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Ninh Binh - known as the Ha Long Bay on land      

    
Located only 95 kilometers away from Hanoi (about a 2-3-hour journey), in the Red River Delta region, the province of Ninh Binh stands out for the remarkable diversity of its cultural sites and for its breathtaking karst landscapes crisscrossed by rivers and carpeted with lush green paddy fields. It is also known as the Ha Long Bay on land for an obvious reason – it looks like Ha Long Bay but on land instead of water. There are hundreds of limestone monoliths topped by dense greenery that emerge from the ground, scattered around the city with rivers flowing through them and caves formed in them. 

 

It is truly right to say that Ninh Binh satisfies travellers with stunning landscape and some interesting activities such as taking a romantic boat trips at Tam Coc - Bich Dong, observing amazing limestone caves and discovering the unique stalactites and stalagmites system at Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex – a filming location of Kong, or exploring unspoiled jungles at Cuc Phuong Natural Park -  the oldest nature reserve of our country, Hang Mua (Mua Cave), and Thung Nham Bird Park, Van Long Nature Reserve and ending it is pilgrimage to Bai Dinh - A biggest Pagoda in Vietnam, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Oldest Capital of Vietnam, Phat Diem Stone Catheral...
 

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I. About Ninh Binh
II. The ideal time to travel to Ninh Binh?
III. Did you know Ninh Binh?
IV. What we should not miss when travel to Ninh Binh?
V. How to go for Ninh Binh?
VI. Transportation in Ninh Binh?
VII. Where to stay in Ninh Binh?
VIII. Where to drink coffee or beer in Ninh Binh?
IX. Where to eat in Ninh Binh? Where to eat street foods? The typical dishes of Ninh Binh?
X. Where to do shopping in Ninh Binh
XI. Where to see the best attractions in Ninh Binh?
XII. How to plan a trip in Ninh Binh?
XIII. Some travel tips in Ninh Binh
XIV. Tags - How to find this article on google 

 


I. About Ninh Binh
Area:                                             1.378,1 km²                 
Population:                                  927.000           
Administrative division:               2 city and 6 districts          
Region:                                         Red River Delta         
Phone code:                                  229      
Vehicle registration plate number: 35 

II. The ideal time to travel to Ninh Binh?
2 Nên đi du lịch Ninh Bình vào mùa nào?

III. Did you know Ninh Binh?
IV. What we should not miss when travel to Ninh Binh?
V. How to go for Ninh Binh?

3 Hướng dẫn đi tới Ninh Bình
3.1 Đường bộ
3.1.1 Phương tiện công cộng
3.1.2 Phương tiện cá nhân
3.2 Đường sắt

VI. Transportation in Ninh Binh?
3.3 Đi lại ở Ninh Bình
3.3.1 Taxi
3.3.2 Xe buýt
3.3.3 Thuê xe máy ở Ninh Bình

VII. Where to stay in Ninh Binh?
4 Lưu trú tại Ninh Bình
4.1 Khu nghỉ dưỡng
4.2 Khách sạn nhà nghỉ
4.3 Homestay ở Ninh Bình

VIII. Where to drink coffee or beer in Ninh Binh?
7 Đặc sản của Ninh Bình
7.1 Nem chua Yên Mạc
7.2 Mắm tép Gia Viễn
7.3 Rượu cần Nho Quan
7.4 Rượu nếp Kim Sơn
7.5 Khoai Hoàng Long

IX. Where to eat in Ninh Binh? Where to eat street foods? The typical dishes of Ninh Binh?
Specialties of Ninh Binh
6 Các món ăn ngon ở Ninh Bình
6.1 Cơm cháy Ninh Bình
6.2 Thịt dê núi Ninh Bình
6.3 Gỏi cá nhệch Kim Sơn
6.4 Ốc núi Ninh Bình
6.5 Gà ri Cúc Phương
6.6 Cá rô Tổng Trường
6.7 Dứa Đồng Giao
6.8 Bún mọc Tố Như
6.9 Xôi trứng kiến Nho Quan
6.10 Cá chuối nướng Vân Long
6.11 Miến lươn Ninh Bình
6.12 Cá kho gáo
Goat Meat dishes Ninh Binh
Goats in Ninh Binh are farmed on the rocky mountains, that makes goat meat very firm and chewy. In addition, there are varieties delicious dishes from goat meats served in this province like steamed, spring rolls or grilled goat meats. And there is the most demanded one is cooking with ginger, it is so nutricious dish. The local people also believe that goat meat can cure many diseases, so do not forget to try some goat meat dishes when you come to visit the place.
Sticky rice with Ant’s eggs( Xoi Trung Kien)
There is another special dish coming from this province is “sticky rice with ant’s eggs”. The local farmers usually collect ant’s eggs from rocky area of faraway Nho Quan Mountain. They bring them home to process properly before cooking with steamed sticky rice and to add on some dried onions making the flavor more attractive for the customers.
Ruou Can Nho Quan( Muong Tribe Wine)
This is a specialty of Muong ethnic people in Nho Quan District, taking care well by the local people. To have Ruou Can, firstly Muong people steam sticky rice and mix them with their yeast and preserve in the big clay jar within 3 months in room temperature. After this time it will bring amazing aroma and flavor for customer who taste it. This wine is also a must try for any visitor.

X. Where to do shopping in Ninh Binh
XI. Where to see the best attractions in Ninh Binh?

5 Các địa điểm du lịch ở Ninh Bình
5.1 Vườn Quốc gia Cúc Phương
5.2 Khu du lịch sinh thái Tràng An
5.2.1 Đền Trình
5.2.2 Đền Tứ Trụ
5.2.3 Đền Trần Ninh Bình
5.2.4 Phủ Khống
5.2.5 Hành cung Vũ Lâm
5.2.6 Đền Cao Sơn
5.2.7 Đền Suối Tiên
5.2.8 Hang Địa Linh
5.2.9 Hang Nấu Rượu
5.2.10 Hang Ba Giọt
5.2.11 Hang Bói
5.2.12 Phim trường ‘Kong: Skull Island’
5.3 Cố đô Hoa Lư
5.3.1 Đền thờ Vua Đinh
5.3.2 Đền thờ Vua Lê
5.4 Chùa Bái Đính
5.5 Khu du lịch Vân Long
5.6 Khu du lịch Tam Cốc – Bích Động
5.7 Hang Múa
5.8 Khu du lịch sinh thái Thung Nham
5.9 Thạch Bích – Thung Nắng
5.10 Nhà thờ đá Phát Diệm
5.11 Khu du lịch Kênh Gà Vân Trình
5.11.1 Suối khoáng nóng Kênh Gà
5.11.2 Làng nổi Kênh Gà
5.11.3 Động Vân Trình
5.11.4 Động Nham Hao
5.12 Hồ Đồng Chương
5.13 Hồ Yên Quang
5.14 Núi Non Nước
5.15 Bảo tàng Ninh Bình
5.16 Động Thiên Hà
Tam Coc
Located outside of Ninh Binh town, Tam Coc is one of the best nature destinations in Vietnam although it remains firmly off the tourist trail.
Tam Coc is known for its karst landscape which is similar to the better known Halong Bay, although here you will find some scenic limestone hills which are dotted amongst emerald green rice paddies.
Halong Bay has larger cliffs, although it is also more crowded, so Tam Coc is the place to come if you want to get off the beaten track and you can explore the area by boat which takes around two hours.
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Phat Diem Cathedral
Phat Diem Cathedral was built in 24 years, from 1875 to 1898, completely of stone and wood that are locally available in Ninh Binh. The Cathedral was a mix of Vietnamese and Western styles which include two gothic chapels and some massive iron wood columns.
This would have been the central place of worship for the commune of Phat Diem which was also called the ‘Vatican of Vietnam’ during the colonial period.
On weekdays, there will be two masses at 5:00 and 17:15. On Sunday, you will be able to attend the masses at 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 15:00 and 17:00. You can choose to attend any mass that fit your schedule, and of course, it will be up to the standard just like any other good mass.
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Van Long Nature Reserve
Van Long Wetland Natural Reverse is not only a tourist attraction but also the largest wetland reserve in the Red River delta. This is a specific ecotourism site attracting domestic and international visitors because of biodiversity with numerous plant and animal species. Especially, Van Long has been written in Viet Nam Record Book Centre as “The place owns the largest number of Delacour’s langur with 100 individuals in danger of extinction.
Van Long Wetland Natural Reserve was chosen as one of the main filming locations of Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”. Scenery, nature and exceptional surroundings in this place attracted directors from all over the world. The best time to visit the place is at 5pm to view sunset over the swamp.
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Van Lam Village
Van Lam is a small village close to Tam Coc which is famous for its handicrafts. Van Lam Embroidery Village in Dong Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province was ever referred to as O Lam (Forest of crows). It's rich cultural and historical custom, the village is legendary for its conventional embroidery craft.
Situated by the famous Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourist attraction, the village has change into a popular tourist destination in Ninh Binh. Van Lam Embroidery craft village established in the 13th century under Tran dynasty. On the gate of the village, there's an ancient temple dedicating for the founder who teach embroidery craft for villager.
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Bich Dong Pagoda
The Bich Dong Pagoda is located on the side of a mountain and is made up of three levels called the Ha, Trung and Thuong Pagodas which dated from 15th century.
Bich Dong pagoda was originally named “ Bach Ngoc Thach Son Dong”- meaning a beautiful and pure white stone pagoda in the middle of the mountains. Bich Dong Pagoda is a cave pagoda which is very popular in NinhBinh. Bich Dong pagoda is the second most beautiful cave pagoda in the south of Hanoi.
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Hoa Lu Temple
Hoa Lu was formerly a historic capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Little remains of the original structures, but Hoa Lu ancient capital has newer temples known as Dinh and Le Temples where Kings of Dinh and Le Dynasties are worshiped. Made of limestone mountains and river, Hoa Lu ancient capital not only has a picturesque landscape but also preserve full of legends about Dai Co Viet empire.
Hoa Lu is yet another spot that makes a great trip from Ninh Binh although some visitors skip it in favor of neighboring Tam Coc and Van Long.
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Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong National Park is one of the largest tropical forest in Vietnam, famed for its biodiversity. The national park is well managed, tidy and safe for tourists to explore the diverse flora and fauna. Their nature is spectacular with white butterflies in May.
The park now spans 222 square kilometers and is made up of tropical forest which is home to a plethora of wildlife. On a visit here you will find some 307 species of birds as well as 133 species of mammals and 122 species of reptiles. You will also find over 2,000 different kinds of plants here making it a must visit for nature lovers.
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The Endangered Primate Rescue Center
Inside Cuc Phuong National Park you will find the Endangered Primate Rescue Center which is overseen by the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
At the rescue center you will find 150 monkeys as well as 12 kinds of langur and 3 species of gibbon.
The animals here were rescued to save them from illegal traders and the focus of the facility is to educate visitors on how to protect wild animals in Vietnam.
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Bai Dinh pagoda 
Bai Dinh pagoda is the most renowned and famous place for impressive records. It is known as the biggest pagoda in South East Asia. .
The pagoda was built in 2014 and has quickly become one of the top attractions in the area. The entrance leads to walkways which are lined with 500 stone arhats (images of enlightened Buddhists) and inside you will find the Phap Chu Pagoda which extends over some three tiers. There is also a bronze Buddha inside which weighs 100 tones and is 10 meters high as well as two smaller gilded Buddhas.
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Mua Cave & Peak
Hang Mua is a scenic mountainside spot with a cave and 486 challenging steps to not only admire the Ngoa Long and Mua peak but also hike up to the top for possibly the best panoramic views of Ninh Binh.
Once you have climbed the 486 steps to the top, you will get to the altar of Quan Am who is the revered Goddess of Mercy and the vistas are spectacular as you can see all the way down to the Ngo Dong River.
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Trang An Boat
To explore Trang An getting on a boat passes from one side of the river to the other and sneaks through the limestone mountains and karst caves in a large S bend shape.
Trang An has literally various caves that make up the Sao Khe river which is more like the little Ha Long Bay on Land. Each cave has its own different natural beauties and legends: Dark Cave has wide and narrow parts while Light Cave is adorned with magnificent sparkling stalactites. The water is cool and crystal that you can even see through it. Boat trips usually last around 2 hours and Trang An is around 7 kilometers from Ninh Binh town so you can easily visit for the day.
Located within Ninh Binh Province of North Vietnam, the Trang An Landscape Complex (Trang An) is a mixed cultural and natural property contained mostly within three protected areas: The Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, the Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong Scenic Landscape, and the Hoa Lu Special-Use Forest. The property covers 6,226 hectares within the Trang An limestone massif, and is surrounded by a buffer zone of 6,026 hectares, mostly rural land with rice paddy fields. There are about 14,000 residents, the majority of whom are families involved in subsistence agriculture, but much of the property is uninhabited and in a natural state.
Trang An is of global significance as an outstanding humid tropical tower-karst landscape in the final stages of geomorphic evolution. It is composed of a variety of classical karst cones and towers and a network of enclosed depressions connected by an intricate system of subterranean waterways, some of which are navigable by small boats. The area is unique in having been invaded by the sea several times in the recent geological past but is now emergent on land. The blend of towering mountains draped in natural rain forest, with large internal basins and narrow cave passages containing quietly flowing waters, creates an extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil landscape.
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The Turtle Conservation Center
Also located inside the Cuc Phuong National Park is the Turtle Conservation Center which has over 1,000 different aquatic creatures. These include 20 different species of turtles, and many of the residents here were saved from poachers or smugglers.
Many of the turtles swim in the ponds of the center and there is also a visitor center which will fill you in on the conservation projects in place to protect the turtles.
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Bicycle Riding
One of the best ways to explore Ninh Binh is by bicycle. The reason for this is that the land here is mainly flat which means that you can easily rent a bicycle and ride to many of the sights in town.
You can sign up for a dedicated tour with a guide who will show you all the key attractions in the area and fill you in on the history and culture of this part of Vietnam.
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Kenh Ga Village
Kenh Ga (Chicken Canal) is named after the wild chickens that used to live here. Today, a riverine way of life and stunning limestone formations are the main draw. One of the reasons that people come here is to see the locals rowing their boats with their feet, so if you want a glimpse of an authentic fishing village in Vietnam then this is the place to visit.
It’s a lovely area, and one of the best places in northern Vietnam to see river life. People here seem to spend most of their lives floating on water: at their floating fish-farms, harvesting river grass to feed the fish, trawling in the muddy shallows for shellfish or selling veggies boat-to-boat. Even the children commute to school by boat.
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Thung Nham Bird Garden
This is definitely the most important destination of Ninh Binh. Bird garden is a living space of many birds such as stork, heron, mallard, Fork tail, etc. Especially, there are also two rare species in the Red Data Book, flamingo, and Phoenix. The monumental limestone mountains reflected on the blue water with the flock of birds which creates a rarely peaceful and poetic scenery.
The best time to visit the bird garden is in the autumn when the weather is cold, about 5 pm when the birds find for food. However, if you cannot arrange the time, you can come to between 5 am and 7amam or between 4pm and 6pm to see birds flying.
The park is located in the mountains and is known as a place where a huge number of indigenous species of birds make their nests. In addition to the birds, you can also go fishing in the park and can even camp here depending on the season.
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Silver Cloud Peak
If you are in Ninh Binh and like hiking then you need to make your way to Silver Cloud Peak in Cuc Phuong National Park.
It is around a four hour trek to Silver Cloud Peak, so you need to be in relatively good shape if you are going to attempt it, but the views across the park more than make up for it. You can either hike with a ranger which is recommended, or go it alone if you are feeling adventurous.
There are also some night treks here which are the perfect opportunity to look out for nocturnal animals in the park.
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Thai Vi Temple
Thai Vi temple is a place to worship many national characters and heroes: King Tran Thai Tong, King Tran Thanh Tong, General Tran Hung Dao, General Tran Quang Khai and Queen Tran Thi Dung. This is a nice small temple at the end of a quiet road nestled in amongst the karst mountains. By far Thai Vi is probably the prettiest and interesting temple complex in the area which can bring authentic feelings to visitors.
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XII. How to plan a trip in Ninh Binh?
8 Lịch trình du lịch Ninh Bình
8.1 Hà Nội – Hoa Lư – Tam Cốc – Bích Động (1 ngày)
8.2 Hà Nội – Tràng An – Bái Đính – Hoa Lư (1 ngày)
8.3 Hà Nội – Cúc Phương – Bái Đính – Tràng An – Vân Long (3 ngày 2 đêm)
8.4 Hà Nội – Nhà thờ Phát Diệm – Tràng An – Bái Đính (2 ngày 1 đêm)

XIII. Some travel tips in Ninh Binh
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