Well-known as “the land of Ancient Citadel”, Ninh Binh has now become a real tourist magnet not only for the Vietnamese but also international visitors all over the world. Eco-tourism and cultural-spiritual tourism, especially Trang An landscape complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park, etc. have been strongly developed in this province. 

I - Where is Ninh Binh Vietnam & how to get there?

This province is located in the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam - about 94km from Hanoi to the South.

- Total area: 1,400 km²

- Population: 982,487 people (latest statistics in 2019)

- Postal code: 430000

- Administrative units: Ninh Binh City, Tam Diep City, Yen Khanh District, Nho Quan District, Gia Vien District, Kim Son District, Yen Mo District. 


festival in ninh binh

Bai Dinh Pagoda - Source: Nguyen Dung

Traveling to this province is fairly easy. Trains, planes and buses to this province are available all day and night. 

By train 

You can get off at Ninh Binh Train Station. There are many trains from Hanoi, Hue City, Danang City, Saigon, this railway station daily. 

- Address: No.01 Alley 41, Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thanh Binh Ward, Ninh Binh City Centre 

By plane

There is no airport in this province and you can take a flight to Noi Bai International Airport - the nearest airport, about 110km. From Noi Bai International Airport, you can get on a limousine or hire a motorbike to continue your journey. 

By bus

There are 2 bus stations in this province and you can take a bus from many other destinations in Vietnam to there:

- Ninh Binh Bus Station: No.207 Le Dai Hanh Street, Van Gia Commune, Ninh Binh City Center - 9km from Trang An, 10km from Tam Coc, 8km from Mua Cave,...

- Nho Quan bus station: Nho Quan Town, Nho Quan District - 18km from Van Long Nature Reserve, 25km from Cuc Phuong National Park,...


burned rice in ninh binh

Burned rice - a local speciality - Source: Internet

II - Ninh Binh tourist information

1 - Getting around

On the tour discovering this province, you can take a couple of commuter modes into consideration such as: motorbike, bike, taxi, and boat.


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Cuc Phuong National Park - Source: Ninhbinhretreat

By bike 

A bike tour is an ideal option for you to admire the beauty of every corner here with an affordable rental fare of about  50,000 to 80,000 VND / day ($2.1 - 3.5). There are several destinations you can reach on the tour such as: Tam Coc, Thai Vi Temple, Mua Cave, Thung Nham Bird Garden, Trang An Landscape Complex, Cuc Phuong National Park,... 

You can rent a bike from a couple of resorts and hotels providing free bicycle rental service (Aravinda Resort for an example). Otherwise, you can hire a bicycle/ a scooter in some homestays and resort/ bungalows (Ninh Binh Central Hotel, Tam Coc-Bich Dong Resort, Thuy Anh Hotel, Tam Coc Happy Home scooter & bicycle rental,...)


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Bich Dong Pagoda - Source: Ins @hoangnhatanh

Motorbike rental in Ninh Binh Vietnam 

Motorcycle is one of the favourite means of transport here because it is very convenient and it also helps you to touch the “utmost beauty of nature, life and locals on every path you go”. There are ample of motorbike agencies for rent you can take into consideration:

Dung Manh motorbike rental shop:

- Address: 49/16 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Nam Binh Ward, Ninh Binh City

- Website:

Phuong Tien motorbike rental shop: 

- Address: No.48 Alley 104, Le Thai To Street, Tan Thanh Ward, Ninh Binh City 

- Contact: +84 942 862 099 or +84 779 266 808 

Khanh Chi motorbike rental shop:   

- Address: No.80, Luong Van Tuy Street, Tan Thanh Ward, Ninh Binh City 

- Contact: +84 942 862 099 


- Address: No.42, Street 27/7, Nam Binh Ward, Ninh Binh City 

- Contact: +84 338 023 344 

- Website:

By taxi 

Taxi price is from 10,000 VND / km ($0.44). Here are some taxi brands you can refer to:

- Mai Linh taxi: +84 229 625 2525 or +84 229 625 1888

- Hoa Lu taxi: +84 229 321 1444

- Xuan Thanh taxi: +84 229 368 6868


ninh binh boat rice tour

A boat tour in Trang An - Source: Ins @hoangnhatanh

Ninh Binh boat 

Traveling by boat is quite special when visiting this province, which facilitates you to discover many interesting places such as Trang An Landscape Complex, Tam Coc, Van Long Nature Reserve, Thung Nang Tourist Area, Thung Nham Bird Garden,... In particular, to explore the utmost beauty of Trang An complex, you follow three routes below which lead you to glorious caves and stunning sceneries: 

- Route 1: 3.5 hours' rowing, 9 caves (Dark Cave, Bright Cave, Moonshine Cave, Ba Giọt Cave, Seo Cave, Sơn Dương Cave, Khống Cave, Trần Cave, and Quy Hậu Cave) and 3 temples (Trình, Khống and Báo Hiếu Pagoda), several hop-on, hop-off spots. 

- Route 2:  2.5 hours' rowing, 4 caves (Lấm Cave, Vạng Cave, and Thánh Trượt Cave, Đại Cave), 3 temples visiting (Thánh Cao Sơn temple, Hanh Cung Vũ Lâm temple, and Suối Tiên temple).

- Route 3: 3 hours rowing, 3 caves (Đột Cave, Địa Linh Cave, and Mây Cave), and 3 temples visiting (Trình temple, Hành Cung Vũ Lâm temple, and Suối Tiên temple)


ninh binh cave

Thien Ha Cave - Source: Vietnam Journey

2 - Ninh Binh travel agency

To gain an amazing experience when coming to this ancient capital, it is advisable for you to take a tour from a travel operator who brings you to the most outstanding attractions and provides you with the best services for your tour. Below are some suggestions for you to consider:

Ninh Binh Tourist Center 

You can choose any given tour taking place between 7am and 7pm. 

- Price: 900,000 VND / pax

- Contact: +84 777 248 022

- Website:

Ninh Binh Tours

- Pick-up point: your hotel in Hanoi

- Duration: 1 day

- Price: 933,000 - 1,092,000 VND / pax ($41-48) 

- Contact:+84 385 385 808 

- Website:


- Price: 682,000 - 3,665,000 VND / pax ($30 - 161)

- Online booking only 

- Hotline: +84 702 648 5873

- Website: 


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Tuyet Tinh Coc Valley - Source: Internet

3 - Ninh Binh or Halong Bay? 

Both of the 2 destinations have their own unique beauty, which makes it impossible to decide which one is better. However, to get more insight into these tourist magnets, you can take a look at this table below: 

  Visit Ninh Binh Province Visit HaLong Bay
Attractions Rice paddies; temples, pagodas; river system, caves; limestone mountains; ancient countryside

Beaches; Caves; Limestone mountains; Fishing villages 

Activities Cycling; river boat tour; sightseeing Swimming; diving; kayak; take a cruise; night squid fishing

Ninh Binh Vietnam is a famous tourist attraction with the increasing number of visitors who would like to admire the magnificent beauty of scenic landscapes of Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Trang An landscape Complex, and the unique architectures of Bai Dinh Pagoda and many other stunning should-visit places. 

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