Thung Nai – “Ha Long on land”
With the perfect combination of mountains, islands and tranquil lakes; Thung Nai brings poetic beauty
and relaxed moments.
Thung Nai currently is familiar destination for peace lover every to avoid noise, dust and smoke. Being a
commune in Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh province, Thung Nai Lake is located in the Da River about 25
km away from the city center and about 110k from Ha Noi
Thung Nai name makes people think of a valley with deer wandering and grazing. According to the
locals, this place was formerly inhabited by many species of deer. The romantic image of the golden deer
bewildering in the late afternoon sunshine on the slopes and reflecting into the river was used to name this
Today, Thung Nai no longer does have any deer, but the poetic beauty, the romantic mountain and river
seems to be completely untouched. It is only possible to discover the “golden deer valley” by boats or on
foot. Leave your car on the bank, the boats will take visitors around the hydropower dam.
In the windswept blowing from the lake, the scenery of Thung Nai is very picturesque. A large lake is
surrounded by rolling mountains. In the lake, hundreds small and large "islands" are undulating as a
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wonderful natural masterpiece. Floating on the water, the boat dodging through the jutting rocks makes
you feel you are enjoying the "Ha Long Bay on land".
As the perfect combination of lake, river and rocks, the Bo waterfall is a destination which cannot be
missed when visiting Thung Nai. Cave is located deep inside the mountains and pretty wild, but the
scenery is beautiful. After the rising water season, visitors can enjoy the swimming fishes in the shallow
and clear waters.
Near the cave is the Thac Bo Goddess. Although the temple is small and located on a steep mountain
cliff, this place attracts many visitors to worship. For many people, stopping at the temple is the
opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Thung Nai from the high view with bobbing white clouds, looming out
the ethnic villages.
Windmill widely seen as a symbol of Thung Nai
Another interesting thing here is that when Da river subsides, visitors have to climb up to the steeply
upside down stone steps, is sometimes discourage. However, in the floating season, the water covers
steps, visiting the temple tourists only need to step down from the boat. If visit on Sunday, do not forget
to visit the Thac Bo floating market which is not too crowded and noisy but very typical culture of Muong
in Thung Nai.
The windmill standing on a small island attracts anyone's gaze. It's like an invitation to stay at the lake
house. Therefore, when tourists either travel in the daytime or stay overnight, the majority of tourists will
want to visit the small island to see the windmills which only seems to be in the Netherlands, or in the
novel “Don Quixote– a famous and talented nobleman in Manta”.
Not only does windmills have a strange figure but owns stunning scenery. If visiting the windmill in the
early morning, you will see Thung Nai immersing in the fog, when the sun rises, the lake becomes blue
and lights up sparkling yellow.
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Besides unspoiled natural scenery, the specialties parties of Muong minority have become the highlight in
Thung Nai. They are meal with spring fishes, chicken and jungle vegetables.
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