Ninh Binh province is located 100km south of Hanoi. It has evolved into a major travel center in recent years.
Its sudden transformation from sleepy hamlet to tourist magnet has little to do with Ninh Binh itself, but rather with its proximity to nearby Tam Coc (9km), Hoa Lu (12km) and Cuc Phuong National Park (45km). Although it is certainly possible to visit these sights as a day trip from Hanoi, many travelers chose to overnight in Ninh Binh or national park to appreciate the scenery at a more leisure pace.
Sightseeing spots are included:
Hoa Lu Ninh Binh
Hoa Lu used to be the capital of Vietnam in 1020 when Dinh Bo Linh took his crown after he defeated 12 regional armies and pacified the country. Mountains, rivers and old citadel make the scenery wonderful. The two temples dedicated to Kings Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh offer tourists a glimpse of Vietnam image in the 10th century.
Some million years ago, Halong Bay used to connect with these limestone mountains. Vestiges of the ocean still remain through the erosion of the mounts-Caves can offer an adventurous tour to many curious tourists. Boat trips on the rice fields to three mountains with caves are very interesting. Two tourists on one small boat ride through the mountains on the rice fields with lotus flowers. An interesting walk through the rice fields to the temple in memory of the Kings of Tran Dynasty. The bell tower is prominent in the front yard. The temple seems small but the heroes worshipped here used to defeat Kublikhan’s army for three times. Perhaps very few world figures could do the same ever.
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A nice pagoda built quite long time ago is situated at a scenic area. There are many statues of Buddha. The bell tower is well decorated. The incense and the sound of the bell seem to transfer tourists to the holy world of Buddha.