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Ninh Binh

Welcome to Ninh Binh, Vietnam's "Halong Bay on Land"! Sail through Trang An, visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, and savor local delicacies. Rice paddies and dramatic limestone mountains in the mist await you to unveil. Ninh Binh offers a unique blend of adventure, religious experience, and relaxation. Ready to discover a secret paradise? Let us show you Ninh Binh's best!

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Overview Ninh Binh

1. LOCATION

Lying 93 km away from the south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is considered the bridge of North and Central Vietnam. This province to the utter southern of the Red River Delta lies in the neighborhoods of Ha Nam and Nam Dinh to the east and northeast respectively, of Hoa Binh and the East Sea to the north and south in the same order.

Ninh Binh Overview

Ninh Binh Overview

In terms of size, Ninh Binh is 1,390 square kilometers with a capacity of 950,000 citizens and a possession of up to 1,499 time-honored historical and cultural relics, recognized provincially and nationally.

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Ninh Binh owns a pleasant atmosphere all year round with typical weather of northern Vietnam: a dry and cool season during November-April, and a humid and hot period from May to October.

The most preferable time to enjoy the Ninh Binh tour package in its greenest scenery is between April and May when all rice fields are fully ripe, covering the whole landscape in its blossoming beauty.

Then from September to October, paddy fields come into harvest, turning from the rich green into glowing yellow.

Try to avoid December and February as there may come a lot of drizzles and don’t opt for peak season around Tet as it is usually overcrowded.

3. THINGS TO DO 

Boat trips at Tam Coc and Trang An

Nothing can beat a boat trip as the best way to immerse in the charm of the natural surroundings.

Starting at the most popular points Tam Coc and Trang An, small boats paddled by small but strong local women ride along a path of lakes and rivers, passing by various caves, and paddy fields for tourists to enjoy the best Ninh Binh can offer.

There are other routes, depending on your itinerary. As Trang An is one of the most famous attractions in Vietnam, take into account the overcrowded, especially if you plan your trip at weekends and Vietnamese holidays.

Trang An

Trang An is one of the most famous attractions in Vietnam

The price range is around VND150,000 for renting the boat/a maximum of two people, and sometimes rises to 200,000 in Trang An and there is no limit number of seats, normally over 4 passengers.

Hoa Lu

Once the former capital under the kingdom of Dinh and Le Dynasties in the 11th century, Hoa Lu is now among the most popular tourist hotspots in Vietnam, captivating tourists with its tranquil vibe and natural flavor.

Although the whole complex may be a bit monotonous with only some old temples of Emperor Dinh Bo Linh and his sons and the Le Dynasty royal temple, the surrounding landscapes and the melancholy of a bygone era are worth noticing.

To get the most insightful understanding of the historical and cultural value of this site, it’s highly recommended that you have an English-fluent tour guide, who may help to bring out the best of the Hoa Lu complex.

The price is about 10,000 VND for entry and 15,000 VND for parking.

Bich Dong

A highly recommended complex of pagodas and caves is Bich Dong. Used to be the hiding spot of the Viet Nam army under the French invasion of the First Indochina War, the caves are enticing with a variety of Buddha images carved stalactites and hollow stalactites to create intriguing sounds as the wind flows by.

As climbing up the summit of the outcrop, you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the whole landscape with the peaks glistening from the reflection of rice paddies. A little more efforts are required should you love to visit the Quan Am statue and a shrine lying atop the hill. Take exactly 500 steps and you won’t be dissatisfied by the whole view.

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Deemed as Vietnam’s biggest pagoda complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, although fairly new, is captivating not by historical attraction but indeed an amazing temple. Situated on a hillside, this pagoda requires many challenging steps to reach but worth your visit.

En route, there is a multitude of Buddha statues built from large stones along the stairwells, leading all the way to majestic gold-covered statues and shrines at the top of buildings.

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Apart from the stunning view, your Vietnam tour package is also fascinating for other reasons. You can discover the cultural significance of family hangouts in Vietnam, as different families enjoy an outing day at this pagoda. Another reason is that you can experience funny golf cart driving as you are transferred from the parking area to the pagoda.

Regarding the entrance fee, there is no charge, but there is a 30,000 fee for transport back and forth.

Phat Diem Cathedral

This cathedral plays a vital role in religious life in Vietnam marking the introduction of Catholicism into Vietnam by French and Portuguese missionaries.

Established around 1875-1899 in the Sino-Vietnamese architecture style, the overall size of the main building is about 74m in length and 11m in height with an intricately carved stone entrance, surrounded by huge pillars in Ironwood, which all adds up to an impressive architecture. There are 3 masses per day, at 6:00, 10:00 and 16:00.

Cuc Phuong National Park

If you love to discover wildlife, it is a must that you visit Cuc Phuong National Park, a rich site of natural values with tropical forests and various caves, in which lots of ancient tools and tombs have been brought into discovery.

You may either rent a motorbike, or a bike to venture out in the park although the riders are required to pull more energy on hilly roads. Don’t choose to explore it on foot since the park center is quite far.

En route, there are many things to enjoy like Mac Lake, the prehistoric cave with bats occupying now. If you love to discover inside, there is a torch rented nearby at VND 10,000.

Upon reaching the park center, you can walk a few kilometers to a thousand-year-old tree, a botanical point for discovery taste, and an ideal stop for rest. Another option is to visit the Palace Cave. Otherwise, there are a variety of choices for restaurants, cafes, and shops inside the park for wandering around.

Biking in Nho Quan

In the northwest of Ninh Binh Province, Nho Quan is a little district that possesses breathtaking landscapes and ancient Asian constructions, such as Dong Chuong Lake, Yen Quang Lake, Cuc Phuong National Park, Van Trinh Cave, etc.

The scene is attractive with limestones and the bending river, it is considered as a top natural view in Viet Nam. Biking trips have become common in the area, tourists can easily find bicycle-hiring agencies with reasonable charges.

For more details, bike renting is provided at Tam Coc, Van Lam, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu Ninh Binh Quay. Price at 4 USD/day.

Boat trip in Van Long Nature Reserve

The wetland of Van Long Nature Reserve owns picturesque landscapes that would make you blurt out the word “woah!!”. It is also the residence for many species and mammal-like birds, monkeys, reptiles, etc.

A trip on the rowing bamboo boat, which takes tourists slowly on the mellow water through magnificent limestone karts and hidden caves would be the best worth cruising ever. Moreover, tourists can explore the wildlife of diverse local flora and fauna.

Climbing Mua Cave

Being extolled as the “Vietnamese Great Wall”, Mua Cave is a beautiful natural place in Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh. Tourists not only contemplate the breathtaking panorama of endless yellow fields, scattered limestones, and the stunning Ngo Dong River but also admire the greatness of ancient heritage. Not to forget the journey of 500 steps to Mount Peak for the time-honored Quan Am altar and the stunning vista.

Mua cave

Vietnamese Great Wall

Explore Thung Nham Bird Garden

This is a must-visit destination in Ninh Binh for anyone who loves to emerge in the wild environment with the good-natured avians. Moreover, tourists can spend the day camping, fishing, and hiring a boat to enjoy the scenic view.

You will have to pay a small amount of entrance fee, about 4 dollars per person, restaurants are also built in the area.

On the occasion that you are going to travel with Asia Links Travel, we definitely can guarantee that you will have the most brilliant and quality time in Ninh Binh - the former capital of Vietnam.  

Thung Nham

Explore Thung Nham Bird Garden

4. HOW TO GET THERE

From the capital of Ha Noi, it is easy to transfer to many captivating natural wonders by any means of transport. To visit Ninh Binh (about 90 km away), you can choose one of these options:

  • By bus/van: Takes 2.5 hours. Cost from 3.5$ (depends on bus company and class). Available for seat and bed tickets with air-conditioner. Tickets are available every day. Van takes faster. Cost from 4$.Company: Hoang Long, Queen Café, Dong Chin, Sao Viet, Hoang Thin, Anh Dong, Ngoc Hung, etc.
  • By train: Takes 2.5 hours. Cost from 3$ (depends on class). Air-conditioner provided, good service. Tickets are available every day.
  • The train station in Ha Noi: Ha Noi Railway Station 120 Le Duan Street.
  • Train Station in Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh Railway Station 1 Hoang Hoa Tham.
  • By motorbike: Takes 2.5 hours. Cost from 5-8$ per day (fuel is on you).
  • Bike renting website: chothuexemayhanoi.net, motorbikeshanoi.com.
  • By taxi: Takes about 2 hours. Cost 60-130 USD for one way (1-3 people in the vehicle).

5. DOS AND DON'TS

Do prepare to walk

As most of Ninh Binh’s tourist attractions are natural heritages, walking is the most ideal way to explore stunning sites. As you spend a good many hours under sun exposure, make sure to prepare proper clothes and footwear.

Don't forget to bring cash

Don’t expect to withdraw money from convenient ATMs among natural and laid-back villages. Therefore, bring more cash than you may need in case of an emergency.

Do plan your trip

Like other destinations in Vietnam, Ninh Binh offers such a multitude of attractions that without careful preparation and planning, you would certainly miss out on some must-sees. As a result, plan out all your stops, things to do, and things to buy for a perfect trip.

Do getting around by bike 

For a budget trip, you may opt for renting your own motorbike as it is more affordable than cars and packaged tours. However, make sure you can drive well and be highly cautious due to Vietnam's crazy traffic.

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