Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a beautiful and serene province located in northern Vietnam, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This region, often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land, boasts stunning karst formations, tranquil rice paddies, and towering mountains, making it a must-visit destination for any traveler to Vietnam. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Ninh Binh has something to offer everyone.

The most notable thing to see in Ninh Binh is its breathtaking landscapes. From the towering karst formations of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex to the lush green paddy fields of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, there is no shortage of stunning views to take in. Whether you are taking a boat tour or simply exploring the countryside on foot, you will be amazed by the beauty of Ninh Binh.

Even if the destination is famous as Ninh Binh, the tourist and attractive areas is divided in two zones, Tam Coc and Trang An. When booking an accommodation, make sure to be in those areas where many homestays and hotels offer mountain and rice field view.


Ninh Binh benefits of a great location in the middle of some best highlights to visit in Northern Vietnam.

From or to Hanoi

Private car: The road passing by the highway can be concluded in 2 hours
Limousine bus: There are departure every hour by minivan or Limousine bus to Ninh Binh. Most of them will provide a drop off directly at your hotel or homestay in Tam Coc or Trang An area.
By train: If you have not yet experienced the train in Vietnam, it can be an option. There are only few a day, usually one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

From or to Pu Luong

Unfortunately, the only company operating daily tourist bus from Pu Luong to Ninh Binh has closed. Nowadays, the only way is to take a private car. The trip will last around 3.5 hours.

From or to Mai Chau

Private car. The trip will take around 3 hours.
By local bus. From the bus station in Mai Chau, you can take a local bus. Inconvenience is that local buses are not very punctual and drivers can drive too fast.

From or to Halong Bay or Cat Ba

Private car: You can organize directly a transfer by private car after your cruise in Halong bay or your stay in Cat Ba island. The trip will last around 3.5 to 4 hours.
Tourist bus: You can also organize the same transfers by tourist bus from Halong Bay or Cat Ba

For the travelers coming from the South, it is a nice stop if you are taking the train either from Phong Nha National Park (Dong Hoi), Hue or even Danang.

For more full information about Ninh Binh, you can find it in our Ninh Binh Travel Guide article.

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