24h discovering little-known places in Ninh Binh

In addition to highlighted attractions such as Trang An, Bai Dinh pagoda, Ninh Binh also have many peaceful places for tourists to discover just in one day. Spending time to explore relatively new and interesting destinations like Thung Nham, Thien Ha cave, Dong Chuong lake is a good way to gain better understanding about the historical land of Ninh Binh.

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7h: Temple of King Dinh-Le

Hoa Lu ancient capital is tied with three dynasties Dinh – Le – Ly, which is regarded as the land of “supernatural” with many famous Vietnamese celebrities. According to the records, in 968, Dinh Bo Linh came to the throne of the first feudal state in Vietnam, he chose Hoa Lu as the capital and built many palaces, temples in here. Nowadays, there are many monuments left in Hoa Lu, one of these is the temple of King Dinh and Le which are seperated approximately 500m and located in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district. Here you can learn about the history of King Dinh and Le’s reign. In addition, Hoa Lu relic still has some beautiful pagodas like Ngan Xuyen (near foot of Ma Yen mountain) and Nhat Tru (far away 200m from King Le’s temple).

9h: Thung Nham eco-tourism site

Belong to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, which far away 10km from Ninh Binh city, Thung Nham (or Thung Chim – Bird Valley) is located in the core area of Trang An, beside the famous tourist area Tam Coc – Bich Dong. In order to come here, almost tourists choose to go to Tam Coc about 4km, through the Sun Valley then continue by road or boat if selecting go through Pagoda cave.  You’ll be sure to see here numerous species of birds and the most common ones are stork, teal, starling and so on. In particular, it is also home to many rare species of birds in the Red Book. After being amazed by the number of birds here, you can visit caves in rocky mountains. Leaving boats to walk on the shore, you can visit orchards, centuries-old banyan tree, primary forests and aquaculture zones.

12h: Lunch

Resting in Doi Nham valley, you do not forget to enjoy local dishes like hill chickens, fishes in natural lake, bamboo cane and forest vegetables.

13h: Thien Ha cave

After sightseeing and having lunch at Thung Nham, you will move to Muong Tho Ha, Son Ha commune, Nho Quan district to come up with Thien Ha cave. The cave has a length of 700m including small water cave inside. It’s not really big but due to located in the range of Tuong Mountain, which is a part of natural wall protecting Hoa Lu in 10th century, Thien Ha cave attracts a lots of tourists come to understand more about the ancient capital region.

15h30: Dong Chuong lake

Out of the cave, you keep moving to the two communes Phu Loc and Phu Long to go to Dong Chuong lake. Here you will find pretty pristine and quiet lake scenery. Around the lake, you can see pine hills reflected on the water, all create cool and dreamy space inside jungle. Near the lake, you can visit Ba Tua waterfall, Chin Suoi (Nine Stream line), pine hills and a pond with blue water which never shallow. You can take a boat around the lake, enjoy fresh air,  participate in fun games or go camping to end your long day roaming at beautiful places in Ninh Binh.

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