Trang An, an Outdoors Vietnamese Geological Museum
Vietnam offers fascinating places to visit, both in the highlands of the northern area and the southern beaches. Among these tempting options is Trang An, located in the northern province of Ninh Binh. This is an ecotourism area surrounded by mountains of limestone, lakes, caves and a rich ecosystem with hundreds of different species.
Trang An has a total area of 2 168 hectares and scientists often call it "the outdoor geological museum" or "Ha Long Bay on land", referring to the harbor which was declared twice as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1994, for its beauty, and in 2000, its geological peculiarities. Many relics of men who lived 30,000 years ago in the caves of Bui and Trong, and traces of dynasties and ancient temples remain intact at the site.
Due to its uniqueness and popular acceptance, the U.S. news channel CNN this year will promote this Vietnamese tourism destination. Trang An is in the candidate list of world heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. Up there you can reach after a trip by boat from a dock on the Sao Khe River, with crystal clear waters.
During the crossing you will see the green mountains with the white flowers of the reeds that grow at the feet. Just 200 meters from the dock is the Trinh temple, which locals call Dot temple. The building is dedicated to Dinh Thang and Dinh Thuoc, two great generals of the Dinh dynasty (10th century), who helped King Dinh Tien Hoang to defeat the invaders, bringing peace to the country.
A little further is the first cave, named Dia Linh, with over 400 meters long. After crossing the cave full of stalactites, you will reach to a large water space surrounded by towering limestone mountains that appear before us. The incredible landscape creates a feeling of being in a huge natural well, of calm and crystal clear water. The caves are connected by water, creating a majestic landscape. There are about 50 caves in Trang An, each followed by water areas of wild beauty and unique names.Continued on the next page