There are many beautiful caves to explore throughout Halong Bay, but perhaps the most interesting and legend-filled of all is the unique winding pathway through the “Heavenly Palace,” Thien Cung Cave. It’s situated on the south-west side the bay, 4 kilometers from the wharf outside of Halong city, at the height of 25 meters above the sea level with 10,000 square meters of complicated interior structure, leveling, and high ceiling.
As well as the Halong Bay, there is also a local legend about Thien Cung Cave, but we will not talk about this since you can google it by yourself. A visit to Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) is part of our #FoodInLoveVIETNAM day itinerary and most of cruises and tour operator include Thien Cung Cave in their itineraries, which makes it a bit crowded and touristy.
Visiting the grotto, tourists will feel like visiting an art museum with the variety of sophisticated statues and reliefs. The way to Thien Cung is a perilous one, covered on both sides by thick forest. a few walks from the dock area requiring a few steep steps towards the mouth of the cave.
When getting in, we are more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactite. On the wall of the eastern side of the cave, an impressive picture of stalactites and stalagmites give us the most fantastic feeling ever.
We’re truly overwhelmed by the unreal beauty of the caves with flows of stalactites and stalagmites which really make your imagination work. All you have to do is follow the path to another section of Thien Cung Cave with a huge opening to the top of the mountain. In the rainy season, this section is a bit wet with water dripping down from the ceiling.
After that, you’ll move onto another section of Thien Cung Cave with amazing stalactites and stalactites which have various shapes ranging from a bald eagle to a lion, a dragon, figures in fairy tales. And after all of that, pop out of the cave to walk through the most perfect green path back to where you started from.
Overall, Thien Cung Cave is definitely a recommended place to visit in Halong Bay. The Cave was beautiful, enchanting, and colorful lighting to look at. You just can’t turn away from your camera to take a lot of beautiful pictures when in Thien Cung Cave.
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Thien Cung Cave
Gia Luận, Cát Hải
Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam
Phone: +84 97 646 74 17
Opening Hour: Everyday (8 AM – 5.30 PM)
Length of Visit: 1 hour
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