Cuc Phuong National Park is accessible on a day trip from Ninh Binh or if you must from Hanoi. The best time to visit Cuc Phuong National Park is during the dry season, from December to April. The park is surrounded by limestone cliffs, the highest being May Bac. There is a beautiful lake and you can stay in the rustic,yet comfortable park centre instilt houses. Treks are available but are usually quite short.
As well as the fauna and animals mentioned, there are caves to explore and Endangered Primates Rescue Centre to visit.
Tam Coc region is 9 kilometers southwest of Ninh Binh.
Taking three-hour sampan ride through the karst hills is a highlight of a visit to the area. The journey ends by passing through three long tunnel caves. The longest cave is 120 meters. The caves eroded through the limestone hills with minimal overhead clearance for the sampans passing through.
You will see amazing rock formations are surrounded by the rice fields and separated by the many water source.
Le Temple also consists of three parts: Bai Duong, used for the community, Thien Huong, in memory of the royal mandarins of Le King, and finally, the altar in memory of the King. The statue of Le Hoan is at the centre, on the left is the statue of Queen Duong Van Nga and on his right is that of Le Ngoa Trieu, his fifth son and the third King of the First Le dynasty.
Dinh Temple was built in the shape of a Chinese character.
Through the first entrance called Ngo Mon, there is a stone royal bed with Nghe(imaginary animals of the old times) standing on both sides.
Inside the temple is Khai Thanh in worship of Emperor Dinh's parents.
The temple consists of three parts...
1. Bai Duong for the community
2.Thien Huong in honour of mandarins
and 3.Chinh Cung where Dinh Tien Hoang's statue is located.
On his left is the statue of his eldest son Dinh Lien, and on his right are those of Dinh Hanh Lang and Dinh Toan. On each side of the altar, there is one stone dragon similar to the ones placed near the royal bed.
Hoa Lu used to be a capital of Viet Nam in 1020 when ?King Dinh Bo Linh? took his crown after he defeated 12 regional armies, came to the throne and constructed the city's citadel. The site was a suitable choice for a capital city due to the natural protection afforded by the region?s craggy terrain. The ancient Citadel of Hoa Lu covers an area of 3 km2. The outer ramparts encompassed temples, shrines and the palace where the king held court. The royal family lived in the Inner Citadel.
Hoa Lu is situated in Truong Yen commune, Ninh Binh ?it is 13 kilometers northwest of Ninh Binh province where located 100 kilomaters from HaNoi. Recently became the magnet to tourism due to its magnificently scenic view of mountains, rivers as well as historical relics.
Unfortunately, most structures in Hoa Lu have been ruined over the last 10 centuries. Now, only the temples of the Dinh and Le Kings built during the 17th century remain. The tombs of the two kings can be seen in the Ma Yen Mountains.
Ninh Binh have a new national stadium and a half decent team to boot. Go and see some Vietnamese footy while you're there.
Tam Coc refers to 3 "caves" that lie along the waterway. Each "cave" is actually more like a water-filled tunnel. The roof is low enough in some places to brush a tall person's head.