Tam Coc and Hoa Lu are towns in the Ninh Binh provence of Vietnam, like 2 hours south of Hanoi. Hoa Lu was a former capital city in the 10th century and Tam Coc is known for it's limestone Karst topography (much like Guilin, China). We spent about 3 days here as I was having severe troubles with my Minsk. Eventually we got it sort of running, enough to go more south. Lucky for us we stayed at a lovely hotel, Chez Loan that was predominately french guest and an owner who spoke vietnamese and french but little english. We still had a lovely time, despite the language problems.
Outside the King Dinh Tien Hoang Temple. Hoa Lu people built this temple to worship King Dinh Tien Hoang. Born into a peasant family, he became the leader of a revolt against twelve feudal lords. He unified the country and founded the first centralized feudal dynasty in Vietnam