people after helping local residents defeat An aggressors, he left his horse and his sword to flew to the sky. Nowadays, many objects and sceneries found in Sung Sot Cave are considered as the traces of the fierce battles between Thanh Giong and invaders. The footprints of the horse then became small ponds with crumbled rocks.