Ninh Binh province is a peaceful part of the countryside in northern Vietnam that is rich in exquisite natural scenery. While there isn't a lot to see in Ninh Binh town, the surrounding area includes places like Tam Coc, Mua Caves and the ancient city of Hoa Lu, which are must-visit places to include on the travel itinerary.
Here are a few of the most compelling reasons to visit Ninh Binh on the Vietnam tours:
The biggest attraction in Tam Coc is the peaceful countryside setting which isn't too overcrowded with other tourists.
Any trip to Tam Coc will include a boat ride along the Ngo Dong River that passes through the three caves. Tourists will have to pay small fee for this activity which is in the region of $9 per passenger.
Beyond the relaxing boat ride, there is also the option to take a bicycle tour of the region that takes in the majority of the stunning countryside landscape, such as the tall limestone karsts and rice paddies. A bicycle does not give the option to explore the caves, but will make it possible to see several areas that are away from the river. For instance, there are plenty of narrow trails that run between the rice fields. Plus, there are other local attractions that are worthwhile a visit like the various pagodas and Mua Cave. A bicycle is easily hired for free at many of the local hotels to elsewhere for a small fee in the region of $1-2 per day.
Many tourists visiting Mua Cave on the Vietnam family holiday will likely find Mua Cave isn't the main attraction, but is instead the panoramic views that are possible after climbing up the mountain. On reaching the top there are great views into the distance of the limestone karsts, rice fields and the river. However, the climb to the top involves over 400 steps, so pack plenty of water and try to avoid visiting the cave at the hottest time of the day. Also, there is an entry free for Mua Cave, which is approx $4.50 and an extra $1 if looking to park a motorbike.
The Hoa Lu ancient capital is a relatively short distance from Ninh Binh – approx 15 km – and a great place to explore for those on the Vietnam tours package interested in seeing ancient ruins. Additionally, there is the option to go for a boat ride in the area which is less touristy than alternatives like Trang An and Tam Coc.
Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong Pagoda is an amazing place to visit with its pagodas built into a limestone mountain. The temple complex is split over several floors with a the first pagoda located at ground level, the next is reached by climbing up a few steps and passing through a cave, while the last is found after climbing the last set of steps. Some of the steps can be a little steep, but the all-round experience of viewing this complex is certain to be worth it. There isn't an entrance fee to view this temple complex, but there is a need to dress respectfully for the duration of the tour.