Ninh Binh Province, two hours drive to the south of Hanoi, is well-known for its serene countryside and beautiful limestone mountains. Ninh Binh Province also features breathtaking scenery Tam Coc referred as “Halong Bay on land”, Trang An World Heritage Site, and Vietnam’s first national park.
On this Ninh Binh Province trip, you’ll visit ancient capital Hoa Lu, and enjoy a rowing boat trip in the scenic Tam Coc. Overnight at Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa, Ninh Binh Province’s most famous hotel resort, which allow a slightly more comfortable pace of travel. Especially, we will enjoy a hiking in the famous Cuc Phuong National Park.
NINH BINH PROVINCE'S ITINERARY
DAY 1: HANOI – NINH BINH/ HOA LU/ TAM COC
After your breakfast at your hotel, you’ll get picked up by a private car and transferred to Ninh Binh. The route is very picturesque with paddy fields spreading far into the distance, with women in conical hats farming and water buffalos ploughing. There are also many grand Buddhist temples and churches along the way, which are fascinating.
After 2.5 hours drive, we’ll arrive in Hoa Lu. You’ll first visit two temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty and Emperor Le Dai Han of the Pre Le Dynasty (938 to 1009), and learn about the history of the area through its stunning architecture. We’ll then drive through different villages, fish lakes, rice fields and limestone mountains to Tam Coc.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we board a sampan boat and get rowed through the beautiful wet rice fields, passing majestic limestone karsts formation rising out of the water creating dramatic and mesmerizing landscape, which is often referred to “Halong Bay on land”. Enjoy a 2-hour sampan ride down the Ngo Dong river, where we rowing on a little boat through thrillingly-low caves, stunning landscape and lush green vegetation. Tam Coc is a truly serene, calm and tranquil destination with the humming of the birds and dragonflies and the beautiful reeds and lily pads floating gently on the water. Continue on with some climbs up to visit Ha, Trung and Thuong Pagodas of the well-known Bich Dong Pagoda, which is on Ngu Nhac Mountain.
We arrive and check into the Emeralda Resort, a green and eco-friendly luxury resort, where electric golf carts to take you between the accommodation, the reception and the restaurants, and each room is its own little bungalow. The room itself is spacious and has a traditional Vietnamese style to it, with lots of indoor wood and traditional teapots and Buddhist arts. For your diner, you can have Vietnamese food at the hotel restaurant, which is called the Hanoi Street Market. There are a number of dishes available all in the style of Vietnamese street food including spring and summer rolls, hot pot, Vietnamese pancakes and pho. (L)
DAY 2: NINH BINH – CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK - HANOI
Following your breakfast, we check out and drive to Cuc Phuong National Park, which was the first national park of Vietnam and is one of the few remaining tropical rain forests left in the country. Originally founded by President Ho Chi Minh in 1962, hundreds of species of animals and plants can be found here, including several endangered species.
On arrival at the Cuc Phuong National Park, take a tour around the interesting Visitors Center, which will introduce you to some of the park's valuable natural resources and its unique environment. Set up by British NGO FFI, the center aims to increase the conservation awareness of visitors as well as local Vietnamese students. Even though some large animals like panthers and bears make Cuc Phuong their home, they are rarely seen. Instead the park is also home to the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center, which homes species like the Delacour’s Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon.
The Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center and the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center are two research centers vital for the breeding, rehabilitation and preservation of animals rescued from poachers. Both centers are open to visitors during the day and a stop will be made here after visiting the Visitors Center. Have a simple, local style Vietnamese lunch at the National Park Headquarters. There are dozens of nature trails available from the avid to the recreational hiker. In the afternoon spend time walking into the centre of the Park’s forest to learn more on the flora and fauna of Vietnam. In the afternoon drive back 3-hours to Hanoi. (B, L)
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