Ninh Binh


When it comes to lớn Vietnam tourism, famous places lượt thích Hanoi, Saigon or da Nang are always the prior choices of tourists. However, Ninh Binh province - the beautiful land that once appeared in the 2017 blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island", directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts - is one of the three most famous sightseeing sites in Northern Vietnam, along with Ha Long and Sa Pa.

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Ninh Binh Travel Guide: An Overview

Ninh Binh has long been a famous sightseeing place in Northern Vietnam. Besides its stretches of rivers, diverse cave systems, và majestic mountains, Ninh Binh also holds many historical marks of Vietnam. This place was the capital of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty và Tien Le Dynasty. Coming khổng lồ Ninh Binh, you will have a wonderful cultural - historical experience.


The natural beauty of Ninh Binh


Ninh Binh boasts great historical & cultural values

Ninh Binh Travel Guide: When lớn Visit Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a place with a fairly temperate climate, so it is possible khổng lồ travel on many occasions during the year. The most enjoyable time to lớn visit Ninh Binh is around April - June, which the period of the early harvest season, & on both sides of the rivers are gorgeous yellowish ripen rice fields. In particular, in June, brilliant blooming flowers such as lotus, water-lily will inspire photographers.


You should avoid traveling during the period from December - February every year when the North in the middle of winter & the weather becomes cold, and there"s even cold drizzle.

Ninh Binh Travel Guide: How to lớn Get lớn Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is about 93km away from Hanoi where many major roads are passing through, especially National Highway 1A and North-South railway line. Visitors can come to lớn Ninh Binh in many different ways.


If you travel from Hanoi, choosing a private oto or coach is a good idea. There are many coaches khổng lồ Ninh Binh such as Sao Viet, Cuong Hung, and Hoang Long...running daily that you can easily catch at bus stations in Hanoi.

Duration from Hanoi: 2 hoursBus ticket price: VND 100,000 - VND 150,000

You can also rent a motorbike in Hanoi khổng lồ experience the journey to Ninh Binh:

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hoursMotorbike rental price: VND 120,000-200,000/bike/day

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In addition, you can take a train to Ninh Binh from Hanoi Station.

Duration: 2 hoursTrain ticket price: VND 100,000 - VND 250,000

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Ninh Binh Travel Guide: Where lớn Stay

In Ninh Binh, there are many hotels và homestays. Airbnb can help you find some good homestays at reasonable prices here. In addition, hotels in Ninh Binh can satisfy everyone"s needs, from standard basic services khổng lồ luxury accommodations.

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh

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Ninh Binh Travel Guide: Must-see Places

Hang cài đặt (Mua Cave)

On your way to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, you should first get to download Cave (Hang Mua) - an architectural relic from the Tran dynasty. It is not a massive cave, but the rewarding panoramic view of Trang An that earns tải Cave its international reputation. All it takes are VND 100,000 for an entrance fee, và 486 stone steps lớn the peak lớn enjoy the natural wonder from above.




The rewarding view at the đứng top of Hang Mua

Trang An Grottoes

Trang An Grottoes is considered as the most famous tourist destination of Ninh Binh. Trang An Grottoes has a system of limestone mountains with the geological age of about 250 million years, and hundreds of valleys and caves. This landscape is a place khổng lồ preserve submerged forest ecosystems, limestone forests, archaeological sites, cultural và historical relics.

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Boat tour ticket price: VND 200,000/adult; VND 100,000/kid




The most popular way to lớn explore Trang An Grottoes is boat tours. Tourists will begin their journey on Sao Khe river from Trang An wharf. This journey will go through 12 caves và 3 temples. Among them, the most famous ones are Trinh Temple, lịch sự cave, Toi cave, Nau Ruou cave, Sinh cave, si mê cave, cha Giot cave.


Boat tours through caves


Tam Coc - Bich Dong

Tam Coc - Bich Dong is honored as a "Ha Long cất cánh on land" for its undeniable charm. The area includes a system of limestone caves and historical relics related lớn Vu Lam Palace under the Tran dynasty. The three caves of Tam Coc including Ca Trong, Hai và Ba caves are all formed by the Ngo Dong river that flows through the mountain. On your experience in Tam Coc - Bich Dong, set your souls không lấy phí as you travel along the Ngo Dong river.




Am Tien Cave

Am Tien Cave under the Dinh Dynasty was used as a place lớn confine wild animals lớn punish criminals. This place has a quiet beauty, peaceful, & romantic atmosphere but full of mystery and wildness at the same time. With a stone staircase of 205 steps & a beautiful lake surrounded by the forest, Am Tien Cave is a relaxing tourist destination worth paying a visit on your trip to Ninh Binh.

Kong: Skull Island

Trang An Grottoes is one of Kong: Skull Island"s main filming locations. However, the beauty of nature here was previously introduced to lớn the world through the famous Korean reality show Running Man.


The film phối of Skull: Kong Island






Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual tourist site which holds many Asian and Vietnamese records as the temple with the most giant bronze Buddha statue in Asia, the pagoda that has the longest Arhat corridor in Asia... The new pagoda architecture stands out with large & monumental shapes bearing Vietnamese architecture made from local materials (Ninh Binh bluestone, ironwood)... When coming lớn a country with half of its population following Buddhism like Vietnam, Bai Dinh Pagoda is a destination that you should visit once.


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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is in the three provinces including Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, & Hoa Binh. The first national park in Vietnam provides visitors with the opportunity to lớn discover the extremely quality flora và fauna system, & also rare, highly endangered animals preserved in this place. Cuc Phuong National Park is also an ideal place that keeps precious relics of prehistoric people for those who love archeology và historical research, The ideal time khổng lồ go khổng lồ Cuc Phuong National Park is around June - July every year.

Ticket price: VND 60,000/adult; VND 20,000/student; VND 10,000/kidOpening hours: 8 AM - 6 PM

Ninh Binh Travel Guide: Ninh Binh Must-try Specialties

Ninh Binh not only has a quality nature but also has specialties that you cannot find anywhere else, and even if you do, it certainly does not have the same great taste as here.

De Nui Ninh Binh (Ninh Binh Mountain Goat)

Ninh Binh cuisine is famous for mountain goat dishes. The goats are raised on the cliffs và eat leaves to live, so the meat is firm và nutritious. This famous dish is served at almost every restaurant in Ninh Binh.


De Nui Ninh Binh is a must-try specialty here

Locals Recommendations: Thang Long Restaurant, Duc De Restaurant, Kim domain authority Restaurant, Hoang Giang RestaurantPrice: VND 150,000 - VND 250,000/serving

Com Chay Ninh Binh (Scorched Burnt Rice)

Along with De Nui Ninh Binh, Com Chay Ninh Binh is one of the incredibly famous dishes here. Each piece of rice is fried to lớn the point it gets crunchy, served with chili sauce and pemmican.

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Price: VND 30,000/serving

Summary of Ninh Binh Travel Guide

Ninh Binh may sound a bit unfamiliar khổng lồ tourists coming lớn Vietnam, but this beautiful land is something you shouldn"t miss if you want some brand new experience. No matter how impressive it is on the big screen of Kong: Skull Island, you have lớn come to Ninh Binh yourself khổng lồ truly enjoy the beauty of this place.