100 kilometers away from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is emerging as one of the most exciting destinations during your Vietnam tour. For a long time, it is known as a choice of short getaway from Hanoi.
In this writing, we will introduce you the 4 must see attractions don’t should miss when visiting Ninh Binh.
Firstly, Tam Coc – Bich Dong – “Ha Long Bay on land”
When driving along the National Route 1A, after passing Ninh Binh City, you will encounter one of the most spectacular sights in Vietnam – Tam Coc (means Three Grottos). Hiring a boat and it will take your through an extensive network of waterways between imposing limestone cliffs erecting from the flat rice paddies. Although the scene still cannot match Halong Bay in terms of size and the number of limestone mountains, Tam Coc is more accessible and less touristy.
But Tam Coc is considered as the oldest and nicest place where rice still are planting there. Rice is grown in this place from at the end of April and beginning of May according to the Lunar Calendar. It is the reason why we should go there from May to June to take impressive pictures. It is about 2 weeks when the green paddy fields interspersed golden paddy fields and the area being harvested. This is truly a great moment, a magical transformation, changing in color (green turns to yellow) creating the delight for all tourists, especially international visitors. They were overwhelmed by a rare beauty here, an eye –catching landscape, only on the land of Ninh Binh.
To visit this destination, you could join our Tam Coc – Bich Dong One Day Tour to discover the interesting experience.
Secondly, Phat Diem Stone Cathedral – symbol of a rich religious life
Phat Diem means “Birthed beauty”. Phat Diem Stone Cathedral (Kim Son, Ninh Binh) is one of the most famous, ancient and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: constructed completely by stone, harmoniously combined between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings.
Phat Diem cathedral populations expresses the essence of reconciliation between Catholics and Buddhists, curved roof shape is designed like the Buddhist temples as well as the most unique architecture in Vietnam (curling roofs and its 48 lime-wood columns). Next is the cross statue sits on a lotus, like Buddha seated on a lotus out. It can be considered as the most unique architecture in the world.
Thirdly, Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong National Park is situated on the territory of the province of Ninh Binh, 120km far from Ha Noi to the South West. It is the largest & first national park of Vietnam, one of the most important sites for biodiversity within the country. Cuc Phuong is 25.000 ha large, known as a vast nature museum of fauna, rich flora on limestone in Vietnam. Visitors can admire the thousand years old trees, the plants survived from third century, many beautiful bird species. It is home for many species of flora and fauna. There are 97 species of mammals; 319 species of birds; 36 reptilian species; 17 species of amphibians; 11 species of fish; 2,000 species of vascular plants, and 1800 species of insects (most of them are not bite type). A number of species in the park are listed on Vietnam Red Book as endangered species (Many rare species such as the clouded leopard, fire leopard, bear, and black gibbon).
If you love exploring the natural world then this is a great destination for you.
Last but not least, Bai Dinh Pagoda – spirituality tourist destination
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a large complex temple, 95 km far from Hanoi, located at the western gateway to the ruins of Hoa Lu ancient capital. Bai Dinh Pagoda hold the relic procession ceremony from India to Vietnam in 2010. In May 2014, United Nations Vesak 2014 was hosted by Vietnam, took place in Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Bai Dinh Pagoda is hailed by the world media as a famous temple with many records in Asia and region. Up to 28/02/2012, Temple owned 8 records: the biggest gilded bronze Buddha in Asia, the longest Arhat corridor in Asia, the largest bronze bell, the largest jade well in Viet Nam, the Temple has Arhat statues at most, the largest pagoda area in Viet Nam, The largest copper Maitreya statue in Asia, the Temple has Bodhi Tree at most in Viet Nam.
4 above destinations in Ninh Binh are the ideal places for all of you to take a tour immediately with your family or friends. Come here and experience the great moments in your life, harmony with nature. Ninh Binh is a place where shines the beauty of Vietnam.
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