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Sampan boats in Trang An, Ninh Binh Vietnam

Ninh Binh province, two hours drive south of Hanoi, is far from remarkable, and falls very short of being a well-known destination. However, once at the city’s outskirts it’s a very different situation – the city is surrounded by a most dramatic landscape of lakes, rivers, caves, rice paddy fields and huge limestone karsts. The area is becoming more popular since Trang An, an eco tourism area, was recognized a UNESCO World Heritage in 2014.

Breathtakingly beautiful, the region clearly shares it’s geology with nearby Halong Bay and is often referred to as “Halong on Land”. A thousand years ago, the nearby settlement Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) and the ancient citadel and two temples can still be visited today. Tam Coc is the best known of the region’s caves, and is in fact a series of three inter-linking waterways. There is also the rural region surrounding Vuon Thi, where you can be sure of an exhilarating afternoon learning about farming techniques, the art of Vietnamese cooking and enjoying some of Vietnam’s most compelling scenery from the saddle.

Tamcoc Trangan Vietnam

On April 06 2016 at Hanoi, Ha N?i, Vietnam 49 Views

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