Halong Bay is famous for its beautiful caves that attract tons of tourists every year. Perhaps, the most legendary dry cave with uniquely breathtaking pathway is Thien Cung cave.
Known as the “Heavenly Palace” Cave, Thien Cung Cave is the most beautiful primitive cave of Ha Long Bay and the longest dry cave in Asia. The cave is located in the Southwest of Halong Bay, about 4km away from Dau Go island. With complex interior structure, multi floors with high ceiling, Thien Cung Cave has become a worldwide tourist attraction for such magnificent system of stalactites and stalagmites.
There are various sized sculptures with strange shapes of birds, fishes, celestial maidens dancing, … created by Mother Nature. The locals believe Thien Cung Cave has such natural beauty thanks to the legend about an ancient Dragon King, who defeated invaders and returned to his cave, refusing to be awarded. Afterwards, Dragon Prince married to a girl named May. The wedding took place inside the cave with the visit of many dragons, huge pythons and giant eagles. Wandering around the North side, you can see the scene engraved here and there on the wall and stones. You would not need outstanding imagination to see the engraved images indeed.
Exploring the craggy cliffs of Thien Cung Cave is definitely no easy journey with many great scenes to stop for a look. Behind a narrow door is a tremendously large space, in which the further you reach, the more fascinated you will be. In the center lied a natural stone curtain, which is created by a cluster of stalactites hanging down and placed under the arch of the cave. Last area is filled with colored lights, creating magnificent shot. The legend tells that this is where the Dragon Price and his wife gave birth to 100 children, who split to explore new areas of Vietnam, forging pathways and form new villages with their mother while and the other half continue to guard the Bay. These children are told to be Vietnamese ancient origin. Leaving the cave, an impressive vantage point that overlooks the whole Bay is waiting for you to be amazed. A short trek will take you back down a set of stairs and return to your cruise, ending the great journey with your heart left behind.
Get yourself to this amazing Heavenly Palace Cave from April to August for best dry time. There are many tour cruises which offer tourists a full serviced journey at comfortably. You can look for Ha Long Bay Cruise as a preferred option.
For the extreme travelers who’d prefer self-guidance, you need to go to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh (taking bus or train from Ha Noi or fly ticket from other cities). Locals often rent a bike to transport to Thien Cung Cave for low cost. However, tourists can book taxi or private car at the bus/train station or the airport and go straight to Thien Cung Cave for convenience. If you can ride a bike, renting one might give you more amazing nature view along the road.