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Top 5 Best Things to Do in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

The former capital of Ninh Binh is famous not only for the magnificent spiritual site in Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex but also for many other things to do and see.

Butterfly hunting in Cuc Phuong National Park: Cuc Phuong National Park is about 120 km away from Hanoi to the southwest. This is the favourite place to visit of many domestic and foreign tourists, with destinations like Nguoi Xua Cave (Cave of the Prehistoric Man), 1000 year Old oak tree, the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre and especially forest butterflies.

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There are lots of butterfly in Cuc Phuong especially in late spring and early summer, when things seems to be awakened after a long sleep through the cold winter. The most common here is white butterflies. Besides, attacus atlas, swallowtail butterfly and a colourful world of different butterflies turn Cuc Phuong into a fanciful picture.

Discover Con Noi in Kim Son: The Bai Ngang – Con Noi in Kim Son was recognized as a UNESCO world biosphere reserve in the Red River Delta. However, until now, it is still not wide known about. Con Noi has been put into tourism operation since 2003 but it still remains pristine and wild.

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Con Noi was formed by the silt at estuary of Day River. Floating on a small boat, crossing the marine aquaculture zones to an immense sand island in the ocean will be a pleasant experience for you. Here, you can enjoy playing, swimming and waiting for sunset.

Admire the birds in Thung Nham: Thung Nham (or Thung Chim – bird valley) is quiet and fresh thanks to the karst system, pristine rainforest and river surrounded, which is a favourable environment for rare animals to live.

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You will discover the wildlife of the nearly 40 species of birds, with about 50,000 ones. During sun sets, flocks of white storks fly back and occupy almost the wetland area. During the day, birds fly everywhere to earn living. They just go back at abut 14 – 15pm, and stay overnight.

Tam Coc harvest season: Tam Coc means “three caves”, formed by the river flowing through the mountain. Ninh Binh was the capital of three dynasties Dinh, Tien Le and Hau Ly.

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Cruising on the romantic river through the limestone mountain, visitors can watch the roadside paddy fields. From high above, winding Ngo Dong River among rice fields and limestone complex is really a charming picture.

Sunset in the Van Long lagoon: Van Long is not widely known by many tourists like Tran An or Tam Coc – Bich Dong. Therefore, it remains very unspoiled and tranquil.

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Known as “bays without waves”, in Van Long, tourists will have a chance to enjoy the feeling of smoothness while the ferryman gently paddles on the water. When sun sets, all the space becomes so quiet and brings you peaceful and memorable moments.

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