During your travel journey to Ha Long, visiting Thien Canh Son Cave should be one of the top activities on your bucket list. Possessing a myriad of stalagmites that look like sparkling chandeliers, the cave has captured travelers’ hearts to become one of Ha Long’s most gorgeous caves.
1. Where is Thien Canh Son Cave?
Thien Canh Son Cave is one of the most stunning caves of Ha Long. It is situated on Hon Co Island, Cong Do Nature Reserve, Bai Tu Long Bay. The cave has a prime location in the heart of Ha Long, which is approximately 20 kilometers away from Tuan Chau International Tourist Wharf of Ha Long City.
As part of a natural heritage site, the natural environment surrounding Thien Canh Son Cave has been carefully protected. As the cave is home to a diverse range of plant species, the locals also call it Hang Co, which means “grass cave”. This tourist attraction is considered by many travelers as a fairyland in Ha Long thanks to its magically pristine beauty.
2. Top 3 must-try experiences in Thien Canh Son Cave
2.1. Explore the splendid beauty of the cave
As one of the most magnificent caves in Ha Long, Thien Canh Son Cave’s incredible stalactites and amazing rock formations have left numerous visitors in a state of dumbfounded wonder. Hence, exploring the wonderful charm of this small cave will definitely be one of the most unforgettable experiences on your Ha Long trip.
2.2. Admire the breathtaking scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay
Lying on a mountain slope, Thien Canh Son Cave provides visitors with an excellent panoramic view of Bai Tu Long Bay, which is one of the two largest biosphere reserves in the Gulf of Tonkin, besides Ha Long Bay. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you take time to admire the majestic, poetic, and serene seascape of the bay after exploring the cave's interior. Looking down from above, Bai Tu Long Bay appears to be even more charming.
2.3. Take part in many exciting water activities
Coming to Thien Canh Son Cave, besides admiring its stunning stalactites and impressive rock formations, tourists also have the opportunity to go swimming and kayaking, as there is a small white-sand beach at the foot of the cave. Thanks to the crystal-clear water, swimming in the sea here will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable experiences on your trip to the cave. You can also kayak around to appreciate the elegant seascape of Bai Tu Long Bay.
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3. The detailed guide for a trip to Thien Canh Son Cave
3.1. How to get to Thien Canh Son Cave?
The most popular means of transportation to reach Thien Canh Son Cave is by boat. You may easily find a boat tour that includes the cave in its itinerary, thanks to the cave’s prime location in the center of the area. You should take boat number 4, which will take you to some other well-known attractions in Ha Long besides Thien Canh Son Cave.
Additionally, you can take a canoe to Thien Canh Son Cave. Despite the somewhat high cost of renting a private canoe, tourists can easily explore the cave without worrying about time constraints.
3.2. When is the best time to visit Thien Canh Son Cave?
The best time to visit Ha Long in general and Thien Canh Son Cave in particular is from October to December, as the weather is pleasant with low chances of rain at this time. In other months, you will also not have much trouble visiting the cave, as the general weather and terrain here are very favorable.
3.3. Where to stay for the most comfortable trip?
Besides Thien Canh Son Cave, Ha Long has many other must-visit tourist attractions, such as Ti Top Beach, Tuan Chau Island, Bo Nau Cave, Ho Dong Tien Cave, Luon Cave, Trong Cave, Trinh Nu Cave, and Me Cung Cave.
Coming to Ha Long, tourists should choose a good place to stay to enjoy the trip to the fullest. Among the wide range of accommodations available in Ha Long, it is highly recommended that you stay at the luxurious and all-inclusive Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long.
Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long is a unique resort in Northern Vietnam that is constructed entirely on the sea. The resort captivates customers’ hearts with its three private beaches, immensely green premises, and a huge outdoor swimming pool. Staying here, you have the opportunity to enjoy high-class facilities, relax at Vincharm Spa, and have wonderful dining experiences in 5-star restaurants.
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4. Important notes for your visit to Thien Canh Son Cave
- If you want to visit the cave during the peak tourist season, you should book a tour in advance
- Bring a flashlight if needed
- Bring everything you will need for outdoor activities, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats
- To ensure your safety, follow safety precautions and wear a life jacket when kayaking
- Apply insect repellent before going inside the cave
- As you will have to do a bit of climbing to reach the cave, wear comfortable clothing and sports shoes
- Don’t litter
Thien Canh Son Cave's majestic beauty and varied ecosystem make it a haven for adventure seekers who want to see the amazing natural world. Hopefully, this travel guide will help you plan a wonderful getaway with your friends and family to one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay.
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