These days, Vietnam is a more than a developing country, particularly their economy, as it counts on its trading and tourism. With Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city getting loads of tourists.
But, there are people who are aware of the charming beauty of Ninh Bình. This is the capital city of the province with the same name.
- Fun Things To Do
- Hike in Cuc Phuong National Park
- Go To The Endangered Primate Rescue Center
- Visit Tam Coc
- Visit Trang An By Boat
- Explore Thang Nam Bird Garden
- Climb Hang Mua Peak
- Go To The Bich Dong Pagoda
- Visit Phat Diem Cathedral
- Where to Stay on Ninh Binh Vietnam
- Wrapping Up
To visit Ninh Bình takes approximately 2 hours from Hanoi. But it is definitely worth visiting. Visitors, who have visited Ninh Binh, mostly make a vow that they will go back.
Fun Things To Do
Everyone agrees that Ninh Bình has an unrivalled natural beauty. It is surrounded by mountains, while it is easy to find monoliths with flowing rivers and caves. They are simply beautiful.
Well, here is the fun things to do during your visit to Ninh Bình Vietnam.
Hike in Cuc Phuong National Park
Located about an hour from Ninh Binh. Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam, been establish in 1962.
The forest is home to some of Asia’s rarest animal and plant species such as the Clouded Leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet and Asian Black Bear.
You can do a 6 km hike with a guide that can take up to 3 hours. You would need to be at a medium level of fitness. Plus good hiking shoes will be needed. With lots of climbing up and down along rough terrain.
Go To The Endangered Primate Rescue Center
While you are in Cuc Phuong national park, you should visit the endangered primate rescue center. The rescue center is near the Cuc Phuong national park’s entrance and can only be visited with a guide.
It was established in 1993, the center’s mission is a non profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species.
Visit Tam Coc
Located outside of Ninh Binh town, Tam Coc is a small town in the country known for it’s natural beauty.
Tam Coc is a peaceful place with picturesque thousand meter high hills, rice fields and rivers. There are boat tours that wind their way between the mountains and through the caves is very beautiful. Or you can hike.
There are quite a few temples in Tam Coc. At one time, this area was the capital of Vietnam. Note that the best time to visit could be around April / May when rice fields are green.
Visit Trang An By Boat
You can visit Trang An by boat. The boat will safely cross the river by using a very small boat! The bost trip takes around 2 hours with Trang An about 6 kilometers from Ninh Binh town.
What takes the trip so long? Well, you’ll be impressed on how you will watch various kinds of temples through the seemingly endless lakes.
You will enter several caves, that urge you to mind your head, especially of you are taller than 6 inches.
Explore Thang Nam Bird Garden
Living in big cities can make you unaware of thousands of bird species, just as you visit Thung Nham Bird Garden. Thung Nham Bird Garden is rarely listed on some tourists’ guides.
It is fairly unbelievable that there are only few people notice this place. There are hundreds of tree varieties, with a great number of birds in different species, colors and sizes.
Here, you can also enjoy boat trip, hiking and camping.
Climb Hang Mua Peak
If you want a real challenge, then there is Hang Mua Peak. As the name implies, it relates to such a demanding effort to reach it.
There are more than 300 steps that you need to conquer.
Just go through it and stay hydrated by bringing enough water to keep you energised. Once you reach the peak, then you will not regret it with the stunning scenery from the summit.
Go To The Bich Dong Pagoda
It take less than 1 hour to reach the Bich Dong Pagoda. It is a pagoda complex, built in 1428.
It is situated on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, and consists of three separate pagodas which are Hạ, Trung, and Thượng Pagodas.
Beware that there is scammers around here, so beware of the following scams.
- It is FREE to enter the Bich Dong Pagoda. Don’t fall for anyone asking for money or entrance fee.
- Parking is also FREE. There’s a large parking area on arrival but there are locals who will try and direct you into a secluded area. Try and charge up to 50,000 dong.
Visit Phat Diem Cathedral
While many people think that Buddha is the main religion here, Christianity also plays an important role in contributing to the country’s culture and evolution.
Phát Diệm Cathedral is only a few among several churches in Vietnam. This church is definitely the most sophisticated one in the country, where visitors can observe the western touch in its architecture.
Though there is still a slight influence of local culture on both the interior and exterior. Built with stones and wood, it took two decades to build it.
Where to Stay on Ninh Binh Vietnam
Ninh Binh has a good selection of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Ninh Binh Vietnam.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Thien Truong An Hotel
Rating 8.4, Prices start from $19 for Double room
Situated in Ninh Binh and within 10 km of Bai Dinh Temple, Thien Truong An Hotel features a garden, rooms and free WiFi.
At the hotel, each room comes with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV.
Chez Loan Hotel
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $29 for Double room
Chez Loan Hotel offers peaceful and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the entire property.
Tastefully furnished, air-conditioned rooms and bungalows come with tiled flooring, a wardrobe and a TV with cable channels. Offering shower facility, the en suite bathroom.
Tam Coc Family Hotel
Rating 9.5, Prices start from $17 for Double room
The hotel boasts a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Each room is air-conditioned and features a private bathroom with shower facilities. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries.
Finally, those are only to name a few of fun things to do in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. You will find more beautiful places, enjoy some typical meals and even tour the city of Ninh Binh itself. It’s definitely worth a visit.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Ninh Binh Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.