Best Ninh Binh Itinerary 1 Day from Hanoi
Located about 90 km in the southernmost plains of North Vietnam, Ninh Binh is a “Hidden Gem” of the country with many terrific attractions. You may want to see it all, but your time does not allow you to do that. With only one day for Ninh Binh, you may not sure about what to do in Ninh Binh. Follow our article about Best Ninh Binh Itinerary 1 Day from Hanoi, and you will have an unforgettable experience in this beautiful province.
There popular 1 days in Ninh Binh Itinerary
Here are three recommended itineraries for Ninh Binh day tour from Hanoi:
Itinerary 1: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc: (from 58 USD/person)
This is the most popular itinerary for a one-day tour in Ninh Binh. You need to start the tour around 7 am and ends after 18:00. It will be a long day tour as you need 4 hours return transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. On the tour, we will be visiting Tam Coc – three spectacular caves and Hoa Lu's ancient capital.
Tam Coc: You will arrive Tam Coc around 9 a.m and spend 2 hours on the small boat rowing along Ngo Dong river. There you have the chance to see many limestone mountains with many different shapes, take a lot of beautiful pictures with peaceful scenery of mountains, rice fields and temples all along the way… Coming here during the harvest season (either May/June or September/October), tourists can see beautiful golden rice fields along the river.
Then it is lunchtime with traditional Vietnamese dishes and relaxing. You can start your afternoon tour with bicycle riding to go around beautiful villages, enjoy the fresh air and discover huge limestone mountains, etc
Next is the visit to Hoa Lu. It is the ancient capital of Vietnam one thousand years ago. Vising Hoa Lu, especially the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, tourists will understand more about Vietnamese history.
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Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Itinerary two: Trang An & Bai Dinh (85 USD/person)
The second itinerary is for tourists who love to know more about Vietnamese religion, and love to be close to Nature. On the tour, you will be visiting Bai Dinh pagoda, one of the largest pagodas in Vietnam, and Trang An ecological park.
The pick up is at 8:00 in Hanoi, then you will be transferred to Bai Dinh complex, which is home to 500 stone statues of Arhats, 27 tons Bell tower, 36 tons’ bronze bell, Golden statue of Goddess of Mercy…There, you will be explained about Buddhism, how it affects Vietnamese life by the knowledgeable tour guide.
After visiting Bai Dinh complex, you will be transferred to a local restaurant to have lunch and relax before the visit to Trang An. At Trang An complex, you will take a boat trip and explore the cave system. That is a chance for you to enjoy clear water, fresh air, blue sky, spectacular views of mountainous areas, gorgeous limestone caves, and wild streams flowing through the caves
The tour ends around 18:00 in Hanoi
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Trang An Boat Trip
Itinerary three: Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave (88 USD/ person)
This tour is for those who are more active and want to enjoy the huge and terrific view of the valley from the peak of the mountain.
After a 2-hour drive from Hanoi, you can reach Mua cave which is considered a miniature Great Wall of Vietnam with awesome scenery from the peak of Mua Cave Mountain. Climbing through a stone stair of 486 steps, you will be able to see a huge stone dragon statue lying, enjoy awesome scenery below from the peak of Mua Cave Mountain.
After Mua Cave, you can head to Tam Coc by cycling along the country lane, and you will be able to see the beautiful scenery of paddy fields. Have lunch at traditional Vietnamese restaurants.
After lunch, it is time to take a seat on the rowboat in Tam Coc, spreading out your arms to feel the breeze of the land. The smell of the rice paddies and the fresh air make you close the eyes and find your inner peace. When the boat returns to the dock for the relaxing and you can enjoy tea or coffee before the car drive back to arrive Hanoi around 18:00
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Beautiful view from Mua cave
Tips to find the best 1-day itinerary in Ninh Binh
It is difficult to say which itinerary is best for you. Depending on your interest, you can choose the best itinerary for you. No matter which itinerary, you will have a chance to see a beautiful Ninh Binh.
Itinerary one: This tour is great for those who love to learn more about Vietnamese history, especially Vietnam's ancient capital, and wants to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the river and mountain in the rural area. It is the first choice for many first-time travelers to Ninh Binh. The tour runs daily with a small group at a reasonable price, so, do not miss it,
Itinerary two: This is designed for tourists who love to experience both the religious and cultural roots of northern Vietnam in one day. The tour is much more expensive than the first one, however, it is a private tour and not as touristy as the first tour, so you can explore the beauty of Ninh Binh at your own pace. It is worth joining it.
Itinerary three: You need to be fit enough for mountain climbing and cyclo riding. There is an option for sitting back on the motorbike if you do not want to ride a bicycle. This is the most expensive tour among the three tours, but the view from the peak of Mua cave is incredible.
Above are three options for a day tour to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, which is a perfect escape from busy Hanoi. The tour to Ninh Binh brings a sense of calm and gentle with rustic and hospitable people. Visiting this province is definitely an opportunity for you not only to explore the magnificent natural scenery but also to enjoy the cultural and historical site of Vietnam.
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