Ninh Binh province is located in Northern Vietnam, about 100km South of Hanoi. Famous for its hundreds of limestone cliffs emerged from the ground, scattered across the rice fields, this province is appropriately nicknamed the “Halong Bay on land”.
The stunning landscapes are right out of a movie set, with the constant backdrop of charming rivers, surrounded by karst limestone cliffs and vivid green rice fields. The latest King Kong movie was filmed here.
If you are interested in visiting a small town in Ninh Binh, Tam Coc would be a great pick. Whether it is a day or a couple of night’s stay, visitors can feel themselves – surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, breathtaking from all angles.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
A complex of both ancient and new pagodas, Bai Dinh Pagoda is the Buddhist Center of Vietnam and also the largest pagoda in South East Asia. It was also recently listed as one of the top attractions in Vietnam and the region.
Unesco World Heritage, Trang An is famous for its system of caves, valleys and historical relics, including a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.
Situated in the Ancient Capital, Trang An Grottoes in a particularly interesting visit; similar to Tam Coc but with many more caves to explore, wide enough to take a boat trip through.
Cuc Phuong National Park
With the total area up to 22,000 ha, Cuc Phuong National Park is a must-see site. Cuc Phuong is the first national park of Vietnam preserving a variety of rare animals and plants. It has a turtle center and a primate center where you can see gibbons, monkeys, and other primates that have been rescued from around Vietnam, and currently being prepared to be released back into the wild. It also has a botanical garden, and literally thousands of beautiful butterflies flying along the roadway. You can take breathtaking photos with the butterflies here, during butterfly season.
Mua Caves Peak is an absolute must go for Ninh Binh. The peak of Mua Caves is the highest viewpoint in Ninh Binh and features a huge stone dragon at the top. With panoramic views, one side offering views of the winding river, and the other of beautifully lush rice paddies, visitors can find themselves enjoying the most beautiful sight of Ninh Binh, especially during the sunset.