Dau Go Cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions that can’t miss in your Halong Bay journey. Dau Go Cave is known as the largest and biggest cave in the cave system in Halong Bay, with a typical beauty of splendid and ancient features and a variety of stalagmites created in unique shapes.

If you are going on Halong Bay cruise and you love nature discovery, Dau Go Cave will an appealing choice for you.

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View of Halong Bay you can see through Dau Go cave


Dau Go Cave Halong Bay Overview

Located in Dau Go Island, about 5 kilometers far from Bai Chay cruise ship port and 3.5 kilometers from Tuan Chau Island, Dau Go Cave is considered the largest cave in Halong Bay.

Dau Go Cave has such a great impression of beauty that a French author wrote about this amazing cave in his book called Merveille de Monde (Wonders of the World), and named the cave as Grotte des Merveilles (Cave of Wonders).

Coming to the cave, you will be overwhelmed with the extraordinary and beautiful shape of stalagmites and limestones which are completely naturally created. It will be a great chance for tourists to contemplate one of the most wonderful caves in the world. Nowadays, Dau Go Cave is one of the most appealing destinations that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

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Dau Go cave attracts hundreds of thousands of  visitors every year

How to get access to Dau Go Grotto?

It is not difficult to get into Dau Go Cave. Tourists can hire a boat ride with local at a price of 60.000 VND/person for boat and more 50.000 VND/person for the entrance fee. Besides, if you do a private cruise or go on Halong Cruise, this cave can be included in your itinerary. Then, just make sure you keep a slot on the boat.

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Boat ride to Dau Go Cave with local while enjoying Halong Bay mesmerizing scenery

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History of Dau Go Cave

Mentioning the name of Dau Go Cave, there have been 3 different explanations. The first theory says that in the thirteenth century when Tran King and Vietnamese people had to fight against Mongol invaders, Dau Go Cave was used as a place to hide wood piles for Vietnamese soldiers to build up a battlefield and knockdown ships of those invaders.

When the tide was down, the enemies were stuck in those wooden stakes then driven into the river bed. Therefore, the cave was called as Giau Go Cave (Hidden Wood Cave) at first to mark this important milestone of history. After that, the name change into Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes).

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Dau Go cave has many large and hidden area which was used as a place to hide wood piles for Vietnamese soldiers in the Tran Dynasty

The second theory says that Dau Go Cave used to be a good shelter for its bow shape. In a long time of severe storms, fishermen had to gather here to survive and protect themselves from stormy weather. While living in the cave, people fixed their boats to make preparation to get back to land and left plenty of wood pieces. Therefore, the cave is called Dau Go cave.

According to the third theory, the name of Dau Go cave was originated from the unique shape of the island which consists of Dau Go Cave. The island has its form of a giant timber tree so that people call it Dau Go Cave.

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What to experience in Dau Go Cave?  

The amazing structure of nature

Dau Go Cave is located on a limestone islet which is 8 kilometers from the south of Bai Chay, standing 187 meters above sea level. Dau Go Cave has its width of 5.000 square meters and is the largest cave in Halong Bay.

To get into the cave, tourists have to walk on 90 rocky steps to get access to the small entrance of Dau Go cave. For a high humidity of the cave, the flora and fauna develop diversely, especially including mosses, ferns and timber trees. Also due to the strong development of the flora and fauna, the cave entrance has a beautiful color with the shape of jellyfish.

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The eye-catching jellyfish-shape of Dau Go cave entrance

Among 3 chambers of the cave, the outer one largest, able to contain 3-4 people, has the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, some of which are as tall as 20 meters. The locals believe that these giant shapes resemble the form of human beings and they are similar to the guardians of Dau Go Cave.

The floor of Dau Go Cave is about 6 meters lower than that of the entrance and the height of the ceiling is around 25 meters. The middle chamber leads to a narrow path of 1.4 meters wide, which has around crystal structure.

When lighting on, this structure reflects an amazing kaleidoscope of light that will impress every visitor. The inner chamber is famous for the colorful stalagmites and stalactites.

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The stalagmites and stalactites in Dau Go Cave with different sizes and shapes

Dau Go Cave is divided into three areas. The first one has a range of stalactites with many familiar shapes such as lions, pythons, turtles or fighting cocks. The second part is a picturesque image of rocky islands. In the third area, there are various giant stone pillars that were completely created by nature.

At the end of the cave, you will see a freshwater lake. Looking up to the dome of the cave, the shape of the stone will stimulate your imagination of typical pictures of animals such as elephants, lions, deers or fish.

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The historical value of Dau Go Cave

Dau Go Cave is one of the most famous caves in Ha Long. Since its discovery, Dau Go cave attracts thousands of visitors every year, including many Vietnamese dignitaries. Being known as Cave of Wonders with splendid beauty and the historic values.

At the time of 100 years ago, Khai Dinh King and French Governor Albert Pierre Saraut on a trip to Halong Bay came to visit this spectacular cave. Being surprised by the striking beauty of the Creator, Khai Dinh King composed a poem to praise the beauty of Halong Bay and the Dau Go Cave.

Now, if you come to the cave, you will find a stele which was written with the poem on the left side of the Cave.

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Dau Go Cave Tripadvisor Reviews

“The visit to the cave was the highlight of the trip to Halong Bay. It is a sight never to be missed. You can have time to visit this cave only if you take the highway tour or the travel to Halong bay itself will take more time and you would not have much time for the cruise any cave visit.”

“The cave at the Halong Bay is simply amazing. This limestone cave takes approximately 20 minutes to go through and needs a good amount of steps to climb. Yet if you are in the area, worth visiting..”

“I was afraid being 66 years old and not in the best of shape that this would be too much. But the stair climb was short and the view after you pass through the impressive cave complex was gorgeous.”

“Wear closed in shoes -no thongs, slides or sandals is what I’d recommend.

Breathtaking and worth the hike. Fairly crowded, like most of Vietnam but so worth it. The beach is a tease but you’re not allowed to swim. Great views from the top overlooking the bay!.”

(Source: Tripadvisor.com)

It is not exaggerating to say that Dau Go Cave is one of the most wonderful caves in Halong Bay. If you have a chance to travel to Halong Bay, don’t forget to take your time to contemplate the natural beauty of this amazing cave. 

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