Ninh Binh is a quite small province in the northern area of Vietnam, and nowadays Ninh Binh is getting more and more popular as a tourism location through the exploration of artists, photographers, and movies. We are going to convince you with several reasons why you should visit Ninh Binh today, and we also give you instructions on how to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi as well as what to explore in Ninh Binh.
Moreover, some necessary and useful tips about the best time to visit Ninh Binh as well as transports from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Now if you are already ready, let’s get started.
I. Why should you visit Ninh Binh & Where you should visit in Ninh Binh?
Like we already tell you, Ninh Binh is such a popular and beautiful tourism locations where you should come for a vacation, and it will surely make you fall in love with Ninh Binh at the first sight. To make you strongly believe in what we have said, we are going to tell you the several reasons why you should visit Ninh Binh right away.
1. Natural beauty and landscapes
Thanks to the geographic locations, Ninh Binh possesses great gifts of magnificent and grand landscapes from mother nature. Besides the beautiful forests and mountains, there are so many other beautiful natural locations in Ninh Binh which impress the tourists including Vietnamese people and foreigners at first sight due to their incredible and unbelievable beauties. One of the most famous natural beauties in Ninh Binh you have to visit is Van Long swamps where you will be lost in a fairytale painting.
The water in Van Long swamp is fresh and clear like a giant mirror so that when you are sailing on the surface you can see the underwater floras. Besides Van Long swamps, you can explore and go sightseeing the landscapes of Meo Cao Mountain, Hom Sach Mountain, Da Ban Mountain, Mo Coi Mountain, Co Tien mountain,... or you can observe the lives of many faunae in Ninh Binh at Thung Nham Bird Garden where a thousand kinds of birds live and develop. Moreover, there are also some places for reservation of wildlife such as Cuc Phuong National Park,... Moreover, Ninh Binh also has a great system of limestone caves for travellers to explore the magnificent art of nature. There are many other interesting about nature and beauties in Ninh Binh that you can only feel by experience Ninh Binh in reality yourself.
2. The communities of cultural and historic locations
Ninh Binh is a famous province for the historic stories as well as many cultural values that are still kept and reserved until now by the architecture and communities of buildings. Therefore, it will be a big mistake for you if you forget to visit these beautiful places at least once in Ninh Binh. Typically, Trang An is a location that nearly every person would like to visit when they step on Ninh Binh. Trang An of Ninh Binh is confirmed as one of the most precious natural wonder and cultural wonders of the world. Trang An not only has the beautiful giant mountains on the water surface and the diversity of terrains, forests, flora, and fauna but also the historic ruins and building of Vietnamese people in the past.
Those things strongly make the tourists fascinated by the beauties of Trang An as well as Ninh Binh. Moreover, there are many other magnificent and solemn places such as Bai Dinh pagoda where people worship not only the Buddha but also the ancient kings of An Nam, Hoa Lu Capital which witnessed the histories and wars on Vietnam land in the past, Phat Diem Church where the Christianism first stepped into An Nam and so many other places where tourists will have to wow for the beautiful architecture, interesting stories as well as the plentifulness of cultures and civilizations.
No words or adjectives can describe the beauties as well as the interesting things waiting in Ninh Binh for you to visit. Then why don’t you visit Ninh Binh now?
3. Festivals and event in Ninh Binh
In each season, Ninh Binh will be crowded and happy more than ever with several festivals and cultural events as well as traditional activities. Every value of tradition and civilizations of the ancestor seems to be protected until now at Ninh Binh through 74 festivals per year. Each festival will promote different themes as well as different stories, activities and other stuff with the main purpose to introduce the cultural beauties of Ninh Binh to tourists especially the foreigners, to help the young people to understand more about the cultures and traditions of An Nam people in the past, to pass the values to the next generations and finally to maintain and develop the tourism in Ninh Binh as well as Vietnam.
Therefore, the festivals in Ninh Binh are prepared carefully and organized greatly and grandly to attract not only the local people but also the foreigners. We can name some festivals for you to go through such as Truong Yen Festival (10 - 13/3 in Lunar Calendar) in memories of Dinh Tien Hoang King and Le Dai Hanh king, Thai Vi Temple Festival (14 - 17/3 in Lunar Calendar) in Van Lam village of Ninh Hai province, Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival (6/1 in Lunar Calendar) in Gia Sinh Gia Vien villages, Duc Thanh Nguyen Temple Festival (12 - 14/9 in Lunar Calendar)... and many other. In every festival of Ninh Binh, tourists can take part in a lot of interesting activities with the local people. If you have a chance to become a part of festivals in Ninh Binh, you surely feel happy and fascinated by not only the cultural festivals but also by the warm and kind people of Ninh Binh.
4. Special food and local dishes - The home to Goat meat in Vietnam
Ninh Binh is a home of a lot of special food and local dishes which will make your stomachs turn. Goat meat is one of the most famous food from the goats raised in the high limestone mountains. With the fresh grasses and water in Ninh Binh, the goats become healthier and of course, the meat will be delicious. From the goat meat, the local people will cook a lot of delicious dishes such as hotpots, porridge, BBQ, Wine-sauce, ...
Besides the goat meats, there are many other special local dishes in Ninh Binh such as dried rice with fish sauces, Kim Son rice wine, Mountain Snails, Fish Salad,... If you come to Ninh Binh, do not forget to taste the cooking art of local people in Ninh Binh. It is promised that you will never forget special food and local dishes in Ninh Binh.
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II. What is the best time to visit Ninh Binh?
Ninh Binh is also a land of different seasons in a year, so there is no specific time to be considered as the best time to visit Ninh Binh. However, based on the feature and weather of each month or season, you can choose the most suitable time for your conditions as well as the demands of a vacation in Ninh Binh. Now let’s go through a different time in a year with different conditions.
1. From January to March - is it the best time to visit Ninh Binh?
This is the Tet and holiday time in a year of Ninh Binh as well as Vietnam. This is also the most beautiful time of Ninh Binh in a year when all the nature turns into a lively and gorgeous image. All the flowers will bloom in this time to celebrate spring and Tet in Ninh Binh, and the weather will be warm and a little bit chilling. The sky in spring is clear and blue. Moreover, at this time, there will be a lot of festivals and cultural activities, so that it is strongly recommended that you should visit the temple, pagodas and other public places to mix yourself with the holiday and festival atmosphere. This is the best time to visit Ninh Binh.
2. From April to June
From this month, Ninh Binh starts its summertime when the weather is a little bit harder and hotter than normal. There are also cool breezes from mountains, and the sunlight is not too strong, so it is a very suitable time for hanging out or any outdoor activities. People especially foreigners love to go sightseeing in the summertime at some popular places such as Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh, Van Long Swamp,... There are some specific places that you should visit in May such as Tam Coc Bich Dong, Trang Anh Ninh Binh…This is also the best time to visit Ninh Binh. Moreover, in the summertime, all the rivers and streams in Ninh Binh are fresher and clearer so that going sailing will be a very good choice for tourists.
3. From July to September
In this time, fall arrives at Ninh Binh so all of the lands will be cover by the autumn atmosphere. Therefore, rain and humid weather will appear in Ninh Binh, but you do not worry because Ninh Binh will be beautiful and interesting in its ways. The suggestions for tourists at this time is Hoa Lu Capital, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, Dong Chuong lake,... Moreover, you can enjoy the special seasonal food in the fall of Ninh Binh. Even sometimes rains will trouble you a little bit, but you can enjoy the cosy and warm gathering under the humid sky of Ninh Binh. It will be a very strange and interesting experience in Ninh Binh, so it is the best time to visit Ninh Binh as well.
4. From October to December
Time for winter in Ninh Binh, the whole land will be covered in cool weather and sometimes a little bit cold. Look like the weather conditions have made Ninh Binh into a lively painting for tourists to step into and explore the magnificent landscapes of nature. This is also a suitable time for a journey into the nature of Ninh Binh such as Non-Nuoc Mountain, Cuc Phuong National Park, Ngoa Long Mountain,... Therefore, this is not the best time to visit Ninh Binh for a lot of people.
In brief, Ninh Binh is such a beautiful and appealing in all seasons and surely fascinate you at first sight. Therefore, it is your turn to choose when is the best time to visit Ninh Binh based on your plans, conditions, and interests.
III. How to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi?
1. By bike and bus to Ninh Binh
Distance: 93 kilometres
Price of bus ticket: From 80,000 to 100,000 VND/person
Time: 8:40, 10:40, 11:15 and 15:00.
You can buy the bus tickets at any station such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Gia Lam... A lot of buses depart to Ninh Binh from Hanoi every day, so you do not worry about buying tickets, and the prices will be flexible due to the times in a year. The trekkers can also get to Ninh Binh by bikes with the help and instructions of local people easily. Travelling and sightseeing are an amazing experience for people who love travelling to Ninh Binh by bike. Moreover, the comfortable weather, as well as the very simple terrains will not trouble you on the roads to Ninh Binh.
Besides, travelling by bike and bus is cheaper and faster, so that you can not only shorten the time of travelling but also have more time for vacation and experience in Ninh Binh. However, if you choose to travel by bike, you need to have a quite good experience and skills of trekkers so that you can handle all the difficulties as well as troubles along the roads to Ninh Binh because sometimes, the roads can suddenly be a little dangerous and complicated for new trekkers.
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2. By train
Therefore, if you feel too risky to take a journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on a bike, then you can choose the bus or another better option - By train. If you select to travel to Ninh Binh by trains, then you can stop at Hanoi Station to buy tickets, and the prices also depend on the types of seats. There will be three turns of train per day including:
SE1 at 21:00 (Price from 58,000 to 128,000 VND/person)
SE5 at 11:15 (Price from 46,000 to 124,000 VND/person)
SE7 at 8:30 (Price from 46,000 to 124,000 VND/person)
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask the local people or station staff for help. Travelling by train will be very safe due to the clear and unique Northern & Southern Train Road, so you will not have to worry about any difficulties happening on the way to Ninh Binh. Your job is only to get on the train and take a nap, then you arrive in Ninh Binh.
However, travelling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train can be expensive especially in peak times of a year such as a holiday and festival seasons. Moreover, travelling by train will consume more time than travelling by bike or bus. If you only have a short vacation, so we strongly recommend you not to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by train because it can take you double time to reach your destination which means you will have to shorten your vacation and experience time.
We already give you so many reasons why you should visit the beautiful Ninh Binh at least once or you gonna regret it. Moreover, once you would like to visit Ninh Binh, we already tell you information as well as feature about each period of time in a year so that you will know when is the best time to visit Ninh Binh and transports from Hanoi to Ninh Binh based on your own plans, interests, demands as well as give you instructions on how to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi.
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