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Ben En National Park- “Halong Bay on Land” in Thanh Hoa

Ben En National Park is known as one of the most beautiful national parks in Vietnam, is an ideal destination for those who love to explore the pristine beauty of nature.

Ben En National Park is about 36 km from Thanh Hoa city to the southwest. With a total area of over 15,000 ha, of which more than half is primary forest, Ben En National Park becomes the habitat of many animals and plants. You will find here many species in the Red Book of Vietnam such as Red wolf, black gibbons, Phoenix, gaur, bear, red-faced monkey, gibbon …

Ben En National Park is about 36 km from Thanh Hoa city to the southwest.

Ben En National Park is about 36 km from Thanh Hoa city to the southwest.

There are many epic legends around this area. Legend has it that, many years ago, a giant squid who was son of Long Vuong (the Dragon King) fell in love with the beauty of this place, so he was absorbed playing and finally got lost. When the water went down, the squid went aground, he struggled and traces has been left until now. The place where the squid died formed Ben En lake, and his tentacles created the streams. Therefore, the lake is also called Muc (Squid) River covering an area of 4,000 hectares with tens of meters deep.

Taking an excursions on the lake at dawn when the island is vague in the early mist, you will be “lost” in a fairy world with vaporous clouds and river. In the fog, Muc river is like a giant mirror reflecting the islands, creating a charming picture of mountains and river. Hidden among the river are 21 islands with dark lyrical name: Tinh Yeu (Love), Hanh Phuc (Happiness), Nui Doi (Twin Mountains), Hi Vong (Hope) … It is no coincidence that visitors who once arrived here often call Ben En “Ha Long Bay on land” of Thanh Hoa.

Coming to Ben En, you also get to witness the beautiful natural masterpieces. Not only is a diversified complex of mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, especially Muc River Lake  of 4,000 hectares wide with more than 20 large and small islands, there are also many caves with shimmering stalactites. Charming natural space full of poetic will give you moments of relaxation. It will be extremely interesting if you travel on a picturesque river by motor boats or canoes, or taking a cruise around the islands of animals and suddenly startled to hear the screams of the monkey, or the wolfs calling their peer.

Apart from the area of lakes, islands and forests, Ben En also has limestone mountains in Hai Van, Xuan Khang, Xuan Thai communes with many caves retaining the natural appearance such as Ngoc Cave, Doi (Bat) Cave, Cave Xuan Thai. .. Among them, Ngoc cave is the most notable one with 80m length, 8 meters wide, 2.5 meters high, Inside the cave, there are many magnificent shapes. In the middle of the cave, there is a large stalactite which is as sparkling as jewels, it is so called Pearl. In particular, this place still retains the Hai Van bone glue (Hai Van commune) that its popularity is associated with the name of Professor Tran Dai Nghia. Xuan Thai cave has been newly discovered with 1 km in length and there are many beautiful shapes. Inside the cave, there is a clear water stream, legend has it that, if someone baths in this stream, his dust and worries will be washed. Perhaps it is the reason why Ngoc cave attracts many tourists.

Ben En is also an ideal choice for visitors to participate in activities such as picnicking, camping, fishing, crabbing. You can also go into the villages of H’mong, Tho ethnic groups to drink wine… Visitors will enjoy the specialties from the giant carp caught in Muc Lake River. Each one weighs 20-30 kg, and is processed into many dishes such as sour soup, delicious and nutritious carp porridge. At the same time, you will be involved in the customs and festivals of Tho, Muong, Thai ethnics… associated with the temples such as Phu Sung, Khe Rong …

Ben En carries in itself the attractive potential look, so it attracts anyone once coming here.

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