Ninh Binh

We took a 2hr 30min train ride down to Ninh Binh to experience the ‘Halong Bay‘ on land and boy it did not disappoint. It was one of the absolute highlights for us so it’s a must do recommendation from us!

WHAT WE DID

Hang Mua

500 steps climbed and 100,000 vnd per person spent with no regrets at all! Well worth the climb for the stunning views and beautiful pagodas.

Chua Vang Pagoda

A quick stop off on the way to other places but it’s free and simply a beautiful place to photograph across the water.


Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

10,000 vnd entrance but recommended to view along the way to the Bai Dinh Pagoda. Set in a stunning location between the rice fields and river.

bai Dinh Pagoda

One of the more expensive activites as you have to pay for parking and the electric taxi into the grounds (60,000 taxi per person and 15,000 moped parking) but well worth it. The place is absolutely huge! You could get lost for hours exploring the grounds. Full of temples, pagodas, shrines and amazing views of Ninh Binh. The only thing worth considering is paying to have one of the guides go round with you. There isn’t any information boards around the place so unless you’re with a tour guide you won’t actually learn much about the place.


Bich Dong Pagoda

Pay a few pennies for parking the moped and go explore this Pagoda. Make sure you enter the cave and explore up into the cliffs – could easily be missed!

Thung Nham Bird Park

Expensive and by the time we had seen everything else it wasn’t really worth the money. It’s a paid resort area being developed to include a hotel and restaurants. There are caves to explore and you can take a boat ride around the area. 


WHAT WE LIKED MOST

All Of It!

It was a beautiful place, easy and safe to explore on a moped and truly spectacular. It gave us such a wonderful insight to Vietnam’s countryside.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

Nothing, It's just All Amazing!

Tips & Tricks

Make sure you stay out of Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh itself is just a standard city so make sure you book accommodation 20 minutes out into the countryside or in the small town of Tam Coc. We stayed at Trang An Valley Bungalow which was in the most stunning location with the most accommodating staff. 

Get yourself a moped for the day

This was the first place we decided to rent a moped and we are so glad we did. The roads are huge, safe and not busy at all. The best place to get some practise in and a must do in Vietnam. You could also rent a pedal bike but if you want to explore everywhere we mentioned I think it’s just too far apart to pedal! We rented a scooter off our hosts for no more than €6 a day and they filled it with enough petrol for your plans for the day.