Scenic view from Hang Mua, Tam Coc
Scenic view from Hang Mua, Tam Coc

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is tucked deep to the south-western corner the Red River Delta and characterized by lotus flower lakes, towering limestone mountains, vast rice paddies and evergreen untouched forests. Hoa Lu a district of Ninh Binh was the capital city of Vietnam in the 10th century A.D. Cuc Phuong National Park of Ninh Binh is among the best preserved national parks in Vietnam and was the starting point of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trails in the War.

Ninh Binh is bordered to the north by Hoa Binh and Ha Nam, to the east by Nam Dinh and to the south by Thanh Hoa. The Day River flowing from the north-west to south-east forming the borderline between Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh to the east. There are several other small rivers (Hoang Long, Boi, An Vac, Lang...), canals, lakes and ponds, flooded fields in Ninh Binh which are convenient for the irrigation.

There are three types of terrain in Ninh Binh:
Flat delta which are plain and river basins which account for 70% of the provincial area. This area is for growing rice.
Mountainous terrain is found in the west and south-west. Some of this area is covered with primeval forest and home to rich wildlife.
The coastal region is located to the south-east of the province which accounts for 4% of the provincial area. The water in this area is saline.

The climate of Ninh Binh is monsoon tropic with 4 seasons. The average annual rainfall is 1,800mm, the temperature range is from 16-38oC. Autumn from late August through October is the best time to visit Ninh Binh for most travelers. For photographers, you may find lovely photos of golden rice of Ninh Binh in early June and late September.

Traveling in Ninh Binh we can combine the trip to the authentic countryside of the Red River Delta with an eco tour of the Cuc Phuong park, a historical tour of Hoa Lu and sightseeing tour of Kenh Ga, Tam Coc, Bich Dong and Thung Nang. We can also travel further into the Catholic area of Phat Diem to adore the stone Cathedral of Phat Diem built mainly of stones.

Ninh Binh is suitable for any travellers, be it adventure or nature seekers or sightseeing fans. Families with kids and senior travelers may find Ninh Binh a great destination for family holidays: countryside as idyllic as in fairy tales, slow paced and authentic country life, a wide range of activities, lovely atmosphere and environment,… Discerning travelers with high demand for luxury travel service won’t be disappointed with luxurious hotels & resorts hidden amid pristine nature. Amazingly prices for travel services in Ninh Binh are very reasonable.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam
Tam Coc - Ninh Binh


Ninh Binh Tourist Attractions
1/Cuc Phuong National Park is an eco system of limestone mountains covered with  rain forests. There are many endangered species still found in Cuc Phuong. Please refer to our national park section for more details.

2/Kenh Ga with a system of natural rivers snaking along the limestone mountain range. Visiting Kenh Ga you can not only adore nature's beauty, but also witness the tranquil life on the river of the local residents. Kenh Ga is visited by boat.

3/Van Long Nature Reserve is a flooded field with fantastic limestone outcrops and wildlife. Van Long is visited by sampan.

Trang An Ninh Binh Vietnam
The idyllic countryside of Trang An Ninh Binh Vietnam

4/Hoa Lu is a little valley surrounded by ranges of towering limestone mountains. The strategic terrain may have been one of the reasons that Hoa Lu was chosen the capital city of Vietnam in the 10th century under King Dinh Tien Hoang. Visiting Hoa Lu, we can enjoy a walking tour of the 2 temples dedicated to the 2 royal families of Vietnam of the time and enjoy the green countryside with sublime beauty. There is a lot of history to learn here, too.

5/Tam Coc and Thung Nang are 2 adjacent flooded flat paddy fields encircled by towering ranges of limestone mountains. Visiting Thung Nang or Tam Coc, we'll enjoy 2 hours each on sampan making our way amid rice fields and with the mountains surrounding us.

Thung Nang Ninh Binh Vietnam
Pushing boat at Thung Nang (the Sunny Valley) of Ninh Binh

6/Trang An Ecotourist Site comprises a system of forests, limestone mountains (70-105m in height), rivers, caves and flooded valleys. Trang An is not yet completely explored and researched and there several unknown details of the site. The area is rich in biodiversity of which many species of flora and fauna are listed as endangered. Trang An is visited by rowing boat.

7/Phat Diem Stone Cathedral was built by Father Sau in 1875 with no plan at all. It's said that Father Sau just built the magnificent Cathedral following God's advice in the father's dream. Visiting the Cathedral you'll adore the workmanship and the architecture. We'll appreciate the works of Father Sau further if we know that the whole area was swampy in the past. Father Sau and local Catholics had to spend months reclaiming land, making the steady foundation and bringing the huge slabs of stone to the site for the construction.

Non Nuoc Pagoda Ninh Binh
Non Nuoc Pagoda

Duc Thuy Mountain and Truong Han Sieu Poet

 

A pavillion on top of Duc Thuy Mountain
A pavilion on top of Duc Thuy Mountain where poems were composed and recited
 
 
 
Truong Han Sieu Temple
Temple dedicated to Truong Han Sieu, a great poet of Vietnam from Ninh Binh

Travel and Tours in Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh offers the travelers all kinds of tours such as sightseeing, trekking adventure tours; nature and eco tours; cultural and historical tours.

For the travellers who are interested in sightseeing tours, you can enjoy the timeless moments with relaxing sampan cruise amid the green rice paddies and towering mountain cliffs in Thung Nang, Tam Coc, Trang An, Kenh Ga or Van Long.

For the adventure travelers you can go trekking in the jungle of Cuc Phuong National Park or do mountain climbing to Hang Mua.

The fresh countryside of Tam Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam
The fresh countryside of Tam Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam

For the traveller who would like to have a relaxing countryside tour combined with a bit of culture and history, you can join us to learn more about Hoa Lu and the history of Vietnam in the 10th century or visit the Stone Cathedral built by Father Sau and the local Catholics.

For the travellers who want to do something different than sampan cruising or trekking or hiking, you can join Paradissa on a bicycle tour through the evergreen rice paddies and through the sheer mountain cliffs, cycle through different villages and chat with the locals who make intricate embroidery.

From Ha Noi Paradissa Travel offers 1 day, 2 - 5-day tours to Ninh Binh. Paradissa have special luxury vacation packages for families in Ninh Binh. Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information on tours in Ninh Binh.

The Ky Lan Mountain - Ninh Binh Town
The Ky Lan Mountain - Ninh Binh Town
 
There are several government-owned and private tourist companies in Ninh Binh most of which offer day tours in Ninh Binh to Vietnamese tourists only. There are only few travel agencies in Ninh Binh which offer tours to other destinations in Vietnam. These tour companies often work with tour operators in Hanoi in offering holidays overseas to Vietnamese tourists. Some hotels also offer bicycle rides in Ninh Binh.

Accommodation in Ninh Binh
There are many hotels in Ninh Binh Town ranging from simple guest houses to 5* luxury hotels and resorts.

In Cuc Phuong National Park, the only choice is the guest house located in the middle of the forest. The facilities are simple, but the experience is cozy and unforgettable.

How to get to Ninh Binh and away
From Ha Noi or Hue or Vinh or Quang Binh there are different daily trains to Ha Noi with a stop at Ninh Binh Train Station. Please refer to our train time table section for more information.

Otherwise you may like to hire a private car/van and it takes 2 hours to get to Ninh Binh Town from Ha Noi. The road is excellent and traffic is not too busy.

Getting around Ninh Binh
You can go trekking in Cuc Phuong National Park or go hiking at Tam Coc. Alternatively you can hire a bicycle and ride through the countryside with fresh natural scenery.