Why should you spend 24 hours in Ninh Binh?

Nga Do
Ninh Binh is a small city in the North of Vietnam, 95 km south of Hanoi. While the city of Ninh Binh itself is nothing exciting, it is surrounded by stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields, striking limestone mountains and is a tourist hub for many sights and attractions.

Many tourists choose to visit the sights of Ninh Binh by an organized day trip from Hanoi. This is a great way to see 1 or 2 of the area’s sites.

Ninh Binh is the best choice for busy travelers. Ninh Binh now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities. The day tour includes religious worship, boating, history, excavation learning and an optional cycling choice for those who loves biking.

Spectacular and diverse natural scenery

Ninh Binh is endowed with many places of particular interest which have been welknown inside and outside Vietnam such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park, Trang An Grottoes and Van Long Nature Reserves. 

Here are also many historical relics, for instances Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bich Dong Pagoda, Thai Vi Temple, Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, Tam Diep Defense Line…. All of them are attractive to both Vietnamese and foreign tourists.

The most prominent feature in Ninh Binh is the magnificent stone Tam Coc. Tourist resort of Tam Coc - Bich Dong is a natural area about 350,3ha, located 2km from new National Highway 1A, 7km from the Ninh Binh city, 9km from Tam Diep town . It also is known for famous names such as "Ha Long Bay on land" or "". The entire of region includes the system of limestone caves and historic sites related to Tran Dynasty located mainly in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh.

Tam Coc means “three caves”. It is also known as Xuyen Thuy grotto including the First, the Second and the Third caves which were formed by Ngo Dong river flowing through the mountain. Thousands of limestone mountains lie along the river that creates a spectacular setting. To reach Tam Coc, tourists have to depart from center wharf by boat and row along sinuous Ngo Dong to pass Xuyen Thuy cave and rice fields.

Abundant cuisine

Along with attractive landscapes, another reason seducing visitors to NinhBinh is NinhBinh's cuisine. We can not ignore the famous and delicious dishes such as elderberry, mountain goats, eel vermicelli, Nho quan ant eggs sticky rice, floating cakes...

Friendly local people

First of all, meeting local people is essential for this interaction. In Ninh Binh, nothing is easier. By walking on the street, taking a boat trip or going to the local village, you can easily meet Vietnamese people. For example, the boat trip is a perfect experience to admire incredible landscape and on the same way to talk with the boat owner to know more about Vietnam culture, locals’ habits,… They’ll be extremely happy to share their knowledges with you!

You can also going to some local village, like Kim Son Village, the place where few Vietnamese people made sedge handicraft. At this place, while you’re watching them making the sedge handicraft with the traditional techniques, you can ask them many questions about the techniques, the reasons why they keep working in traditional way or also more general questions about life in Vietnam. In addition, you can cross many kids in the street who would like to say “Hello” to you. A funny moment where the nice kids just interpellate you and smile at you.

To conclude, if you are looking for a truly experiences combined with tourism, Ninh Binh is the place you are looking for. Ninh Binh tour from Hanoi will for you a perfect occasion to know more about Vietnamese culture and habits and also enjoying the welcomes of those people. The paradise is in Vietnam and it is Ninh Binh!

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