Ninh Binh Travel Guide

Ninh Binh is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam. The locals of Ninh Binh are always proud of having such gorgeous nature. This is also the place that owns Trang An complex, which is known as the World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage recognized by UNESCO. Nowadays, this is an ideal travel spot for those who want to explore the beauty of the landscape or someone who prefers to learn more about Vietnamese history.

Visit Ninh Binh, Vietnam

A day tour in Ninh Binh would give you the excellent experiences in the peaceful rural area combined with the spectacular natural beauty. You would be able to contemplate the well-known Trang An Complex and admire all the best of Ninh Binh.

Firstly, you have to get to Vietnam by arriving at Noi Bai Airport because it will be the best position to reach Ninh Binh faster. You can finish your formalities to enter Vietnam at the airport easier. As I did, before departing to Vietnam, I visited the website and filled out their online form. After that, I paid the bill and 2 days later, I received an approval letter. As a result, when I arrived in Vietnam, I just needed to wait for approximately 30 minutes to get a visa stamp and that was done. I can get to anywhere in Vietnam in the period of validity.

How to get around Ninh Binh?

It only took about 1.5 hours to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi. You can arrive sooner if you get a car or Limousine. Some car services you can consult:

Trang An Limousine

  • Hotline: 1900 6772
  • Price: 130,000 – 200,000 VND/ticket

Another option is to move to Giap Bat Station and pick up a car/bus to Ninh Binh. You can contact them by telephone to make a reservation: 0913 012 929
But I would recommend you to rent a motorcycle because it will be more comfortable and convenient when you are in Ninh Binh. It would help you to move faster and provide you with all the quietly beautiful roads in Ninh Binh. You can refer to some motorcycle rental agencies below:

Motorcycle Rental Van Chinh:

  • Address: 24D Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Tel: 0989 595 533

Motorcycle Rental Hang Buom

  • Address: 38 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Tel: 0941 062 309

Best time to visit Ninh Binh

In fact, you can travel to Ninh Binh in any season during a year because, in each season, Ninh Binh would have a distinct beauty. For example, if you want to visit a fresh Ninh Binh with the green fields along the river, you should come here in April or May. But if you want to immerse yourself in the gorgeous yellow spaces, you should come here from June to September. You would be amazed because of the abundant rice paddy fields here. This is also the best time to visit Ninh Binh because it has attracted more tourists and you will be contemplating the glorious and colorful fields along the river shores. Moreover, this time has fresh and cool weather as well that makes you feel more comfortable when visiting around this location.

Where to stay in Ninh Binh?

I have 5 excellent options for you to choose from due to your demands. There is a 5-star hotel, a 4-star hotel, a 3-star hotel, and 2 homestays in a row below:

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh – the luxurious 5-star hotel in Ninh Binh

  • Address: Tap Ninh Village, Van Long Reservation area, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 02293658333
  • Price: from 1,500,000 VND

Tam Coc La Montagne Resort & Spa

  • Address: Dam Khe Village, Ninh Hai, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 0912489002
  • Price: ~ 1,300,000 VND

Trang An Lamia Bungalow

  • Address: Dai Ang, Ninh Hoa, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 0229 3666 262
  • Price: from 630,000 VND

Trang An Retreat

  • Address: Trang An Village, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 0988743863
  • Price: from 700,000 VND

Trang An River View Homestay

  • Address: Trang An Village, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 0985469608
  • Price: from 420,000 VND

Must-Visit Attractions in Ninh Binh

Trang an Complex

Of course, you can not miss this heritage site. Trang An is well-known to be Halong Bay in the mainland. Everything you have to do is get on a local boat and paddle along the river to admire the spectacular nature. The crystal clear water combined with the vast limestone mountains makes you feel small in the big space and you would not stop to be amazed at the masterpiece here.

Tam Coc Bich Dong

Tam Coc

This place is more peaceful than Trang An, I think. It is a different feeling from Trang An tour because Tam Coc Bich Dong does not have the vast mountains or beautiful caves, but it owns the glorious rice paddy fields with the abundance of birds, animals.

Mua Cave

I climbed up to the top of Mua Cave in the morning like doing my exercise but fortunately, it was one of the most awesome experiences. It was so fantastic at the top of the cave. From that view, you can contemplate the whole view of the fascinating Ninh Binh landscape. By the way, the ticket to Mua Cave is 100,000 VND but it is worth it totally.

Van Long Natural Reserve

Van Long Natural Reserve

Do not forget to drop by Van Long Natural Reserve. This area is a place that preserves the rare kinds of birds. You will have a perfect opportunity to admire the peaceful rivers and fields as well as learn more about Vietnam’s unique birds.

Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel

Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel

Ninh Binh is truly a destination that has one of a kind combination between magnificent nature and the abundant culture and history. Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel is a notable place for the King Dynasty in the past. If you are addicted to history and want to find out more about Vietnamese history and ancient architecture, Hoa Lu ancient citadel would be a suitable option for you.

What to eat in Ninh Binh?

Definitely the goat meat. Ninh Binh has been famous for goat meat for a long time. You can easily run into goat meat restaurants or counters on the streets that sell this kind of meat. They are all fresh and delicious because this food is very typical and popular.

Another local food is fried rice which is fried in oil and eaten with onion, shredded meat.

Trung Tuyet Restaurant

  • Address: 14 Hoang Hoa Tham, Van Gia, Ninh Binh
  • Tel: 0943201883

Duc Nhat Restaurant

  • Address: 12 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ninh Binh

Frequently asked questions

There are some questions that usually are asked by travelers:

Where can I buy souvenirs in Ninh Binh?

The best gift you would like to buy for your family or friends is fried rice. There are thousands of places that manufacture these fried rice. You can buy them at Khai Hoa fried rice store. Address: 465 Tran Hung Dao, Ninh Binh

If you want a souvenir as an object, you can find some bamboo stuff such as bamboo hand-made bags, conical hats, etc in Kim Son Village.

Should I go to Trang An or Tam Coc?

Well, it depends on your favorite. If you like the peaceful area with the characteristics of the local countryside, you should go to Tam Coc. There is a gorgeous landscape of rice paddy fields, the quiet river. But if you want to explore the epic nature with vast mountains, incredible caves and a large space would make you amazed, you absolutely should choose Trang An.