Among the beautiful caves and grottos in Halong Bay, Dau Go cave still keeps its place as one of the most special and mythical caves in the bay that attracts a large number of tourists to visit annually. Besides its gorgeous beauty, Dau Go cave seduces tourists by the interesting historical stories and legends that are associated with Vietnam‘s fate.
Halong Bay has many beautiful caves and islands such as Trinh Nu cave, Thien Cung cave, Me Cung cave, Sung Sot cave, Trong Mai islet, etc and the name of these destinations was based on its natural beauty. But Dau Go cave is in a different case, the name of Dau Go was called according to the historical story that related to a real and important event in Vietnam’s history.
Dau Go cave has a breathtaking and ancient beauty which is listed in one of the most gorgeous caves in Halong Bay. The cave is located in the heart of Dau Go island which is 6 km from Bai Chay port. The majestic beauty of Dau Go amazed at the French when they visited here in the early 20th century that a book named Merveille de Monde (Wonders of the World) published in 1938 by a French author praised Dau Go cave as Grotte des Merveilles (Cave of Wonders).
Floating on the emerald water, Dau Go Island (Wooden Stakes Island) is amongst the most famous tourist attractions in Halong Bay. Inside Dau Go Island, tourists will find Dau Go Cave a very interesting cave.
Dau Go cave’s natural features
From the far distance, the cave entrance is a jellyfish look-alike 90 steps stair. Into the cave, a massive system of stalagmites and stalactites resembling stony waterfalls would make anyone feel like being one with the nature.
Dau Go cave has the width of 5000 square meters, whereas the cave door has the height of 12 meters and the width of 17 meters. The cave is lied in Dau Go island which is at the altitude of 27 meters above the sea level. According to the researchers, the cave was created since 2 million years ago in the era of Pleistocene. The flora and fauna in the cave is extremely diverse with many tropical species. Thanks to the thick development of the flora and fauna, the entrance of the cave is covered by a green color with the shape of the jellyfish.
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. It is a little bit lack of light, but 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.
Dau Go cave’s legends
Legends say that the name Dau Go (Wooden Stakes) originates from the victory of the Supreme Commander Tran Hung Dao (1228-1300) against Mongol invasion in the 13th Century on Bach Dang River by deploying booby traps of giant steel-tipped wooden stakes beneath the water. He found a away to hide all the stakes during high tides so that the Mongol could not see it. Later on, some of those wooden stakes flow to this cave and was discovered by the local people.
In 1918, King Khai Dinh and a French Governor Albert Pierre Saraut had a trip to Halong Bay. When visiting Dau Go cave, being surprised by the fairytale beauty of the cave, King Khai Dinh wrote a poem praising the hand of the Creator squeezing up the beautiful Halong Bay and Dau Go cave as well. Then, people erected a stele and carved the poem on it to memorize the King’s trip. That poem stele is on the left side of the cave.
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”.
Being known as “Cave of Wonders”, Dau Go cave is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Halong Bay. It is one must-visit place that all tourists should visit while coming to Halong Bay. If you need further information about Vietnam destinations, please contact us. Thank you!