Caves in Hai Phong are not as famous in tourists’ eyes. It is not too difficult to understand because most of people just know Hai Phong as a costal city. In fact, these caves are as beautiful as the famous caves in Vietnam. Let’s check out following to know more the unknown caves that you never know…
Elephant Throat cave – hang Họng Voi
Elephant Throat Cave is a cave located inside Elephant Mountain An Lao. This is a complex of rocky and highland mountains, alternating between each other in the territory of 2 communes Truong Thanh, An Tien of An Lao district, Hai Phong city.
The distance from Hai Phong city center to Elephant Throat cave – hang Họng Voi is 15 km. Right at the foot of the mountain, there is a very large car park, free of charge. If you visit the cave by motorbike, you can park at Mr. Long and Mrs. Ha’s house right at the football field. Parking fee is 10,000VND / bike. Remember to get your ticket!
There is a lighting system in the cave, but still very sketchy. In order to see far and clearly, you should carry a high-powered flashlight to see the top of the cave. The top of the cave is Bat cave, also known as Hang Dơi. Because it is high, the stalactite is still intact. The stalactite parts below has been scribbled and broken by some people.
Going to the end of the cave is Tien well. The water here is very clear and cool. You can drink it directly.
Elephant Throat cave – hang Họng Voi is managed by the family of Mr. Long, Mrs. Ha (the garage at the football field. If you intend to visit the cave, please contact them to open the door. There is no ticket to the cave, but you should tip the cave keeper about 10,000VND / person.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Q7WxU5d3A7shjGHC9
Già Vị cave Hai Phong
Like the Elephant Throat cave, Gia Vi cave is also located in Elephant mountain but on the other side. Gia Vi cave is much deeper and more beautiful than Elephant throat cave. It’s considered one of the best caves in Hai Phong. This cave is managed by Mr. Binh, his house is at the foot of the mountain on the side of Chi Lai village. The cave also has an electric light system and a locked gate to protect the stalactites. To visit the cave, you need to contact him in advance to open the door. He doesn’t speak English so I don’t post his phone number here. If you want to visit this cave, please contact me directly to make a reservation: 0975-200-357. Fee is 50,000VND / person.
There are 2 ways to get to this cave. The first way is the same as the way up Elephant throat cave. When you reach the intersection, you keep going straight and you will see signs. Second, go to Chi Lai village. When you see the entrance to Long Hoa pagoda, go up there to see a signs.
On the way to Gia Vi cave, you will pass through the tea forest. Fresh tea here is delicious and famous.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Q7WxU5d3A7shjGHC9
Pagoda Cave – Chùa Hang Do Son Hai Phong
Hang Pagoda is located in Van Son ward, Do Son town, Hai Phong. True to its name, this is a pagoda located in a cave. The cave is 3.5 meters high and 7 meters wide. The outer platform is 23 square meters wide. The cave is about 25 meters deep. Unlike other caves in Hai Phong, this one attracts people by sacred pagoda but not by beautiful cave.
This is a famous spiritual tourist spot in Do Son. People in Hai Phong city and other places often come here to pray on holidays and Tet.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/cetuwtsBThh7o6Sv7
Goat cave – Hang Dê Hai Phong
Goat cave – Hang Dê Hai Phong is a cave located in Thien Trieu mountain on the bank of Kinh Thay river. The cave is located in An Son commune, Thuy Nguyen district, Hai Phong. The Goat cave can accommodate up to 1,500 people at a time. The cave entrance is quite small, only enough for 2 people to enter at the same time.
After several dozen steps, Goat cave appeared very beautiful and wide. During the resistance war against foreign invaders, the cave was used by guerrillas and the army as a base for hiding and fighting the enemy. Goat cave is half-floating, half-submerged in the heart of limestone mountains with a length of up to 400 m. The two sides of the cliff are smooth. The cave floor is quite flat, easy to move. On the ceiling of the cave are sharp stalactites dripping with cool, clear water. In particular, there are many large stone pillars and stalactites running through the cave with all shapes.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/qJw68eHJDwX6T7Yy5
Hospital cave Cat Ba Hai Phong
Hospital cave Cat Ba Hai Phong is located on Cat Ba Island, Cat Hai Island District, Hai Phong City. The cave is located in Hung Son cave, beside the unique road across the island, 13km from Cat Ba town. Called Quan Y cave because during the war with the US, people built a hospital with hundreds of beds in the the cave. The cave door is made of iron and steel alloy. Over the years but it still looks very good.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/wmSzh7ajm9z3foc6A
Trung Trang cave Cat Ba
Trung Trang Cave is located in Trung Trang valley, 15 km northwest of Cat Ba town. Visitors almost have to stoop throughout the journey to discover the cave more than 300 m long. Over millions of years of geological tectonics, this cave possesses thousands of natural stalactites with unique shapes.
Going deeper into the cave for more than 100 meters, visitors will see glistening stalactites under the dim lights. Here there are stalactites shaped like crowns, brocade strips.
Trung Trang Cave has an ecosystem in mysterious darkness. This is home to many creatures such as bats, birds, insects and reptiles. The lighting system is very limited to preserve the characteristics of the ecological environment in the cave.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/hcR6WjFdMzwWmujbA
Golden Fruit cave – Hang Quả Vàng Cat Ba
Located in Viet Hai commune – Cat Hai – Hai Phong, Golden Fruit cave – Hang Quả Vàng Cat Ba is considered the most beautiful cave in the Cat Ba archipelago – Ha Long Bay.
To get to Quả Vàng cave, you just need to take a canoe trip from Gia Luan wharf. Because Quả Vàng cave is located near Viet Hai island commune in the middle of the sea. Therefore, the only way to go is by canoe which takes 50 minutes to reach the cave.
Before conquering Quả Vàng cave, visitors need to supplement equipment and ensure safety at the forest ranger station of Cat Ba National Park Forest Protection Department. They protect, guard, and prevent strangers from illegally entering the Golden Fruit cave.
Visitors can only visit the cave with the consent of the authorities. If there is a written consent, the staff will guide the way to the cave.
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/XUeWEUxRysycLh3S6
Above is list of Caves in Hai Phong. There are some onland. But some others are on Cat Ba island. Some caves are new to tourists because government has not promoted them yet. If you’ve ever visited before, please leave your comment here to let me know your evaluation! Thank you all for reading.