Ninh Binh Activities for 1 day
Ninh Binh is assure the more and more prominent position in the Vietnam tourism map. Ninh Binh tourism is the combination of river, cave, history, culture, discovery and leisure tourism. Let’s find what kinds of Ninh Binh activities you can do for one day.
1. Means of transportation to Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh has the same climate and weather as Hanoi, therefore, you can come to Ninh Binh anytime through the year. Ninh Binh city is about 93 km far from Hanoi to the South, traffic is extremely convenient because both 1A route and South-North railway go across. As a result, you may choose to travel to Ninh Binh in both main road and railway.
2. Some tourist attractions – For Ninh Binh activities
Hoa Lu relic area
There are still so many relics, remnants of palaces, temples, pagodas, graves… One tip for experiencing enjoyable Ninh Binh that we would love to share with you when in Hoa Lu is come to Ngan Xuyen pagoda (near the foot of Ma Yen mountain) and Nhat Tru pagoda (200 m far from King Le temple) for sightseeing and purifying. Those are 2 beautiful and holly pagodas.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital used to be a firm military stronghold of 3 consecutive dynasties in Vietnam history: Dinh Dynasty, Early Le Dynasty, and Ly Dynasty. The ancient capital is a magnificent and majestic palace, which is surrounded by arc-shaped rocky mountains, spectacular scenery and numerous calm lakes… They all create the tranquil and charming landscapes along with the mysterious characteristics, leaving a strong appeal for tourists when taking part in Ninh Binh travel.
Phat Diem stone church
Constructed on Gothic architecture, Phat Diem stone church is the most beautiful Catholic church in Vietnam
With an area of more than 2,000 hectares, Trang An has a mountain system surrounded by green forest, which gives visitors a feeling of peace. With the harmony between the cultural and spiritual beauty, this place has been recognized by the World Heritage Committee as UNESCO World Heritage in 2014.
Trang An is one of the most beautiful and charming karst landscape in the world. Covering the landscape is the forest carpet and majestic conical towers of 200m high, with narrow craters closed, surrounded by interconnected mountains, the marshes are connected through the system of underground tunnels with the length up to 1 km.
This is a very special place where culture is exposed to the wonders, mysteries and grandeur of the natural world.
Tam Coc is located in the famous Trang An scenic complex. Known for the name “Ha Long Bay on land”, this is one of the key national resorts.
Tam Coc means “three caves”, including Ca cave, Hai and hang hang Ba. All three caves are made up of the Ngo Dong River that pierces the mountain. Tam Coc is the first exploited cruise line in Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area.
Ca cave: 127 meters long, through a large mountain, the cave is over 20 m wide. In a cool climate cave, there are many stalactites with various forms.
Hai cave is nearly 1 km away from Ca cave, 60 m long, and the ceiling of the cave has many strange stalactites.
Ba Cave: near cave Hai, 50 meters long, ceiling cave like a stone arch, lower than the other two caves.
The highlight of this tourist destination in addition to the beautiful landscape is the road leading to the top of Mua Cave, which was built in accordance with the Great Wall of architecture with nearly 500 stone terraces.
From the peak of Mua mountain, visitors can admire the whole beauty of Tam Coc area, which is the famous scenic spot in Ninh Binh. According to legend, King Tran often came here to listen to music and dance performance. Therefore, this place was named the Dance Cave or Mua Cave in Vietnamese.
Located in the center is a large artificial lake, on both sides are rows of lush green trees creating an extremely airy space and a panoramic view of the sacred mountain. The top of the mountain placed a statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara looking down on the ancient land.
Some other spots for Ninh Binh activities: sunny valley, Ma Tien grottos, Dong Chuong lake, Non Nuoc mountain, Kenh Ga hot stream,…
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3. Suggested Ninh Binh activities for 1 day
Ninh Binh possesses a wide ranges of tourism spots and covering those places takes you at least about 3-4 days. However, not all tourists have time to travel all. Below we give you some advices for Ninh Binh tourism for one day.
King Dinh Le temple – Thung Nham – Thien Ha cave – Dong Chuong lake is the great suggestion for traveling Ninh Binh for 24 hours
5:30 or 6:00: initiate with cheap 4-seat car booking service to Ninh Binh. Have breakfast and start your traveling day in Ninh Binh with coming to Hoa Lu ancient capital to thurify at King Dinh Le temple (Truong Yen, Hoa Lu District) and wish for peace.
9:00: Depart toward Thung Nham bird garden( Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu District), 10 km far from King Dinh Le temple. Normally, to reach Thung Nham, travelers often have to go toward 4 km on Tam Coc – Bich Dong road and then pass Thung Nang and continue going by motorbikes, cars or boats (if travel toward Pagoda Cave in the complex Tam Coc – Bich Dong). Boat trip in Tam coc is one of the famous Ninh Binh activities.
After reaching Thung Nham, you can freely view diverse kinds of birds like: storks, cauldrons, herons, ducks, safes, fire magpies, blackbirds,… After eyefulling, you are recommended to land on the shore and view some gardens, virgin forests, love valleys, hundred-year banyan trees,… or keep boating to explore grottoes belonging to the Thung Nham ecological complex.
12:00: you can come to Nham hill to take a rest and have lunch. There has so many local specialities for you to choose like: Muong Sapa pigs, hill chickens, fish, bitter bamboo shoots, forest vegetables…
13:00: after lunch time and relaxation, you can start returning the parking place to move to Thien Ha cave – strong solid walls protecting the Hoa Lu ancient capital in the 10th century.
15:30: after moving out of Thien Ha cave, you begin to move to Dong Chuong lake. This is a place which is quite pristine and on the process of exploitation. Thus, you may relax and rest after walking for discovering Thien Ha cave. At this place, you are free to go boats surrounding the lake, for going fishing or take part in some games in the amusement areas, sport area or come to houses on stilts, have a snack before returning to Hanoi.
16:30 or 17:30: you can say goodbye to Ninh Binh and come back to Hanoi, end the discovery tour in Ninh Binh for one day.
This is our suggestion for Ninh Binh activities for 1 day. Hope you have a great time in Ninh Binh.