Are you ready for the upcoming King Kong Skull Island movie? This time it was filmed at Ninh Binh, Vietnam – where Trang An landscape complex has been recognized as a dual world heritage.
Has been called “Halong bay on land” for a long time, Ninh Binh really deserves a new name for its distinctive natural beauty as well as its cultural values.
How to get there
Either going by motorbike or by bus is possible. You should spend 2 or 3 days in Ninh Binh. If you go by bus, you can rent motorbike in Ninh Binh city to move around.
Ninh Binh is only 80km away from Hanoi. Giap Bat and My Dinh bus stations have buses to Ninh Binh everyday. In Ninh Binh city, you rent a motorbike for 120,000VND per day, not included gas cost. If go by motorbike from Hanoi, it takes you about 2 hours to reach Hoa Lu on Cau Gie – Ninh Binh highway and highway 1A.
Where to go
Van Long Marsh
Van Long Marsh in spring is the perfect getaway from hustle and noisy cities. The marsh is shallow, surrounded with green limestone islets, wild grass and slow flows of water. Going by boat, you will have chance to enjoy the joy of discovering through several caves and watch the aquatic life under water. In autumn, there is lotus blossoming on the surface of the marsh making it a wonderful sight of nature.
Only 9 kilometers away form Ninh Binh city, Trang An is the newest world dual heritage for both natural and cultural values. On nature, Trang An is a ecotourism complex of river, mountains and caves. Often called as “Ha Long Bay on land”, Trang An has an impressive appearance with its massive karst system. There are hundreds of limestone islands, islets and river caves constructing by Sao Khe and Ngo Dong rivers. Some of them you can’t miss: Dia Linh cave, Sinh Duoc cave and May cave. Each cave is different in beauty and has its own legend. Dark Cave has wide and narrow parts while Light Cave is adorned with magnificent sparkling stalactites.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong
If you search for Tam Coc – Bich Dong on Google, a lot of poetic pictures of a narrow river path with vast yellow rice fields on both sides would show up. It actually is just the entrance way to a massive system of 3 big caves linking together as shown in the name of the site – Tam Coc (Three Caves), Bich Dong (Green Grotto or Pearl Grotto).
Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong National Park is the first national park of Vietnam and the largest nature reserve. The scenery of the park consists of green karst mountain and lush valleys. The limestone mountains contain many caves which are accessible. The temperature of the park is varied depending on the heights.
Phat Diem Stone Cathedral
Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is the most famous church in Vietnam for the very special combination of Western and Vietnamese architecture styles. The whole cathedral is built of stone and wood for 24 years. It is known that the stone to build this church taken from limestone mountains. Phat Diem cathedral is a complex included a cathedral, a stone church, a lake, a bell house, and 3 artificial grottoes. The bell house which in Vietnamese is called Phuong Dinh is a 3-level building and completely made out of stone.