Ninh Binh: The Inland Ha Long Bay

Ninh Binh is a captivating destination that attracts both domestic and international tourists. Most visitors are in awe of its beautiful and serene landscapes. However, Ninh Binh also boasts majestic scenery with numerous landmarks such as Trang An, Tam Coc-Bich Dong, and Van Long Wetland. Each location in Ninh Binh has its unique characteristics and profound beauty, creating highlights that draw more and more visitors.

1. Location

Located in the Red River Delta, 91 km south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is bordered by Hoa Binh, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, and Thanh Hoa, nestled between the Red River and Ma River.

2. Getting to Ninh Binh

The transportation system, both by water and road, is very convenient. It takes just 2 hours by car from Hanoi. The Thong Nhat train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City also stops in Ninh Binh town.

3. Main Attractions

  • Hoa Lu: The ancient capital of Vietnam, featuring temples from the Dinh and Le dynasties, centuries old.
  • Tam Coc: Known for its massive limestone pillars rising from rice fields.
  • Bich Dong Pagoda, Phat Diem Cathedral, and Cuc Phuong National Park.

The large rock formations rising from rice fields and canals create a unique and magnificent landscape, divided into three distinct areas: mountainous regions in the west and northwest; plains and coastal areas in the east and south, all enhanced by the meandering Day and Van Sang rivers through the town. Besides its majestic scenery, Ninh Binh, with its diverse ethnic groups including the Muong, Tay, Nung, Thai, Hoa, and Dao, offers a glimpse into daily life, culture, and unique historical sites.

4. Highlights

Bai Dinh Pagoda:

The largest pagoda in Vietnam, holding several records like the largest bronze Buddha statue in Asia and the largest bronze Maitreya Buddha statue. It is not only a sacred place for prayer but also an architectural marvel.

Trang An 

Visiting this ancient land without stopping by Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex would be a major oversight. With its breathtaking scenery, Trang An is a UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage site, attracting many visitors daily.

Mua Cave

Recently gaining popularity, Mua Cave is often referred to as “Vietnam’s Great Wall.” Though a challenging climb, the stunning natural landscape at the top is well worth the effort.

Tam Coc Bich Dong

Often called the “Inland Ha Long Bay,” this area is covered by majestic mountains, cool rivers, and vast rice fields. For a panoramic view of Tam Coc-Bich Dong, climb a high mountain, particularly from the peak of Mua Cave.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital:

As the ancient capital of three Vietnamese dynasties, it retains many ancient architectural features. Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le along with other architectural works.

Van Long Nature Reserve:

According to many travelers, Van Long is also a hot spot that not everyone knows about. To enjoy its beauty, you will take a boat ride to view the limestone mountains with various shapes like Cat Mountain, Sticky Rice Tray Mountain, and Lonely Mountain.

Cuc Phuong National Park:

The largest national park in Vietnam, home to many rare plant and animal species. Located deep in the Tam Diep mountain range, it features lush tropical rainforests year-round.

Am Tien Cave (Tuyet Tinh Coc):

Known as Tuyet Tinh Coc, Am Tien Cave is famous in Ninh Binh. Located within the Hoa Lu ancient capital complex, much of Am Tien Cave’s area is submerged and surrounded by cliffs.

Thung Nham Bird Park:

If you love nature and wildlife, you will be enchanted by Thung Nham Bird Park. It is not only a fascinating natural scene but also home to about 40 species of birds with around 50,000 individuals.

These are some of the highlights of Ninh Binh tourism to give you an overview before exploring this land. AVS wishes you a wonderful experience here.