Located two hours south of Hanoi en route, via train or bus, to Vietnam’s central region, Ninh Binh province is conveniently located for an excursion from Hanoi or as a stop-off on your way up or down Vietnam. That’s why there are many things to do in Ninh Binh.
Boat trips at Tam Coc and Trang An
A large swathe of land in Ninh Binh province is characterised by stony outcrops not unlike those at Ha Long Bay, though a bit smaller in size and of course without the water — lakes and rivers aside. If you’re there at the right time of the year, when the paddies are full of water, the reflections make the landscape almost as beautiful as Ha Long Bay.
Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties which dates back to the 11th century. Serene and tranquil, it is set in beautiful surroundings beside to Truong Yen village and is easily visited on a day trip from Ninh Binh. However, as beautiful as the surroundings may be, the remains themselves are really non-existent, with the only buildings of interest being some temples which have been built on the old sites.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Located 120 kilometres south of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong national park was established in 1962 and is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Consisting of more than 200 square kilometres of tropical forest and many grottoes, the reserve is rich in wildlife and natural beauty and also possesses historical significance.