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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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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 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!

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.

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.

Now, who let the dogs out?  Arf arf arf......  A dog climbing up the mountain.  This is the Stone Dog!

Now, who let the dogs out? Arf arf arf...... A dog climbing up the mountain. This is the Stone Dog!

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

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

With me in the boat were 3 friendly Koreans who understand and speak English so it wasn't a lonesome ride for me.  They were also hippies who were game in taking my pictures and me to them as well.   www.maryrosalieo.blogspot.com #HalongBay #Vietnam #tosomtravels #summer2015

With me in the boat were 3 friendly Koreans who understand and speak English so it wasn't a lonesome ride for me. They were also hippies who were game in taking my pictures and me to them as well. www.maryrosalieo.blogspot.com #HalongBay #Vietnam #tosomtravels #summer2015

Once you get out from the cave at the highest point, a royal garden awaits you.  There you will see a magnificent view of the seascape, landscape, and skyscape.  The scenery is just rolled into one marvelous sight of nature, God's creation at its finest and bestest!  That only shows how amazing God is, sharing to us the wonders of His creation!

Once you get out from the cave at the highest point, a royal garden awaits you. There you will see a magnificent view of the seascape, landscape, and skyscape. The scenery is just rolled into one marvelous sight of nature, God's creation at its finest and bestest! That only shows how amazing God is, sharing to us the wonders of His creation!

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…

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…

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