Ninh Binh Excursion
- Get a sense of this UNESCO-protected site is by taking a paddleboat tour along its shimmering rivers.
- Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Ninh Binh at Hang Mua.
- Enjoy a leisure sampan to visit Tam Coc with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars.
- Take a peaceful breath at Thai Vi Temple while walking around this beautiful old Buddish site.
- Pay a visit to the Bai Dinh Pagoda, an important place of pilgrimage and the largest complex of Buddhist temples in the country.
- Discover the UNESCO-listed Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
- Age range
- under 87 year olds
- 3 / 4 / 5
The magical Ninh Binh is located in northern Vietnam, 100km south of Hanoi and is nicknamed Halong Bay on Land. Ninh Binh is a fascinating place where apart from an inspiring scenery, you have easy access to the most rural and authentic side Vietnam. The Ninh Binh Excursion (2 days trip) offers you the most highlights of this beautiful province. You will discover both Tam Coc & Trang An by sampan without thinking of choosing one or skipping the other. Moreover, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Ninh Binh at Hang Mua, where 500 steps have been dramatically carved into the steep face of a mountain, as well as pay a visit to Bai Dinh, the second largest Buddist pagoda in South East Asia. You will feel like you’re in a movie scene cruising down a natural kingdom – the best way to get a sense of this UNESCO-protected site…
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Day 1 : Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Mua Cave – Tam Coc.
Meet our Vietnam Travel’s knowledge and experienced driver at your hotel then depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located in the marshy Red River Delta, featuring a network of waterways coupled with spectacular limestone formations rising up from rice paddy fields. On arrival, spend about 90 minutes to visit Hang Mua (Mua Cave) – the glamorous “queen” of Trang An. There are 486 white stone steps leading to the peak of the mountain, which is often referred to image of a mini Great Wall. On both edges of the stairs, there are stone lines that are elaborately decorated with the symbol of dragon or phoenix carved inspired by the Tran dynasty’s art. Standing on top of Hang Mua, you will be surely impressive with the magnificent landscape and panorama views down to the Tam Coc area.
Transfer to your hotel for checking in, take rest and have lunch at a local restaurant with local specialties (on your own account).
Afternoon, board your private sampan boat from Tam Coc Town for the ninety minute cruise along the Ngo Dong River. Pass through the three caves named Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Cuoi that made Vietnam famous in the French film 'Indochine'. During the rowing boat ride, you will enjoy a unique landscape that has been dubbed “Halong Bay on Land”. Conclude your day with a visit to Thai Vi Temple, a must-see place in Tam Coc Town. It has long been well-known not only as a cultural historical relic but also an evidence of stone carving art of Ninh Binh’s sculptors.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 2 : Ninh Binh – Bai Dinh Pagoda – Trang An Complex – Hanoi.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then visit Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, one of the largest pagodas not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia. This place is scenically set on the foothill of Dinh Mountain, surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below, and dotted with limestone karsts, which will take your breath away. The pagoda complexes stunningly boast an array of the most massive and magnificent refined Vietnamese architecture, which will take a full day to explore. With sacred atmospheres and an intriguing Buddhism story told by your guide, you cannot fail to be enchanted. Some of the highlights are:
- 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats),
- Two huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, the other 36 tons,
- Three bronze statues of “Tam The” (50 tons each).
The visit ends with a walk up the summit mountain to see the 100 ton bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni and a chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will leave for the Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO-listed series of grottoes carved from the region's striking natural monoliths of limestone, which rises dramatically out from the rice paddy fields. Deep among the towering mountains, are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle. Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through four caves. Enjoy the sunset over the lime karsts while cruising on the clear water back to the main tourist boat terminal.
Afterwards, transfer back to Hanoi. Tour concludes.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
Expert English-speaking local guide.
(Other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
- Modern air-conditioned vehicle.
- Rowing sampan on Tam Coc & Trang An.
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
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