Travel Services in VietnamTravel Vietnam
Information about Vietnam tours

Thung Nham-a green oasis

Bookmark and Share

Ninh Binh Province is famous as the home of top tourist destinations Trang An and Bai Dinh pagoda. However, in recent years, the province has also become known for another attraction-Thung Nham-an area abundant in natural beauty.
Thung Nham-a green oasis, travel news, Vietnam guide, Vietnam airlines, Vietnam tour, tour Vietnam, Hanoi, ho chi minh city, Saigon, travelling to Vietnam, Vietnam travelling, Vietnam travel, vn news
Open as a tourist destination since March 2013, Thung Nham remains a relatively new and little-known attraction, welcoming just 30 visitors a day on average.
On the plus side, the small number of visitors means Thung Nham retains a peaceful, untouched atmosphere and tourists can relax and enjoy the place, without suffering the crowds and noise that blight many popular tourist destinations.
Lying among the mountains of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, Thung Nham is blessed with all of the striking natural landscapes found in Ninh Binh. Visitors have the chance to experience ecotourism with numerous beautiful lakes, ancient primary forests and mysterious caves.
The area is becoming popular as a destination for honeymooners and as a romantic getaway, with charming individual bungalows and newly-established resorts attracting couples.
Discovery tours on offer in the area include forest treks, cave visits and camping activities, with campfires and fishing on the menu. The area manages to combine man-made and natural charms in harmony.
Thung Nham is wonderful in all four seasons, but its beauty really comes into its own in autumn, when temperatures cool and a thin layer of mist embraces the whole area, lending a fragile beauty to this poetic land.
In autumn, the birds return to their nests for the night somewhat earlier. Bird spotting trips take visitors gliding through shrubs on a wooden boat on the lake around 5pm to the bird valley, where they are afforded arresting views of the birds roosting.
The spectacle of birds returning home whitens the primary forests. The area is home to various species of birds, including two very rare species, flamingo and phoenix, both listed as endangered.
Tourists can take one hour guided tours to explore the bird park in Thung Nham, where photography is permitted and the boats sail close to the birds, but visitors are requested to remain quiet to avoid scaring the birds.
As well as bird watching, trips on the river take in the intense red water lilies surrounding two wet caves deep inside a limestone mountain range that feature the typical cave characteristics of Ninh Binh, with stalactites growing in various unique forms. Visitors to these caves will find the experience similar to exploring Trang An or Tam Coc but on a smaller scale.
Thung Nham also offers plentiful worthwhile experiences on land. Cycling through the countryside is popular in the area as are walks that take in bridges crossing crystal lakes where the freshness of nature can be enjoyed.
The local fruit gardens are also worth a visit, where visitors are free to indulge in picking and devouring the ripe fruits.
Night time entertainment in Thung Nham tends to be traditional and focused on the outdoors, such as campfires and community performances by local artists.
Thung Nham is ideal for a weekend break for enjoying the peace of nature and sampling delicious regional cuisine and Ninh Binh specialities such as goat meat and burnt rice.


Source: Time Out

Millennium-old communal house named special national relic site
Foreign tourists happy with Vietnam’s visa exemption policy
Lang Co town – A quiet retreat for summer escapes
Rough Guides names six must-visit places in Viet Nam
Binh Thuan: Speedboat service to Phu Quy island begins operation
Da Lat suffers from scamming salespeople
Can Tho City works to foster tourism development
CNN to broadcast new special programme on Hanoi
Majority of Chinese and S. Korean visitors on low-cost tours in Danang
Diversity of Central Highlands’ culture introduced at ethnic village
2018 Da Nang summer travel programme to offer a range of exciting activities
Korean painters launch 30 more murals in Quang Nam village
Fireworks sparkle above Han River on second night of int’l festival
Culture-tourism gives central province a hype
Vietnam ranks 84th among world’s most powerful passports
Travellers urged to explore Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches
New gateway to explore Hanoi launched
Viet Nam Festival 2018 opens in Tokyo
Over 38,600 visit Kim Lien relic site in Nghe An
Mekong Delta needs new vision of tourism development: BCG
A new dawn breaks over Ngoi Village
Bac Ninh promotes spiritual tourism potential
Diwali Festival to light up Ha Noi
Organising board for National Tourism Year established
Mekong boosts tourism
Fashionology Festival 2017 to introduce over 1,400 new designs
Cruise ship brings 3,000 tourists to Vietnam
Bach Dang Wharf to become tourism harbor
Ninh Thuan’s orchards opened for visitors
Free walking tours to be offered to international travelers from late September