Sunset in the mountains
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Girl walking towards ancient gates of Hoa Lu city, Vietnam
Ancient building near Hoa Lu ancient capital, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Explore the Terrestrial Halong Bay, from Van Long to Hoa Lu


The Terrestrial Halong Bay is located in northern Vietnam, two hours from Hanoi. In this natural area, limestone mountains and their karst peaks overlook green rice paddies. These landscapes are crossed by dozens of canals and rivers, making for unforgettable excursions. One of the best ways to admire this exceptional location is to get into a sampan. The slow pace of this boat will allow you to fully enjoy the underground caves of Trang An and to explore the golden rice paddies around Tam Coc.

Exploring the Van Long nature reserve offers a look at rare animal and plant species. In this more isolated area of Terrestrial Halong Bay, many animals have settled among the especially rich flora, including bears, lizards, panthers and native birds.

The bay is also home to a variety of architectural treasures. We recommend biking through the villages surrounding the rivers to discover these historic monuments. Experience Vietnamese history along the way, such as the Bich Dong Pagoda in Ninh Binh and King Dinh Tien Hoang's temple in Hoa Lu.

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