The sad story of Sung Sot Cave – Ha Long


As one of the “must see” scenes in any of the thousands Ha Long cruise available, this place is packed with groups and their tour-guides’ voices. But if you are expecting a real cave adventure in Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, forget it: This will not happen. The otherwise beautiful big cave was brightly lit by colourful spot lights. To make things worse, people are not restricted to certain path, but can wander freely. This and the fact that we are bringing outside soil into the cave definitely have changed the biology of the creatures and their niche: contaminants,  light and flash from cameras have diminished the cave creatures, while hands touching the walls leave behind acid and other chemicals that will deteriorate the cave.  Which is sad.

This is one place that needs extra care and attention in Ha Long bay.

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