Far about 12km from Ninh Binh city to the west, Thung Nham ecotourism zone is located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. It is one of the tourist attractions in Ninh Binh fully converging factors of culture, spirituality, landscapes and biodiversity. This is one of the new tourist sites in Ninh Binh city gradually attracting the attention of numerous domestic and foreign tourists. Located in the core of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and far about 5km from Tam Coc - Bich Dong tourist zone, Thung Nham ecotourism zone has the advantages of geographical location and easily combines with other scenic sights in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. It thus becomes one of the most impressive attractions in Ninh Binh tourism.
The first impression for tourists when arriving Thung Nham is the sea area retaining the harmonious blend of landscapes and the locals. Surrounded by tropical forest strips on limestone mountains with many valleys and caves, along with natural plants and untouched flora, Thung Nham ecotourism zone is the convergence of the beautiful natural landscapes and unique scenery. On days in the autumn, the mist covering whole region increasingly creates Thung Nham a subtle beauty as Penglai realms. In particular, the distinctive feature in Ninh Binh tourism in general and Thung Nham in particular is peaceful scenery of boat fleet floating on water. On the blue waters surrounding the limestone foothills, tourists are seemly lost in the homeland of bird species.
On the small boats, tourists will have a chance to crept through the flooded forest, immerse in the nature and waters, and explore the wild beauty of the caves such as Vai Gioi (Pray to Heaven) Cave, Chua (Pagoda) Cave, But (Buddha) Cave, Thuy Cung (Aquarium) Cave, Ba Co (three good-hearted girls) Cave, and soak up the romantic scenery in valley of love. Then, the boat will take tourists to the birds' garden. Thung Nham Bird Park is home to around 46 species of birds including some bird species recorded in the Vietnam Red Book, 109 plant species belonging to 46 families, 150 species of animals including 58 species of fish, 7 species of amphibians, 10 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles and other animals living together in a diverse population and high performance of biodiversity. They must be preserved and developed.
Especially, going to Thung Chim, tourists have a chance to explore the wildlife of nearly 40 species of birds with its number of up to 50,000. It is also an important nesting habitat for many species of waterfowl, for instance, storks, herons, cauldrons, soil eagles and many other species of birds. The timing of these birds inhabiting most is from May to July annually. Notably, sunset here is the most crowded, busiest moment of the day. Flocks of birds concentrate Thung Nham as their shelter after a foraging day. They fulfill the wetlands, forming the vivid and colorful picture. This is the typical characteristic in the beauty of Thung Nham that nowhere can be found, which creates the highlight of Thung Nham in Ninh Binh tours.
In the journey discovering the beauty of Thung Nham, tourists will set foot in the orchard, visit thousand year-old toothbrush tree, hundred-year-old banyan tree, primitive forest and aquaculture zone. It is also the ideal spot for trekking organization with many attractive camping activities and entertainment. After fascinating activities, tourists can relax on the stilt-houses hidden under the green canopy with fully equipped modern facilities or immerse in health care services and enjoy delicious rustic dishes here. Resorts with Thai stilt-houses strongly influenced by rustic ethnic characteristics actually give tourists the most comfortable feelings in the tranquil and peaceful space of Thung Nham ecotourism zone.
Thung Nham ecotourism zone is worth an impressively ideal attraction for all tourists taking part in Ninh Binh travel. Not only having immersing in the peaceful nature, forgetting the hustle of the urban life, tourists also comfortably admire the grandeur of the mountains, biodiversity and the pristine beauty that few can be found.