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Places to explore should not be missed in Ninh Binh

Natural tourist attractions in Ninh Binh

Trang An Scenic Area

Trang An Scenic Area
Trang An Scenic Area – Source: Internet

When coming to Ninh Binh, it is impossible not to visit Trang An scenic area. With an area of ​​over 6000 hectares, Trang An is known as “Ha Long Bay on land” with its natural cave complex and unique limestone mountain system. You will be surprised with a majestic natural masterpiece with a population of 50 trans-water caves connecting 31 flooded valleys. When visiting the caves, you will be able to admire the natural stalactite system, take a boat ride through the cool water to form beautiful winding flows.

Trang An has been recognized by UNESCO as a “Dual World Heritage Site” for nature and culture since 2014 and has been ranked a particularly important National Monument by the Vietnamese Government.

Location: About 7km from Ninh Binh bus station, about 8km from Ninh Binh station, located on Trang An street on the right hand side.

You have to buy  ticket to get in

Read more: Explore Cuc Phuong National Park to admire the beauty of nature

Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area

Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area is an equally famous stopover with a system of limestone caves and historical sites of the Tran dynasty. Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area has a natural area of ​​350.3 ha, belonging to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu.

Tam Coc means “Three caves” with a chain of 3 caves including Ca cave, Hai cave and Ba cave, created by the Ngo Dong river crashing through the mountain. Ca Cave is 127m long and has a cave entrance that is more than 20m wide, cutting through a big mountain. When visiting, you will feel the cool air and there are many stalactites falling with various shapes. Nearly 1km from Ca cave is Hai cave with a length of 60m which also has unique limestone shapes. Hang Ba has a length of 50m, near Hang Hai, with a lower height than the other two caves, like a giant stone arch.

Bich Dong, known as “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong” (the second most beautiful cave in the South), is located 2km from Tam Coc. Bich Dong, also means “green cave”, consists of a dry cave located halfway up the mountain – where Bich Dong pagoda is located, and a water cave piercing through the mountain called Xuyen Thuy Dong.

Location: far from Ninh Binh city is about 7km, located in the Trang An tourist complex

This area need ticket to visit

Ninh Binh – Tam Coc Bich Dong tourist area is a large complex with many different sightseeing branches. Guests can choose from a variety of sightseeing routes according to their schedule, with a variety of excursions including yachts, cycling and walking. Boats take tourists on Ngo Dong river from the central wharf, winding through cliffs, caves, rice fields; Visiting time is about 2 hours.

Mua Cave

Mua Cave
Mua Cave – Source: Internet

Mua Cave, is an attractive “check-in” place when traveling to Ninh Binh of young people with an impressive view from the top of the mountain with the whole beautiful scene of Tam Coc area from the ripe rice fields stretching to the river scenery. wide open water. Mua Cave in addition to its wild beauty and beautiful scenery is also a challenging journey to conquer 500 stone steps, with the reward at the top of the mountain is a beautiful natural picture.

Location: Located in Tam Coc, Hoa Lu area, 5km from Tam Coc and Bich Dong, straight way down to Phat Diem Stone Church.

You need to buy a ticket

Hoa Lu ancient capital

Located in the core of 4 attractions of Trang An World Heritage complex, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Ninh Binh is a complex of historical – architectural relics, including 3 main areas: special protection area. In particular, the buffer zone and other monuments are of great significance.

With more than 1000 years of ups and downs, the current ancient capital of Hoa Lu still retains important relics from the Dinh – Le dynasties. When visiting Hoa Lu ancient capital, you will be able to reflect on historical events at King Dinh temple, King Le Dai Hanh temple, Co Am pagoda, Dinh – Le mausoleum as well as historical – cultural relics. Important as Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu cave, East gate, South gate…

Location: Located in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, going to the North.

Ticket price: needed

Van Long Lagoon

Van Long Lagoon
Van Long Lagoon – Source: Internet

In addition to Trang An and Bai Dinh, Van Long lagoon is a natural landscape visited by many tourists when taking a self-sufficient tour of Ninh Binh. Located in the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta, Van Long lagoon – also known as “the bay without waves” – will take visitors to discover the diverse ecosystem that is growing. nestled among the wild beauty.

When visiting Van Long lagoon, you will be able to sail on the calm water, reflecting the beauty of heaven and earth. You can also admire the limestone formations of mother nature with many interesting names such as Meo Cao mountain, Mam Xoi mountain, Hom Sach mountain… Going down the boat along the water, you will see birds. , langurs are foraging, roaming in their natural habitat, creating an ink painting that can’t be found anywhere else.

Location: from National Highway 1A, through Ly Phu to Gian Khau junction, then turn left and follow the road to Nho Quan to Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district.

Spiritual tourist destination in Ninh Binh

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda – Source: Internet

As a temple complex located on Bai Dinh mountain with an area of ​​​​539 hectares including 80 hectares, Bai Dinh pagoda is divided into two areas: the new pagoda area and the old pagoda area. Bai Dinh is a spiritual complex with the most massive and unique architecture in Vietnam. The majestic main temple roof is designed with 3 floors and 12 curved roofs in the shape of a knife head, roofed with tiles in the shape of a traditional comedy nose. The pagoda is also designed with steps decorated with stone dragons of the Ly Dynasty, a large stone yard overlooking the Jade Well.

When visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda, you will have the opportunity to admire many outstanding relics and spiritual sites with many thrilling legends. You will visit Bright Cave where worshiping Gods and Buddhas; and Dark Cave – where the statues of mothers and fairies are located deep in the cave, covered with magical stalactites.

Besides, you can also visit the Jade Well – the largest pagoda well in Vietnam with jade-green well water and the largest bronze bell in Vietnam, the longest Arhat corridor in Vietnam and many beautiful scenes you won’t see. can miss.

Location: located at the western gateway of Hoa Lu ancient relic area, on National Highway 38B, far from Ho Chi Minh City. Ninh Binh 15 km

Ticket price: needed

Phat Diem Stone Church

Phat Diem Stone Church copy
Phat Diem Stone Church – Source: Internet

As a cross between Eastern Buddhism and Western Catholicism, Phat Diem Stone Church is a unique architectural work with exquisite sculptures and carvings. The architectural complex of Phat Diem Cathedral includes: a large church with 4 churches next to it on both sides, three artificial caves with ponds, monuments, and communal houses.

Location: located in Phat Diem town, far from the city center. Ninh Binh is about 28km.

Ticket price: Free to visit

Read more: Experience visiting Tam Coc – Bich Dong in summer: Have you ever tried?

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