Ninh Binh is a province located in the south of the Northern region. Ninh Binh has many famous scenic spots, such as Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, or Mua Cave. Ninh Binh is also known for its specialties, such as rice crust, mountain goat, or eel soup. If you want to explore the beauty of this land, please read the article below for more information about the tourist attractions, hotels, and cuisine of Ninh Binh.
Where to stay when traveling to Ninh Binh?
1. Tam Coc Garden Resort
Address: Hai Nham Village, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
Phone: 0378 253 555
- Tonkin Deluxe Bungalow Garden View: 4,900,000VND/night
- Premium Tonkin Bungalow with Garden View: 5,300,000VND/night
- Maison Que – Vacation Home: 16,000,000VND/night
Tam Coc Garden Resort is a luxurious and charming resort that offers spacious and comfortable rooms with private terraces overlooking the garden or mountain. The hotel is a sustainable and authentic resort that preserves the original construction of an ancient Tonkinese village, with stone houses, tile roofs, bamboo groves, and orchards. The resort also employs local staff and uses organic products from the garden.
2. Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Address: Van Long Nature Reserve, Commune, Gia Van, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
Phone: 0229 3658 333
- Superior Double or Twin Room: 2,032,953VND/night
- Superior Double or Twin Room: 3,066,055VND/night
- Deluxe Double or Twin Room: 5,069,550VND/night
Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is a 5-star resort that offers spacious rooms and villas with private balconies, a spa, and an outdoor pool. You can enjoy the comfort and luxury of the resort while admiring the natural beauty of Van Long Nature Reserve. Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is located in a convenient location that allows you to explore the nearby attractions, such as Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Mua Cave, and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. You can easily book tours and transportation from the resort.
3. Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Address: No 9, Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tourist Center, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
Phone: 0229 3888 555
- Cozy Superior Room: 1,776,272VND/night
- Deluxe Double or Twin Room: 2,644,002VND/night
- Executive Room: 2,993,622VND/night – 3,326,246VND/night
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort is located in a convenient location that allows you to explore the nearby attractions, such as Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Mua Cave, and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. The hotel has a friendly and professional staff that will make you feel welcome and well taken care of. They offer a variety of services and facilities, such as free WiFi, free parking, a fitness center, a kids’ club, and a restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese and international cuisine. Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, which makes it an ideal place to unwind and recharge after a long day of sightseeing.
4. Tam Coc Holiday Hotel & Villa
Address: Team 1, Van Lam, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh 08000
Phone: 0229 6279 279
- Deluxe Double Room with Mountain View: 1,485,000VND/night – 1,530,000VND/night
- Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Pool View: 1,530,000VND/night
Tam Coc Holiday Hotel & Villa is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Tam Coc, surrounded by rice fields and limestone mountains. The hotel offers authentic hospitality by professional and friendly staff, which definitely makes your stay amazing. The hotel offers luxurious and comfortable accommodations with modern amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms with free toiletries.
5. Mua Caves Ecolodge
Address: Khe Ha, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh 430000
Phone: 0229 3619 679
- Deluxe Bungalow: 2,500,000VND/night
- Deluxe Twin Room: 2,500,000VND/night
- Family Room with Mountain View: 3,000,000VND/night
Mua Caves Ecolodge is located near the Mua Cave viewpoint, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding karst landscapes and rice fields. You can enjoy the scenery from your room or balcony, or hike up to the peak for a stunning sunset or sunrise. It is a cozy and homey resort that features cottages built in rural architectural style, inspired by traditional Tonkin village houses.
Famous Places and Worth Experiences in Ninh Binh
1. Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex
Address: Khe Dau Ha village, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province
The opening hours: 6:00 AM – 21:00 PM.
The entrance fee: 250,000 VND/per adult, 100,000 VND/ per child below 1.4 meters.
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Ninh Binh Province of North Vietnam, near the southern margin of the Red River Delta. It is a mixed cultural and natural property contained mostly within three protected areas: the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, the Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong Scenic Landscape, and the Hoa Lu Special-Use Forest. Visiting Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is an opportunity to witness a unique blend of towering mountains draped in natural rainforest with large internal basins and narrow cave passages containing quietly flowing waters. This creates an extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil landscape that is sure to leave you in awe.
2. Bai Dinh Pagoda
Address: Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province.
The opening hours: 6:00am – 21:00pm
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a famous spiritual scenic complex in the Bai Dinh – Trang An ecotourism spot with a history of more than 1000 years associated with the land of many feudal dynasties from the Dinh, the Early Le to the Ly. Considered as the largest complex of Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam as well as the owner to many other records of the country, South East Asia, and Asia, this is definitely an indispensable destination in your handbook where to go. Visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda is an opportunity to witness a unique blend of towering mountains draped in natural rainforests with large internal basins and narrow cave passages containing quietly flowing waters.
3. Mua Cave
Address: Khe Ha village, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province.
The opening hours: 6:00am – 16:00pm
The entrance fee: 100,000 VND per person
Mua Cave is a popular tourist destination in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. The cave is named “Hang Mua” because the top of the mountain looks like a dancing dragon, and Mua means dance in Vietnamese ⁷. The area is built into an eco-tourism destination combining mountain climbing sports. An easy hike to the mountain’s peak will give you a breathtaking view of the land of Hoa Lu Ancient capital. Although it may make you tired because of the high steps, it becomes more interesting if you climb slowly and on the way, you can take some nice photos.
4. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Address: Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province
The Opening hours: 5:00 am- 19h30pm
Entrance fee: 20,000VND/per
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Ninh Binh Province of North Vietnam, near the southern margin of the Red River Delta. It is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. The complex consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including some giant ones.
5. Van Long Nature Reserve
Address: Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province
Opening hours: 8:00am – 18h00pm
Entrance fee: 20,000 VND per person
The boat ride costs: 80,000 VND per person
Van Long Nature Reserve is a popular destination in Northern Vietnam, especially for those who love ecotourism. It is home to many rare animals and plants and has attracted the attention of many researchers and nature preservation organizations around the world. In 2017, some scenes of the movie “King Kong – Skull Island” were shot in Van Long Nature Reserve where people could see the majestic pristine beauty of the land. Visiting Van Long Nature Reserve is an opportunity to witness a unique blend of towering mountains draped in natural rainforest with large internal basins and narrow cave passages containing quietly flowing waters.
Embark on a culinary adventure and savor these must-try dishes!
1. Rice Crust in Ninh Binh
This is a famous specialty sold everywhere along the way leading to famous tourist attractions. It is made from dried rice, which is deep-fried in oil. Rice crust must be very crispy, served with a sauce to have the best taste. You can choose both spicy and non-spicy rice crusts to make sure that the children can enjoy it.
2. Goat Meat
One of the most delicious dishes suggested when traveling to Ninh Binh is goat meat. People have to use fresh goats grazing near the rocky mountain to make amazing food. That is the reason why goat meat in Ninh Binh is soft, not too tough. You should try such famous dishes from goat meat, such as steamed goat meat, grilled goat, or goat with ginger sauce. This kind of meat is not only delicious but also nutritious and very good for our health.
- Ba Cua mountain goat restaurant: Address: Trang An village, Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Price range: 110,000 VND to 300,000 VND
- Duc De Restaurant: Address: House number 29, lane 458, Nguyen Hue street, Ninh Phong ward, Ninh Binh city. Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Price range: 100,000 – 300,000 VND. Hotline: 0229 3874 858.
3. Nhech Fish Salad
Nhech raw fish is a famous specialty in Kim Son – Ninh Binh. The food is delicately made with many different spices. The chef will have to process the fish carefully to remove the fishy smell and use chili, lemongrass, and pepper to make the dipping sauce. When eating, you can use raw vegetables and ask for kumquat.
- Goi Nham Salad Restaurant: Address: Ngo Gia Tu, Van Gia, Ninh Binh. Opening hours: 8:30 – 9:00 pm
- Tinh Goi Salad Restaurant: Address: 248 Ngo Gia Tu, Van Gia, Ninh Binh. Opening hours: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
4. Mountainous Edible Snails
Have you ever enjoyed mountain snails? If you have a chance to visit Ninh Binh, remember to try this dish! It will make your list of what to eat in Ninh Binh more amazing. The snails are delicious because they live in limestone caves and just go out from April to August. It is very difficult to find mountain snails in different months of the year.
- Quoc Quan restaurant: Address: Trang An, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh. Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Thang Long Restaurant: Address: Trang An, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh. Opening hours: 08:00 – 22:00 . Price: 180,00VND – 350,000VND
5. Ninh Binh Eel Vermicelli
This dish is made from eels caught from rivers and streams in Ninh Binh province. The eels are cleaned and then cut into small pieces before being cooked with vermicelli noodles and other ingredients such as herbs, peanuts, and chili peppers.
- Dung Huong eel vermicelli: 997 Tran Hung Dao Street;
- Dung Thanh eel vermicelli: No. 999 Tran Hung Dao Street, Lim Bridge, Tran Hung Dao – Van Giang intersection. Phone number: 030 3880 991.
- Manh Toan eel vermicelli: No. 995 Tran Hung Dao Street
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