Located 90km from Hanoi, Ninh Binh nowadays is a popular destination thanks to beautiful tourist sites including Tam Coc, Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, Kenh Ga and Cuc Phuong National Park. Besides popular options of day trips from Hanoi to these sights, travelers can stay overnight in Ninh Binh or in Cuc Phuong National Park to experience the scenery at a more leisure pace.
What to expect
Remarkable tourist sites in Ninh Binh include: Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam, is also an interesting historical site; Tam Coc Bich Dong boasts a breathtaking scenery of limestone mountains, rivers and rice fields; Cuc Phuong National Park is home to rarest plant and animal species, offering opportunities for researchers as well as tourists visit the park either for projects or eco-tours; Phat Diem Cathedral is a stone church reflecting the skilful carving art of Vietnamese workers; Van Long Wetland is a beautiful spot and also the most flooded nature preserve in Vietnam's Northern Delta; Leisure cycling along the countryside to traditional handicraft villages in Ninh Binh is another highlight of the trip.
It is possible to do trips at Ninh Binh year- round, but the best time is from September to April of next year.
By Road: 90km from Hanoi, for such a moderate distance, travelling by road is highly recommended. It takes travelers around 2 hours to arrive in Ninh Binh city. Traveling from Hanoi, you follow the Highway No. 1 and the road condition is good.
By Train: Departing from Hanoi, the Reunification Express Train Hanoi – Ninh Binh stops in Nam Dinh City and then goes straight to Ninh Binh Train Station in the center of Ninh Binh City. Travelling by train will take around two and a half hours.