Phat Diem Stone Cathedral
was the capital of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty. Hoa Lu is an old imperial city near
. It is also know as "the Dry Halong Bay" because of the many limestone formations that dot the area. The huge rock edifices jut out of paddy fields and canals providing a unusual and dramatic landscape.
Small boats carry travellers along the canals and stop at some of the impressive peaks. It is a relaxed and romantic setting.
Still can discover partly of the old imperial city of Royal period which has been destroyed.
Hoa Lu is at the southern edge of the Red River Delta in Truong Yen village and there is a Bic Dong cave which is a short boat trip.