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Dau Go Cave

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Dau Go Cave, also known as Wooden Stakes Cave, was discovered on Dau Go Island, approximately 6km from Bai Chay Wharf in Ha Long. This is the largest and also recognized as the most attractive grotto in Ha Long Bay. From afar, the entrance to the grotto looks like a jellyfish. After 90 steps up the island, you will reach to the cave.

Dau Go Cave was formed in the Pleistocene Era about 2 million years ago. It has the ancient and unspoiled beauty with many stunning stalagmites and stalactites having special and strange shapes.

The cave has three main compartments. The first area has a curved shape which is filled up by natural light. The celling of this area is a giant oil painting describing primitive landscapes with rows of stalagmites and stalactites changing their color upon the intensity and angle of the light. Many tourists love letting their imagination go wild with all the light reflecting on those stalagmites and stalactites.

Passing the first area by going through a narrow entrance, tourists will get to the second part. The light here is mysterious. It has a more intriguing ambiance of fuzzy picture formed by the harmonious combination of light and stalactites that stimulate your curiosity but also be a little bit creepy.

The adventure continues with a sudden discovery of the last massive. Here, there is a sacred fairy well that is said to be used by beautiful fairies descending from the heavenly kingdom. It also features high stone columns out of which nature has carved images of a large kingdom of heroes and soldiers holding swords and spears rushing up, of war elephants and horses or lions, etc. All of them suddenly were petrified and remained there for good.’

There are many legends about the cave’s name as told by locals from Ha Long. One such legend is associated with the historic battle against Mongolian invaders during the Tran Dynasty in the 13th century. The Vietnamese soldiers hid wooden stakes in the cave that were used as traps to destroy the invading Mongolian’s ships.

Dau Go Cave is proudly listed in the world famous tourism book Merveille de Monde published in France in 1938, which presents the most beautiful and worth visiting tourist attractions in the world, including Dau Go Cave under the name “Grotte des marveilles” (Cave of Wonders).