Ninh Binh province is located 120 km to the south of Hanoi. Its sudden transformation from sleepy hamlet to tourist magnet has little to do with Ninh Binh city 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 1,2 or 3 days motorbike ride from Hanoi, many travelers chose to ride motorbike straight to the west to Mai Chau and then down to Ninh Binh on the quiet mountain roads and then stay overnight in Ninh Binh, Tam Coc or national park to appreciate the scenery at a more leisure pace.
Attractions around Ninh Binh:
* Hoa Lu – Ancient Capital of Vietnam.
Hoa Lu used to be the capital of Vietnam in 968 when Dinh Bo Linh took his crown after he defeated 12 regional armies and founded the country. Mountains, rivers and old citadel make the scenery wonderful. The two temples dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh offer tourists a glimpse of Vietnam image in the 10th century.
* Tam Coc ( or 3 caves) – Halong bay on land
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 a little river along the rice fields to three mountains with caves are very interesting. After a long but great motorcycle ride have seat on a small boat and ride through the mountains on the rice fields with flowers. An interesting walk through the rice fields to the temple in memory of the 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.
* Bich Dong Pagoda
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. Especially, the road to the pagoda could be the best road for motorcycle touring in north Vietnam.
The recommended motorcycle trips to Ninh Binh offering by Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert is 3 Day Tour Via Mai Chau and on Ho Chi Minh Road. Please click here to view the details