Ninh Binh – A Diverse Tourist Destination
Is Ninh Binh Worth Visiting? Tourists often ask this question when planning to travel in northern Vietnam. And the answer is Yes, absolutely yes. It is a must destination to travel in your vacation. There are majestic caves and mossy temples to explore. Ninh Binh shows the endless beauty with rice fields, coming here you will visit many destinations such as Trang An Complex, Hoa Lu Capital, Mua caves, Cuc Phuong National Park,…etc.
Ninh Binh increasingly becomes a popular destination in Northern Vietnam. This place is known as “ Ha Long Bay on land” and it lies in the Red River Delta’s southernmost regions. In comparison with Sapa and Ha Giang, Ninh Binh shows the beauty of endåless rice fields, towering limestone mountains and spectacular caves. There are many cultural and historical relics to explore especially Trang An complex which is a UNESCO world heritage. For first-time visitors, you are probably wondering: “ Is Ninh Binh worth visiting?”. The answer is “yes” and absolutely a firm “yes”.
1. How far from Ha Noi to Ninh Binh?
Ninh Binh is a province in Red river delta. It shares border with Hoa Binh and Nam Dinh in the north, Ha Nam in Northeast, Thanh Hoa in the south and west.
Being away from Hanoi 94 km, tourists can travel easily by bus, private car or by train to Ninh Binh. Approximately, it takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach the destination from Hanoi.
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2. How many days do you need in Ninh Binh?
Ninh Binh has many activities to do. Spending 1 day will be very rush and short to discover all the sights in this destination. In my suggestion, 2 days is a perfect time to spend your holiday here.
Within 2 days discover Ninh Binh, you can visit many attractions such as Mua Caves, Bich Dong pagoda, Tam Coc Boat Tour, Trang An complex and Bai Dinh pagoda.
When should i go to Ninh Binh?
Ninh Binh’s weather is comprised of four seasons. It is hot, humid and contains high rainfall from May to October. Especially, in August, the precipitation reaches its highest level and the region is usually vulnerable to typhoons and strong storms in September to October. Meanwhile, from November to April, the weather is cooler and dry.
The best time to visit Ninh Binh is during May and July, which offer you the chance to admire the natural beauty of this place. Apart from the harvest season with the beautiful golden paddle fields, another advantage of visiting Ninh Binh in June is that you can see lotus in Tam Coc – Bich Dong.
Which sightseeing tourist should visit in Ninh Binh?
There are many attractive destinations in Ninh Binh which I can’t recommend enough. It is an oasis for nature lovers. Vietnam first capital established here, and today the area is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of mossy pagodas, striking limestone karsts, and surreal landscapes. Below are my suggestions for sightseeing.
Trang An Complex
Proudly, Trang An Complex is a mysterious natural and cultural area, not affected by human activities. This destination is listed on world UNESCO heritage. There are the pristine forests, the clear lakes, rivers and streams, the fresh air, the quiet villages and only sound and colors of nature. Visitors to Trang An will experience the feeling of going back in time to the golden beauty of Vietnam history, immersing themselves in traditional spiritual culture, or floating on small boats that are popular with locals, contemplating strange rocks and caves, enjoying a pure atmosphere, experiencing each level of emotions and exploring the distant roots of human life.
Mua caves is a destination which you can’t miss when you visit this ancient capital. Here, you can explore panoramic view of nature and majestic limestone mountains. When coming to Mua Cave, you will be able to test your endurance when climbing to the top of the mountain through 486 stone steps, and from the top of the mountain we can admire the whole beauty of Tam Coc area with wings, vast and green rice fields.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet in the 10th century. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided a good defence for this kingdom against the Chinese.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual landscape located in the complex of Bai Dinh – Trang An eco-tourism area with a history of more than 1000 years associated with the land of many feudal dynasties from Dinh, Tien, Le and Ly Dynasty.
Not only do the marvelous sceneries make you dote on it, it also elicits a precious land with ancient historical relics of ancient Vietnam which is the second thing you should know. Bai Dinh Padoda includes both of majestic sceneries and spirit values. This is the largest spiritual pagoda in Viet Nam and one of the must-see places in Ninh Binh.
Bich Dong Pagoda
It is one of the most magnificent grottos in Vietnam, the Bich Dong pagoda is a spot of natural beauty in the Northern provinces. This cave contributes to spiritual tourism development due to its pagodas inside the cave, like other Ninh Binh caves. A 3-kilometer distance to the east of Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, literally the pagoda of Emerald Cave, is situated in the Truong Yen range. Truong Yen range lies in the valley of rice paddy fields and leans on Bich Dong mountain. The only route to get to the pagoda is to step into the steep stone but what is waiting for you is definitely worth visiting.
Cuc Phuong National Park
It is Vietnam’s largest national park and one of the most important biodiversity sites in the country. It is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The park can be visited from Hanoi as a day trip or visitors can stay at the park’s lodgings for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a terrific opportunity to get a close look at Vietnam’s nature. Fees generated from tourism help protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy.