Things to do in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is worth destination to explore and visit? If you’re still doubt weather you should visit Ninh Binh or not, the answer is yes, definitely yes. Below is the list of 8 things to do in Ninh Binh when you visit this landscape.

Ninh Binh is located at the boundary of 3 areas: Northwest, Red River Delta and North Central Coast. It is about 93km far from the South of Hanoi with the advantages of geography and climate which has been popular and well-known by both domestic and international tourists as the most attractive destination to visit. Ninh Binh was chosen to be not only the capital of Vietnam but also an important military area over periods.

Ninh Binh has the same weather with all the North of Vietnam, it is hot and humid with rainfall from May to October and tend to be cooler from November to April. With and unique beauty, advantage weather and a special position, Ninh Binh has not only rivers, mountains, beaches and wonderful scenery but also many amazing constructions


THINGS TO DO IN NINH BINH

1. TAM COC AND TRANG AN BOAT TOUR

2. VISIT GOLDEN RICE FIELDS

3. VISIT BICH DONG PAGODA

4. CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

5. VAN LONG NATURE RESERVE

6. VISIT THUNG NHAM BIRD GARDEN

7. PHAT DIEM CATHEDRAL

8. TRY NINH BINH CUISINE


1. TAM COC AND TRANG AN BOAT TOUR

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Ninh Binh lies some of the most ancient landcapes, rivers and golden rice fields. Tam Coc is one of the most beautiful natural setting in Ninh Binh province which is known as the “Halong Bay on land” although the scence still cannot match Halong Bay in term of number of moutains or size, but it’s still more peaceful and gorgeous. It is located 90km far from South of Hanoi and 7km far to the West of Ninh Binh.

TAM COC AND TRANG AN BOAT TOUR

Most of tourists who visit Ninh Binh are totally impressed by the beauty rivers and many caves here. Tourists can hire a boat and it will take you through a network of waterways from Tam Coc to other places. One of the top interesting things to do in Ninh Binh is the sampan boat ride from Tam Coc to 3 caves. On the way from Tam Coc to caves, tourists will also have chance to visit Trang An.. Tam coc is well known and popular to foreign tourists, while local tourists prefer Trang An. To find out the best place Tam Coc or Trang An to visit in Ninh Binh will be a bit difficult to give accurate answer, because each destination bring something unique and beautiful, which are waiting for you exploring.

 

2. VISIT GOLDEN RICE FIELDS

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If you visit Ninh Binh, you should not miss the chance to experience the unique beauty of  golden rice fields which is one of the most beautiful and impressive destination here. There is no doubt that visiting golden rice fields is absolutely suitable for people to enjoy the unique beauty of Ninh Binh. The color of these fields will change seasonally, if tourists visit golden rice fields in summer, rice is ripe, whole area wears the new color – bright yellow covering the hills. This is usually the most favorite time that many tourists enjoy spending time here. From April to May, local people water these fields to prepare for a new crop, when being seen afar, the surface of rice fields glitter like a large mirror in the midst of the blue sky, creating a very attractive beauty, can easily impress all tourist.

GOLDEN RICE FIELDS

Visiting rice field with unique bright yellow color, tourist will have opportunities to get away the hot weather of other regions in Vietnam, enjoy the fresh air here, take photos and sight wonderful views on the main road leading to these fields. When see from afar, tourists can see the whole area look like a picture with natural beauty which easily melts your heart.

3. VISIT BICH DONG PAGODA

Another popular destination is Bich Dong Pagoda which is situated on the short drive about 3km far from the South of Tam Coc. It was built on Truong Yen limestone mountains range in Ninh Binh province.

BICH DONG PAGODA

Bich Dong Pagoda is said to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Vietnam with 3 levels: The lower is called “Have Pagoda”,  the middle is “Trung Pagoda” and the highest one is “ Thuong pagoda”. Standing on the top of this Pagoda located nearby the top of Bich Dong mountain, tourists can have opportunity to sight the wonderful perspective view of whole the area.

4. CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

Beside boat tour, visit golden rice fields, or the Bich Dong Pagoda, Cuc Phuong national park is also one of the top things to do in Ninh Binh that tourist shouldn’t miss. Tourists need to spend around 1 hour to get to Cuc Phuong National Park from Tam Coc. Cuc Phuong is generally a well-preserved rainforest. This is  also the home of about 150 primates and many faunas being prepared to be released back to the wild such as butterflies, birds. Moreover, tourists can visit the Muong village, go trekking, learn more about culture and lifestyle of local people.

cuc phuong national park

There are many ways to explore Cuc Phuong National Park,  biking is the best choice for tourists who want to slowly stroll through the jungle, the prehistoric trees and the caves. After visiting Cuc Phuong National Park, tourists can visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center which is house for many rehabilitated gibbons, moneys,…etc.

5. VAN LONG NATURE RESERVE

Located in Gia Vien district, not far from Cuc Phuong National Park and about 90km far from the South of Hanoi. Visiting Van Long Nature Reserve, tourists will have opportunity to take a boat trip which is a great way to relax and explore numerous species of animals and spectacular moutains ranges in this natural habitat.

VAN LONG NATURE RESERVE

In Van Long Nature Reserve, there are more than 500 species of higher plants, 39 species of animals and 12 species of rare animals. Van Long Nature Reserve is known as “the bay without wave” with a flat surface look like a big mirror.

6. VISIT THUNG NHAM BIRD GARDEN

Thung Nham bird garden is not so popular for tourists but this destination has a true beauty that tourists should not miss. Located and covered by a lot of moutains, this park is basically home for birds to make their nest.

THUNG NHAM BIRD GARDEN

Thung Nham bird garden also have several caves which is the perfect choice for tourists want to enjoy fresh air, discover, relax and refine their spirit after long hour of working

7. PHAT DIEM CATHEDRAL

Phat Diem cathedral is an important pilgrimage for the faithful of local people. Visiting Phat Diem cathedral you will have chance to experience such a unique melding of contemporary Christian motifs with Asian-style architecture. It is 121km far from South of Hanoi and about 25km from East of the town of Ninh Binh.

Phat Diem Cathedral

On the way to Phat Diem cathedral, tourists will pass through many beautiful areas of golden rice fields and many lesser cathedrals such as Ton Dao Church. Have a visit to Phat Diem cathedral to understand more about local people faith and their traditional lifestyle as well as their culture.

 

8. TRY NINH BINH CUISINE

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In addition to the historical value, charming and beautiful views, Ninh Binh also impress tourists with unique dishes. One of the best things to do in Ninh Binh is trying their delicious and unique cuisine. If you have chance to visit Ninh Binh, you should try the Eel Vermicelli which is one of the most delicious dish of Ninh Binh. Besides, there are also many other specialities such as Mountain Goat meat, Com Chay Ninh Binh( also known as Ninh Binh rice crust), fish salad, moutain snais, fermented pork roll,… Ninh Binh rice crust is one of the famous speciallities of Ninh Binh which is different from other parts of the sheep until sauce comes. Tourists also can buy some foods as a gift for family, friends like Ninh Binh rice crust, Shrimp Sauce,…

Ninh Binh Cuisine

One of the first popular question which comes to travellers who come to Ninh Binh  is what activities should they do, which destination should they visit. However, to find out the accurate answer is difficult because there are a mixed variety kinds of activities and places for you to explore in Ninh Binh. Beside top 8  things to do in Ninh Binh, there are still a lot of destination with beautiful landscapes, traditional villages and friendly local people. There is no doubt that many tourists fall in love with the unique beauty of Ninh Binh once stepping on here. Why don’t you make your own journey to Ninh Binh to explore the beauty of this land yourself.

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