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Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi – How to choose the best trip ever?

Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi is one of the most common choices for tourists to explore the beauty of this land. In one day, however, you won’t be able to cover all of the sightseeing destinations in Ninh Binh, of course. But you can choose to arrange your itineraries to make the best day trips in Ninh Binh – it can be short, but it must be worthy.

So if you are still finding it hard to make your decision among, Trang An, Bai Binh, Tam Coc, Hoa Lu… We’re here to recommend you some of the best ways to enjoy Ninh Binh fully in one day!

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One day is enough to explore Ninh Binh? The answer is yes if you follow these best itineraries

1. Best day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by local experts

We will list out some of the recommendations for Ninh Binh day trips from Hanoi below. All of them are round trip from Hanoi and you can easily make it in a day for a small and private group.

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Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave

First, we will have a chance to visit Trang An Ecotourism Complex, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vietnam, to take a Trang An boat tour. This world heritage is filled with natural beauty that you will surely fall in love with. If you find Halong Bay to be too crowded, Trang An will be the best alternative for a boat trip on the river.

trang boat ride to fairydom

Taking a boat ride in this tranquil scenery is a MUST!

After that, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital will welcome you with historic beauty. Hoa Lu is a relic complex in the North of Vietnam and was the capital of three ancient dynasties from a long time ago. In Hoa Lu, you will be told the story of a thousand-year history with its serene landscape and magnificent temples and pagodas.

And last but not least, Mua Cave. Mua Cave is locally called the miniature of The Great Wall of China because of its 500-step way leading to the top. At the peak of Mua Cave, you will have a panoramic view of everything around and below you, making you feel like you are already lost in the wonderful landscape of Ninh Binh.

mua cave top

Climbing to top of Mua Cave to witness this whole view

We recommend a simple itinerary for this day trip Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Since it will take around 2 hours to drive, you should leave a bit early in the morning. Arrive Ninh Binh, you should move to Hoa Lu Ancient capital first to learn more about the history of our beloved Vietnam

Then, head to Mua Cave. You will be able to exercise a bit by climbing and sightseeing outdoor. After that, you can rest for lunch

And the last destination will be Trang An. You can go for a boat tour through caves, rivers and enjoy the beauty of Trang An to the fullest. And in the evening, it’s time to go back to Hanoi!

>>> See the detailed itinerary of Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave trip!

Hoa Lu – Tam Coc: Best day trip to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

Or if you have already visited Trang An and want to have more in-depth experience in Ninh Binh, you can opt for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour.

kinh dinh temple in hoa lu capital

A quick look to Vietnamese history

In Hoa Lu, you will be able to visit King Dinh and King Le temples. These temples were built by carved wood and stone and remained intact through ages. The special thing is all were done by the hands of the skillful Vietnamese folk artists alone. The temples possess peaceful, sediment and impressive beauty that can travel you back in time.

Tam Coc, on the other hand, will welcome you with much more poetic beauty. Its dreamy and romantic river with lush green banks is the charm for Tam Coc boat tour. Floating on the jade-like Ngo Dong River, admiring the giant karst mountain is not a bad idea, right?

trang an or tam coc boat tour

The sampan boat will take you through beautiful spots

The itinerary for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc day trip is especially suitable for people who dislike spending too much time on the transfer bus. In the morning, you will move from Hanoi to Ninh Binh city center, maybe stay a bit for breakfast, then leave for Hoa Lu. You can spend half a day there doing whatever you want: sightseeing, taking pictures or climbing to the mountain.

Then, in the afternoon, let’s go for a boat trip in Tam Coc. The trip will lead you through beautiful scenery along the river and mysterious caves. If you are lucky enough, you can cycle through the ripen golden rice paddy field.

That is the end of the trip, and you can come back to Hanoi in the evening. With this itinerary, everything is slow and relaxing, so it suitable for people love to go sightseeing and seeking relaxation.

>>> If you want to explore more, consider Hoa Lu – Tam Coc -Mua Cave trip!

2. Other recommended Hanoi to Ninh Binh day trips

Phat Diem Cathedral – Tam Coc

Another great Ninh Binh day trip Hanoi is Phat Diem Cathedral – Tam Coc. Phat Diem Cathedral tells the story of how the West met the East in Vietnam. This cathedral is the combination of Western architecture and Eastern culture and was built by only wood and stone locally available there.

phat diem pagoda overview

Phat Diem Cathedral will tell you the story of how the West met the East in Vietnam

Phat Diem Cathedral complex includes a lake, a cathedral, a stone church, a Bellhouse and three artificial grottoes. The mass is regularly held so if you want to attend one, you just need to check out the schedule.

Heading to Tam Coc, a part of every Tam Coc tour, you can go for a 3-hour boat tour on Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc will make you remember its mesmerizing sceneries of the blue sky, crystal-clear water, giant karst mountains. You will be able to visit three mysterious caves: Ca Cave (The First Cave); Hai Cave (The Second Cave) and Ba Cave (The Third Cave).

tam coc sunset

3-hour boat tour on Ngo Dong River for you to witness all the magnificent landscape

This itinerary is suitable for people who love architecture and photography. This Ninh Binh day trip is also quite relaxing so the family group can consider it.

First, we will start by going to Phat Diem Cathedral. You can spend all the morning exploring this large complex, or attend a mass if you wish. At noon, after having lunch, you will get to Tam Coc grottoes for your boat trip tour.

The boat tour can be between 2 to 3 hours, so you will have a lot of time for sightseeing and taking photos.  After that, you can come back for Hanoi while the sun still shines, or stay a bit longer to watch the sunset on Ngo Dong river.

>>> This Phat Diem – Tam Coc trip is the new route, so contact us for a customized trip there!

Cuc Phuong National Park: The trending Ninh Binh 1 day trip from Hanoi

If you love adventure, why don’t you try Cuc Phuong National Park Trekking trip? Cuc Phuong National Park offers a lot of jungle trek routes with different itineraries to satisfy all the adventurous travelers coming here.

Cuc phuong naional park trekking tour

For any nature-lovers, this would be a great great choice!

Along the trekking route, you can visit the Endangered Primates Rescue Center, the Turtle Conservation Program, the Botanical Garden and other centers for conservation. Or you can find and admire the millennium tree – the one that is 1000 years old! You can go for bird watching in Cuc Phuong National Park too.

The itinerary for Cuc Phuong National Park day tour will require you go in small groups and under the instruction of local guides. When you arrive at Ninh Binh city center, you will have to go through small village roads to get to Cuc Phuong National Park.

Cuc Phuong nation park

Endangered Primate Rescue Center is the house of conservation of many precious animals

You can first go to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, which is the house of conservation of many precious animals, or visit the Botanical Garden to see thousands of exotic flowers and trees. After that, it’s time for lunch in a local restaurant nearby.

In the afternoon, you should start with visiting the cave of primitive man, with 3 ancient tombs lying underground. After that, you can continue your trekking to the 1000-year-old ancient tree, standing like the Mother Nature of this jungle. If you go in the right time, you can see flocks of exotic birds or colorful butterflies in the jungle.

butterflies season in cuc phuong national park

Plan your trip to Cuc Phuong in its best season – The butterflies season!

In the end, you can land on the discovery park, take pictures to memorize the great time you have there, and take up your backpack. It’s time to be back to Hanoi.

3. Some tips for day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

To choose Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi, it really depends on your preference and travel style. Among suggestions above, just choose the one catchs your attention at the first place! And whatever trip you take, remember to prepare yourself

  • Hat, sunglass, sunscreen and things to protect yourself from the sun as you you spend a lot of time outdoor
  • Some light snacks and water is needed
  • If you want to take a boat tour, you can consider more Ninh Binh boat tour aside Trang An or Tam Coc. And please wear the life vest available on the boat.
  • If you plan to book a tour from tour operators or travel agencies, choose a reliable one! The list of best travel agency in Ninh Binh would help!

Have you choose your best Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi among those suggestions? If you still wonder which to choose, contact our local experts. Original Ninh Binh Tours will help you choose the best suitable one!

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