Considered as one of the most ideal destinations for ecotourism in Vietnam, Ninh Binh owns a wide range of attractions to explore the natural beauty of Northern Vietnam. However, there are various ways to discover this beautiful land; the most popular one must be paddling. Today, let me suggest a list of 3 best places for paddling in Ninh Binh for your Vietnam excursions.
Widely well-known for being a beautiful UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, Trang An is one of the most ideal places for paddling lovers. The complex contains a huge system of limestone landscape surrounded by primitive forests including stunning mountains, islets, caves, dating back to 250 million years ago.
The one-and-only way to discover Trang An is to paddle small local boats, which are controlled by an experienced local. However, there are 3 pairs of paddles on each boat, so you will have a chance to try that interesting experience yourself or with your friends on boat.
A cruise in Trang An will sure offer you the opportunity to explore its magnificent scenery as well as a rich biodiversity of wild species and plants. You will also have a chance to paddle through at least ten mysterious caves of different lengths and appearances to see a wide range of natural stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes while soaking your hand into the cold-as-ice fresh water. Furthermore, joining in a paddling trip to Trang An also helps you to extend your knowledge about culture, history and religion in Vietnam by passing by many Buddhist temples and pagodas.
Thum Nham Bird Park
Another ideal spot for scenic paddling in Ninh Binh is Thum Nham Bird Park, which is located not too far from Ninh Binh city. Visiting this fascinating natural park, you will have a chance to not only paddle in nature but also enjoy various types of activities such as trekking to a lot of unique caves, visiting fruit gardens, exploring primitive forest. However, the main activity here is to watch a kingdom of wild bird. Thung Nham is home to a lot of species including painted stork, heron, cormorant, bulbul, etc and other wide mammals, reptiles, fishes, many of them are listed in the Red Book (Vietnamese List of Endangered species).
You will feel it comfortable and relaxing to enjoy the natural beauty of Ninh Binh, which is completely separated from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Tam Coc Bich Dong
Located right next to Thum Nham Bird Park, The World Heritage Tam Coc Bich Dong attracts a large amount of worldwide tourist for a long time thanks to its peaceful location and unique biodiversity.
Tam Coc means 3 Caves in Vietnamese; Bich Dong is the name of a stunning cave in the complex. Visiting Tam Coc, you will have a scenic paddling trip in a picturesque kingdom with mountains, rivers, forest. If you pay a visit to this spot in summer, you will be able to witness a dreamy scene of immense yellow wet-rice paddies, which allows you to take some best pictures of Northern Vietnam. During the tour, you will be able to see many majestic caves including But Cave, Mua Cave, Fairy Cave etc. Moreover, there are some sacred pagodas and temples deep inside the complex for you to learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam.
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