Nestled in the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam, Ninh Binh is a captivating destination that offers a perfect mix of natural beauty, rich history, and cultural significance. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, make sure to include Ninh Binh at the top of your travel itinerary.
The UNESCO-protected site is best known for its Trang An Landscape Complex, a World Natural Heritage site, and Tam Coc Tourist Area where visitors will travel leisurely on a rowing boat, slowly admire the limestone mountains overlapping on ripe rice fields, and pass through hidden caves magically created by nature. Ninh Binh is also a famous spiritual place with Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Bich Dong pagoda, etc.
To explore Trang An, you can take a boat tour along the winding riverways, passing through several caves to marvel at the stunning natural beauty here. Alternatively, you can hike up one of the mountains for a panoramic view of the area. The hiking trail is well-maintained and easy, making it accessible to most visitors.
The Mua Cave is an attractive limestone cave situated under the foot of Mua Mountain. When coming here, tourists will see a big stone dragon on the mountain peak. Hence, Mua Mountain is also called with the name: “Ngoa Long” which means “a lying dragon”.
Tam Coc Bich Dong is a nature lover’s paradise. Tourists to Tam Coc Bich Dong will actually feel the charming beauty of the waters and mountains. Ninh Binh today retains numerous scenic spots, yet Tam Coc Bich Dong is the oldest one and the only region where the local people still cultivate the wet rice combining with tourism development. During the rice season, the fields turn golden yellow, adding to the stunning views
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a famous spiritual scenic complex in the Bai Dinh – Trang An ecotourism spot with a history of more than 1000 years associated with the land of many feudal dynasties from the Dinh, the Early Le to the Ly.
Located near the town of Ninh Binh, 90 km south of Hanoi, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet in the 10th century. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided a good defence for this kingdom against the Chinese.
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