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Ninh Binh

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Visit ninh binh

Nestled in the northern corner of Vietnam, is Ninh Binh, a good base for exploring quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery and a perfect base to some of the more remote - and naturally beautiful - areas of the country. The city itself is home to under 150,000 people, but with its close proximity to cliffs, caves, and cathedrals, it has become a hub for travelers looking to visit some up-and-coming hotspots. Built on both sides of Highway 1 and the railroad connecting Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh City, the city itself is a fairly uneventful place, but it is surrounded by a stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields and striking limestone outcrops. As it has grown as a tourist destination, Ninh Binh has become very accessible on both bus and train routes, making it an easy stop for a couple days - with just the right number of things to do.



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Ninh Binh is a good base for exploring quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery.
Dzung Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Ninh Binh

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Located 120 kilometres south of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park, a rainforest housing an endangered primates rescue centre, a botanical garden and a turtle center, was established in 1962 and is now the oldest national park in Vietnam. With 307 species of bird, 133 species of mammal, 122 species of reptile and more than 2000 species of plant, this national park is one Vietnam’s most important protected areas. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.
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Phat Diem Cathedral

For architecture gurus, a visit to Phat Diem Cathedral will satisfy them. Located about 29km south east of Ninh Binh in Kim Son District and only a few km away from the Gulf of Tonkin, the cathedral is of historical importance and a real hit with Vietnamese tourists. Mixing a number of architectural styles and incorporating Buddhist influence, this Catholic cathedral is designed as a main church with four smaller churches and gardens surrounding it, creating an impressive, tranquil estate. Mass is celebrated daily at 5am and 5pm, when the massive bell is rung.
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Trang An Grottoes

Praised as "Halong Bay on land" and similar to Tam Coc, a visit to Trang An Grottoes will have visitors navigating in their hired boat by expansive cliffs, but also through a series of natural caves of all different sizes, many of which give way to secret green and blue grottoes. Rowboats bob along the Sao Khe River through limestone caves. Normally, the boat trips take two hours, and there are two possible routes, both visiting caves and temples. It is also suggested to bring a hat and sunscreen as the boats lack shade. Trang An is 7km northwest of Ninh Binh. You'll pass it on the way to the Chua Bai Dinh.
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Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties which dates back to the 11th century. This ancient capital holds an annual festival in the streets to celebrate its rich history, but anytime of year is a good time to explore this city - a short bike ride from Ninh Binh - and visit its temples: Dinh Tien Hoang, Nhat Tru Temple and Le Dai Hanh. Serene and tranquil, it is set in beautiful surroundings beside to Truong Yen village and is easily visited on a day trip from Ninh Binh. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the years and can still be seen today.
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Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda is Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex, built on a vast scale, that rises up a hillside near Ninh Binh. Construction was completed in 2014, it consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including one that’s made of bronze and is 10 metres in height. The entrance leads to cloistered walkways past 500 stone arhats (enlightened Buddhists) lining the route to the main triple-roofed Phap Chu Pagoda. Set within the Gia Sinh Commune, the pagoda complex attracts a huge crowd of local devotees and travellers looking to pay their respects and have their fortunes told by the resident monks.

Best Time to Visit Ninh Binh

Almost any time of the year is good to visit Ninh Binh but November to late February is the best time. Like in all the north Vietnam, May to October in Ninh Binh is hot, humid and with high rainfall. The region can be specially vulnerable to typhoons during September. November to April months tend to be cooler and dry.However, the rainy season is also when the rice fields are at their best vivid green, so there’s really a reason to visit all year round!
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
21
Feb
21
Mar
23
Apr
27
May
31
Jun
33
Jul
33
Aug
32
Sep
31
Oct
29
Nov
26
Dec
22
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
20
Feb
37
Mar
43
Apr
69
May
182
Jun
198
Jul
257
Aug
324
Sep
405
Oct
150
Nov
58
Dec
28
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
21ºC
20mm

FEB
21ºC
37mm

MAR
23ºC
43mm

APR
27ºC
69mm

MAY
31ºC
182mm

JUN
33ºC
198mm

JUL
33ºC
257mm

AUG
32ºC
324mm

SEP
31ºC
405mm

OCT
29ºC
150mm

NOV
26ºC
58mm

DEC
22ºC
28mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ninh Binh, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Ninh Binh on a bespoke touring itinerary to Vietnam, do not hesitate to contact us.

Ideas for Experiencing Ninh Binh

Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Ninh Binh, and which use the best local guides.
Bai Dinh Pagoda & Trang An Day Tour
Visit the Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex and see the largest bronze Buddha statue of Vietnam. Enjoy a unique boat trip to visit Trang An Landscape Complex. Cycling on country roads around local villages and interact with local people.