Ninh Binh Vietnam has the oldest national park of Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park, located 100km from Hanoi, with a very wide range of species, both flowers, and animals. Moreover, it is one of the best places for hiking in Vietnam, granting guests fresh air and natural scenes that city life can never offer. Bai Dinh Pagoda area is another treasure of the province, with a complex of the pagoda, park, car parking area, and lake system; it is so much easier for visitors to go here. But the most famous place here is Phat Diem stone church, which is the only stone church in the North of Vietnam, built by French in the past, merely by stones placed on each other, without any stick material. The area is also home to some wonderful Vietnamese architecture that helps to provide interest and historical context to a visit to the Ninh Binh area, which certainly should be on the itinerary of any visitor to Vietnam.
Tam Coc Karst Formations
The cliffs of the Tam Coc area are some of the most impressive in Vietnam, and the winding river valleys flanked by the steep cliffs are very dramatic and make for a great area of the country to explore. While it may not have the international recognition that the coastal destination of Ha Long Bay enjoys, the Karst formations at Tam Coc are truly spectacular. The area can either be explored by bicycle, where the roads are present, or by boat, with local rowers available for hire to take you to some of the most attractive areas along the river.
Trang An Scenic Landscape
Located on the southern banks of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Grottoes are a series of caves that include some of the oldest areas occupied by humans in the country, with some caves showing signs of activity as far back as thirty thousand years ago. Many of these caves are submerged and can be explored by boat in an organized tour, while others can be visited on foot. The site also includes the ancient capital of the country, Hoa Lu, which was a key part of ruling Vietnam’s during the tenth and the eleventh centuries. Based on the lively natural landscape with rich flora and fauna, Trang An eco-tourism has became a tourist itinerant that attracted both domestic and foreign tourists.
Bich Dong Pagoda
A short distance north of Tam Coc, the cave temples of Bich Dong are famous for the ornate entrances to the cave, and the beautiful formations inside the caves themselves. The stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave help to provide plenty of atmospheres, while there are three separate caves that can be explored in the pagoda complex. Legend has it that these pagodas originated in the early fifteenth century when two monks visited the area and fell in love with the scenery, writing about the area in poetry which brought the area to the attention of the royal family.
Cuc Phuong National Park
This lovely area of rainforest is one of the most pristine and untouched parts of Vietnam, and it is famous for the wide range of different animals that can be spotted by those exploring the park. Night tours are particularly interesting, as they reveal many of the nocturnal animals that cannot be spotted during the day, and there is also a turtle center that explores the history and habitat of these wonderful animals. There is also a primate rescue center that is located near the entrance to the national park, and here visitors can see some of the 150 different species of primate that lives in the park, that are either too injured to be reintroduced into the park, or those in the process of rehabilitation.