About 45km to the South West of Thanh Hoa city, belongs to the area of Nhu Xuan anh Nhu Thanh districts, Ben En national park system (established in 1920) is known as the ecological complex of mountain, river, lake with more than 16,000ha of area and the plentiful plants and animals system. This is the homeland of the famous green ironwood in Vietnam.
Ben En is the residence of many rare and precious animals and plants. According to the statistics of the scientists, there are more than 1000 types of animals, 68 types of fish, 210 types of birds, 31 types of frog, etc. There are many animals in the Red Books like elephants, bull, horse bear, fire cheetah, red face monkey, etc.
Coming to Ben En, visitors would feel like being in the fairy land with the illusory sky, mountain, and river, and with the romantic scene of Song Muc Lake. Being created by four springs and the Muc River, the lake is green all year round, and it is quiet and contains mysterious legends. It is said that when the earth and heaven were chaotic, there was a giant squid, which was the child of the King of the Sea coming here and played until she forgot about time. When the water receded, the squid tried to get out but she was trapped and the left point is available until now. Place of the dead squid created the Lake Muc Ben En and the tentacle of the squid are the springs around. That is why the lake is named Song Muc with 4,000ha wide, tens of meters deep, with 21 islands to created the fascinating landscape. Being in the middle of the nature complex with mountain, river, forest and lake, Ben En has pulled back the visitors and they would love to have more time to discover and enjoy the subtle beauty of a “Halong on Mountain”
Being on the boat on the lake to see the beauty of natural creation which was said to be the “miniature Halong” with impressive names: Me island, Island of Love, Future Island, etc, many peninsulas of mixed forest, the rocks with strange shapes creating an nice combining of water and mountain. Visitors can choose among 8 routes of tour to visit the islands in which the shortest one is 1.5km and the longest is 8.5km. They can visit the island of fauna, island of flora, scenic caves with strange shapes, which are arranged by the hand of the Creator, etc.
Coming to Ben En, tourists could come to the land of traditions and festivals of the ethnic Tho, Muong, Thai etc that are enclosed to the temples as Phu Sung, Khe Rong, Phu Na, etc. All the beauty of nature and people here have given Ben En and Nhu Thanh in general a unique natural ecosystem that can be offered by few placed.
Wild beauty of Ben En has captivated people’s hearts, leaving a deep impression in the visitors.