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Why Go To Ninh Binh? Is Ninh Binh Worth Visiting?

Well! I can say it’s one of the most sublime and magnificent natural landscapes in Southeast Asia. How can I be so sure about this statement?

A vast amount of limestone mountains emerging from meandering rivers, immense green or yellow rice fields depending on seasons… Perhaps that’s why we called Ninh Binh as “Halong Bay on land”.

Mua Cave

Amazing view from Mua Cave

If spectacular scenery isn’t convincing enough, let Ninh Binh show you the way to its true beauty. Contrary to luxury, the splendor of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, this rural area is another way of living, slower and more peaceful. It’s totally a leisure trip for anyone who wanna stay away from a dynamic lifestyle in cities.

If you are a cultural explorer, there are many architectural constructions here to delve into the historical timeline of Vietnam. You will also have a chance to discover the capital of Vietnam in the 11th century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Or you want to escape from busy routine life and immerse yourself into unspoiled and natural landscapes. Tam Coc or Trang An landscape complex is definitely an ideal option.

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The poetic beauty of Trang An makes everyone excited

Do you think Ninh Binh is a worth-visiting destination yet? If you still doubt about spending your time here, see more detailed things below to have your best decision: where to go, what time and some helpful tips.

How Long To Spend in Ninh Binh? 

There are quite lots of destinations and interesting things to do in Ninh Binh. Besides, Ninh Binh boat tour including Trang An and Tam Coc boat tour takes nearly 3 hours. Therefore, Ninh Binh 2 day tour is the best option, you can take a rest after a tiring day trip. In addition, you also spend 1 day or 3 days in Ninh Binh.

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Boat tour in Ninh Binh takes around 3 hours

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 Traveling From Hanoi To Ninh Binh

By train

It takes 2.5 hours to get here and the train stops at the station near Trang An. About 2.5 US$ is the amount of money you need to pay for a one-way ticket from Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi.


Train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

By private cars

You can hire a private car through a tourist agency and go straight to the destination in Ninh Binh. However, this is properly costing the most out of 3 ways.

By bus

A regular bus from Hanoi bus terminal Giap Bat departs quite often. It costs about 3.15 US$ and 3 hours as usual. You can buy tickets in the hall of the station.

Like going by train, the bus stops in Ninh Binh, you need to have a suitable transport (taxi, bike) to the tourist area.

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Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

The easiest and most convenient transportation is private cars without a doubt. Or you can book a Ninh Binh tour that includes transportation, you don’t need to worry about how to go anymore. Take a look at our Ninh Binh Tours to the most popular destinations in Ninh Binh.

If you want to know more information, see more: [2020] How To Travel From Hanoi to Ninh Binh

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Ninh Binh 2 days itinerary map by AZ Local Trip

Day One – Ninh Binh 1 day itinerary


  • Bai Dinh Pagoda

Time to spend: 2 hours

Entrance fee: No entrance fee but if you use the electric car then it costs 30.000 VND/way

In this architectural construction, not only the discovery of Buddhist values, but you also see many well-known records of this famous pagoda. These records are The biggest golden Buddha statue in Asia, The biggest Arhat hall in Asia, The biggest copper bell in Vietnam, The most La Han statues in Vietnam, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam, The biggest well in Vietnam.

Being a huge religious complex (5.39 square kilometers), Bai Dinh compound includes 1.07 square kilometers of new and old Buddhist temples and cultural park, Buddhist academy,… With this large area, people often visit the whole place by electrical car. We can also take a walk around and then enjoy the natural view more.


  • Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Time to spend: 1 hour 30 minutes

Entrance fee: 20.000 VND

In Ancient Capital Hoa Lu, you can pay a visit to King Dinh and King Le temple, the founders building this capital during the 10th century. Gaining knowledge of the history of Vietnam more than 1000 years ago is a good idea, right?

Hoa Lu Ancient

Chosen to be the first capital in Vietnamese feudatory era, Hoa Lu is definitely attached to many historical stories of 3 dynasties Dinh, Le, Ly.

Before, Hoa Lu was a splendid palace, covered by majestic mountainous area, meandering Hoang Long river and immense Nho Quan, Gia Vien rice fields. All of these makes Hoa Lu be a perfect military basement and got notice of the first King Dinh Tien Hoang.

  • Trang An Ecological Complex

Time to spend: 2 hours

Entrance fee: 200.000 VND/adult for Trang An boat ride: 100.000 VND/child

Well-known as ‘Halong Bay on land’, Trang An is indispensable in Ninh Binh day trip itinerary and essential convergence of majestic limestone mountains, peaceful rice paddies, and clear emerald river. With the huge area (2.168 square kilometers), Trang An is totally a dreamland of tourists that make us surprise by majestic, picturesque landscape. Containing globally eminent values, Trang An deserves to get recognized as World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO.

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Trang An boat ride is a great experience in Ninh Binh

You can explore this region by Trang An boat ride or cycle around is also great! Trang An is less crowded than Tam Coc, which means you can fully enjoy the serene atmosphere and spectacular landscape here.

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Day Two – Ninh Binh 2 day itinerary


  • Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Time to spend: 2 hours

Entrance fee: 150.000 VND

Floating along Ngo Dong river, you can hear the whisper of the wild winds, enjoying the serenity of this tranquil countryside. Tam Coc is literally known as ‘three caves” in Vietnam.

Visiting Tam Coc, mysterious caves open for you, including Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba. Majestic limestone cliffs, mysterious caves, rural scenery with the peaceful river, rice fields – Tam Coc seems to possess all.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Bich Dong pagoda is on the same route with Tam Coc so Tam Coc – Bich Dong is surely a great combination

  • Thung Nang

Time to spend: 1 hour

Entrance fee: 15.000 VND for sightseeing ticket; 60,000 VND for the boat ride

We are easily fascinated by the pristine, tranquil beauty of Thung Nang, of an immense lake reflecting prolific trees around majestic mountains. Just exactly the name people called Thung Nang (Sun area), the sun illuminates everywhere, down to leaves, reflecting lake surface, creating a colorful, magnificent landscape to us.

Noticing some birds flying or landing on boughs, we will see the liveliness, diversity of this wonderful destination. One hour floating on the river seems another great experience, right?

Thung Nang

Thung Nang is more peaceful than other famous attractions in Ninh Binh

  • Mua Cave

Time to spend: 1.5 hour

Entrance fee: 100.000 VND

Testing your flexibility by climbing 486 stone stairs to the mountain,  we will see the picturesque view of Tam Coc – Bich Dong area, especially on rice paddy season. Don’t miss a chance to contemplate Vietnamese version of Great Wall.

Amazing view from Mua Cave

View from the top of Mua Cave


  • Van Long Nature Reserve

Time to spend: 2 hour

Entrance fee: 60.000 VND for the boat ride and 20.000 VND for admission.

Van Long Nature Reserve

Van Long serves a unique and diverse ecosystem

Being the largest drowning natural reserve in North Vietnam, Van Long Natural Reserve is a unique and diverse ecosystem, a shelter for a wide variety of rare plants and animals.

In Van Long, we will go into the lively life of nature, in an easy, serene scenery, explore marvelous and glorious caves and mountains

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Day three- Ninh Binh 3 day itinerary


  • Cuc Phuong national park

Time to spend: 3 hours

Entrance Fee: 20.000 VND and 30.000 VND if you want to visit The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre

Cuc Phuong National Park

Butterfly season in Cuc Phuong national park

If you natural- lover and have a great passion for trekking, Cuc Phuong national park can satisfy you. There is a house of thousands of flora and fauna and a large museum for nature preservation, a botanical garden, a rare and precious zoo in Viet Nam and in over the world.

A compelling reason you must drop Cuc Phuong national park is this is the only place in the world nurturing and rescuing Delacour’s Langur, Hatinh Langur, Golden-Headed Langur, Phayre’s Langur, Grey-Shanked Douc Langur. Now, Let’s pack up your backpack and discover wild animals in the IUCN red list.


  • Phat Diem cathedral

Time to spend: 1 hours

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

You must be a bit tired if have Ninh Binh 3 day itinerary. So instead of exploring and trekking so much, we highly recommend you visit Phat Diem cathedral.

Phat Diem Cathedral complex robs tourist’s heart by a peaceful lake, a grey-headed cathedral, an ancient stone church, a Bellhouse and 3 artificial grottoes.So, you are truly religious ones and ‘d like to witness the unique combination between Eastern and Westen architecture style.  Let’s check it now!

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The overview of Phat Diem stone cathedral

  • An Tiem cave

Time to spend: 2 hours

Entrance fee: 20.000 VND

An Tiem cave is luckily awarded charming and gentle beauty with nostalgic value and spectacular view. Setting foot on this inspiring landscape, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture a sublime valley full of emarded water and covered with majestic stone mountains.

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An Tiem cave is covered with ancient and gentle values

Different from other destinations in Ninh Binh, An Tiem is tinged with ancient and sorrow beauty and isolated from the city. Visiting this sight, you seemingly venture into the historical and antique era.

Where To Stay in Ninh Binh?

It all depends on your preference, your budget. I suggest some places here for you to consider your best choices.

  • Trang An Nature House

Address: 479B Trang An Street,  Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh

It’s only 1.6 kilometers from Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex and 4.8 kilometers from Tam Coc – Bich Dong. Besides free Wifi, a buffet breakfast is available in the house each morning. You can taste delicious foods of Asian and European cuisine.

Price ranges from 5 US$ in 8-bed mixed dormitory room to about 26.5 US$ for a King Room with Mountain view per day.

  • Tam Coc Eco House

Address: Van Lam, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu

Garden views, a washing machine, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom with free toiletries are at your disposal. Some have a terrace and/or balcony. Free Wifi is included. An Asian breakfast is served daily at the property.

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Tam Coc eco house brings you a peaceful atmosphere with garden view

The homestay offers a children’s playground. Furthermore, you can go cycling or fishing, and the property offers a bicycle rental service.

Price ranges from 4 US$ in mixed dormitory room to about 12.5 US$ for a King Room with Garden view per day. Also, it’s only 300 meters from Tam Coc.

  • Cozy Son Hotel

It’s only 300 meters from Tam Coc. All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom and a kettle. Some rooms include a terrace. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property.

The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at Cozy Son Hotel. Speaking English and Korean at the reception, staff are willing to help at any time of the day.

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The tranquil and friendly atmosphere in Cozy Son hotel

Price ranges from 12.8 US$ in King Room with Balcony to about 22.5 US$ for a Family Room with Mountain view per day.

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