With a terrific beautiful natural landscape, Ninh Binh province is still not visited by travelers as other Vietnam highlights. This place reminds us of Halong Bay without all the crowd. Instead of the sea, the limestones rock formations are on land.

It only takes around 3 hours by train from Hanoi. The ride is pleasant and comfortable. Once in place, take your camera and don’t miss to explore like a good Indiana Jones!

1. Bich Dong Pagoda

The gate with a bridge at the entrance is already worth the visit. The 3 pagodas are in good condition.

Bich Dong Pagoda, Vietnam

Tip: If you want to enter a temple or pagoda it’s necessary to cover your shoulders and legs.

2. Walk the Rice Fields

The landscape in Tam Coc is absolutely stunning. Rice fields on both sides of the road. An amazing place to stop every now and then to contemplate the beauty of this place.

Rice Fields of Ninh Binh, Vietnam

3. Enjoy the sunset in Mua Caves

Take a short visit in the Caves, but most importantly, hike up the top of the hill in the dramatic Hang Mua. Watch an amazing sunset.

Tip: avoid getting scammed at the parking point and park your scooter inside of the Mua Caves. Some locals will tell you to park a bit before and ask for some money, but the Caves has free parking.

4. Feet Paddle Boat Tour in Tam Coc or Trang An

Hop on a small boat for 2 hours. You don’t need to be a romantic couple or a boat lover to get some fun with the gondoliers. They paddle with their feed which is by definition FUNNY.

Boat in Tam Coc, Vietnam

5. Ride a scooter (or bicycle) all around

This is one of those places where you can’t walk everywhere. For those travelers staying in Ninh Binh city, a scooter is the best bet to explore. In fact, riding a scooter in this area was one of our highlights in Vietnam. It’s a chill place where you can easily get lost on small and narrow streets, very different than the busy Hanoi.

Riding a Scooter in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Another option is to ride a bicycle. If your accommodation is in Tam Coc itself or if you don’t feel comfortable driving motorbikes in Vietnam, it’s ok to ride a bicycle. Your body and the environment will thank you. It’s peaceful and charming.

6. Bai Dinh Pagoda

Most famous for its pagoda, the Bai Dinh has, as well, some thousands of Buddhas and beautiful gardens to admire. You can totally spend a few hours in here.

Bai Dinh Pagoda, Vietnam

7. Relax in the River

There are plenty of great places for a relaxed break from the pagodas and temples and get some good food. Observing the limestone rock formations from a bamboo house is somehow relaxing. Isn’t it? We had lunch in the Hoalu Ecolodge Homestay.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Things to do in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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