It is too early to June; the people who are interested in exploring are still impatiently waiting for the rice season in Ngo Dong River to come here. But the rice in May brings a personal beauty, blue color in the mountains.
Travel to Ninh Binh to watch the green rice season in the mountain
Tam Coc picture from the top of Mua Mountain.
On holidays, many people go to worship and explore Trang An, Bai Dinh or Tam Coc - Bich Dong. This amazing land is only attractive us when the natural scene is not stucked by the influx of crowded people.
Floating on Tam Coc by a boat is a delightful experience, but watching from above and feeling both mountainous space and the smallness of human are the novelty for the journey.
Following the introduction of my friend, I went to Mua Cave – a complex caves, Limestone Mountains located in the Tam Coc - Bich Dong area of Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district.
Who named Mua Cave is unknown but it is said that King Tran often came here to hear the imperial maids sing and dance, so the name appeared from that time.
Afternoon sun in May covered the Peak of Mua Mountain in a yellow color. Looking from the foot of the mountain up, we felt like losing in the fairy world of ancient movies. A road bending itself around the mountain led to the top, the tallest of which was the towers, imposingly standing as the symbol of the mountain.
In fact, it is a real challenge in regard to people who rarely do exercise to climb from the foot of the mountain to the summit with more than 400 steps. When you climb higher and higher, you can see the whole of large space in the vision.
The new rice fields appeared in the sun with rocks in all sizes of high and majestic standing. Farther were the villages and the developing city. The towers gradually felt into view, only challenge was the top of the tower.
Mua Mountain from the distance.
The rock road leading to the mountain.
The first tower is located in the right hand side of the mountain.
The second high tower.
Being attracted by the landscape across the mountain towards Tam Coc, we had the motivation to finish the last steps. After nearly 30 minutes, the mountain peak appeared before the eyes. The view from the top of Mua Mt. was so beautiful surprisingly.
At the top of the mountain there was a statue of Quan Yin Buddha. At the foot of the mountain was the Ngo Dong River bending around the Limestone Mountains, embracing the green fields. The boats were sailed on the water to take visitors through three natural caves.
From above, the boats were like small dots, adorned on the background of the painting woven by stone, green rice and water. There were different four-sired sceneries which had the campground with lakes and bonsai in front; Ngo Dong River and the high mountains on the right and behind; and the endless rice paddies and peaceful villages on the left side.
In the middle of the river, the singing of the boatman was in harmony with the water and wind up to the top of the mountain.
The vast rice field.
On the left side of the mountain were the fields and villages of Ninh Xuan.
The sound of paddling in the river.
Dong Ngo River crosses rice field.
For a while, we also had to go down to visit the rest. There was one cave with through two heads as a place for rest on the left side of Mua Mountain and a small path at the entrance site of the cave with the name Ngoc stream.
Actually, it was an underground river in the cave that I just dared to stand on the edge of water. Looking at the light at the end of the cave, I guessed it would pass out somewhere but because of no lights so we just stopped in the middle of the cave and then went back.
On the other side of the cave, there were rice paddies and a small natural road along the foot of the mountain with signposts "the way to see Tam Coc". The road was muddy by the previous rains. No one came in here because the road was out of sight with the high grass growing above the head.
The deeper into the road, the more flooded the mud. Finally, we could only watch the river from a distance, behind a plot of field. More than a month, the whole field will be covered with a fresh yellow; visitors sitting on the ferry will be released in the mountainous scene with the color of ripen rice.
Occasionally, some passengers on the ferry saw us and called with us. Feeling liked a strange world that from here we could calmly watch the river bending around the line to drop into the cave.
The entrance of Mua Cave to watch Tam Coc.
Inside scenery of Ngoc stream.
We walked out in the afternoon sun shining on the courtyard embraced by the Mua Mountain and the cave. In the middle of the courtyard was an ancient moss-green lake with a bridge across the river and ancient ficus benjaminas covering the lake.
The scenery was still beautiful to attact tourists. Let's conquer the peak of Mua Cave in Vietnam budget tour in the green rice season. You certainly do not want to leave.