1. Overview of Ninh Binh Vietnam

Ninh Binh is known as one of the attractive tourist destinations of the North in particular, as well as of Vietnam in general. Located about 120km south of the capital Hanoi, Ninh Binh possesses harmonious beauty between majestic limestone mountains, along with lyrical rivers.

Besides, it used to be the capital of one of Vietnam’s feudal dynasties. Ninh Binh also carries many cultural and historical values. Among them, the Hoa Lu – Trang An complex has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural and natural heritage.

  • Area: 1,386 square kilometer
  • Population: 952,000 people
  • Region: Red River Delta
  • Weather: May – Oct (Rainy Season); Nove – Apr (Dry Season)
  • Tourist Spots: Trang An, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc, Mua Cave, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Thung Nham Valley Bird, Phat Diem Church, etc. 

2. Destinations in Ninh Binh Vietnam

  • Trang An

Trang An is a world cultural and natural heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2014. The majestic beauty of Trang An is portrayed by limestone mountain systems over 250 million years old, interspersed with the emerald green water of the Ngo Dong river. Therefore, this scenery is also likened to “Ha Long on land”.
Ancient Temple inside Trang An Ninh Binh Complex

Ancient Temple in Trang An

Visiors on boat tour in Trang An Ninh Binh

Trang An Boat Trip

  • Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu, the earliest capital of a centralized feudal state in Vietnamese history, is a well-known complex of cultural and historical relics located in Ninh Binh. The ancient capital of Hoa Lu still has several historically significant structures, including temples and mausoleums, nearly entirely intact.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

  • Tam Coc

Tam Coc is an ideal place for tourists who love to explore nature and immerse themselves in the life of indigenous people. In particular, during Tam Coc’s golden season around April – May every year, visitors will be able to row boats on the Ngo Dong river surrounded by rice fields and majestic limestone mountains.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh - one of the most famous destinations in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc – Ninh Binh

Visitors on Tam Coc boat trip

Tam Coc boat tour

  • Bai Dinh Pagoda

Constructed in the ninth century, the Bai Dinh Pagoda is a well-known spiritual tourism destination in Ninh Binh. In addition, this is referred to as Vietnam’s largest pagoda complex and is the home of several records, including the biggest bronze Buddha statue and the tallest bell tower in Asia. Furthermore, Bai Dinh Pagoda offers a wide range of distinctive cultural and festival events.

Bai Dinh Pagoda - The largest pagoda complex in Vietnam

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Inside Bai Dinh Pagoda

  • Thung Nham Bird Valley

Thung Nham is a famous eco-tourism area in Ninh Binh, inside the Trang An scenic complex. This place is blessed with majestic natural landscapes and a rich and diverse ecosystem. In particular, Thung Nham bird garden is home to about 50,000 birds of all kinds, including rare species.

Thung Nham Bird Valley in Ninh Binh scenic complex

Thung Nham Valley Bird

  • Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is known as Vietnam’s first nature reserve established in 1962. With a total area of up to 22,408 hectares, Cuc Phuong National Park has a diverse flora and fauna ecosystem, including many rare animals. Therefore, this will be the ideal place for believers who love to immerse themselves in nature

Animals in Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park

Best time to visit Ninh Binh Vietnam

Ninh Binh has a tropical monsoon climate, with 2 distinct seasons. The rainy season is from May to October, and the dry season is from November to April. In which:

  • January – March (Spring): This time is considered the ideal time to explore this land with cool weather, favorable for sightseeing activities. In particular, at this time many traditional festivals of Ninh Binh take place. Giving visitors the opportunity to experience local culture. You can refer to information about traditional festivals here
  • April – June (Summer): Summer is suitable for outdoor activities with warm weather. However, this is also the first rainy season in Ninh Binh, so visitors need to monitor the weather forecast before departing.
  • July – October (Autumn): This is a good time to explore indoor attractions such as spiritual sites and historical relics because sudden rains often occur at this time.
  • November – December (Winter): This is the coldest period of the year. However, this is the time when many flowers bloom, suitable for nature lovers.

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