Located in Northern Vietnam, 90 km south of Hanoi, in the Red River delta region, Ninh Binh province stands out for the remarkable diversity of its cultural sites and for its breathtaking karst landscapes surrounded by rivers and rice fields that have formed it as "Halong Bay". Inscribed as a World Heritage Site on June 23, 2014, the complex, also named “Trang An Landscape Complex,“ stretches over scenic landscapes of limestone karts peaks, beautiful valleys, and winding rivers.
The formation of Halong Bay on Land dates back to more than 500 million years ago. Over time, the complex has experienced various geological changes resulting in the magnificent natural wonder that it is today.
The complex is covered over 2,000 hectares of area. It consists of three conjunctional sites: the Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, Tam Coc-Bich Dong River Landscape, and the Hoa Lu primeval forest. The three areas boast dramatic limestone peaks and caves across waterways.
Halong Bay on Land is famous for having one of the most beautiful karst landscapes in the world. Green forests, valleys, rice fields, rivers, and a rich and varied ecosystem provide this setting with a breathtaking panorama.
There is a perfect harmony between the temples, pagodas, rice fields and small villages that represent the cultural identity of Ninh Binh. The complex is also very close to other remarkable sites such as Mua Cave, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Van Long Lagoon and Cuc Phuong National Park.
Halong Bay on Land is not only a World Natural Heritage Site, but also a World Cultural Heritage Site, the first site in Vietnam to have this well-deserved dual title. WIth its rich cultural heritage, the complex is still very much preserved at present. As the cradle of Vietnamese civilization, it was also home to the first capital of the feudal and independent Vietnamese state, Hoa Lu, more than 1,000 years ago.
Today, Ninh Binh province is a must-see stop in Tonkin during a trip to Vietnam. Appearing in many famous movies, including "Kong: Skull Island" released in 2017, Halong Bay on Land is an attractive destination that will appeal to all visitors in search of nature and authentic heritage.