With attractive natural landscape, Ninh Binh is one of the most fascinating destinations in the North of Vietnam. Traveling in Ninh Binh, you can have opportunities to explore amazing nature’s beauty of blue mountain, river or caves. If you want to know what to see in Ninh Binh, this blog post will be helpful for you.
Ninh Bình Province belongs to the Red River Delta in the North of Vietnam. This province is over 90 kilometers south of Hanoi city. In the past, Ninh Bình was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th century through three dynasty in Vietnamese history. Therefore, it has contained many famous historical monuments as well as beauty spots of the country. All things create opportunities to tourism development for Ninh Bình province. It owns two destinations which are UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve. As a result, Ninh Bình now is potential tourist center of Vietnamese tourism. Traveling in Ninh Binh on your vacation brings you amazing experience as well as have good moments on your trip.
How can you get Ninh Binh from Hanoi?
#1 By train
Traveling in Ninh Binh by train is safe for you, but it is not convenient because your time is less flexible than its of other vehicles. Moreover, when you get to Ninh Binh, you have to catch other means of the transportation to visit the city.
You can go to Hanoi railway station at 21 Le Duan Street to buy a ticket to Ninh Binh. You can also buy it online. There are 6 trains each day. Prices range from $4- $9.5.
If your choice is coach, you should come to Giap Bat bus stations in Giai Phong Street or My Dinh Station at 21 Pham Hung Street. There are quite a lot regular coach to Ninh Binh from Hanoi (every 30 minutes) and it runs constantly, so you just spend about an hour to get there. The price depends on each coach’s owner ranking from $4 to $7.
In addition, another way to Ninh Binh is traveling by motorbike. This sounds great when traveling to Ninh Binh by motorbike; you can enjoy the beautiful sights outside and you will feel comfortable for your time. However, you need to consider carefully because this mean can be dangerous for you.
Major tourist destinations in Ninh Binh
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. This pagoda is famous for many records of Vietnam, Southeast Asia and even Asia such as: The largest pagoda in Vietnam, the largest bell in Vietnam, the largest bronze Buddha in Southeast Asian and the largest gilt bronze statue in Asia and so on.
The pagoda is on Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. To get Bai Dinh pagoda, you can follow the way to Dinh Le historic site. In the end of the road, instead of turning left to get into Dinh Le site , you should turn right to continue. When seeing a dam in the end, you can turn left again and continue to go until you see the pagoda. If you feel this way quite complex for you, you can catch means of vehicle there.
Trang An is a beautiful site you can not ignore when travelling in Ninh Binh province. It is a natural complex including waterways, mountains and caves with truly amazing landscape. Therefore, UNESCO honor Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh as the World Heritage Site in 2014. Moreover, this place makes an impression with tourists by imposing natural beauty of the combination of waterways and blue mountain.
The center of Trang An is about 7 kilometers from Ninh Binh city. Thus, you can catch a taxi, motorbike taxi or hire motorbike to get there.
While you are travelling Trang An, the boatman will driver you along Ngo Dong river, then go through caves. The tour can last 3-4 hours. Trang An is now a top-ranking destination in Ninh Binh province. This place promises to bring you most fantastic experiences on your trip. I believe that you won’t regret about your choice.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong
Tam Coc – Bich Dong complex is a charming scenery as “Ha Long Bay on the land” in Ninh Binh. The tourist zone is in Dam Khe village, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. It is about 25 kilometers from Ninh Binh city.
Tam Coc means “three caves” including First Cave, Second Cave, Third Cave. Travelling Tam Coc, tourists have to move by small boat along poetic Ngo Dong river like Trang An tour. The view of Tam Coc is a harmonious combination of stone and water. During the whole tour, you have opportunities to enjoy three gorgeous caves in this tourist area.
After finishing Tam Coc travel, you should continue to visit another place – Bich Dong within 2 kilometers of Tam Coc. Bich Dong consists of a pagoda and a water-filled cave through the mountain.
Phat Diem Church
Phat Diem Church is also great site to visit on your traveling in Ninh Binh. It is a Catholic church sitting on Phat Diem town, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. The church is about 120 kilometers south of Hanoi. People consider Phat Diem church as “the capital of Catholic”, which is one of the most beautiful church in Vietnam. This church is the cultural exchange between Eastern architecture and Western Gothic architecture creating a wonderful complex of architecture in Ninh Binh.
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