Things to do in Ninh Bình Province

Our most recommended things to do in Ninh Bình Province

From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

2. Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

On this 3-day excursion, discover the incredible landscape and sights of the Ninh Binh province and enjoy an overnight stay in an eco-lodge. Then, ride your shuttle bus to Tuan Chau Island and take a luxury boat for a tour around Ha Long bay and spend the night on board. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your limousine bus as you make your way to Ninh Binh. Savor the tranquility of the lodge’s amazing location - surrounded by mountains and rivers..  Visit the ancient city of Hoa Lu or climb to the Hang Mua viewpoint, for a breathtaking panorama over the limestone mountains and rice fields of Valley. Enjoy a boat ride to explore Trang An's natural heritage. Check in to the Trang An Ecolodge and head off by bike or on foot to see the local sights, or relax by the pool or in the peaceful gardens.  Rise bright and early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before leaving for Tuan Chau Island with your shuttle bus. After arriving at the dock, take a small boat to reach your luxury cruise ship, where you will be welcomed aboard with a drink and a refreshing cold towel.  After check-in, enjoy lunch in the onboard restaurant as the boat sails up the winding canals on its way to Ha Long Bay. Then, hop into a canoe or a bamboo boat to explore the dazzling white limestone karsts, emerald green waters, and dark mystery of the Dark and Light Caves. Back on deck, unwind, and admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin from the pool or at the bar. Then, choose from a range of activities: join a traditional cooking class, get a massage, or work out in the high deck gym with panoramic views. After dinner, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night from the top deck, relax with romantic music, or sip refreshing drinks at the bar. You can also try your luck at squid fishing, watch a movie, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply relax in your room. Wake up to an early breakfast before stopping off at a charming local fishing village. After returning to the boat, finish your trip with a hearty brunch while the ship sails back to the harbor. Wave goodbye to the boat from the port and ride in back to Hanoi at the end of the afternoon.

Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

3. Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

Explore Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise. Enjoy hotel pickup from Hanoi, relax in your luxury cabin, and kayak through the caves in Ao Ech. Day 1 Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Head to Tuan Chau marina to board your cruise and enjoy a welcome drink. Meet the captain and crew and join a briefing about your upcoming cruise and hear some safety instructions. Enjoy lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cruise through Con Vit Islet, Thumb Islet, Gia Luan Harbor, and Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao Beach or visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave, depending on the weather. As the sun sinks into the horizon, gather on the sundeck to enjoy the brilliant colors in the sky and relax with tea, coffee, and a cooking demonstration. Make new friends at the sunset party or relax in the onboard swimming pool. Learn how to make the famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls at the cooking demonstration before enjoying dinner. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar or play board games, watch a movie, go squid fishing, or enjoy a massage. Day 2 Start your day with a 6:30 A.M. Tai Chi session on the sundeck to help focus the mind and condition the body. Enjoy a light breakfast while taking in stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets. Sail through the calm emerald waters to Ao Ech for a kayaking trip of the caves. After exploring the caves either on your own in a kaya, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise and take a speedboat back to Tuan Chau Marina before driving back to your Hanoi hotel.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

4. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take a boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  Then, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, hop back onto the bus to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

5. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

6. Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

Explore Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and Tam Coc. 07:30: Pick-up from the Old Quarter of Hanoi, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey southeast, approximately 70 miles (100 kilometers) from Hanoi. Upon arrival, see the 2 main temples of the former royal city, including the main temple to Emperor Dinh and the temple to Emperor Le in the foothills of the Den Mountain. Explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel, separated from the Inner Citadel by the limestone mountains. it’s ideally to visit Mua cave for you to catch a panoramic view of ripe rice fields - challenge with hiking 500 steps. Admire peacefully imposing and stunning beauty of Ninh Binh. Continue to Tam Coc for lunch before cruising the Hoang Long River by traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation, and paddle into hidden caves to see geological formations. Round off your day with an air-conditioned transfer back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

7. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Ninh Binh Tour: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

8. Ninh Binh Tour: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

7h30 start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi before departing to Ninh Binh province. Meet your tour guide and travel by coach to Hoa Lu, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours with a short break. Explore the historic capital of Vietnam and visit the famous ancient temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasties. After some time exploring the city, arrive at Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30 PM. After lunch, take a boat trip to Tam Coc - Bich Dong, which is part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many water caves carved through the limestone. Joining biking though rice paddies to the countryside area during 45 minutes. Afterwards, drive back to Hanoi and return to your hotel at approximately 6:30 PM.

From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

9. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At the end of the day you'll get back on the bus and drive back to Hanoi, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour & Cruise with Lunch and Transfer

10. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour & Cruise with Lunch and Transfer

Uncover the cultural and natural heritage of the Ninh Binh province on a guided day trip from Hanoi. Pay a visit to the Bai Dinh Temple Complex, float through the tranquil rivers of Trang An, and climb to the top of Mua Caves for striking panoramic views of rocky hills. Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and depart toward Ninh Binh. Stop at Bai Dinh, the biggest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam, to gaze at the imposing pagoda. See 500 Arhat Statues made out of blue stones, a 36-ton bronze bell, and a 100-ton Buddha statue, rising up to 10 meters. Take a lunch break in a local restaurant, with a Vietnamese buffet of goat meat, fish, chicken, and fried rice, as well as vegetarian food options. Continue to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured in the 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island. Hop on a wooden boat to navigate through its quiet rivers, discover mysterious caves, and admire towering limestone karsts covered with tropical plants. Finally, climb up 500 steps to the viewpoint of Mua Caves to marvel at panoramic views of Tam Coc before returning to Hanoi.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 994 reviews

This tour provides you with amazing views and a getaway from the city bustle. The temples at Hoalu serve as a great history for the foundation of Vietnam. The bike ride at Tam Coc is a nice respite from the long car ride. The boat ride has some fantastic views. I've seen people complaining about the length of the boat ride but I thought it was quite peaceful and obviously you gotta experience people overpaying for snacks at the turnaround point. The views are Mua Caves are also amazing but the climb is hard AF despite maybe only taking 30 minutes. Be prepared, bring water, cooling wipes, comfortable clothing, etc. My tour guide Alex was friendly and made it a nice tour overall.

Zuy aka Frankie was such a nice tour guide. We forgot our umbrellas before the 500 steps hike and he ran to get them for us! Told us a lot about the Ninh Binh area, answered any questions. Driver was also great. Tour overall was really fun. Great countryside also loved boat ride!

Trevlig och välorganiserad tur! Dock obekväm buss utan bälte. Bra guide! Trevligt med cykeltur trots ösregn just då(poncho ingick). Vi avslutade turen vid Mua cave för vidare resa till Ha Long. Det är värre att de de 504 stegen ner än upp!!

Superb experience and service! Scenery, boat, room, food and staff all first class. Great support from organiser, arranging pick up etc.

Excellent trip, guide and organisation, Totally recommend!!