Natural Wonders of Limestone in Vietnam

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In Vietnam, not only Halong Bay is famous for its natural rock and historical wonders, but also the limestone mountains are the highlight of tourism in the Ha Giang rocky plateau and Tam Coc - Bich Dong in Ninh Binh province.
Together Vietnam Typical Tours to explore the unique beauty of limestone blocks in each of these destinations.

First destination: Halong Bay - natural wonders of the world

Natural Wonders of Limestone in Vietnam
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Pampered by the Gulf of Tonkin, this World Heritage site, in the area of 1500 square kilometres, consists of 1969 rising above the sea level limestone island in a wide diversity of shapes and sizes. Those historical, as well as cultural values, are still well preserved until now.

With a system of beautiful islands and caves, Halong Bay is really outstanding, lively and mysterious. Two types of islands – limestone monolithic ones and schist stone ones – gather mainly in the south-east of Bai Tu Long Bay and the south-west of Ha Long Bay. As the result of the raising and lowing operation process in many times, this is the oldest terrain with the tectonic age of 250 – 280 million years. 

There are hundreds of islands in Ha Long Bay that can make us think that we are lost in a fairy world, and each island has a different shape such as Dau Nguoi Islet, La Vong Island, Sail Islet, Trong Mai Islet, Incense Burner Islet, Titov Island … The wonderful caves with miraculous legends exist inside these islands; for example, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Trinh Nu cave, Tam Cung cave, Sung Sot Cave... They really look like the palaces of the Creator on earth.

Second destinaton: Tam Coc - Bich Dong "Halong bay on land"

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Tourist resort of Tam Coc - Bich Dong is a natural area about 350,3ha, located 2km from new National Highway 1A, 7km from the Ninh Binh city, 9km from Tam Diep town . It also is known for famous names such as "Ha Long Bay on land" or "". The entire of region includes the system of limestone caves and historic sites related to Tran Dynasty located mainly in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh.

Tam Coc means “three caves”. It is also known as Xuyen Thuy grotto including the First, the Second and the Third caves which were formed by Ngo Dong river flowing through the mountain. Thousands of limestone mountains lie along the river that creates a spectacular setting. To reach Tam Coc, tourists have to depart from center wharf by boat and row along sinuous Ngo Dong to pass Xuyen Thuy cave and rice fields.

Third destination: Global geological park - Ha Giang stone plateau

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Located over 1,000 meters above sea level, Dong Van Stone Plateau is formed by narrow valleys alternating with rocky mountain ranges in the north of Vietnam. The plateau is a must-see destination for tourists in the northeastern province of Ha Giang. The plateau was recognized by UNESCO in October 2010 as one of just 77 geological parks in the world and second in Southeast Asia after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia.

Over 80% of the surface is covered with limestone and it has a high concentration of rocky peaks sitting over 2,000m above sea level. The rock of Dong Van is said to contain fossils from 400 million-600 million years ago. The park spreads over the districts of Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Quan Ba, on a total area of 2,300 square kilometers. At the center of the Rock Plateau is Dong Van Town, located 150 kilometers from the center of Ha Giang Province.

Vietnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the world and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. You can opt for a cruise that will take you as close to a lot of these islands of Halong Bay. Or a trip to enjoy the beautiful scenery on a bamboo boat in Tam Coc - Bich Dong, even an adventurous trip to explore the land of Ha Giang stone plateau - where flowers bloom on stone. Any of your options are ideal, simply because each destination brings different experiences. 

Let us accompany you on every trip in this beautiful country of Vietnam.


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