Attractions

Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh Province

Van Long Nature Reserve

Set amid glorious limestone pinnacles, this tranquil reserve comprises a reedy wetland that’s popular with bird-watchers. Among the bird species that have been spotted here are the rare black-faced spoonbill, cotton…
Church in Phat Diem

Phat Diem Cathedral

The cathedral’s wooden interior boasts a vaulted ceiling supported by massive columns. Above the granite altar Vietnamese-looking cherubs swarm, while Chinese-style clouds drift across the blue ceiling. Beneath are …
Cave in Ninh Binh Province

Mua Cave

Down a sleepy road between rice paddies, this cave is not terribly impressive, but there are panoramic views from the peak above. A stone staircase beside the cave entrance zigzags through the karst (beware the goat…
Cave in Ninh Binh Province

Trang An

Rowboats bob along the Sao Khe River through limestone caves. It's a relaxing trip, but many caves have also been enlarged to accommodate boats. Boat trips (150,000d per person, or 800,000d for your own boat) take t…
National Park in Ninh Binh Province

Cuc Phuong National Park

Established in 1962, this national park is one of Vietnam’s most important protected areas. Though wildlife has suffered a precipitous decline in Vietnam in recent decades, the park’s 222 sq km of primary tropical f…
Buddhist Site in Ninh Binh Province

Chua Bai Dinh

Chua Bai Dinh is a bombastic Buddhist complex, built on a vast scale, that rises up a hillside near Ninh Binh. Construction was completed in 2014, and it's now a huge attraction for Vietnamese tourists. The entrance…
Wildlife Reserve in Cuc Phuong National Park

Endangered Primate Rescue Center

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is supervised by the Frankfurt Zoological Society, and is home to around 150 monkeys, including 12 kinds of langur, plus three species of gibbon and two loris. All the centre’s a…
Temple in Ninh Binh Province

Hoa Lu Temples

Yen Ngua Mountain provides a scenic backdrop for Hoa Lu’s two surviving temples, both spaces dominated by dark-red lacquered pillars. The first, Dinh Tien Hoang, was restored in the 17th century and is dedicated to …
Wildlife Reserve in Cuc Phuong National Park

Turtle Conservation Center

The Turtle Conservation Center houses more than 1000 terrestrial, semiaquatic and aquatic turtles representing 20 of Vietnam’s 25 native species. Many have been confiscated from smugglers who have been driven by dem…
Buddhist Temple in Tam Coc

Bich Dong Pagoda

This charming cluster of cave temples is a couple of kilometres north of Tam Coc. The Lower Pagoda is located at the base, from which 100 steps lead to the Middle Pagoda, where there's a shorter but steep ascent to …