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Dong Thien Cung, Halong Bay

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One of the main sites in the network of caves surrounding Ha Long Bay, Dong Thien Cung sits shrouded in local myths of dragons and lovers. During this first stop on many of the bay’s cave tours, you'll encounter a complex, naturally formed interior of stalactites, stalagmites, and cathedral-like dome ceilings spread over roughly 10,000 sq m (10,7639 sq ft). Said to have hosted the seven-day wedding festivities of the dragon king and cloud princess, many of the eerily lit rock formations are attributed to guests of the mythical party turning into stone. Ask your guide to point out the numerous characters while carefully walking to the center of the cave. Work out when and for how long to visit Dong Thien Cung and other Halong Bay attractions using our handy Halong Bay vacation generator.
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Where to stay in Halong Bay

When touring the scenic bay, most people stay in Halong City, where you can find many budget hotels, motels, and backpacker-style hostel lodgings. Another option is staying on Cat Ba, one of the larger islands in the bay, which features a variety of affordable hotels. You can also choose to stay in the port city of Haiphong and take day trips to explore Halong Bay.
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  • Touristy, show-cave but worth the trip. Some nice speleotherms. Lights a bit tacky. Pretty. Typically, part of Halong Bay cruises. Second cave nearby is good, too.  more »
  • The name means "Heavenly Palace" and is a "must see". It is about 50 metres above the Halong Bay and is reached by climbing up flights of steep stairs. Fortunately there is a handrail. The steps in th...  more »
  • A hundred or so steps to climb to get up to the caves but before even doing so the location is very pretty.  more »