First Time Tourists Guide in Ninh Bình, Vietnam

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Ninh Binh is a small city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. It is the capital of Ninh Bình Province.

You have to immerse your self with nature, once you set your step in Ninh Binh by exploring Trang An.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh is like a beautiful green tapestry which spread on the earth.

Núi Kỳ Lân or Ky Lan Mountain is always worth to visit when you are in Ninh Binh since this mountain considered as one of the four great mountains in Ninh Binh.

You have to make sure that visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda is on the top of your bucket list since this temple is considered as the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam.

Bich Dong Pagoda is a scenic spot which combines the beauty of nature and the exotic architectural building that ever made by the human.

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SIGHTSEEING

You have to immerse your self with nature, once you set your step in Ninh Binh by exploring Trang An. Trang An has two main types of ecosystem, there are limestone mountains ecosystem and aquatic ecosystem. In this scenic spot, you can find more than 310 types of rare and precious plants such as limestone, slices, grind, orchid, and many more. Also, if you are a bird enthusiast you can meet chamois, leopard and phoenix.

Trang An Ecotourism Zone

River caves & stunning scenery draw visitors to this picturesque natural area with rowboat tours.

Address : số 6 Tràng An, Đông Thành, Tp. Ninh Bình, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

DOWNTOWN

Tam Coc Ninh Binh is like a beautiful green tapestry which spread on the earth. This spot is perfect to rejuvenate your body and calm your mind. You can see the beauty of this rice fields along the year, but the best is when its spring from January to April when the weather is lovely with fresh air.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh

This spot is perfect to rejuvenate your body and calm your mind.

Address : Đội 2 văn lâm, Ninh Hải, Hoa Lư, Vietnam

SHOPPING

You have to spend your time in Chợ Rồng Ninh Bình because this flea market will not only giving you shopping experience but also a cultural experience. You may find some unique things that you cannot find in other places in this universe. There are also fresh vegetables and fruit section in the market and food court which offers traditional cuisine.

Chợ Rồng Ninh Bình

You may find some unique things that you cannot find in other places in this universe.

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FOOD & DRINK

No need to debate anymore that snail is the most favourite food in Vietnam, especially in Ninh Binh. Oc luoc xahe is the most popular dish that was made of a snail with a mix of savoury lemongrass and hot chillies. You can easily find this unique dish in almost street food vendors or restaurants in Ninh Binh.

CULTURE

Ninh Binh is a home for many cultural sites which well-preserved until nowadays to be inherited to the next generation. Since this city is located in the ancient relic Hoa Lu, it has a rich culture by its history.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Ninh Binh is from May to July when the summer is coming and the farmer harvesting their rice fields.

RESTAURANT

Restaurant Trung Tuyết is the best place to go if you want to experience the real taste of Ninh Binh cuisine with your taste buds. The restaurant is always packed with the locals and tourists that craving for its bun pho. On the other hand, Restaurant Tam Gia Trang will give you many kinds of dishes that were made of Vietnamese snail. The restaurant has laid back and authentic atmosphere that will be rising your appetite up.

Restaurant Trung Tuyết

The restaurant is always packed with the locals and tourists that craving for its bun pho.

Address : The restaurant is always packed with the locals and tourists that craving for its bun pho.

Restaurant Tam Gia Trang

The restaurant has laid back and authentic atmosphere that will be rising your appetite up.

Address : Số 12 đường Tràng An 2, Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, 430000, Vietnam

HOTEL

If you want to have an unforgettable luxury stay experience when in Ninh Binh, you may book a room at The Vissai Hotel. The hotel has 5 types of room which have unique decor that will meet your expectation. Another recommended hotel when you are looking for the best hospitality with excellence staff's service is the Camellia Hotel. This modern hotel has clean and simple room decor which offers to you at a reasonable price.

The Vissai Hotel

The hotel has 5 types of room which have unique decor that will meet your expectation.

Address : 848 Trần Hưng Đạo, Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, 430000, Vietnam

Camellia Hotel

This modern hotel has clean and simple room decor which offers to you at a reasonable price.

Address : Ngõ 10 Tràng An, Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

CAFE

Whether you are looking for coffee or tea for your relaxing afternoon, you have to head to Time Cafe and order its authentic drinks. This cafe has a vibrant atmosphere which maximizing the natural light by have a semi-outdoor seating. But if you want to take a sip of caffeine while enjoying the green scenery right in front of your nose, you may grab a seat in The Light Coffe. The unique chairs and table will make you cannot stop taking a photo to be posted on your social media account.

Time Cafe

This cafe has a vibrant atmosphere which maximizing the natural light by have a semi-outdoor seating.

Address : Lê Hồng Phong, Đông Thành, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

The Light Coffe

The unique chairs and table will make you cannot stop taking a photo to be posted on your social media account.

Address : Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Dũng Nguyễn Club Karaoke is the right bar to go if you want to spend your nightlife by sing your favourite song without disturbing other people. This bar has a different concept in every room that you can freely choose which one is the most suitable for your style. But if you want to sip a cold cocktail in a gastropub, you may head to G-Pub Ninh Binh. In this pub, you can also play a board game with your buddies to spend your nightlife in a fun atmosphere.

Dũng Nguyễn Club Karaoke

This bar has a different concept in every room that you can freely choose which one is the most suitable for your style.

Address : Lương Văn Tụy(kéo dài), Tân Thành, tp. Ninh Bình, Tân Thành, Việt Nam, Lê Thái Tổ, Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

G-Pub Ninh Binh

In this pub, you can also play a board game with your buddies to spend your nightlife in a fun atmosphere.

Address : 147 Nguyễn Huệ, Nam Bình, Ninh Bình, 431572, Vietnam

INTERESTING PLACE

Núi Kỳ Lân or Ky Lan Mountain is always worth to visit when you are in Ninh Binh since this mountain considered as one of the four great mountains in Ninh Binh. This mountain is the place that still preserves the original character of the sea waves and has a unique natural garden with hundreds of ornamental plants, flowers, and orchids. You have to make sure that visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda is on the top of your bucket list since this temple is considered as the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam. In this temple, they held an annual festival on the sixth day of the first lunar month which performed in the New Temple and the Old Temple.

Núi Kỳ Lân

This mountain is the place that still preserves the original character of the sea waves and has a unique natural garden with hundreds of ornamental plants, flowers, and orchids.

Address : 848 Trần Hưng Đạo, Tân Thành, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Large pilgrimage site featuring an original Buddhist temple & newer pagodas in an open courtyard.

Address : Xã, Gia Sinh, Gia Viễn, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Bich Dong Pagoda is a scenic spot which combines the beauty of nature and the exotic architectural building that ever made by the human. The pagoda is considered as the most attractive landmark in Ninh Binh that cannot miss from your camera lens. Lastly, you have to take some snaps from the beauty of Hang Múa that you take in the morning or late afternoon to catch the golden hour. You have to climb 486 stone steps to reach the top of the temple and get the best angle to take breathtaking scenery.

Bich Dong Pagoda

Nestled into a mountainside, this ancient tiered pagoda is near 3 natural caves & reachable by boat.

Address : Ninh Hải, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province 430000, Vietnam

Hang Múa

Scenic mountainside spot with a cave & 500 steps to a lookout with iconic views of the countryside.

Address : thôn Khê Đầu Hạ, Hoa Lư District, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam