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Ninh Binh is a favorite spot for nature lovers and photographers
You should choose Ninh Binh, if you’re nature lovers or photographers, professional of amateurs. Ninh Binh is blessed by mother nature and most of the sceneries here are untouched by human and also very carefully preserved by the government.
Visitors will be amazed by the beauty of sceneries here, from limestone karst landscapes, system of caves and grottos to ancient relics and architecture. Otherwise, this area has a rich flora and fauna diversity with several nature reserve and tropical forests.
Ninh Binh, Vietnam Things to know before you go to
Ninh Binh duration normally last from 1 day to 2 days
The most popular is Ninh Binh 2 days or Ninh Binh 1 day tour, some choose more days for day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. For an one day tour, it usually lasts about 10 hours. There are many options for Ninh Binh 1 day tour.
Hoa Lu Tam Coc Tour (Ninh Binh day tour): Hoa Lu – Tam Coc are 2 famous places of Ninh Binh. It takes about 110 km from Hanoi. This is a cultural and historical destination combined with natural beauty scenic landscapes. Visiting Hoa Lu you will have the opportunity to explore the ancient temples worshiping the Kings of Vietnam. Then relax in natural scenery in Tam Coc, a beautiful picture combined with natural beauty and rural countryside.
Bai Dinh Trang An Tour (Hanoi to Ninh Binh day trip): Join this Ninh Binh tour to visit Bai Dinh pagoda, the Bai Dinh complex is the biggest Buddhism center of South-east Asia with hundreds of statues of different sizes. Travelers will be attracted by the architecture which is so marvelous, majestic but still preserve traditional features. After Bai Dinh pagoda, you will head to Trang An ecological tourist site where you take a boat trip to visit many caves of different sizes in a scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cuc Phuong National Park Tour (Ninh Binh one day tour): This tour is for nature lovers and people who take interest in tropical forests. Although short, Cuc Phuong National Park day trip is a Vietnam adventure tour offering an interesting visit the Primate Rescue Center and a great jungle trek in Cuc Phuong National Park. A tour to Cuc Phuong National Park is an amazing opportunity to see rare animals including the Asian Black Bears, Otters, Owston's Civet, Clouded leopard, and Delacour's Langur.
Don’t forget to bring hat, sunscreen or a light jacket
In summer, it can get very hot and you have to be outdoor all day so it’s a suggestion that you bring hat and sunscreen with you. A light jacket will protect from the sunlight also, especially for the boat trip.
In winter, it can get chilly and rainy during the day so a hat and a light jacket will protect you. If you plan to climb up the Mua Cave, it can be cool on top the mountain and a light jacket will cover you up.
Be sure to have Vietnamese cash with you since there’re no ATMs here
In Ninh Binh, there’s no place to exchange money and people also don’t use other currencies so prepare some Vietnamese cash first before coming.
There’s also no ATMs around the tourist destinations so don’t look for it.
There are several ways to transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. You can go by train, by shuttle bus or book Ninh Binh Tours.
Hanoi to Ninh Binh trains depart from Hanoi railway station at 120 Le Duan Street. There are six trains daily connecting Ninh Binh City and Hanoi. The journey between stations takes between 2.5 to 3 hours. The price is affordable with soft-seat tickets starting from just 80K VND (less than $5) per person. You can book tickets online or offline.
Another transportation choice is by bus. Go to Giap Bat Bus station for buses depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. The journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by bus can take anywhere between 1.5 to 3 hours depending on traffic, and costs between 100K VND and 160K VND per person.
Last choice is you book a Ninh Binh Tour that covers transportation. By this way, you don’t need to worry of how to get to Ninh Binh. Normally, a private minivan will come to pick you up.
When to visit Ninh Binh - Ninh Binh
In general, the weather in Ninh Binh is similar to other parts of Northern Vietnam including Hanoi. There are 2 main kinds of weather in Ninh Binh during the whole year. From November to April, it is mostly dry and cool. While in May to October, the weather tends to be humid and hot.
There are also times when it isn't the most appropriate for boat rides, such as between the months of December and February when the weather has a higher chance of a lot of drizzle.
April to June – this is a great time to appreciate the ripen rice fields and the early harvest time in Ninh Binh. Especially, in June, you have a chance to take stunning photographs of flowers, especially lotus.
September and October – this period of time is a great time to appreciate the wet rice harvest time. Any travellers that book a boat tour along the Bich Dong River can get to explore the Trang An Landscape Complex – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Tam Coc while being surrounded by the wonderful scenery of yellow rice fields.
November – a less touristy time of all in the year. However, the scenery may not be that fantastic. At this time of year, the rice has already been harvested and want is left is brown or yellowish fields. But the weather is pleasant and may reach around the 20° C mark during the day, it can get chilly in the afternoon.
Points of Interest for Ninh Binh
Many visitors head directly to Trang An and Tam Coc, 2 regions that boast many other worthy sights. In order to visit these 2 places, you are recommended to take a boat trip which takes 2.5 hours. Besides Trang An and Tam Coc, there’re other destinations that attract tourists.
Lovers of ancient architecture and history can check out Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Phat Diem Cathedral of Bai Dinh Pagoda. Hoa Lu is where you can discover deeper insight into the history of Vietnam. Bai Dinh Pagoda is the biggest pagoda complex in Southeast Asia. It also many records in Vietnam for the biggest Buddha statue and bell.
Bird-watchers should set aside time for a visit to Thung Nham Bird Garden, where the trees teem with nesting birds during the early morning and late afternoon.
Adventure travelers will find plentiful hiking and biking opportunities within Cuc Phuong National Park and Mua Cave. Cuc Phuong national park is a rainforest area with a botanical garden and primate rescue center. Climb up to Mua Cave is worth trying to observe the majestic panoramic view of the whole region.