Ninh Binh is known as one of the most three destinations in the North of Vietnam including Sapa and Ha Long Bay. Coming to Ninh Binh, you will get extremely amazed at the majestic and magnificent beauty here. There are a lot of tourist attractions to go here, many interesting experiences that you need to know. So, the following are things to do in Ninh Binh that I collected to share you.
The best time to get to Ninh Binh
You can travel to Ninh Binh at any time in the year. However, the best time is on the festivals after Tet Holiday in Vietnam. At this time, many people from a lot of regions in Vietnam and even foreign tourists come here to visit, burn the incenses and pray the best lucks for their parents, relatives or friends in the New Year. Moreover, there are some other special occasions to get to Ninh Binh such as on March 6th, 7th and 8th every lunar year, this is an occasion holding Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Traditional Festival to honour the national heroes building Hoa Lu Kingdom and establishing Dai Co Viet State; or from May 7th to May 11th, this is an occasion holding the Vesak Great Festival Day in Ninh Binh.
Attractive destinations in Ninh Binh
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex
Located in Ninh Binh Province, in the south of Red River Delta, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex includes the Trang An Eco-tourist Site, Tam Coc- Bich Dong Landscape and Special National Relic, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. With the area of 10,000ha, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was recognized as the world cultural and natural heritage under the standards about the cultural, aesthetic and geological values. For this reason, Trang An has become the first mixed world heritage in Vietnam.
Trang An Eco-tourist Site
Located in the east of Ninh Binh Province, with the area of approximately 2000 ha, Trang An Eco-tourist Site consists of 5 main areas as follows: Hoa Lu Special Reserve, central area, cave area, tourism service area, and Bai Dinh Pagoda. There are 47 historical relics with many caves in the limestone mountains, valleys and underground rivers in Trang An Eco-tourist Site. All those things that the Nature gave Ninh Binh create the romantic and peaceful scenery.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Located about 15km to the northwest of Ninh Binh City, Bai Dinh Pagoda has been built since 2003 with the largest scale in Vietnam. The highlight of this pagoda is the imposing architecture in combination with the traditional features of the ancient Vietnamese architecture. As a result, this famous pagoda has become a place of pilgrimage of many domestic and international tourists. They gather here to cultivate virtues and morals, ask for the good things in life and burn the incense sticks. Bai Dinh Pagoda is the largest pagoda in the Southeast Asia with many records such as: the biggest bell in Vietnam, the highest and heaviest copper Buddhist statue in Vietnam, the largest well in Vietnam, etc. All the above things make this pagoda become more and more majestic in the eyes of people all over the world.
Located about 7 km to the south of Ninh Binh City, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is regarded as a “Ha Long bay on the ground”. This is a key tourist attraction of Vietnam with a great number of new lines connecting to the tourist sites such as Tam Coc – Thai Vi – Mua Cave, Thach Bich – Thung Nang, Bich Dong Pagoda – Tien Cave – Chua Cave – Ghe Cave – Thung Nang – Nham Hill eco-tourist area. Nothing is more wonderful experiences if you can spend much time to explore all the sites in this tourist area.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Ninh Binh
Hoa Lu is really a “green mountain and blue water” area with the endlessly stretching mountains favored by the Nature. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the kingdom of the first feudal state in Vietnam associating to the three dynasties: Dinh – Le – Ly. Therefore, this land is considered as a spiritual area. Another special thing is that this land still maintains many relics, temples, pagodas, tombs from the Dinh – Le Dynasty. Coming to here, you not only have the chances to visit the beautiful landscape of the peaceful countryside but also learn about the history of Dinh, Le Kings’ Dynasties.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Located in Ninh Binh Province, about 120 km from Hanoi to the southwest and 45 km from Ninh Binh City to the northwest, Cuc Phuong National Park is a large natural museum with the area of 25.000 ha. This park maintains a variety of fauna and flora that always attract any tourist loving the adventures in the forests. Coming here, you can see with your own eyes the thousand-year trees, the ancient plants, the beautiful precious birds or the rare creatures. Concurrently, you can also join a trekking tour in the forest, climb the mountains and join adventurous journeys. However, a remarkable thing is that you should visit this park in the dry season from December to April because in other months, the forests here are also humid and this is the developing season of insects, so you will find it difficult to move in the forests.
Special food in Ninh Binh
The two types of food that you should not ignore when travelling to Ninh Binh are Ninh Binh Burned Rice and Ninh Binh Goat Meat. Ninh Binh Burned Rice is one of the most famous special dishes of Ninh Binh. This dish is popular in Ninh Binh City, the tourist areas and along the streets. This Burned Rice is more different and special than that made in other places because of not only the recipe but also the sauce. If you have never eaten this dish, this is a special occasion for you to enjoy and fell the differences. For the goat meat, Hoa Lu people often cook into many different dishes such as goat meat roll, steamed goat meat, grilled goat meat, freshly drawn blood (“tiet canh”), etc. Not that anyone can cook the delicious goat meat, so the special flavor of this food is not only due to the spices and the recipe but also the clever hands of the cooks here. Ninh Binh Goat Meat is both tasty and good for health, especially the pregnant women. Except these types of food, there are a lot of other delicious dishes that create the unique cuisine of Ninh Binh such as sour soup with anabas, Yen Mac Meat Roll, Eel Noodle, etc.
Tours in Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh is the sacred land where have many beautiful place like wonderland. This tour, you have a chance to come legendary land in Vietnam’s history. Hoa lu ancient captital is grave, quiet was built in 10th Century by Dinh Tien Hoang King. Ninh Binh is not only beautiful, peaceful but also mysterious with 38 lakes were connected with 48 caves. Moreover, one of the most famous caves is Tam Coc Bich Dong where you will visit in your journey. Beside that, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. There is characterized by tropical rain forest, evergreen. Stepping into the Cuc Phuong jungle primitive, amazing feeling you have: stunned when you loss in the wild world wonders with blue permanent.
This tour Ninh Binh & Ha Long Bay 3 days will make you feel amazing with heritage of Vietnam. Ninh Binh is the sacred land where have many beautiful place like wonderland. This tour, you have a chance to come legendary land in Vietnam’s history. Hoa lu ancient captital is grave, quiet was built in 10th Century by Dinh Tien Hoang King. After that, visiting Trang An and Bai Dinh and swimming in crystal water and enjoy the landscape will be the great time you have. Moreover, visting amazing caves such as: Giot, Dia Linh, Toi (Dark Cave), Sang (Bright Cave), Ao Trai Cave and Seo Cave. In addition, moving to Ha Long Bay brings to you a difference feeling in the sea that is called one of 7 wonders natural in the world. That’s awesome when cruising to visit amazing caves, seeing sunset on the sea and overnight on the cruise.
Not so far from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is the sacred land where have many beautiful places like wonderland.This tour, you have a chance to come legendary land in Vietnam’shis tory. Bai Dinh pagoda that is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight. Coming here, you will be over whelmed by the Buddhisme architecher. After that, take a boat around Trang An that is called “ Halong in the land” of Vietnam. So, let booking Trang An & Bai Dinh Pagoda 1day withTravel Sense Asia and have memorables moments in our beautiful country.
Hoa Lu was the first Vietnam’s capital was built by Dinh’s King after he won in the war in 10th century. This is sacred land with heroic historical in more thousand years and famous scenic beauty that nature brings to Ninh Binh such as Van Long – one of the main point for Vietnam’s travel.There has 2 records of Central Vietnam record books : “Where are the fish most Delacour’s langur” and “Where is the largest natural picture.”Moreover, Van Long was called “The bay without waves” because when yougo on a boat on the Van Long, you’ll find flat water like a giantmirror. The water doesn’t has blue color like sea water and you can see the bottom layer of moss in underwater…
Some notes for you:
– You need to wear courteously when joining the festivals here.
– Should not wear high heels when visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda because this pagoda is quite large and located in the hills, so it’s not comfortable for you to move hand climb.
– Should not enter the pagoda from the main door and step on the threshold.
– Should switch off your mobile phone or set in the vibration mode before entering the pagoda.