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Things to do in Ninh Binh

Sampan boat trip in Trang An, Ninh Binh

Sampan boat trip in Trang An, Ninh Binh

Within a vicinity, Ninh Binh is a fortunate land to be blessed with several natural and historical treasures. Due to its diversity of landscapes and topography, Ninh Binh has so many activities to offer that you might want to stay more than one day in Ninh Binh or decide on a comeback visit. Check out our list to find out the most suitable activities for you in Ninh Binh.

Sampan Boat Trip

A Sampan boat trip is absolutely a must if you would like to visit Ninh Binh. There are many rivers and lakes in Ninh Binh that will make a perfect boat trip as they have the same characteristics: quiet flows, clear water, and being surrounded by karst mountains. Depending on your tour route, you could take different boat trips in different locations namely Trang An, Tam Coc, Thung Nham, Thung Nang, or Van Long.    


If you are a nature lover, you should make a trip to Cuc Phuong National Park which is the first national park of Vietnam and the preservation center for endangered species like pangolins and some types of primates. Cuc Phuong National Park is also the home of a 1000-year-old tree and thousands of insects and animals. The trip to Cuc Phuong will most likely take up at least a full day.

Another option is to take a light hiking up a mountain top in Mua Cave which is around 500 steps. From there you could have the panoramic view of the whole Tam Coc. There you will also find many mountainous goats climbing and hanging from the cliffs. It will be a fun activity if you are fit and your knees can hold up for it!

Visit pagodas

In Ninh Binh, there are a number of pagodas and temples that you could visit. Bai Dinh is currently the largest pagoda of Vietnam boasting hundreds of Buddhist statues. There is also Bich Dong pagoda, which is an ancient one built into the limestone mountain. Bich Dong is smaller in size but has its uniqueness and less crowded. You can also visit Phat Diem Church that is a Christian church built in the style that is mixed between Catholic Church and Buddhist Pagoda.

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