Top things to do in Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh attracts few tourists, but it is well worth the trip. Because of its stunning riverine grandeur, which includes sheer limestone mountains rising up from the rice farms, this region is known as “Ha Long Bay on Land.” Look through this list before you go.
Embark on a sampan excursion
At the Tam Coc and Trang An boat docks, each sampan is steered by a boat person who rows with their feet instead of their hands. You’ll be skillfully guided through gentle waterways, past majestic karsts, and into dripping caverns.
Make a pilgrimage to the Bai Dinh Temple
Bai Dinh is the ‘s biggest Buddhist temple complex, with a fusion of old and new forms. Old temples are hidden in caves that can only be reached via a scenic 300-step hike, whilst the current temple area spans 500 hectares.
Visit the ancient capital
The capital of Vietnam today is Hanoi, but in the 10th and 11th centuries, it was Hoa Lu. This small old temple was innately shielded from incursions by karsts and rivers. Today, it’s a nice spot to get your history fix.
Admire the view from Hang Mua
Hang Mua, where 500 steps have been dramatically carved into the steep face of a mountain, provides a bird’s-eye view of Ninh Binh. A lookout point at the top provides a surreal view of the river meandering lazily through paddies and limestone outcrops.
At the Vân Long Nature Reserve, an unique row boat ride is a must-do. Keep a look out for unusual creatures like the black-faced spoonbill and the Delacour’s Langur, which is one of the world’s most endangered monkeys.