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Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave)

Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave)

Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave) is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. Due to its special values of geology, geomorphology and formation history of Halong Bay, Ho Dong Tien so far is reserved for the environmental ecology classroom (Ecoboat) and specialists for researches only.

Ho Dong Tien cave is same as other caves if you just look at its gate from outside. Its entrance can be flooded up to one third when the tide rises. The Cave can be divided into three chambers and the way connecting them is very narrow that is big enough for only one person to go through at a time. It’s very dark in the middle of the cave so you need to bring torches in order to discover the cave and watch beautiful stalagmites and stalactites which are everywhere and make the cave become more special. Besides, we can see limestone lofts hanging on the wall, which are relics of geolical history of Halong Bay. They have been formed for thousands of year so scientists can do research and restore geological history of this area. It’s interestingly that there are small animals living inside the cave where there is no sunlight but nobody know how they can survive.

Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave)

Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave)

The second chamber of the cave will lead you to a small close lake with shallow water. The lake was surrounded by lime-stone mountains, where fairies came here for bathing and sleeping according to legends of local residents. Thus, “Fairy Lake” was named for this cave by the locals. In fact, this special landscape has a special ecological environment which is the home of many endemic species.

It’s quite wet and dark inside the cave so the ground is slippery. In order to discover the whole cave, you need to wear nice shoes with a good grip on the ground. You can go to this cave either by kayaking or small boat rowing by the local people, it’s will be memorable experience in Halong Bay.

Especially in the dense darkness, no wind blowing, crabs, spiders, crickets are still living fine. How have they born and feed is still a mystery. From the second compartment of Ho Dong Tien cave, there are two doors out to a lake, surrounded by limestone mountains. They call this type of lake “ponds” but in fact this is a karst funnel with a submerged bottom. It has a special ecological environment, while isolating in the sea but with circulated underground system and cracks in the limestone. So that there usually has been a unique biota within and may consist many endemic species.

The fact that the management board has not allowed to bring tourists into the cave, helps keep the stalactites in natural state. The stalactites here seem to fully display their magical glitter. Million of calcite crystals gleamed magically when met a mild light that in such exploited caves as Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Cave), Dau Go (Hidding Wood cave) have gone forever..

Ho Dong Tien is a nice place for celebrating your birthday and special events with your family, friends. The capacity can be around 15 – 20 people. There are some cruises and travel agents provide this services so don’t worry about how you can do that. Come to visit and feeling the special of Fairy Lake Cave.

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