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Ninh Binh Tours

If you plan to visit the whole of Vietnam, Ninh Binh is absolutely in your list even you travel from the North to the South or in contrast to that. The province is only 2 hours driving away from Hanoi to the South, you can go by bus, train or driving motorbike by yourself. Ninh Binh is rich in history, culture and rural lifestyle. You can learn more about Vietnam history when you visit Hoa Lu ancient capital, go for a boat ride in Tam Coc or Trang An river to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of limestone mountains and caves or visit Cuc Phuong national park to be closer with nature. However, the best things could ride a bike through the rice fields, between villages to enjoy the slower pace of life. Hereunder, we would love to introduce some attractions in Ninh Binh for your Ninh Binh tours.

BAI DINH TRANG AN TOUR DAY TRIP

In Ninh Binh, every season is a tourist season, visitors are free to explore the creative surprises in Trang An ecological cave area. , Tam Coc - Bich Dong area ... That is not to mention the intact natural world preserved in the primitive forest of Cuc Phuong or the unique, interesting, rich and diverse flora and fauna of the reserve, or Van Long wetland nature, or take a bath in Kenh Ga hot mineral water...
Let's explore the special things of Ninh Binh land.

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  1. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu ancient capital was the first capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. At that time, the country was divided into 12 feudal warlords and they were fighting with each other to rule the country. It made a big internal war in Vietnam at that time. As one of the warlords, Dinh Bo Linh took his troops to defeat others, unified country and declared himself king in 938. People called him King Dinh and the country named Dai Co Viet.

Under Dinh dynasty, the country was very wealthy, local people were happy with a peaceful life. Unfortunately, Dinh dynasty was only last in 12 years from 968-980 as the King and the first son were assassinated. 

  1. Tam Coc

After the movie “Indochine” won the Oscar in 1993, it put Tam Coc on the tourist map as the must-see destination in Ninh Binh where you can join the boat ride to immerse yourself into the magnificent beauty of crystal clear water reflects the rice fields and limestone mountains along Ngo Dong river.

  1. Bai Dinh pagoda

Bai Dinh pagoda is well-known for its massive scale and impressive scenery which belongs to Tran An tourism area. The pagoda is the religious complex with old Bai Dinh pagoda (27 ha) on the top of the mountain, the newer one (80 ha) which is 800 meters away from the old one, Bao Thap (Stupa) 12 levels and beautiful lake and park system around.

  1. Trang An heritage site

Trang An is the first destination is recognized as a mixed heritage site in Vietnam – the World’s heritage of both culture and nature by UNESCO in 2014. People always said that Ninh Binh in general or Tam Coc, Trang An, in particular, is Halong bay on land but we do not think that. In here, you cannot see luxury cruises, kayaking, you only see the traditional sampan boats ride slowly and quietly to carry tourists, who cannot take their eyes out the magnificent scenery.

  1. Bich Dong Pagoda

After the boat trip in Tam Coc, there is a perfect cycling route to Bich Dong pagoda which is only 2 kilometer from Tam Coc pier. Bich Dong Pagoda was built in the 15th century on Ngu Nhac mountain, it was considered as the 2nd beautiful cave-pagoda after Perfume Pagoda.

  1. Thai Vi temple

Well hidden between majestic limestone mountains and stretching rice fields, Thai Vi Temple is a beautiful jade in this valley. The temple was built by King Tran Nhan Tong after a victory of invading force in 1258. The main part of the temple was built from stone as stone carving art is a traditional handicraft in Ninh Binh. The temple is a place to worship King and generals under Tran Dynasty – one of the most wealthy and powerful dynasties of Vietnam feudalism.

  1. Mua Cave

There is no doubt that Ninh Binh must be on your traveling list in Vietnam, however, if you want to have an impressive photo to post on Facebook or Instagram or just to send to your friends or family, where could be the best place?

Joining the boat trip at Tam Coc, you will feel curious about the Lying Dragon Statue on the top of a mountain on Ngo Dong river. That is Mua cave (Hang Mua) – a truly impressive landscape in Ninh Binh.

  1. Cuc Phuong national park

Cuc Phuong national park was established in 1962 which is the oldest and biggest national park in Vietnam. The park expresses a great value of historical significance with prehistoric tools, ancient tombs were discovered in some of the caves. Furthermore, the park is the home of the huge diversity of fauna and flora, 97 species of mammals, most notable are the endangered langurs; 300 species of birds; 36 reptilian species; 17 species of amphibians; 11 species of fish; 2,000 species of vascular plants, and thousands of species of insects.

  1. Van Long nature reserve

If you travel to Ninh Binh and try to find a beaten track and look for a unique experience, Van Long is a great place to visit. Van Long is the largest wetland nature reserve in Northern delta, which is home of Delacour’s langur and various precious flora and fauna. Here is also a perfect place for bird watching.

  1. Phat Diem stone cathedral

There is no doubt to say that Ninh Binh is the homeland of many picturesque natural landscapes, ancient pagodas, and temples. The province is also well known as the center of Catholicism in Northern Vietnam, especially in Phat Diem town, Kim Son district.

Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is a unique church that you can find nowhere else. The cathedral is a brilliant combination of Oriental royal architecture and Western religion. 

 

 

 

Let’s explore the special things of Ninh Binh land.

  1. Visit Tam Coc

Located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Tam Coc is a familiar destination that visitors definitely cannot miss when setting foot in Ninh Binh.

Visiting Tam Coc, visitors will be sitting on a boat, down the romantic Ngo Dong River, see the coincidence limestone mountains and iridescent golden rice fields, so Tam Coc is called “Halong bay on land”

  1. Eat at the Snail Restaurants

Besides charming scenery, Ninh Binh also attracts visitors by a diverse culinary world, one of the most famous dishes is the Ninh Binh mountain snail.

Many dishes from snails such as boiled snails, sautéed peppers with lemongrass or fried snails with special processing will make visitors attracted.

  1. Visit Phat Diem Cathedral.

Some 28 kilometers south away from Ninh Binh city, the church is located on a land area of about 117m wide and 243m long, in the center of Phat Diem town center, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province.

  1. Explore Van Long Nature Reserve

If you are interested in the natural world and would like to learn about wildlife, Van Long Nature Reserve will be an ideal destination.

This is a legendary land, a beautiful tourist area, and the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta of Vietnam.

  1. Have lunch at Cho Bop Market

Located in the center of Ninh Binh town, Bop Market is an interesting place for tourists who want to learn about the local culinary customs of Ninh Binh.

  1. Shop at Van Lan

Van Lan is a small handicraft village located near the famous Tam Coc. This is the convergence of the essence of embroidery in Vietnam for thousands of years, so the embroidery and handicraft products of the artisans here are very sophisticated and special.

  1. Bich Dong Pagoda

About 2 kilometers from Tam Coc wharf, visitors will find an ancient temple and an ancient temple with special architecture, which is Bich Dong Pagoda.

As soon as you arrive here, you will feel the serenity, tranquility, and elegance.

  1. Hoa Lu Citadel

Hoa Lu should be an indispensable destination in the journey to explore Ninh Binh of tourists although it is not famous like Van Long, Tam Coc or Trang An,…

It is also the first capital of the central feudal state in Vietnam in the 10th century with unforgettable historical markers.

  1. Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park – the first national park in Vietnam was established in 1962

With a total area of ​​25,000ha, this is a famous tourist destination for ecology and the environment. In addition to the opportunity to explore the rich flora and fauna, admire the beautiful natural landscape, visitors can participate in the ecotourism program, resort, campfire, research cultural history programs.

  1. Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center

Located in the area of ​​Cuc Phuong National Park, the Primate Rescue Center is the regeneration of many valuable primates and operates under the supervision of the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

  1. Admire Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda is a colorful Buddhist temple complex located on the Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, 5 kilometers from the ancient capital of Hoa Lu to the northwest, and 12 kilometers from Ninh Binh city.

Bai Dinh pagoda complex consists of an ancient temple complex containing many historical values ​​and a new pagoda complex was built-in 2014.

  1. Explore Mua Cave

In recent years, when mentioning Ninh Binh, people will think of Mua Cave – this place is also known as the “Great Wall” miniature in Ninh Binh.

  1. Try the goat meat

Another special dish of Ninh Binh will make visitors excited when talking about it: Ninh Binh mountain goat meat – a certain specialty must try when traveling to the ancient capital.

  1. Take a boat trip in Trang An

Trang An ecological area is surrounded by beautiful blue water. A boat and a local rider will take you into the picture of enchanting nature with not only a beautiful system of limestone mountain, and also a special spiritual place.

  1. Scale the Hang Mua Peak

Hang Mua Peak is a conquering destination for visitors when arriving in Ninh Binh.

You will experience a fairly difficult climbing journey with nearly 500 steps. However, please assured because your effort is totally worth it when you can admire the stunning views of a delta of the Red River Delta at its peak.

  1. Tour the Turtle Conservation Center

The Turtle Conservation Center is also located in Cuc Phuong National Park, 120km southwest of Hanoi, founded by the International Wildlife and Plant Conservation Organization in 1998. This is a place to rescue land turtles and freshwater turtles were trafficked on a large scale during the 1980s and 1990s of the 20th century.

  1. Have a beer on the waterfront

Ninh Binh town is famous for the local draft beer – “ bia hoi”.

It is great to be able to enjoy a cool beer by the windy river after a long day of sightseeing.

  1. Take a bicycle tour

Discovering by bicycle is always a favorite choice of travelers when traveling to Ninh Binh.

Visitors can easily rent a bicycle then across the old trails to the sights, or cycle around the rice fields and along the romantic Ngo Dong river.

  1. Take a trip to Chicken Village

Chicken Village ( or Kenh Ga in Vietnamese) is a rare peaceful floating village in Ninh Binh. The village is so named because the mountain here has a rising up rock that looks like a rooster.

  1. Check out the Thung Nham Bird Garden

Thung Nham a natural landscape wonderful with the ranges of tropical forests on the limestone mountains which have valleys, caves, blend with the natural plants and flowers together with the sky of Tam Coc – Trang An.

  1. Try the local food

Ninh Binh is famous for many local specialties and delicious food and it is impossible not to mention burnt rice – “ com chay”

Burnt rice at the bottom of the pot is processed by elaborate stages, creates a crispy attractive dish.

  1. Visit the Hoa Lu Temples

Located in the relic of Hoa Lu ancient capital, the Temple of King Le and the Temple of King Dinh stand out with the huge pillars with the crimson lacquer color.

  1. Have a drink at Chookie’s

This is the ideal restaurant for travelers who would like to enjoy a drink in the heart of Ninh Binh town center

In the evening, this place becomes an attractive culinary space with lots of Vietnamese and Western dishes served at very good prices.

  1. Eat at Father Cooking

According to the reviews of visitors and locals, Father Cooking is one of the best restaurants in Ninh Binh town.

This is a family restaurant with the main dishes of rice, beef/chicken noodles, Vietnamese traditional BBQ pork with noodles.

  1. Hike to Silver Cloud Peak

Silver Cloud Peak is a majestic wonder in Cuc Phuong National Park. It is the highest point in the Cuc Phuong forest with an elevation of 648m above sea level.

  1. Boat Ride in Tam Coc

Sitting on a boat on the Ngo Dong River, visitors will admire the limestone mountains next to the beautiful rice fields, after that visitors will be able to enter the most beautiful and mysterious underground water caves of Ninh Binh.

  1. Discover Wine Making Cave in Trang An

Located in the series caves of Trang An, visitors can only visit here by boat.

Inside the cave, there are many beautiful stalactites.

  1. Hike your way to the temples of Trang An

While joining the trip to Trang An, you should pay more attention to the beautiful architecture pagodas located in the middle of the mountains and rivers.

The spiritual works at Trang An do not have the grand scale, but they bring solemn, sacred values ​​from the history, and downs of time.

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