Halong experts and geomorphologists are fascinated with Ho Dong Tien Cave, and it’s no surprise why. Ho Dong Tien is just one part of the growing community of caves and grottoes being discovered in Halong Bay, and yet this particular example is quite special.
Its name can be translated to “Fairy Lake Cave”, and like all of the other caves, islands, and beaches in Halong Bay, Ho Dong Tien has its own story (we’ll get to that in just a moment). This is one of the extra special spots that can only be accessed by rowboat or kayak, and at high tide it’s even more challenging to enter because the bottom third of the cave will flood.
The interior of the cave is divided into three caverns, and connected by narrow passageways only big enough to allow one person through at a time. The maximum capacity of the entire cave is only about 20 people at once.
The first chamber is characterised by stalagmites and stalactites that connect to form pillars throughout the area. The second chamber is the most special area of Ho Dong Tien; in the center of the cavern there is a shallow lake, where (legend has it) fairies would come to hide away and bathe secretly in the waters. This is where “Fairy Lake Cave” gets its name.
Cruises Visiting Ho Dong Tien Cave