Only 90 kilometers from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is the must-visit place for every tourist who travels to Northern Vietnam for the first time. With a stunning system of limestone karsts, pristine jungles, emerald rice fields, magnificent religious buildings and unique cuisines, Ninh Binh keeps local and international tourists return from time to time. Spending 1 or 2 days in Ninh Binh is recommended on your tour to Vietnam.

1. Ninh Binh Tourist Attractions and Entrance Fees

This table will provide you with an overview of main attraction areas in Ninh Binh so that you can acknowledge their proximity and plan your trip accordingly.

AreaTop attractions
Trang An– Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

– Hoa Lu Ancient City

– Bai Dinh Pagoda

– Thung Nham Bird Park

Tam Coc– Tam Coc

– Bich Dong Pagoda

– Hang Mua (Mua Cave)

Van Long– Dich Long Cave and Pagoda Complex

– Van Long Nature Reserve

– Kenh Ga

Cuc Phuong– Cuc Phuong National Park

– Phat Diem Cathedral

Source: Geeky Explorer

Bai Dinh Pagoda or Bai Dinh Temple Spiritual and Cultural Complex

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda is one of the most important religious complexes in Vietnam. Visiting this pagoda, you will understand how essential Buddhism is in Vietnamese cultural life.

Electric Car: VND 30,000 dong/person/turn

Entrance fee to Bell Tower: VND 50,000 dong/person

Tour guide: VND 300,000 dong/tour

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Open in 2010, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is well-known to tourists for a sightseeing activity on wooden rowboats. You can have two sightseeing options in this place: either explore 9 breathtaking caves with stalactites or visit Kong: Skull Island’s filming studio and 4 caves.

Entrance fee: VND 200,000 dong/person

Children under 1.4 meters: VND 100,000 dong/person

Tour guide in Trang An: VND300,000 dong/tour (Boat fee and ticket are included).

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong is one of the oldest nature reserves in Vietnam which is the home to thousands of flora and fauna species.

Entrance fee: VND 60,000 dong/person

Pupil and Student: VND 20,000 dong/person

Children: VND 10,000 dong/person

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Complex

Tam Coc in harvest season

This complex consists of Tam Coc Grottos and Bich Dong Pagoda. Tam Coc Grottos are considered as ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ featuring amazing limestone karsts and emerald rice fields.

Entrance fee: VND 120,000 dong/person

Children under 1.4 meters: VND 60,000 dong/person

Boat fares in Tam Coc: VND 150,000dong/person (free for children under 3 years old).

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu used to be the capital of Vietnam in the late 10th century. It is a popular attraction for you to discover the history of Vietnam under feudalism.

Entrance fee: VND 20,000/person

Thung Nham Bird Park

Thung Nham Bird Park

For bird lovers and photographers, you cannot miss Thung Nham Bird Park. This is a chance for you to get closer to the wild nature and diverse ecosystem.

Entrance fee: VND 100,000 dong/person

Free for children who are below 0.8m in height.

Children’s height is from 0.8m to 1.3m: VND 50,000 dong/person.

Children’s height is above 1.3m: Same price as adults.

Boat ticket to visit bird field: VND 20,000 dong/person

Entrance ticket for visiting But cave: VND 20,000 dong/person

Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral is a solemn and unique religious building, which is the perfect combination of Oriental architecture and Gothic design.

– No entrance fee required.

Hang Mua (Mua Cave)

Mua Cave

Mua Cave is an impressive attraction where you get the whole panoramic view of Tam Coc Grottos. This place is suitable for your hiking and trekking trip.

Entrance fee: VND 100,000 dong/person

2. Ninh Binh Itinerary Suggestion

If your schedule is tight with many destinations in Northern Vietnam, we suggest you travel to Ninh Binh for 1 day to see one to three main attractions. To discover this province deeper, 2 days are required.

1 day to Ninh Binh

Van Long Nature Reserve

For a 1-day Ninh Binh tour, make sure all attractions are on the same routes:

2 days to Ninh Binh

Kenh Ga

A 2-day tour will show you not only historical and religious attractions in Ninh Binh but natural discovery will be featured:

3. Where to stay in Ninh Binh

There are a lot of budget accommodations for tourists to choose in this province. In the city center, there are many affordable hostels, but it is a little bit far from the main attractions. Near Ninh Binh’s attractions, you will find several homestays and bungalows where you can be harmonious with nature and enjoy excellent hospitality services at the same time.

Some attractive accommodations in Ninh Binh:

Hang Mua Ecolodge is surrounded by beautiful rice fields and mountains

 

Tam Coc Bungalow will satisfy customers with rustic spot and well-trained staff

 

Chez Beo Homestay near Hoa Lu Ancient City has many lovely hammocks on the balcony

 

Nguyen Shack Ninh Binh is an amazing place for biking and relaxing

 

Ninh Binh Valley Homestay offers you atmospheric cottages

4. What to eat in Ninh Binh

Goat meat

Com Chay

Goat meat and com chay (burned cooked rice) are two must-try foods in Ninh Binh. There are a variety of goat dishes in Ninh Binh: rare goat meat mixed with lemon (de tai chanh), stir-fried goat meat (de tai lan), lemongrass and coconut goat, steam goat meat, grilled goat brisket, goat hotpot, goat gruel and roasted goat, etc.

Some famous restaurants in Ninh Binh

  • Duc De Restaurant: 446 Nguyen Hue Street
  • Hoang Giang Restaurant: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Thang Long Restaurant: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh

5. Tips for traveling to Ninh Binh

– Best time to visit Ninh Binh: You can visit Ninh Binh mostly every time around the year. However, avoid the time after Tet holiday when flocks of local tourists come to Bai Dinh Pagoda. April to May is the best time to enjoy ‘butterfly season’ in Cuc Phuong and ‘harvest season’ in Tam Coc.

– Pay attention to the weather forecast, the rain will hinder you from visiting natural landscapes in Ninh Binh

– The price for taxi is not controlled in Ninh Binh, so contact a prestigious travel agency to arrange a Ninh Binh trip at a reasonable price for you.

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A Hanoian lover of art, cuisine and culture, Chi Nguyen enjoys exploring all elegant aspects of this city as well as discovering off-the-beaten-track destinations in the beautiful S-shaped country.

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