1. Overview of Hanoi to Ninh Binh tour

Both Hanoi and Ninh Binh offer a variety of attractions and activities for tourists to immerse themselves in. If Hanoi is well known for its bustling lifestyles, Ninh Binh has its charm for tranquility and nature’s majesty. 

Ninh Binh is located around 90 kilometers south of Hanoi, and the travel time between the two cities is about 2 to 3 hours depending on the mode of transportation and the route taken. 

2. Suggested itinerary for 3 days

2.1. Day 1: Depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

  • Start your journey early in the morning from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
  • Upon arrival in Ninh Binh, check into your accommodation and freshen up.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant to try some traditional Vietnamese dishes.
  • In the afternoon, visit Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning karst landscapes, caves, and serene waterways.
  • Take a boat tour through the intricate network of limestone caves and lush greenery. The boat ride typically lasts around 2-3 hours.
  • After the boat tour, you can explore the area on foot or by bicycle, visiting temples, pagodas, and viewpoints.
  • Return to your hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

2.2. Day 2: Explore Ninh Binh

  • Start your day with breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, one of the largest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam. Explore the complex, which includes ancient temples, giant Buddha statues, and beautiful gardens.
  • Next, head to Tam Coc, also known as “Halong Bay on land.” Take a scenic boat ride along the Ngo Dong River, passing through limestone karsts and rice paddies. This boat trip usually takes around 2 hours.
  • After the boat ride, you can either explore Tam Coc further by bike or visit nearby attractions such as Bich Dong Pagoda.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant in Tam Coc.

  • In the afternoon, visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, the former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Explore the ancient temples and learn about the history of the area.
  • Return to your hotel in the evening and have dinner at a local restaurant.

2.3. Day 3: Return to Hanoi

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend some leisure time exploring Ninh Binh town or doing any activities you missed.
  • Check out from your hotel and depart for Hanoi.
  • Upon arrival in Hanoi, you can either head straight to the airport if you have a flight to catch or continue exploring the city if you have more time.

3. Mode of transportation from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Depending on your preferences, you can go by bus (cheapest), car/ taxi (fastest), train, minivan or motorbike

3.1. By bus 

  • Travel time: 1h 11min
  • Price range: $6–10
  • Schedules at: Hanoi Central Circus

3.2. By train 

  • Travel time: 2h 11m
  • Price range: $60 – 130 (one way, one passenger)
  • Schedules at: Vietnam Railways; Lotus Train ; 

For motorbikes or limousines, you can contact Metta Voyage for more information to hire.  

4. Where to STAY at Ninh Binh during your trip

Here are some popular choices:

Tam Coc Garden Resort: This resort offers charming bungalows surrounded by lush gardens, providing a tranquil atmosphere. It’s located near Tam Coc, offering convenient access to the area’s attractions.

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh: Situated amidst beautiful landscapes, Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh offers luxurious rooms and villas with modern amenities. The resort features a spa, swimming pool, and multiple dining options.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort: This hotel offers comfortable rooms and villas with scenic views of the surrounding mountains and rice fields. It’s located close to Trang An and Bai Dinh Pagoda, making it a convenient base for exploring the area.

Legend Ninh Binh Hotel: Located in the heart of Ninh Binh city, Legend Ninh Binh Hotel offers well-appointed rooms with modern amenities. The hotel also features a rooftop swimming pool and restaurant with panoramic views.

Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort: Nestled amidst rice fields, this resort offers spacious rooms and bungalows with traditional Vietnamese décor. It’s a great choice for those seeking a peaceful retreat close to nature.

Ninh Binh Valley Homestay: For a more authentic experience, consider staying at a homestay in the countryside. Ninh Binh Valley Homestay offers cozy rooms in a traditional Vietnamese house, allowing guests to experience local hospitality and culture.

5. Conclusion

Above is the necessary information you should know to take the first step to discovering Hanoi-Ninh Binh. It’s recommended to contact Metta Voyage as soon as possible so that your Hanoi to Ninh Binh tour is carefully planned from top to toe, especially during peak tourist seasons.

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