Hang Song Sot Cave Exploring in Northern Vietnam

Forbidden Light

A magical travel moment:  A pure beam of white light appeared before our eyes in the dim darkness of Hang Sung Sot, a vast mountain cave that winds its way through a few immense chambers before exiting out onto a narrow walkway that lends an unprecedented view of Halong Bay.

Hang Song Sot (Surprising Cave) in Halong Bay, Vietnam lives up to its name of being the biggest, the most popular and most beautiful cave system to wander through in Vietnam.  We rented a private junk boat to explore Halong Bay’s limestone islands, which are studded with caves.  Most of these caves are accessible by charter or tour boat.

Sunset on Halong Bay

Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

16 thoughts on “Hang Song Sot Cave Exploring in Northern Vietnam


    (August 31, 2008 - 7:17 am)

    Great shots, Carrie. I really want to go to Vietnam. Maybe when I get a passport with more empty pages…


    (August 31, 2008 - 9:10 am)

    Both pictures are superb. I like the first especially. You caught an amazing moment. I like this incredible game of light and shadow.


    (August 31, 2008 - 3:35 pm)

    Thanks Stevo,

    That’s why you have to get a 48 page passport. 🙂


    (August 31, 2008 - 3:36 pm)

    Hi K,
    What an awesome comment! The first one is my favorite too. I just stopped by your Flickr photo stream today. You’ve got some great stuff happening there. Well-done!


    (September 1, 2008 - 2:42 pm)

    Thank you 🙂 In my opinion I’ve got few good photos. I use canon powershot a-95 so far and I still dream about change. Maybe next year I’ll buy a new camera. Probably it will be canon eos 450d.


    (September 2, 2008 - 4:47 am)


    I’m still dreaming. I bought the camera, now I want a new lens. The dreaming never stops! 🙂


    (September 2, 2008 - 6:57 am)

    We have the same dreams :))


    (September 2, 2008 - 1:48 pm)

    This truly look magical. Stunning pictures. Someday I want to see Halong Bay.

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    (September 3, 2008 - 4:02 am)

    […] Hang Song Sot Cave Exploring in Northern VietnamHang Song Sot (Surprising Cave) in Halong Bay, Vietnam lives up to its name of being the biggest, the most popular and most beautiful cave system to wander through in Vietnam. We rented a private junk boat to explore Halong Bay’s … […]


    (September 3, 2008 - 2:41 pm)

    Hi Erica,

    Thank you! I’m really glad you dropped by and commented because now I can let my readers know how much I like your site! 🙂
    I know with your love of travel that you will make it to Vietnam some day. I hope it’s sooner rather than later!


    (September 3, 2008 - 2:43 pm)


    These photos were taken with my dinky little Canon point and shoot. You can still dream big with a little camera!


    (September 3, 2008 - 4:40 pm)

    Thanks for saying that. 🙂

    And I hope sooner rather than later as well!


    (September 19, 2008 - 3:11 pm)

    Hi Carrie. I haven’t dropped by in a little while and I have really been missing out. Top quality site, amazing pictures and reporting to boot. I am always floored by your pictures they just capture your attention.

    I would have loved to have been at the BBQ with MJ and all. Great pictures and excellent food. Looked like a really good night.

    I look forward to doing some catching up reading.



    (September 19, 2008 - 3:55 pm)

    Hi Brunty,
    It’s good to hear from you. I’ve recently moved my blogroll over to a link page and just discovered that your link went missing! I apologize for that and I’ve added you again. Thanks for your kind compliments. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had much time for blogging lately. My new camera is part of the problem. I’m too busy playing around with it to blog as often as before.

    You would be a most welcome addition to our BBQ’s. When are you coming to Taiwan for a visit?


    (September 21, 2008 - 9:08 am)

    The second photo blows me away. It looks so relaxing and serene. The first image is exotic and speaks of the dark unknown.


    (September 22, 2008 - 5:13 am)

    The second photo was taken from the roof of our junk boat. Halong Bay at sunset is out-of-this-world. The mountains seem to shrink and grow as they go in and out of the shadows. John and I could’ve stayed out there forever.

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