Ninh Binh (also known as land-based Ha Long Bay) located southeast of Hanoi, offers a zen-like experience in a picturesque setting.
Some scenes from the movie “Indochine” were filmed here. The quiet and gentle river flows peacefully through a vast expanse of green rice fields and rocky limestone peaks in absolute tranquility.
Taking a typical boat ride amidst the majestic nature is a delight at every moment, amidst the small birds and nods to forgotten pagodas.
The Tam Coc site, often called the Ninh Binh is located in an exceptional environment. It features stunning landscapes of rocky peaks covered with vegetation emerging from peaceful green rice fields. Many scenes from the movie Indochine were filmed here.
Touristic but authentic, this site is charming and soothing. You will board a small rowboat driven by a woman for a delightful two-hour ride on the Ngo Dong River, enchanting you in this languid and peaceful atmosphere before reaching the Tam Coc caves, known as the “three caves.”
The Trang An site, often referred to as the ‘Land-based Halong Bay,’ is located in an exceptional environment. It features stunning landscapes of rocky peaks covered with vegetation emerging from peaceful green rice fields.
A delightful two-hour boat ride on the river will enchant you in this serene and peaceful atmosphere before leading you to discover the Trang An cave system. The Trang An Landscape Complex features limestone mountains, valleys, and intertwined rivers that create a magical and mysterious space.
Magnificent and imposing, it is a cathedral of Sino-Vietnamese style, combining the style of Buddhist pagodas and Catholic churches. It is the largest architectural complex dedicated to Catholicism in Vietnam. It was built at the end of the 19th century under the leadership of Father Six, who wished for harmony between Vietnamese and Western cultures.
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To reach the charming small temple and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the site that includes rice fields, Tam Coc peaks, rivers, and colors, visitors need to climb approximately 500 steps, which are enclosed by a serpentine wall.
The floating village of Kenh Ga, which means “chicken canal.” It features a body of water, a nature reserve in the heart of raw green rice fields, in total serenity amidst a silent universe. Nature, birds, and silent rowers are the images of Kenh Ga.
On a small sampan, you will enter a series of caves and savor this restful walk away from the tourists, discovering the lives of these people who spend their time on the water in a landscape of water bodies, and whose peculiarity is to paddle with their feet!
Located in the Ninh Binh province, Cuc Phuong is Vietnam’s first national park and the country’s largest nature reserve, inaugurated in 1963 by President Ho Chi Minh.
It is one of the world’s last remaining primary tropical forests, which explains its astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. Covering 25,000 hectares, it boasts thousands of plant species, a center for the protection of endangered primates, and hot springs at 38°C.
Van Long is a large, flooded plain surrounded by rocky peaks and contiguous to the Cuc Phuong National Park.
Visitors can take a beautiful flat-bottomed sampan ride through picturesque landscapes, enjoy the bucolic environment of an unreal calm, and experience nature preserved away from the tourism hustle and bustle.
Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century under the Dinh and Le dynasties. Visitors can visit the Dinh and Le dynastic temples.
5 km from Hoa Lu, visit the gigantic Bai Dinh Pagoda. In the very typical environment of Hoa Lu, made up of rocky peaks and bodies of water in a countryside of rice fields, is the Bai Dinh complex.
It is a complex of Buddhist temples located on the Bai Dinh Mountain overlooking the immense lake valley of Hoa Lu.
A succession of temples that one reaches through a series of galleries adorned with gray bronze Buddhas. Hundreds of imposing Buddhas are represented in all spiritual positions.
The superb architecture, simplicity avoiding all ostentation, and splendid surroundings make this site a must-see. The pagoda breaks records of gigantism:
Between rocky and green peaks, shimmering rice fields, and idyllic natural settings, there is no shortage of activities in Ninh Binh that connect you with nature. Here is a non-exhaustive list of different activities to do in Ninh Binh.
Embark on a small rowboat driven by a woman. A delightful two-hour ride on the river will enchant you with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere before reaching the caves and pagodas.
Covering an area of more than 300 hectares, Thung Nham is a marvelous destination in harmony between the beauty of karst rocks on transparent waters and caves such as Tien Ca cave, Thuy Cung cave, the Valley of Love,etc.
This reserve is home to 40 bird species such as storks, cauldrons, and two rare birds listed in the Red Book as phoenixes and flamingos. Embark on a small rowboat on the river to observe the birds and landscapes. It is a paradise for photography enthusiasts.
The best time to see the birds: from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
What could be better than pedaling at high speed with family or friends in the middle of a unique setting, between mountain passes, undulating rivers, and sparkling rice fields?
Bicycles are available in many hotels and will allow you to spend a special moment with loved ones. Hiking is also possible: to learn about the different routes, you can get closer to inns and hotels. Most locals will also be happy to help and show you the way!
The best time to visit Ninh Binh is during the dry season, which lasts from October to April.
The monsoon season is in the summer: showers are frequent in the late afternoon. They are appreciated as they are refreshing and welcome!
Wet season: May to September
Dry season: October to March
January-February: minimum 10 to maximum 15° Celsius.
To immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals, we suggest sleeping in a family that welcomes tourists who want to discover the population’s way of life in a more authentic way. You will have your private room equipped with a mosquito net.
The comfort is simple but cleanliness is maintained. The bathroom and toilet are inside the room. The owner is a former chef who will be happy to show you his culinary skills, and if you wish, you can participate in the dinner preparation.
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort is a true gem nestled in the heart of lush and green vegetation. Not far from Bai Dinh Pagoda, Tam Coc caves, and other iconic places of Halong Bay land, this little paradise will meet your expectations.
Just 30 minutes from the 3 Tam Coc caves and the Pearl Cave, the Superior Emeralda Resort offers beautiful spacious rooms. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the complex has a spa, 3 swimming pools, and 2 restaurants.
A real cozy cocoon to rest after a long day of walking!
The Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is a recent addition to the market, but its visitors cannot stop praising it! The hotel offers free bike rental, an outdoor pool, a garden, a restaurant, a bar, and WIFI throughout the establishment.