Regarding geographical location, Thanh Hoa is adjacent to Ninh Binh Province with convenient transportation system, such as Highway 1 and Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Like the natural characteristics of the northern in general, two provinces of Thanh Hoa and Ninh Binh also own countless spectacular limestone mountains, a dense network of rivers, vast green forests, shimmering landscape of cloud and water. However, each place has theirown attractive and unique destinations.
Unfortunately, so far, even though road traffic system is very different, even not long ago Thanh Hoa has built Tho Xuan airport, creating favourable conditions for tourism in neighbouring provinces.
However, tour operators often only take care and develop only some short-term and domestic tour in the provinces (internal tour in Thanh Hoa or Ninh Binh province and encapsulated in one or two days) but never invest tour linking two provinces with famous tourist destinations and hence missed many development opportunities.
The special relic of Thanh Hoa – Citadel of Ho Dynasty - was built in 1397. The fortified citadel with unique stone architecture was recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2011. In addition, there’s also Lam Kinh historical site in Thanh Hoa, where was the land that the hero Le Loi started his revolution against the Chine Ming invaders (1418-1428).
After Le Loi (also known as Le Thai To, the first king of the dynasty) came to the throne, he built the 2nd capital city called Lam Kinh or Tay Kinh. It is also the resting place of kings and queens of Le Dynasty.
Also, the famous spirit Cam Luong Stream with “magical” fishes is also indispensable when mentioning to Thanh Hoa tourism. It is located at the foot of Mount Truong Sinh (Mount Longevity) with thousands of fishes living crowdedly for many generations - a sign of the peace and prosperity of the local people of Muong, Thai ethnic people in Ngoc Village, Cam Thuy district...
In Ninh Binh, every tourist always looks forward to visiting the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Trang An Tam Coc, Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda and the historical sites associated with the 4 dynasties Dinh, Le, Ly, Tran, which were recognized as world heritage site in 2014 by the UNESCO because they meet both prominent elements of the culture and nature.
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Another site which is very attractive to domestic and foreign visitors is Phat Diem cathedral in Kim Son, built mostly from wood and stone from 1875 to 1898.
It is an architectural work of art, exquisitely carved temples with essence of traditional architecture of Vietnam, which is unique in Vietnam.
In addition, Ninh Binh is also famous for Cuc Phuong National Park with abundant and diverse flora and fauna, including the 1,000-year-old oak and very beautiful primate mammals.
Furthermore, the National Park is also a research and conservation centre of genetic resources of plants. It’s also used to rescue and nurture rare primates.
A travel routes that links two World Heritage sites will open many new tourism production, can be known by domestic and foreign visitors thanks to the contributions of the tour operators who dare to invest, expand and develop it.
Source: Vietnam tour packages