Wooden Head Island (Dau Go Island)
Seemingly floating on the emerald water, Đau Go Island (Wooden Head Island) is amongst the most famous tourist attractions in Halong Bay. On Wooden Head Island, where tourists will discover the incredible Đầu Gỗ Cave, a spectacular and most interesting cave .
From afar, the cave entrance looks like a jellyfish, with a 90 step staircase. Inside this cave there is a huge array of stalagmites and stalactites, resembling stony waterfalls that would makes all comers feel like being at one with the nature.
The cave has three main compartments. The first area has a curved shape which is filled up by natural light. The ceiling of this area is like a giant oil painting, similar to primitive landscapes, with rows of stalagmites and stalactites changing their color depending on the intensity and angle of the light. Many tourists let their imagination take over, with all the light reflecting on those stalagmites and stalactites.
Passing through the first area and then a narrow entrance, tourists will discover the second section. There is a little less light, but it has a more intriguing ambiance, formed by the harmonious combination of light and stalactites that stimulate your curiosity but can also be a little creepy.
The adventure continues with a sudden discovery of the last massive compartment. Here, there is a sacred fairy well, and the legend says that it is used by beautiful fairies descending from the heavenly kingdom.
Legends say that the name Đầu Gỗ (Wooden Head Island) originates from the victory of the Supreme Commander Tran Hung Dao (1228-1300) against a Mongol invasion in the 13th Century on Bach Dang River, by deploying traps of giant steel-tipped wooden stakes just beneath the water. He found a away to hide all the stakes during high tides so that the Mongols could not see them and later, some of those wooden stakes flowed into this cave and were discovered by the local people.
Wooden Head Island (Đầu Gỗ Cave) is listed in the world famous tourism book Merveille de Monde published back in France in 1938, which presents the most beautiful and sites worth visiting in the world, including Đầu Gỗ Cave under the name “Grotte des marveilles” (Cave of Wonders).