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
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.
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.
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 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.
Great connection between Ha Long bay and Northern Vietnam with Pu Luong, Mai Chau and Son La.
2 hours driving from Hanoi to the rural resort and eco lode, or home stay at a typical Northern peasants’ house.
Excursion to the first Catholic church of Phat Diem and Bai Dinh with the biggest Buddist statue.