Ninh Binh - The Halong Bay on Land

Ninh Binh, the Halong Bay on land is a fascinating place for both majestic natural landscapes as well as authentic and idyllic countryside settings of northern Vietnam. The destination is best known for its Trang An Landscape Complex, a World Natural Heritage site, and Tam Coc Tourist Area where visitors will travel leisurely on a rowing boat, slowly admire the limestone mountains overlapping on ripe rice fields, and pass through hidden caves magically created by nature. Ninh Binh is also a famous spiritual place with Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Bich Dong pagoda, etc.

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Private Van Long Nature Reserve day trip

Private Van Long Nature Reserve day trip

1 day from $59 pp

If you are looking for a place where you can admire the beautiful nature without interrupting, Van Long Nature reserve is an excellent option for you which is still primitive and fully untouched. Van Long - the "Preserved Nature Area" is the home of many different kind of wildlife animals, you...

1 day
Hanoi → Ninh Binh
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Unique Hoa Lu-Trang An Grottoes day tour

Unique Hoa Lu-Trang An Grottoes day tour

1 day from $63 pp

If you’re looking for an escape from the bustling streets of Hanoi, a day trip to explore the outstanding natural beauty and historical significance of northern Ninh Binh Province will be a perfect choice. In the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, you’ll have a great time to visit the dilapidated ruins...

1 day
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Discover the authentic Mai Chau & Pu Luong

Discover the authentic Mai Chau & Pu Luong

3 days from $317 pp

Looking for a short trip to escape from the stress of daily life? The 3 day trip to Mai Chau & Pu Luong - A perfect hideaway from the busy life in modern city awaits you. A short drive from Hanoi and we will be absolutely blown away by the breathtaking scenery along the road, from the wide mountain...

3 days
Hanoi → Mai Chau → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Scenic Northern Vietnam Tour

Scenic Northern Vietnam Tour

4 days from $251 pp

If you are a Mother-Nature Lover, this Hanoi Stopover tour could be ideal. Join in tour with us you will be able to admire with natural beauty scenic landscapes in Tam Coc by rowing on local boat; experience majestic Halong Bay in one day by immersing incredible scenery of limestone karst...

4 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay
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Hanoi & Ninh Binh Excursion 4 days

Hanoi & Ninh Binh Excursion 4 days

4 days from $245 pp

Our 4-day-3-night combination package of Hanoi & Ninh Binh offers you an ideal chance to experience explore the main sites of Hanoi peaceful capital and discover the “ Ha Long Bay on land” with amazing natural landscape in Ninh Binh town. The tour is specially made for people who have the...

4 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Impressive Ninh Binh Tour from Hanoi

Impressive Ninh Binh Tour from Hanoi

5 days from $329 pp

If you are looking for a leisure and enjoyable tour in Northern Vietnam, our package of Hanoi - Ninh Binh 5 days 4 nights would be a perfect journey for you. Join our tour, you will have a chance to discover Hanoi - the city of traditional and modern beauty, Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of...

5 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Precious Gem of Northern Vietnam

Precious Gem of Northern Vietnam

8 days from $652 pp

The unique colorful ethnic Bac Ha market with exceptional local atmosphere in the morning, the unique boat trip in beautiful Trang An complex, the vibrant walk through busy streets in Hanoi Old Quarter or exceptional breakfast in magnificent Halong Bay to spike your appetite, will be partially the...

8 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Discover the Northwest of Vietnam

Discover the Northwest of Vietnam

8 days from $661 pp

Experience the best of mountainous area filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural exchanges, and the unique ethnic minorities’ custom will be one of the must-do when in Vietnam. On this fascinating 8 day trekking trip, you will start in Hanoi – the sedate capital, overnights along the way in...

8 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Yen Bai → Sapa → Hanoi
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Gentle Vietnam honeymoon holidays

Gentle Vietnam honeymoon holidays

10 days from $863 pp

More than a beach destination in Southeast Asia, Vietnam lures couples in search of romance with a wide range of intriguing cultural experiences and stunning natural wonders. Our amazing 10-day Vietnam honeymoon escape gives you many unforgettable and meaningful moments with your beloved at the...

10 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Nha Trang → Ho Chi Minh
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Vietnam Best Family Holidays

Vietnam Best Family Holidays

11 days from $1015 pp

Vietnam is considered an interesting destination for family holidays in South East Asia, and our 11 day Vietnam Best Family Holiday offers you the opportunity to discover the majestic beauty of Vietnam with scanty time and obtain memorable moments with your family member. Starting from Ho Chi Minh...

11 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Hoi An → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Untouched Charm of the North Vietnam

Untouched Charm of the North Vietnam

12 days from $968 pp

This 12 day tour in Vietnam allows you to get insights into the North of Vietnam: from the beautiful regions of Pu Luong Natural Reserve – to the breathtaking mountain views of Sapa. You also have chance to experience daily life and culture of ethnic minority people and stay in traditional...

12 days
Hanoi → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Sapa → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Unforgettable Vietnam Family Tour

Unforgettable Vietnam Family Tour

14 days from $1443 pp

Travelling is one of the best way to gathering all family members together. Aimed to build up an excellent carefree vacation, Unforgettable Vietnam Family Tour will remark your trip with not only hours of playful activities for kids but also resting time for the parents. With friendly residents...

14 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Hoi An → Hue → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Jewels of Vietnam

Jewels of Vietnam

14 days from $1243 pp

If you want a holiday that is worry free, totally different, educational, where you are looked after and made to feel special, where service is a word with meaning and you learn about the people and the places in a relaxed and carefree ambience, Glimpse of Vietnam is dedicated to you. Starting...

14 days
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Hoi An → Hue → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Vietnam Highlight Family Vacations

Vietnam Highlight Family Vacations

14 days from $1468 pp

What do you looking for when finding the places for your coming family vacation - Amazing nature, lively cities, comfortable accommodation, friendly locals ? All of this and more - the 14 day Vietnam Highlight Family Vacation awaits you in our Vietnam. Your children have gotten surprised by the...

14 days
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Phu Quoc → Ho Chi Minh
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Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore Family Tour

Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore Family Tour

14 days from $2785 pp

This classic itinerary is specially designed for family with kids taking a first trip to Southeast Asia for a 2-week vacation. It is a well-received introduction of local life experiences in Thailand, natural landscapes in Vietnam, and relaxation in Singapore. Begin from Thailand, the Land of...

14 days
Bangkok → Chiang Mai → Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Halong Bay → Singapore
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The authentic & unique experiences in Ninh Binh you can expect

Ninh Binh travel guide information

Ninh Binh Quick Facts

Location: in the Red River Delta region of the northern part of the country

Area: 1,383.7 km2

Population: 1,119,845 people (2019)

Ninh Binh was once called Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the period of 968 - 1010 with 3 dynasties of Dinh, Tien Le and Ly.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex consists of three protected areas: the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, the Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong Scenic Landscape, and the Hoa Lu Special-Use Forest.

Best time to visit Ninh Binh, vietnam

Ninh Binh is great to visit at any time of the year. If you’re into photography and love to see ripe rice fields of Tam Coc, the best time to visit is from late April to early June and from late September to October. June is a nice time to watch lotus and waterlily. You should avoid a September trip as the risk of the typhoon.

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Best things to do in Ninh Binh, vietnam

"Take a boat tour in Trang An and Tam Coc"

Both Trang An and Tam Coc are stunning places to enjoy a boat ride on winding rivers, however each allures tourists with different charms. While the most attractive lure of Tam Coc boat trip is admiring amazing views of immense rice fields on the two sides of Ngo Dong river, Trang An is a huge scenic landscape complex of stunning valleys, limestone mountains, cross-water caves and age-old temples as well as the original backlot of the blockbuster Hollywood movie, Kong: Skull Island. If you have limited time in Ninh Binh, you could choose one of the two boat tours to enjoy.

"Take in the tranquillity of Ninh Binh temples and pagodas"

Ninh Binh is the land of temples and pagodas which are famous with both domestic and international tourists. The most popular sites are Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of the Dinh and the Tien Le dynasties, Bich Dong Pagoda - a special complex of three separate layered pagodas carved into the foot of a limestone mountain, and Bai Dinh Pagoda - a huge spiritual complex famous for the collection of 500 stone arhats and the 100-tone bronze Buddha. Make a visit to Ninh Binh temples and pagodas, then find yourself a peaceful time before joining other excursions.

"Cycle around the rice fields"

Ninh Binh is one of the best places for cycling in the north of Vietnam due to its mainly flat roads and authentic countryside settings. Wandering through the small paths in immense rice fields or dirt roads winding to idyllic villages will definitely make your bike tours much more amazing than ever. It is very easy to rent a bike in Ninh Binh and many hotels could offer free for tourists. If you join a Ninh Binh tour, especially Tam Coc - Bich Dong route, cycling activity will be included in the itinerary.

"Conquer Hang Mua peak"

If you are into photography, Hang Mua peak will take your heart with amazing panoramic views and stunning Instagramable photos. To reach the top, it could be a challenge with about 500 stairs up from the ground, but it is totally worth a try when you get the gorgeous views from the surrounding peak. You can admire the entire landscape of rice fields below on Ngo Dong river of Tam Coc valley or enjoy a nice time taking spectacular photos near the stone dragon statue and age-old temple. 

"Get out into nature at Van Long Nature Reserve"

Great for nature lovers, Van Long Nature Reserve is a perfect stop to discover Vietnamese wildlife just outside of the city (around 20 kilometres). Coming to this protected site, you will enjoy an amazing boat tour around the wetland and if lucky, see many endangered species of reptiles and monkeys. Another feature that definitely allures you to this reserve is its unique birdsong. The whole charming landscapes are teeming with local birds that make bird watchers feel satisfactory during the tour.

Top Vietnam Food in Ninh Binh, vietnam

"Com Chay (Burned rice)"

When it comes to popular Ninh Binh dishes, com chay (burned rice in English) is on top of the list. According to the traditional method, the scorched rice on the bottom of the cooker/pot, after cooled down and dried in the sunlight, will be fried in hot oil pan until it turns golden brown and crisp. This dish is served with pork floss, dried shrimp, fried shallots and chilli paste on top.

"Goat Meat"

Goat meat is another popular food in Ninh Binh that you could easily find a goat meat eatery or restaurant along the roadside. The goats are fed on the hills and rocky mountains, eat grass, wild trees and even medicinal plants, so goat meat in Ninh Binh has excellent taste. Most restaurants have the same menu with a long list of unique and strange dishes, but the most preferred should be rare goat meat with lemon,  stir-fried goat meat, grilled goat, goat hotpot, and roasted goat meat.

"Nho Quan wine "

Nho Quan rice or Ruou can Nho Quan in Vietnamese, is one of the specialities in Ninh Binh. What makes it special is that this wine is made without distillation. Local people often use sticky rice for the best wine. The yeast is also unique which is the peel of a local tree mixed with ginger, chilli powder and guava leaves. The mixture of cooked rice and yeast will be incubated in a jar for three months. Drinking Ruou can also be a great experience for tourists as you don’t drink in a glass or bowl but through pipes. These pipes are hollow bamboo stalks plugged directly into the jar.

"Goi Ca Nhech Kim Son (Nhech salad at Kim Son)"

Nhech (cá nhệch in Vietnamese) is a kind of eel that can be cooked too many delicious dishes but in Kim Son district of Ninh Binh, the most popular is Nhech salad. Local people mix meat slices with the thing, made of roasted sticky rice for an attractive aroma and good flavour. The skin is deep-fried and the bone is ground for a dipping sauce with chilli, ginger, garlic, pepper and minced lemongrass. The salad could be rolled with rice paper or local greens.

"Ca Kho Gao (Fish cooked with sauce and nauclea orientalis)"

Ca Kho Gao is a strange dish with the bold regional characteristic of Ninh Binh. Gao or nauclea orientalis is often known by common names, leichhardt tree and canary cheesewood that grows in areas along rivers, streams or in caves, besides cooking can be used as medicine. The dish will be slightly sour or acrid. However, in general, the taste is quite strange and stimulates your taste buds because of its attractive colour and sour taste.

Top accomomodation to stay in Ninh Binh, vietnam

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Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort

Located on the Tam Coc area, this resort houses 18 independent bungalows, each with private terrace overlooking to immense rice paddies or limestone peaks. You will be attracted by the traditionally styled decoration inside each room with wood, bamboo and ceramic items.

Yen Nhi Hotel

Only a few minutes to Tam Coc tourist area, Yen Nhi Hotel is a modern accommodation with  102 self-contained bedrooms and professional services which gives you an enjoyable stay in Ninh Binh.

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Ninh Binh Legend Hotel

Ninh Binh Legend is a 4-star hotel located on the main tourist route of the province, built in French architectural style and fully equipped with the most modern facilities. This accommodation is an ideal choice for your stay in Ninh Binh. 

The Reed Hotel Ninh Binh

With comfortable and cosy designed rooms, The Reed Hotel let you feel at home while experiencing the local atmosphere and authentic activities in Ninh Binh.

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Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort

Emeralda Resort is surrounded by Ninh Binh mountains so the view from every corner will be overwhelmed and impressed by the grandeur. The location of the resort is located next to Van Long lagoon, so it is also convenient for exploring this beautiful scenery.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Just some minutes of walking to Tam Coc Wharf, Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort provides luxury rooms and heartfelt services. It is an ideal place to explore the serenity and relaxation in Ninh Binh.

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