Beautiful Ninh Binh province

How many days in Ninh Binh? – Best recommendation from the locals!

How many days in Ninh Binh is enough? Ninh Binh is definitely a beautiful place in Vietnam, a must-visit tourist destination. If you are planning for a trip in Ninh Binh, you may wonder how long is enough to explore everything of this wonderland? Don’t worry, we will help you make your dream trip come true!

Beautiful Ninh Binh province

If being asked about the best place in Northen Vietnam, I would say Ninh Binh!

First, we will recommend you three choices of Ninh Binh trip: the day trip, the 2 days 1 night trip and the 3 days 2 nights trip. It will depend on how much time and budget you are willing to spend in Ninh Binh.

Get to know the place before deciding “How many days to spend in Ninh Binh?”

Ninh Binh is the wonderland of Northern Vietnam, it’s full of natural and historic beauty. Although Ninh Binh is nowadays a tourism hub, it is not getting too crowded or over-tourism.

Coming to Ninh Binh, travelers will have a chance to visit magnificent and dreamlike places such as Trang An Heritage Complex, Cuc Phuong National Park, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Mua Cave and so on. You can do a boat tour, a trekking trip, a climb to the top of a mountain or riding a bike through the golden rice paddy field. All in Ninh Binh!

>>> See the BEST Things To Do in Ninh Binh before taking any trip!   

Tam Coc boat tour with travel agency in Ninh Binh

Beautiful Ninh Binh is awaiting you!

A glimpse of Ninh Binh

If you only have a short span of time to spend in Ninh Binh, or you just want to get the highlight of this wonderland, you can opt for a day tour. With this trip length, you can get to visit 2 to 3 destinations without rushing too much.

Supposed that your starting point is Hanoi, you will need to leave early in the morning and get back in the evening. It is around a two hours trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, so it’s totally reasonable. We recommend:

First recommendation: Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave

You will be able to visit Trang An, one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam. Trang An Complex is recognized as a world heritage by the UNESCO, this land is filled with natural beauty and historic remains. Also, you can try to have a boat trip to get to the “Kong: Skull Island” filming site in Trang An.

Trang An Ninh Binh boat

Visit Trang An in a not-so-crowded day to witness this peaceful sight!

The next destination would definitely be Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital will surely charm you with its historic beauty, being the most marvelous relic complex in the North of Vietnam. Hoa Lu will tell you the story of three ancient dynasties with its peaceful and dreamlike landscape as well as ancient temples and pagodas.

Mua Cave whole view

On the top of Mua Cave – The whole Ninh Binh is now in your eyes!

And lastly, Mua Cave is nicknamed as the miniature of The Great Wall of China, because it has a 500-step stone staircase leading to the top of Mua Mountain. At the peak of Mua Cave, a panoramic view of the landscape will be revealed to you, so you will have a chance to admire the nature of Ninh Binh to the fullest.

>>> Take a look at the detailed journey of Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave tour

Second recommendation: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc

If you are too familiar with Trang An Complex, you can choose a trip with more leisure – Hoa Lu Tam Coc day trip. Because this schedule has fewer destinations, it will be more relaxing and you can have in-depth experience in Ninh Binh.

King Dinh and King Le temples in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital will be the first highlight. Built by carved wood and stone with the skillful hands of Vietnamese craftsmen a long time ago, they remained intact through wars and ages.

Kinh Dinh Temple

The temple dedicated to Kinh Dinh

The special thing is they were all built by human labor of folk artists alone, but these temples are still in magnificent and charming til today. The peaceful, sediment and impressive temples will travel you back in the time of kings and queens.

Tam Coc possesses a poetic, dreamlike beauty of an Eastern Wonderland. With Tam Coc boat tour, you will sail through dreamy and romantic Ngo Dong River with lush green banks. The giant karst mountain and the colorful floating market will also be the excitement for all travelers coming here!

Floating market at Tam Coc

At the end of Tam Coc trip, you can see some boat like this. And for sure, you will be amazed by their skillfulness!

>>> And if you still want to explore Mua Cave, we have Hoa Lu – Tam Coc -Mua Cave option!

Is this your answer to “How many days in Ninh Binh”? If not, consider below options.

Make the most of Ninh Binh

If you have more time and are willing to stay the night in Ninh Binh, why don’t we try the two day – one night trip packed with exciting activities?

Day 1: Trang An Complex  – Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Bai Dinh Pagoda

As told before, Trang An Complex is A UNESCO World Heritage Site so it is a must-visit place in Ninh Binh. Trang An Landscape Complex hosts an impressive number of large limestone karst cliffs deep in the forest – a great chance for sightseeing.

To best enjoy Trang An, we recommend tourists taking a boat trip. You will be able to experience inspiring and serene landscape on the water surface.

trang an ninh binh cave

The boat will take you through caves then the whole beautiful view will appear beautifully like this!

Next is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. Hoa Lu is quite close to Trang An so it will be very convenient.

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties, dating back to the 11th century. Inside the fortress of Hoa Lu is a marvelous site for photo-taking and sightseeing. You should note this down if you want to have a great photo shoot of the old Vietnam while in Ninh Binh.

Also located around 15 kilometers from Ninh Binh city center is Bai Dinh Pagoda. It is a Buddhist complex in Ninh Binh and one of the most famous names of tourist destination in Ninh Binh.

Bai Dinh pagoda from the above

Spending half of a day to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda is worthy!

Every year,  thousands of tourists come to visit the magnificent Bai Dinh Pagoda. Bai Dinh pagoda is a masterpiece built from local materials such as Bat Trang ceramic tiles, Y Yen bronze casts, and embroidery from Ninh Hai Village and by the hands of skillful ancient Vietnamese.

When you conquer the temple of Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex, you will be granted a panoramic view of the marvelous landscape and the impressive Buddhist-styled architecture. If you are planning for a trip in spring, you may be lucky enough to take part in colorful festivals and other joyful activities there.

Also, you can choose to visit Trang An – Bai Dinh for day tour if you don’t have much time

Day 2: Tam Coc – Bich Dong Pagoda  

After a night in a hotel or homestay in Ninh Binh, let’s start your second day with Tam Coc.

Tam Coc is famous for being an off-the-beaten-track sightseeing choice in Northern Vietnam. Tam Coc will reveal to you a surreal karst beauty along the Ngo Dong River and beautiful valley with lush green rice paddy field just like coming from a movie.

To get the best out of Tam Coc, you should choose to rent a bike or take a boat trip.

You can ride the bike through endless roads and paths to explore the peaceful countryside of Vietnam. Through the trip, you will get the nice and subtle feel of Vietnam through your own eyes.

Biking in Tam Coc with Ninh Binh travel agency

Take a bike and cycling around Tam Coc with us! It is the best way to explore some untouched spots in Ninh Binh!

Or you can choose a boat trip through three caves. The insides of them are just like a mysterious another world with stalactites hanging down from the ceiling, looking like crystal chandeliers. You should prepare your camera because you cannot resist such a beautiful sight. Let’s admire the charm of Tam Coc with a lot of photos as a gift for memories. And for the best trip with family or friends, consider taking Private Tour!

Bich Dong Pagoda is also a place you shouldn’t miss if you are already at Tam Coc. This pagoda lies at the foot of a mountain, carved in that mountain and surround by tremendous green trees.

Bich Dong Pagoda should be listed first place for any photo-lovers coming to Ninh Binh. The surrounding of Bich Dong is a water trench with blooming colorful lotus and various plants.

Things to Do In Ninh Binh - bich dong pagoda

Come to Bich Dong Pagoda to get lost in the fairyland!

To get to the top of Bich Dong, you will have a chance to walk through a cave decorated with impressive ancient statues and other decorations. And at the peak of Bich Dong, you will have a panoramic view of your eyes and fresh air for your lungs. And of course, a lot of photos will be taken. Endless rice paddy field, blooming lotus and lush green valley – all are waiting for you in this 2-day trip!

And for the best relaxation

When asked “How many days in Ninh Binh?”, someone would say “3 days is too much!”. But this place has much more to explore besides those listed famous attractions above.

After following the option for 2 days above, you can spend another day to relax. How about taking a bike cycling around Tam Coc wharf and surrounding areas? By this way, you can witness Ninh Binh’s beauty to the fullest and get close to the locals’ life.

how long in Ninh Binh - thung nham bird garden

Visit Thung Nham at late afternoon to witness these beautiful flocks of birds

If you want to explore more places in Ninh Binh. We suggest Thung Nham bird garden, Thai Vi temple, Van Long nature reserve and Phat Diem cathedral. Van long and Phat Diem seem far from Ninh Binh center so consider thoroughly.

Or you can spend a day with Cuc Phuong National Park day tour. Trekking, cycling, visiting conservation center and more just in one place. Sound exciting, right?

Have you chosen your answer to “How many days in Ninh Binh” yet? If you have any question, feel free to ask us. The Original Ninh Binh Tours team is always glad to hear from you!

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