Ninh Binh Travel Guide from A to Z


Ninh Binh with it’s pristine and charming natural scenery in recent years has become a bright spot not only of Vietnam but also the world with millions of foreign visitors come here every year.

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Ninh Binh tourism overview

Just about 100km from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is an attractive tourist destination to both domestic and international thanks to the diverse sceneries, plus, there are many famous cultural and spiritual tourist sites. In each season, Ninh Binh has its own charm, so visitors can choose Ninh Binh as a destination any time of the year. Most of the visitors are impressed by the diversity of the scenic spots such as Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Van Long, … Each destination in Ninh Binh has its own feature that show it’s outstanding and unique beauty.

How to get there?

Coach: Ninh Binh is only 100km away from Hanoi, the coach or the bus is the most convenient transportation. Visitors can choose any bus because the North to South buses runs continuously.

Train: You can go from Hanoi by SE7 (6h15) or SE5 (9h00). Train travel is safe and cheap but inconvenient in term of time.

Airplane: If you are so far from Ninh Binh, you can take a flight to Hanoi, then continue to move to Ninh Binh by motorbike or coach, train.

Motorbike: If you move from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, it will take about 2 hours. Be sure to run at the proper speed and equip yourself with the personal motor protection cloth for your health and safety

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Booking hotel room

There are various types of hotels and motels in Ninh Binh from budget to luxury, depending on your budget and schedule, you can choose the most suitable one. There are also dozens of high-end resorts like Esmeralda Hotel – Resort & Spa in Van Long or Cuc Phuong resort in Cuc Phuong National Park or Tam Coc Garden in Tam Coc Bich Dong complex tourism area.

Ninh Binh Cuisine

Rocky Moutain Goat Ninh Binh: This famous specialty is served in most restaurants in this province. Ninh Binh mountain goats are raised on the rocky cliffs and eat the medicinal herb’s leaves off so the meat is very fragrant and nutritious. There are nearly 20 different ways of processing goat meat such as goat’s rice husk, reed goat, goat’s goat, goat’s meat …

Mountain Snails: Every year in the rainy season, from April to August every year, in the limestone mountainous area of Tam Hiep commune, Nho Quan district, this species appears, eat wild grass including precious medicinal herbs. That’s why it’s meat is crunchy, sweet and very nutritious. You can enjoy a dish of snail steamed with ginger, fried chili snail, or raw snail salad.

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Am Tien Cave

Am Tien Cave has located in ancient ruins Hoa Lu. Most of the area is submerged and surrounded by rocky cliffs. This was a crocodile pond under Dinh dynasty to treat the guilty. Previously, Am Tien Cave was in the middle of the mountain, it takes 205 stone steps through the cliffs to get there, but now there are tunnels through the mountains into the cave. The dragon-shaped of the cave gives it the name Dragon Cave.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Only 7km south of Ninh Binh city center is a famous scenic spot of Ninh Binh where is like “Ha Long Bay on the land.” It is home to thousands of limestone mountains along the river to create a spectacular landscape.

Trang An

It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a world cultural heritage. With spectacular natural landscape created from the river running through the limestone mountains, interwoven caves will bring you a feeling of fanciful, mysterious. Like Tam Coc Bich Dong, Trang An visitors have the opportunities to explore the mountains, and enjoy majestic landscape, and explore the famous caves such Sang cave, Dark cave, Wine cave …

Mua ecolodge

Mua ecolodge is located at the base of the Mua mountain, in Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh. It was built according to the architecture of Great Wall of China with 500 stone steps to go up the giant Dragon.

Van Long Nature Preserve Park

Located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, this is considered as the largest wetland reserve in the Red River delta. Visitors can easily see the rare white Black snub-nosed monkey, along with many other rare birds and animals.

Thung Nham ecotourism zone

Located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, this place is home to hundreds of birds with the number of about 50 thousand. Sitting on the boat, watching the flocks of stork flying, visitors will feel the unique majestic and pristine beauty that nowhere else has.

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