Rice transplanting at Ninh Binh
Rice transplanting at Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is 120km south of Hanoi, famed for its tranquil countryside typical of northern Vietnam. While Halong Bay has karst islands sprouting out of the emerald water, Ninh Binh has karst mountains sprouting out of the sea of green rice fields. On Halong Bay, travelers take luxury junk cruises amid the islands; at Ninh Binh, they embark on rowing boat trips gliding on rivers flanked by towering mountains or take bicycle tours through the villages and rice paddies.

Besides, Hoa Lu District of Ninh Binh was the site of the capital city of Vietnam in the 10th century before it was moved to Thang Long (Hanoi nowadays). There are still two temples dedicated to the Royal Families of Vietnam in the 9th and 10th centuries at Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh.

Van Long Nature Reserve
Scenic landscape at Van Long Nature Reserve

Other tourist attractions in Ninh Binh include: Tam Coc, Trang An, Thung Nang and Van Long Nature Reserve, all of which are flooded land encircled by sublime karst mountains. For those who love to learn about the Vietnamese spiritual life, then you should visit Bich Dong Pagoda and Bai Dinh Pagoda. Bich Dong is built into a limestone mountain and Bai Dinh is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam nowadays with walls stretching over a kilometer and with thousands of statues of different sizes. 

Mountains at Hoa Lu
Mountains at Hoa Lu

 For those travelers who love nature, wild life or trekking adventures, then Cuc Phuong National Park should not be missed. Cuc Phuong is among the best preserved national parks in Vietnam with wide biodiversity, wild life and primeval forests.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Tam Coc Ninh Binh

 There are a number of restaurants and hotels in Ninh Binh Town and at Tam Coc, most of which are of fair standard for tourists. AdventureGreen.com offers a number of adventure tours through Ninh Binh from wildlife tours, budget cultural trips, leisurely back-road bicycle tours in the idyllic countryside, hiking holidays, and rowing boat trips amid green paddy fields…

Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Cave at Tam Coc Ninh Binh

 If you have time, then we would suggest you stay in Ninh Binh for two nights to take in the bests of this backwater that has come into Vietnamese poetry. Ninh Binh is also a destination for seasoned photographers and film makers.

Boat trip at Thung Nang
Boat trip at Thung Nang

 

Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong Pagoda

 

Trang An Ninh Binh
Trang An Ninh Binh

 

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda