Heaven Palace Cave - Ha Long Bay


Heavenly Palace Cave (Thien Cung Cave) is located in the south-west of Ha Long Bay, approx. 4km from Ha Long City and just north of Dau Go Island. Thousands of years ago, the cave’s existence was known only through myths and legends of a Dragon King and his wife, until it was found accidentally by fishermen trying to escape from a storm

It is considered the most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay and is also the longest dry cave in Asia.

To reach the entrance involves a climb up some rocky stairs, through the jungle overgrowth

Overview of the Heavenly Palace Cave

Once inside the cave, you enter an ethereal world, where you can wander the winding tunnels of the Dragon King’s realm yourself.

The sprawling 10,000 sqm natural grotto is filled with amazing naturally formed stalactites and stalagmites with shapes that resemble (with some imagination) flowers, birds, animals, fish and even dancing maids. Inside, are four immense pillars that appear to hold up the cavern ceiling or roof of the ‘Heavenly Palace’, bubbling streams and small ponds. Along the walls, there are clusters of stalactites hanging down like stone curtains. In the background, the wind whistles through the formations, creating the sound of a distant drum.

Inside the Heaven Palace Cave 

This unique cave is spectacularly lit with rays of sunlight streaming down into the cavern and hidden colored lighting, giving it a mystical, otherworldly glow, that shows off the incredible interior and its amazing rock formations at their best and a sight that will take your breath away

Leaving the cave, you are met with the most incredible and spectacular panoramic view of the whole of Ha Long Bay.


There are a wide range of Ha Long Bay cruises available to explore Ha Long Bay, from day cruises to overnight Ha Long Bay cruises for 1, 2 or more nights. All the Ha Long Bay Luxury Cruises listed are rated 5-Star on Tripadvisor.

Ha Long Bay cruises that visit Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) include:

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