NINH BINH

Overview

About 90km southward from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is well-known as a “Ha-Long-Bay-on-land”, or by the popular names of Ngo Dong river, Tam Coc caves, Bich Dong pagodas, Cuc Phuong Park, Trang An Landscape Complex (a UNESCO site!) and Van Long Nature Reserve, which possess diversified topography with unusual landscape of long limestone mountain ranges.

Beyond that, once a year, Ninh Binh offers a great view of early summer fields stretching along poetic rivers, where you can enjoy a slow pleasant boat trip. Traveling to Ninh Binh is also a chance to explore numerous historical and cultural points, traditional embroidery villages, country festivals and numerous routes for biking or buffalo carts. In a small area, Ninh Binh has various values, from the ruins of former palace and ancient temples dated back to 11th-century, to 19th- century. Catholic Church in the form of a Vietnam Communal house, or a huge Buddhist pagoda built only ten years ago. In a nutshell, with its rich resources of cultural values and natural beauty, Ninh Binh deserves the praise of ‘’the second attraction in the Red River delta

Food & Drink

In addition to stunningly breathtaking scenery, the ancient capital city Ninh Binh offers excellent culinary experiences to tourists from all kinds of different backgrounds. The appealing Ninh Binh cuisine definitively will please you with both their appearances and tastes.

Travel Guide

Ninh Binh is located about two hours to the south of Hanoi in the Red River Delta. The area is famous for its lush green rice fields, with hundreds of limestone cliffs that give the landscape an enchanted atmosphere. In addition to the wonderful scenery, the area also has a lot of culture, wildlife and walks in Vietnam's oldest national park.

Activities

Our pick: Ideally stay 1 or 2 night then taking a rowing bamboo boat through three grottoes-on-river of Tam Coc, biking in the rural area of Bich Dong pagoda and Hoa Lu ancient capital

Rural activities

Rural cycling and trying buffalo carts with locals. Boat trips on small rivers with a luck to see wild gibbons and langurs at Van Long Reserve.

Connections

Great connection between Ha Long bay and Northern Vietnam with Pu Luong, Mai Chau and Son La.

Ecostay

2 hours driving from Hanoi to the rural resort and eco lode, or home stay at a typical Northern peasants’ house.

Religious tour

Excursion to the first  Catholic church of Phat Diem and Bai Dinh with the biggest Buddist statue. 

Recommended Tours

5 days / 4 nights

Cuc Phuong National Park is an ideal peaceful place for jungle trekking, with its unique biodiversity.

5 days / 4 nights

Fr$173

Delight yourself in Vietnam's two biggest cities with the most rewarding sightseeing and shopping experiences

1 day

Fr$66

Known as Ha Long Bay on land, you will be amazed by the incredible landscape of Ninh Binh. Not only famous for the stunning view, but also an attracted place for who loves history. Starts the journey with a trip full of knowledge to Hoa Lu ancient capital to know about one of the honorable dynasties of Vietnam. Then drops thinking and gets deep in the spectacular landscape of Tam Coc Cave. Feel the peaceful atmosphere of the place, observe amazing achievement of Mother Nature, and know more about magnificent land.

11 days / 10 nights

The Northern mountainous region offers, perhaps, the most spectacular scenery anywhere in Vietnam. Opportunities to see something of the lives, customs and costumes of many of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities abound. Contemplating the most splendid part of Vietnam, where concentrates magnificent limestone mountain ranges and incredible terraced paddy fields. 11 days adventure of all off the beaten paths will surely leave you an unforgettable remembrance of Vietnam