Before climbing up the stairs for the exit, you will be awed by the intricate structure of the stalactites and stalagmites. It is as if God went down to hand-carve these masterpieces. Indeed, we haven't seen God but we see His creation. That just proves that God does really exist!
From the spacious first chamber, there's a narrow path leading to the second chamber. A stream of natural light from an opening welcomes you here which can make you look like walking into heaven. www.maryrosalieo.blogspot.com
Tubing in Vang Vieng with a bottle of Laos beer - good times!
Sung Sot Cave is so wide that it can accommodate thousands of visitors in one setting. I was reminded of our caving when I was still in college in Iligan where we literally crawled in cramped dark spaces. In Sung Sot, the path is easy that we didn't even have to bend our backs just like what I did in Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Albay.
Then we climbed into the cave's entrance through not-so-tiring-and-steep stairs. Once we stepped inside the cave, we were wowed! Being inside the cave was indeed a big surprise!
Then a small pond materializes with crystal clear and cold water. The stalactites and stalagmites are really cold. Temperature inside the cave could drop to 10 degrees Celsius (I presume) although it is very hot outside. It felt like you're in a refrigerator once you get inside. By the way, the stone formation in the photo below looks like a sea lion. Other formations can also be seen like a giant horse, sword, and the very famous p3nl$ for naughty ones.
Sung Sot Cave is divided into two partitions. The first chamber looks like a large theater hall with stalactites hanging like chandeliers from the high ceiling that glitter. The colored lights just made their total effects in adding charm and beauty to the stone formations of the cave.
I chose the latter for I don't know how to kayak and Em2x got cold feet so she didn't join me. The traditional fishing boat tour only costs 130,000 VND or 260 PhP per person anyway. www.maryrosalieo.blogspot.com #HalongBay #Vietnam #tosomtravels #summer2015
In walking down the stairs, you will also see banyan trees, other trees and plants I don't recognize, birds of different species, monkeys, and other creatures. If you are a biologist, you'll surely enjoy catching a glimpse of the diverse organisms living in here.
That's only a few of the islets I had managed to know the names of via our tour guide. I couldn't name all 2,000 islets just like in these photos. So these are the "gorgeous jewels in an emerald sea"! Finally, I had gone into the footsteps of Sandra Brown, The Travelers, and other Lonely Planet correspondents. But the photos shown here do not give justice on how breathtaking and picturesque Hạ Long Bay is. I still need to learn how to harness my point-and-shoot photography skill…
Lantern Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Floating Lanterns memorialize those that have passed away. As the sun sets in the background, small boats with Buddhist monks and church volunteers help to launch and shepherd the small armada of lanterns ships.
The islets in Hạ Long were given names by various people from fishermen to famous ones. Each has a story to tell, of magic and of beauty. Comin' up is Joss Stick Island which is in the 200,000 VND banknote. The island stands like a joss stick signifying spiritually and people's belief of gods.