Beautiful limestone karsts surrounded by rice paddies and many lakes and lotus ponds – that’s Ninh Binh.

For that reason, it’s also called Ha Long Bay on land and is a top tourist attraction in Vietnam. 

1. Mua Caves/Hang Mua

These two famous viewpoints, the dragon and the "pagoda" are a must visit place.

2. Bich Dong Pagoda

Bich Dong is the most famous pagoda or rather pagoda entrance in Ninh Binh. With its picture-perfect setting, it won us over right away!

3. Trang An Boat Ride

There are three different routes you can take. We suggest taking route number 3, including the 1000 meters long Dot Cave, the longest cave in the complex.

4. Van Long Nature Reserve

Van Long Nature Reserve is one of the largest and few actual wetlands of the Red River Delta. Its diverse and unique ecological system is very rare. 

5. Am Tien Cave

Don’t let the name fool you, Am Tien Cave isn’t just a cave, although it is one of the site’s highlights.

There’s an interesting temple on the side of the hill, and right next to it is the actual cave.

6. Thung Nham Bird Garden

There are many species of birds that nest in the park. The biggest chance to see them is just before the sunset when the birds come home.

7. Bai Dinh Pagoda

The Bai Dinh Pagoda is an enormous complex of some older but mostly newly built temples, and it’s one of the largest Buddhist complexes in Southeast Asia.

8. Cuc Phuong

Cuc Phuong is Vietnam’s first national park, established in 1962. It has a rich ecosystem and is covered in a dense forest, forming a habitat for some of Asia’s rarest species.

The park is mostly known for its Turtle Conservation and Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

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