• 1. Q: Where is Ninh Binh?

    A:  Ninh Binh is a province in Red River Delta, Northeast Vietnam. It is about 90 kilometers far from South Hanoi with convenient transportation systems. It takes approximately 2 hour drive for this distance. From Danang, Hue, Dong Hoi, tourists can easily reach Ninh Binh by public trains, cars, or buses.

  • 2. Q: Facts of Ninh Binh?

    A:

    • Location: northern Vietnam
    • Nickname: Halong Bay on land
    • Population: 927,000 people (2014 census)
    • Area: about 1,390 square kilometers
    • Telephone area code: 0229
  • 3. Q: When is the best time of the year to visit Ninh Binh?

    A: If you wish to see the rice fields turning yellow at the end of the crops, travel to Ninh Binh during one of these two periods: Late April – Early May, and Late September – Early October. Average temperature of these periods is 27oC.

    As other sites in North Vietnam, Ninh Binh’s weather is hot during summer (from June to September). It can reach 38oC out-side. Winter is from Early December till Late February, out-door temperature is around 15-20oC.

  • 4. Q: What are the famous tourist spots in Ninh Binh and how much does it cost for the entrance fees and sight-seeing tickets in each place?

    A: Entrance fees and tickets in tourist spots in Ninh Binh are sold per person as below:

    Name of site Rate per adult Rate per children (<1m) Note(s)
    Trang An 200.000VND (~ 9USD) 100.000VND (~4.5USD) Boat tour
    Tam Coc 195.000VND (~9USD) 135.000VND (~6.5USD) Boat tour
    Thai Vi Temple FOC FOC
    Bich Dong Pagoda FOC FOC
    Hoa Lu 20.000VND (~1USD) 10.000VND (~0.5USD)
    Bai Dinh Pagoda 60.000VND (~2.5USD) 40.000VND (~2USD) For 2-way electric car
    50.000VND (~2.5USD)  50.000VND (~2.5USD) To enter the tower
    Mua Cave 100.000VND (~4.5USD) FOC
    Thung Nham Bird Garden 100.000VND (~4.5USD) Entrance fee
    20.000VND (~1USD) Boat tour
    Thien Ha Cave 120.000VND (~5.5USD) Boat tour
    Van Long 60.000VND (~2.5USD) Boat tour
    Cuc Phuong Ntl Park 60.000VND (~2.5USD) Entrance fee
    30.000VND (~1.5USD) Fees of EPRC, TCC
  • 5. Q: Where my cruise ship docks and tender in Halong Bay?

    A: Note that there are several different ports in and around Halong Bay where cruise ships may dock: Cai Lan Port, Hon Gai Port, Bai Chay Wharf, Bai Chay Ferry Station, Tuan Chau Port or Hai Phong (neighbor city of Halong Bay). Knowing this information is only necessary if you are arranging your own transportation.