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Ninh Binh Cycling: Experience Real Vietnam Countryside

January 15, 2024 - 3041 views

Besides hours of lying and relaxing, why don’t we join some sports during our vacation in Vietnam? Among those, Ninh Binh cycling/ biking will be an off-the-beaten-track experience for you. Let's learn detail in this article below.


Ninh Binh has been widely famous for its magnificent sceneries of mountains, rivers, plants, and creatures. Every year, spots like Trang An, Hang Mua, Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Phat Diem Cathedral, Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, and Thang Nang attract thousands of tourists from all around the world to visit and spend their vacation. Usually, People coming here just go around and sightsee, which appears a bit boring these days. Therefore, why don’t we try some interesting things to do in Ninh Binh? Cycling around Ninh Binh to sightsee all the spots, enjoy the fresh air and immerse yourself in the rural atmosphere will be a great idea. If you are interested in this kind of travel, keep reading as we will give you some useful information below. 

Why do Ninh Binh Cycling? 

To get to know more about Ninh Binh Cycling, let’s have a quick look at the reasons why it is worth a try. 

Firstly, we can’t deny that cycling does well for our health. Frequently cycling can help us improve our heartbeat, blood pressure, make us feel happy and comfortable, also put our muscles to work. Most of us, every day, can’t have time or are just too lazy to cycle, which may lead to bad health conditions in the future. Therefore, on the occasion of your vacation in Ninh Binh, instead of just lying in the best do nothing like you do every day, you should join a cycling tour to refresh yourself and get ready for work afterward. 

Ninh binh cycling is good for health

Ninh Binh cycling is good for health

Secondly, Ninh Binh is a cycling paradise. Along with its breathtaking tourist attractions, there are gorgeous biking paths that run up and down, allow you to hope on the bike marveling at the stunning sceneries. It promises to be an off-the-beaten-track experience. By cycling, you will have a chance to visit more places in Ninh Binh than by trekking. It is great to ride a bike, enjoy the cool winds and sightsee the beauty of temples, church buildings, as well as villages. Especially, when cycling to some villages, you will come across people riding a bike to work or working on the paddy fields on both sides, then don’t neglect to mingle with and talk to them. You will feel their hospitality and friendliness, as well as know more about their daily life. 

Ninh Binh is cycling paradise

Ninh Binh is cycling paradise

Generally, on coming to Ninh Binh, it is recommended that you should consider cycling as it is both fun and good for your health. After the trip, you will vie many experiences to tell your friends and family.

Top cycling routes in Ninh Binh 

If you decided to try cycling in Ninh Binh, the list below will give you suggestions for where to do it.


1. Cuc Phuong National Park biking route

Located 45 km from Ninh Binh city, Cuc Phuong Nationa Park is a well-preserved rainforest in which live the rescued endanger species, especially primates. There is a total of 180 primates here that are about to be released back into the wild. Besides, bird species are about 137, reptiles are 76, fishes are 11 and insects are countless. There is also a green garden with over 1588 kinds of plants inside the park. With all of these, Cuc Phuong appears to be an ideal destination for those who want to immerse in nature, refresh themselves. It will be even more interesting to cycle around the park. 

Cycling in Cuc Phuong is probably the most satisfying way to travel the 20 km paved road from the entrance to the center. During the trip, you can see the evergreen plants and living animals on both sides. Besides, about 1000 colorful butterflies are filling the roadway. Their peak season is from April to May. During this time, you will see many of them, then don’t forget to bring along a camera to take some great pictures. At the end of the crying road, you will reach someplace to buy snacks.

Cycling to Cuc Phuong National Park Ninh Binh

Cycling to Cuc Phuong National Park Ninh Binh


2. Hoa Lu - Tam Coc biking route

This biking route is as long and as beautiful as Cuc Phuong National Park. It not only runs along the mountains but also stretches through some villages where the locals live, provides you with a great chance to get close to the local life. 

It will be such a good idea if you spend the day cycling to explore all these roads. It is about 40km long with some outstanding stops such as Trang An eco-tourism complex, Bai Dinh pagoda, and especially Hoa Lu ancient capital. If having enough time, you should cycle to the top of Mua Cave where you can see the impressive panorama of Ninh Binh. You will have so many beautiful photos from above. After visiting Mua Cave, you will continue cycling to Trang An, Hoa Lu, and Bai Dinh Pagoda.

Cycling to Tam Coc Ninh Binh

Cycling to Tam Coc


3. Tam Coc - Thung Nham biking route 

On reaching the Tam Coc area in the Hoa Lu - Tam Coc route, don’t stop here but continue to go from Tam Coc to Thung Nham as many interesting things await. You will have a chance to discover more about Bich Dong, Thung Nham. Departing from Tam Coc center, after 10 to 15 minutes, you will feel a peaceful atmosphere. Along with that are the stunning scene of grasslands, mountains, local villages, and rice fields stretching from the start to the end of the road. The route is about 10 km long and will take you about 30 minutes to go through, 

On reaching Thung Nang harbor, you can stop to take a boat trip to visit the mountains and two natural caves, as well as many wild birds. Then, you can visit East Mountain, on which lies Bich Dong Pagoda. From here, you will have a panoramic view around the villages and rice fields … Go along Thung Nham area, pass through the local villages. If you want to go inside the Thung Nham Resort, the entrance fee is $5/ person, then you can take another boat trip to visit the Buddha cave, walk around the resort to visit Flower gardens & fruit trees or bird sanctuaries – where you can find lots of birds, storks gather here especially late in the afternoon.

Cycling to Thung Nham

Cycling to Thung Nham


4. Galaxy Grotto 

Galaxy Grotto is located in Son Ha commune, Nho Quan district. Along with Thien Thanh grotto, they are 2 extremely precious natural heritage in Ninh Binh. The grotto is in Tuong mountain, belonging to Trang An Mountain. It is about 700 meters long and an ideal place to cycle. 

From Tho Ha Village, you will have to take a boat for nearly 1 km on the Dang river. Then, you can start cycling once you get to the grotto. Remember that it includes both dry and wet caves. The former is about 200 meters long and 40 meters wide, suitable to cycle. Getting into the cave, you will be surprised by the beauty of the stalactite which, along with the natural light, makes the scenery looks like a real galaxy.

On the way cycling to Galaxy Grotto

On the way cycling to Galaxy Grotto


Renting bikes in Ninh Binh 

Renting a bike in Ninh Binh is no problem as not only attractions but many hotels and restaurants also offer the service. Therefore, you can easily find a bike to rent, if planning to join the flying tour in Ninh Binh. Some recommended bike renting spots include Tam Coc Moonlight Bungalow, Ngoc Minh Homestay, Tam Coc Craft Homestay, Tam Coc Westlake Homestay, Ninh Binh Mountain Views Homestay, etc.

Depending on each type of bike, the price can vary; However, there are not many differences. Usually, it is around $5/ bike/ day, which quite cheap. When you choose which bike to rent, remember that sportbikes are for rough, mountainous terrain while touring or normal bikes are for plane paths. For renting procedure, you will have to leave your passport and a small deposit (some places will not require it), then you have a bike to travel around Ninh Binh all day. 

Ninh Binh biking tours

1. Discover Halong Bay & Ninh Binh 2 days

For people who like to save time and money, the tour is an absolutely good choice. You will enjoy your first day with several fantastic activities in Halong Bay such as exploring caves, doing kayak as well as admiring the magic creation of limestone karsts. Then the driver will transfer you directly to Ninh Binh.

The dramatic mountains, mysterious caves, and sacred spaces have provided a vision of beauty and a metaphor for Vietnamese culture. It is a place of inspiration where natural history and cultural history are inseparable. A place where culture encounters the wonder, mystery, and magnificence of the natural world and is transformed by it. Here, you can spend time cycling around the rural and enjoy the fresh air. It promises to be a great experience. 

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2. Ninh Binh - Tam Coc & Mua Cave Private Tour from Hanoi

Join Ninh Binh - Tam Coc & Mua cave tour, you will have a chance to climb up to Mua Cave, pass through a stone stair of 486 steps, and get a huge and terrific view of the valley. Not only this, but you also have the chance to seat on a sampan boat through Tam Coc (3 Cave) which people called Halong Bay on Land. Besides, cycling along country lanes, from Tam Coc to Bich Dong pagoda to experience the beautiful scenery of paddy fields and refresh yourself with the fresh air and cool wind. How great it is! 


3. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Van Long Nature Reserve Day Trip

The tour will take you to Ninh Binh and experience the charm and atmosphere of Vietnam's ancient capital. Here, you can take a rowing boat amongst the diverse limestone features of Van Long to be deep into serene nature to find out peace in mind and spend time cycling through the breathtaking rice fields. As a small group of guides can offer a more personalized guiding service, you ask your questions and you'll be helping the guide tune their commentaries to the interest of the group.

Above are our recommendations on Ninh Binh Cycling. For more information or booking the Ninh Binh tours, you can contact us through our website or call (+84) 4 3624-9007. We are always available to help you get the best experience during your vacation.

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Do you provide a 2 to 3 hours biking tour in Tam Coc?


We provide 1 hour combine with our day trip.

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