|A view of Natural Thung Nham Bird Park in the northern province of Ninh Bình. — Photo azlocaltrip.com
HCM CITY — At the Natural Thung Nham Bird Park in the northern province of Ninh Bình, visitors can view bird species as well as glowing stalactites in a cave.
The Thung Nham ecotourism zone is part of The Tràng An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Ninh Hải Commune in Hoa Lư District, about 12 km from the centre of Ninh Bình Town.
Entrance tickets to the zone cost VNĐ100,000 (US$4.3) for adults and VNĐ50,000 ($2.1) for children 0.8 - 1.3m tall. Visitors have to pay extra if they want a boat ride.
For VNĐ20,000 (85 US cents) per turn, visitors can travel in a boat along the 500-metre length of the cave, holding flashlights to look at stalactites and other features.
From HCM City, visitors can take a flight to Ninh Bình in less than 1 hour or a train for seven to 12 hours. From Ninh Bình, visitors can take a taxi to Thung Nham for VNĐ130,000-150,000 ($6-6.5). A motorbike can be rented for VNĐ150,000 a day. — VNS