Ninh Binh

Rock Karsts and Rice Paddies

Ninh Binh is becoming increasingly popular as day and overnight trips from Hanoi and for good reason. Often called the Halong Bay of the Land, this area is scattered with towering limestone karsts. They stand majestically among rice paddies and slow-flowing rivers, creating one of the most beautiful spots in all of Northern Vietnam. Float along the rivers, visiting caves and temples along the way and drink in the amazing scenery.

We have a few options for tours in Ninh Binh or you can customise your own journey.

Option 1 – Bai Dinh Pagoda 

Ninh Binh province is approximately 100 Kms from Hanoi and as you approach the karst formations grow denser and denser.

On arrival head to Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful spiritual site and then have lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy some local special dishes like goat meat with elderberry.

In the afternoon take a boat trip along the Trang An river route, between mountains and through a collection of incredible caves, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave and Nau Ruou.

Return to Hanoi for the late afternoon.

Option 2 – Tam Coc

Depart early for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful scenery of rural Vietnam along the way.

On arrival your guide will take you through Hoa Lu – the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. Visit the 10th century Dinh king temple and Le king temple, learning the heroic histories of this two Kings in the Chinese Wars.

After a local lunch, head to Tam Coc river and step into a rowboat to explore the area. Pass between the karst mountains, past rice paddies and through three enormous caves whose stalactite reach down towards the water. It takes approximately two hours to slowly make your way along the peaceful river, so you should sit back and relax and take it all in.

This is also a perfect place for bike riding and you will have the chance to visit the small villages of the area by bicycle before heading back to Hanoi for the evening.

Add to this tour with a visit to Mua Cave and the Tam Coc viewpoint in our ultimate Tam Coc tour.

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