Ninh Binh

About 90 kilometers south Hanoi, Ninh Binh makes it name as a rising tourist attraction in Northern Vietnam thanks to its natural landscapes of limestone karts outcrop being visible in the distance and cultural heritages. The province is also known for unique local specialties including mountain goat meat and burning rice. Make sure to try these when traveling here.

Ninh Binh
Apart of its beauty, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is recently declared as a mixed UNESCO World Heritage site of natural and cultural property. It consists of a spectacular limestone karst landscape. The archeological remains found in caves trace human presence since 30 000 years. Parts of the heritage consist of Hoa Lu, the old capital of Vietnam, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Bai Dinh temple.

12km to the north of the city, Hoa Lu is the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries thanks to its location surrounded by craggy mountains. The ancient citadel which once consisted of defensive earthen walls, palaces, temples and pagodas no longer exists except few relics of temples of Dinh and Le Kings.
Trang An Eco-tourism complex in Ninh Binh
Trang An Eco-tourism complex in Ninh Binh

From Hoa Lu to the northwest, Bai Dinh pagoda is a religious complex covering an area of 539 hectares, with the ancient and the newly constructed Bai Dinh pagoda, parks, car parking and lake system. It is considered the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam with many records such as the largest pagoda, the biggest gold-plated copper and the longest lobby…, making it a popular destination for pilgrims across the country.

Tam Coc
which is 7 km from the city center actually refers to three caves which the Ngo Dong River flows through amongst idyllic lush rice paddies and dramatic limestone outcrop. The only way to see Tam Coc is by row boat on the Ngo Dong River. The nearby Bich Dong pagoda is divided into three levels of lower, middle and upper pagodas dated back to 15th century situating at the grandiose Ngu Nhac Mountain. Climb atop the mountain, you will be rewarded with terrific views of the landscape below and you will understand why this region is described in the Lonely Planet guidebook as Halong Bay on the rice paddies. It is simply incredible! Similar to Tam Coc, Trang An Eco-tourism complex is called an ‘outdoor geological museum’ with numerous limestone caves, green valley, towering mountains and historic relic.

Cuc Phuong, the Vietnam’s first national park is home to diverse species of flora and fauna, making it one of the country’s most important sites for biodiversity. The park offers an amazing opportunity to get close into Vietnam’s wildlife by trekking through forest trails. Despite the exhortation and the park’s conservation efforts, many species have been vanished from the area due to poaching and habitat destruction, others are notoriously elusive, so manage your expectations accordingly. Tourists can visit here within a day from Hanoi or stay in the park’s lodging for longer trip. The best time to travel is during the dry season from November to February. Visitors in April and May might see the millions of butterflies that breed here. Remember to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against prickly vines and leeches.

Van Long Nature Reserve is the largest wetland in the Red River Delta set amid limestone pinnacles. This tranquil reserve is ideal for bird-watching such as rare black-faced spoonbill, cotton pygmy goose, and white-browed crake. The reserve is also the refuge of the endangered Delacour’s langur. Dubbed “the waveless bay”, a popular excursion here is taking a leisurely row boat ride (max 2 people per boat).

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