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Ninh Binh Travel guide information

Ninh Binh which is far from Hanoi 100 km in the Northeast is the favorite place of many visitors. Ninh Binh is a fascinating place where gives you a chance to easily access the most rural and authentic side of Vietnam. If you still hesitate to come to Ninh Binh or not, the answer to my advice is DEFINITELY YES. Let refer to this link to get great Ninh Binh itineraries.

Ninh Binh Location:

Ninh Binh is located at the boundary of 3 geographical areas: the Northwest, the Red River Delta, and the North Central Coast.

Ninh Binh is a province with diverse and diverse tourism potentials with many world heritage titles and the world biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO. This place is located at the southernmost gateway of the triangle of the Red River Delta and the North, where there are many landscapes associated with the land is the capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, with 1,500 relics of all kinds.

Where to visit in Binh Binh?

Trang An

This is one of the unforgettable places for anyone who had a chance to come there. Trang An is a complex of mountains and caves to which you can only get to by water. There are eight caves to explore on boat. On the way you will see many beautiful religious structures, surrounded by green nature, giving the area a rather serene outlook. Because Trang An is received with a lot of complement about the beautiful landscape, it is usually more crowded than the others such as Tam Coc or Thung Nham,… Therefore, to avoid the peak season when the service is worse than usual and the price can be ripped off, you should not visit Trang An from February to April.  This is the new year period and a lot of Vietnamese prepare for their trip.

Tam Coc:

Another Side of Ninh Binh, Tam Coc is quite similar to Trang An. However, Visiting Tam Coc is the best choice if you travel from May to early June. This is the time for the yellow ripe rice fields. Compared to Trang An tourist area, Tam Coc is not too crowded, bringing visitors a peaceful space of the countryside in the Northern Delta. The limestone caves area stretching along Ngo Dong river which is known as “Halong Bay on the land” and enjoy the journey along the river with the peaceful scenery of special karst mountain surrounded with rice paddy and the sight of some ancient temples along the way.

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Mua Cave:

This is the best place to get an elevated view of the area. After a steep climb of around 400 steps, you will surely be rewarded on top with opportunities to take magnificent Instagram viral-worthy shots. Make sure to take a bottle of water – the climb up isn’t easy. You will also bump into goats

Thien Ha Cave

Although it is not as famous as Trang An or Tam Coc, the beauty and mystery of Thien Ha cave really enthrall people who set foot in this cave. It would be incomplete of your Ninh Binh Tours if you did not visit this place.

With winding, soft as the shape of Long Chau Mountain, alternating between rural fields. fence water season. Then continue to pedestrian on the stone road about 500m long from the foot of the mountain to the cave. The entrance of the cave is not very large. Because the height of the cave is only 3m to 4m. But it is especially interesting for visitors to contemplate the smallest details of thousands of stone handmade masterpieces. It seems that all the essence is gathered here to blow the soul into the beauty that exists on each of the stone blocks that are gilded gold inlaid. The length of 700m includes a 200m long dry cave and a 500m long water cave. This is one of the highlights for Ninh Binh Travel.

Thung Nham bird park:

Thung Nham bird sanctuary is about 12km east of Ninh Binh city, located in the core area of the complex of Trang An landscapes, next to the famous Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist resort. From Bich Dong Pagoda, about 4km from the road, tourists can come to Thung Nham – the country of birds.

Van Long Nature Reserve:

Your experience here will be similar to that of Tam Coc and Trang An. However, Van Long Nature Reserve is a little further away and barely sees any tourists. You can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil scenery in the most authentic way possible.

Hoa Lu ancient capital:

Hoa Lu ancient capital, perhaps, makes the province more attractive because it creates the cultural identity of the area and helps people understand more about the cultural, architectural and sculptural values associated with the legend about the foundation of Dai Co Viet ( an old name of Viet Nam country).

This place is worth visiting for anyone who wants to explore and learn new things

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Bai Dinh Pagoda; Bich Dong Pagoda

There are many pagodas in Ninh Binh set within the mountains of Tam Coc and Trang An. Bai Dinh and Bich Dong are the two most popular. Bich Dong is built right into a cave and has three stories whereas Bai Dinh pagoda is actually the Buddhist Center of Vietnam and also the largest pagoda in South East Asia.

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is the oldest one in Vietnam. This is one of the best national parks for hiking and also one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam.

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Phat Diem Cathedral:

A 40-minute drive from the town of Ninh Binh, Phat Diem church is the most beautiful one in Vietnam. It is built from stone and wood. Despite being a church worshipping a Western religion, the Phat Diem church is made with a heavy Vietnamese architectural influence. This is what makes the church so beautiful and interesting.

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How to get Ninh Binh from Hanoi?


Usually, buses go directly to Tam Coc or Trang An, Ninh Binh city from Giap Bat station in HanoiYou can take the coach at Hanoi Southern Bus Station (Giap Bat Bus Station) to Ninh Binh (every 30 minutes), located on Gia Phong street; Price: 100.000 VND/ticket. You can also arrange a coach by contacting Go VietnamTravel

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Traveling to Ninh Binh by motorbike is another option. It is going to take you around nearly 3 hours (around 100 km to arrive Ninh Binh )

From Hanoi city center, you follow Giai Phong street, through Hanoi Southern Bus Station around 3 km and turn left for 1km to Phap Van – Cau Gie highway and then Cau Gie – Dong Van – Phu Ly – Ninh Binh


Hanoi – Ninh Binh train runs daily with 4 times/day, which departs at Ha Noi station (120 Le Duan street, Hanoi) and stops at Ninh Binh station (01 Hoang Hoa Tham street, Thanh Binh ward, Ninh Binh province).

The rate for a train ticket from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is about 130.000 vnđ  ( estimated 6 USD).

Here is the time for departure trains from Hanoi to Ninh Binh:

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Where to eat in Ninh Binh?

There is a lot of restaurants in Ninh Binh. Here are some suggestions for you:

Spice Garden Tam Coc

Anh Dzung restaurant

Ben Thuyen Trang An restaurant

Trung Tuyet restaurant The Orchid restaurant

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Hiking Mua cave (Ninh Binh Travel tag)

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Rowing in Tam Coc/ Trang An

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Explore Thien Ha Cave

Biking around Thung Nham

Joining catching fish in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Travel entrance fee:

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu ancient capital relic area: 20.000 VND/ a person

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Entrance Fee

The price is 120.000 VND/person/ turn , children below 1,4 meters: 60.000VND/person/turn.

Boat ticket: 150.000 VND/turn/boat (4 Vietnamese visitors) – 150.000 VND/turn/boat (two foreign visitors)  and free of charge for children below 3 years old.

Bird Garden – Thung Nham area

The price is 100.000 VND/ person; 50.000 VND/ children from 0, 8 – 1,3 meters and free of charge for children below 0,8 meters. Garden ticket: 20.000 VND/ person/ turn.

  • But Cave: 20.000 VND/ a person
  • Van Long area: 20.000 VND/ person, boat ticket: 60.000 VND/boat/ 2 guests

Trang An Eco Tourist Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda

  • Going on a boat to do sightseeing Trang An ecological Trang An new caves: 200.000 VND/ adult, children below 1,4 meters: 100.000 VND/person. Ancient Trang An area: 45.000VND/ person
  • Guests coming to spiritual Bai Dinh pagoda area: electric – car service: 30.000 VND/ person/ turn; 50.000 VND/ person for visiting Bao Tower.

Phat Diem, Cuc Phuong National Park

  •  Phat Diem church: free entrance
  • Cuc Phuong national park: 60.000VND/person,  20.000 VND/ turn for students and 10.000VND/ turn for children
  •  An Tiem cave, a spot of incredible views: 20.000 VND/ person; Mua cave: 100.000VND/  person and Thien Ha cave: 120.000 VND/ person
  • Tach Bich – Thung Nang:15.000 VND/ adult, 5.000 VND/child, and boat ticket: 60.000 VND/ boat/4 Vietnamese visitors and 60.000VND/ boat/2 foreign ones.

How long is the best to visit Ninh Binh?

One day is possible for you to have a great Ninh Binh Travel from Hanoi.

But if you want to explore these places, in reality, you definitely spend 2 days in Ninh Binh.

Please refer to this link to get the route for Ninh Binh tours 1 day and 2 days.  

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