Ninh Bình Province has many beautiful landscapes that can surprise tourists on their first visit, with the most famous sight Tam Cốc (Three Caves).
The Three Caves belong to the historic limestone mountains of Ninh Bình Province, which is known as Hạ Long Bay on land, and are located in Hoa Lư Commune, about 100 kilometers from Hà Nội.
The best way to enjoy the magnificent Three Caves is hiring a small boat for four people at Dinh Cac wharf.
For only five U.S. dollars, tourists will have a two-hour trip down the Ngô Đồng River.
Twenty minutes from shore, the boat takes in the first cave formed by the flow of Ngô Đồng River into a limestone mountain for hundreds of thousands of years.
The river’s name is said to have come from the cultivation of corn on both sides of the river.
Further on, tourists will be faced with a second cave, lying between the standing mountains on the left named Ben Thanh and on the right is one shaped like a landing eagle.
By the river is a large, flat stone that is said by local people to be the resting place for Trần Thái Tông, an ancient Vietnamese king.
The last cave is no doubt the most beautiful.
The water running through limestone has formed many magnificent, living stones and local people have used their vivid imagination to link these stones with mythical characters.
Along the river is many layers of green mountains, they seem to have grown from the deep water and cast shadows on the surface from the dawn of time.
Somehow, tourists will spot a single stone house under the mountain where a local family raises goats, plant rice and fish to feed their family.
Isolation is a way of life here.
By PHẠM THÁI
Source: The Saigon Times