Ninh Binh Overview

Ninh Binh is one of the best destinations for your Vietnam Tour. About 2 hour-drive far from Hanoi, there is a beautiful “Halong Bay on land”. Favoured by nature, Ninh Binh also has amazing limestone mountain on rice paddies. For a long time, Ninh Binh has been an attractive destination for both Vietnam and foreign travellers.


Along the road from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, travellers might be overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery of green rice paddies, limestone islands on land and mowed grass on the field. 

There are a lot of tourist attractions in Ninh Binh such as Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Van Long Nature Reserve, Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex, Tam Coc – Bich Dong Cave, etc.

If you enjoying the beauty of nature, let’s spend at least one day in Cuc Phuong National Park – one of the most diverse rainforests in Vietnam. Or you can explore Van Long Nature Reserve known as “Preserved Nature Are” where you can enjoy gorgeous landscape and rural life.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong Cave and Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex bring you to a fairy tale world with amazing caves formed by limestone through millions of years.

If you are curious about the history and culture of Vietnam, let’s Incredible Asia Journey take you to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital which remained the trace of Vietnam the feudal dynasty of Vietnam nearly 1000 years ago.

There are a lot of activities for tourists in Ninh Binh. You can enjoy biking tour around Ninh Binh, hiking tour through Cuc Phuong International Park, walking tour to Bai Dinh Pagoda or sitting on the boat as enjoying the beauty of Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex.

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The special dishes in Ninh Binh include dishes of goat meat, Kim Son wine, Ninh Binh eel vermicelli and burned rice. The most famous and unique dishes in Ninh Binh is goat meat. 

Goat meat is a nutritious and delicious dish since it is served with many precious fine herbs which are very good for people’s health. Goat meat is often eaten with fried rice (com chay). The combination of goat meat and fried rice will surely fascinate your taste.

The locals usually take goat meat while tasting some fresh beer (Bia Hoi). After burning calories on activities, drinking some beer will make you feel refreshed.


The greatest probability of sunny weather in Ninh Binh is from October to April. If you would like to visit only this place, then you can go in any of these months. 

Tours to Ninh Binh from Hanoi.

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Day Trip

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip is the full day tour. Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip starts in Hanoi and ends in Hanoi. 

The tour starts from Hanoi from 08.00 AM - 08.30 AM with bus or private car/van and our tour guide for 2 hour-driving to Hoa Lu - The ancient capital of Vietnam 1000 years ago. You will learn more about the history of Vietnam through our guide's story dated back to a thousand year ago. Take a transfer to a restaurant for a delicious lunch then head to Tam Coc for the sampan boat trip to visit Tam Coc cave. Tam Coc cave is considered as Halong Bay on the mainland as its beauty like Halong Bay but on the mainland. You will enjoy the boat trip for about 1 hour and 30 minutes admiring the beauty of this area and you will have a chance to communicate with boat rower. Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip is one of the best options for your day trip from Hanoi.

Your Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day trip ends in Hanoi around 5.30 - 6.00 PM.

Hoa Lu Tam Coc And Halong Bay Group Tour - 2 Days

This Hoa Lu Tam Coc and Halong Bay Tour bring you the best experience for Northern Vietnam Tours. 

You will do this tour in 2 days. 

The first day you will visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Day Trip visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Captial and enjoy the Boat trip in Tam Coc then go back to Hanoi on the same day. If you join in a Vietnam Group Tour for 2 days you will go back to Hanoi by the shuttle bus. If your tour is a private tour you can stay in Ninh Binh. That will be a great chance for you to learn more about the local life in Ninh Binh. In the afternoon, you may go to the local market for seeing the local life or just go to a local coffee shop for a sip of coffee and seeing the life going.

The second day of your Hoa Lu Tam Coc and Halong Bay, you will take the transfer from Hanoi or Tam Coc ( if you stay in Tam Coc for overnight for the private tour) to Halong Bay.

Hop onto the Halong Bay day trip with Incredible Asia Journeys and listen to the itinerary briefing. You will enjoy the delicious lunch then have time for relaxing in the sundeck. Then, you will visit one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay - Thien Cung Cave or Heaven Palace Cave. After visiting Thien Cung Cave you will join in kayaking activities or staying on the sampan boat to discovering Halong Bay. 

Go back to your cruise then cruise back to the harbour for ending your trip.

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