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4 Must-See Attractions When Visiting Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Coming to Ninh Binh, you will be surprised at the special beauty of nature there because it brings you the feeling of ancient, mysterious and wild atmosphere. There are lots of insights which attracts to tourists around the world to visit in Ninh Binh, such as: populations of Trang An landscape (Trang An ecotourism area, Tam Coc Bich Dong, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Thung Nham – Vuon Chim ecotourism, Thung Nang tourist area, But Cave, Mua Cave…); Dinh Tien Hoang Square; Cuc Phuong National Park; Phat Diem Stone Cathedral… In this writing, we will introduce you the 4 must see attractions when visiting Ninh Binh.

Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu Trang An

Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu Trang An

1.Tam Coc – Bich Dong – the “Ha Long Bay on land”

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is also famous as the “Halong Bay on land”, or the “South second nicest cave” for it’s poetic and inspirational natural beauty of the scenery. This is an amazing complex of Bich Dong pagoda and Tam Coc grotto (3 caves). There are a lot of caves in Ninh Binh but Tam Coc – Bich Dong is considered as the oldest and nicest place where rice still are planting there. Rice is grown in this place from at the end of April and beginning of May according to the Lunar Calendar. It is the reason why we should go there from May to June to take impressive pictures. It is about 2 weeks when the green paddy fields interspersed golden paddy fields and the area being harvested. This is truly a great moment, a magical transformation, changing in color (green turns to yellow) creating the delight for all tourists, especially international visitors. They were overwhelmed by a rare beauty here, an eye –catching landscape, only on the land of Ninh Binh.

To visit this destination, you could join our Tam Coc – Bich Dong one day tour to discover the interesting experience.

Trang An - journey Vietnam

Trang An – journey Vietnam

2.Phat Diem Stone Cathedral – the symbol of a rich religious life

In Vietnamese, Phat Diem means “Birthed beauty”. It can be said that Phat Diem Stone Cathedral (Kim Son, Ninh Binh) is one of the most famous, ancient and beautiful churches in Vietnam with a very special architecture: completely constructed by stone, harmoniously combined between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings. It can be said that, therefore, Phat Diem cathedral populations express the essence of reconciliation between Catholics and Buddhists, curved roof shape is designed like the Buddhist temples as well as a unique architecture in Vietnam (curling roofs and its 48 lime-wood columns). Next is the cross statue sits on a lotus, like Buddha seated on a lotus out. It can be considered as a unique architecture in the world.

Phat Diem Stone Cathedral - journey Vietnam

Phat Diem Stone Cathedral – journey Vietnam

Populations of Phat Diem Stone Cathedral was built with many various items such as lakes, monuments, Phuong Dinh, Cathedral, Chapel of Ro Co Bible, Chapel of God’s heart, Chapel of Gil-Su Bible, Chapel of Phe-or Bible and artificial caves. Phat Diem is a far cry from a European cathedral.

3.Cuc Phuong National Park

About 120 kilometers far from the Southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Cuc Phuong National Park is located on the territory of Ninh Binh province. This is the first and the largest national park of Viet Nam. In addition, Cuc Phuong National Park also is one of the most important sites for biodiversity within Vietnam. The park covers an area of about 25.000 ha, known as a natural museum of rich fauna and flora on limestone of Vietnam. Visitors can admire the thousand-year-old trees, plants standing there from the 3rd century and a number of beautiful birds. It is also the home of thousand of flora and fauna. There are 97 species of mammals; 319 species of birds; 36 reptilian species; 17 species of amphibians; 11 species of fish; 2,000 species of vascular plants, and 1800 species of insects (most of them are not bite type). There are many species in the park listed in the Vietnam Red Book as endangered species, such as the clouded leopard, fire leopard, bear, and black gibbon.

Cuc Phuong National Park - Journey Vietnam

Cuc Phuong National Park – Journey Vietnam

4.Bai Dinh Pagoda – spirituality tourist destination

Located about 95 kilometers far from Hanoi, Bai Dinh Pagoda is a large complex temple, which holds the relic procession ceremony from India to Vietnam in 2010. This temple is hailed by the world media as a famous temple with many records in Asia and region. Up to 28/02/2012, Temple owned 8 records:

  • The biggest gilded bronze Buddha in Asia
  • The longest Arhat corridor in Asia
  • The largest bronze bell
  • The largest jade well in Viet Nam
  • The Temple has Arhat statues at most
  • The largest pagoda area in Viet Nam
  • The largest copper Maitreya statue in Asia
  • The Temple has Bodhi Tree at most in Viet Nam

Vietnamese people often come to this pagoda to enjoy the beauty of the peaceful scenery and pray for good luck, good health, success, and happiness.

Bai Dinh Pagoda - journey Vietnam

Bai Dinh Pagoda – journey Vietnam

The four above destinations you should visit when having any chance to come to this city with your friends and family. Come here and enjoy great moments in your life and harmony with nature. Ninh Binh is surely the place shining the beauty of Vietnam.

To visit this destination, you could join our Hoa Lu – Trang An 1 Day Trip to discover the interesting experience.


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