Ninh Binh 1 day tour from Hanoi - Best Itinerary & Price 2024

Ninh Binh is located in the South of Hanoi – about 2 hours drive from Hanoi, this is a province with many tourism potential, and many landscapes are recognized as world heritage sites by UNESCO. Let’s find out what we can do in Ninh Binh one day tour.

1. Where to visit Ninh Binh in one day

There are many attractions place to visit Ninh Binh one day, here are the most famous places in Ninh Binh

1.1. Trang an

Trang An was recognized by UNESCO as the first dual World Heritage Site in Vietnam with two criteria: culture and nature in 2014. There are 21 lakes and 48 natural caves being exploited. Visitors can explore this place by boat for about 2 - 3 hours. There are 3 routes for you to choose from. Normally, routes 2 and 3 is suggested by many people as the most beautiful, passing through many famous spots.

  • Trang An Sightseeing ticket price: 250,000 VND; Children from 1m - 1.3m: 120,000 VND/person.

  • Free for children under 1m.

trang an boat tour 

1.2. Tam Coc

Besides taking a boat at Trang An, visitors can take boat at Tam Coc. This is considered "Ha Long Bay on land", and includes 3 caves: Hang Ca, Hang 2, Hang 3. Visitors can take the boat for nearly 2 hours. If visitors come in May you will have a chance to see the beautiful yellow colors.

  • Tam Coc Sightseeing ticket price: Adults: 250,000 VND/person/time

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1.3. Mua cave

This is an attractive Ninh Binh tourist destination. Visitors need to conquer nearly 500 stone steps to the peak of the mountain.  When reach the top visitors can immense rice fields and see the majestic scenery of mountains and rivers.

  • Mua cave entrance fee tickets is 100.000vnd/ person.

  • Kids under 1 meter free of charge.

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1.4. Bai Dinh pagoda

Bai Dinh is one of the large pagodas in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. This pagoda holds many records such as the largest gold-plated bronze Buddha statue in Asia, the tallest stupa in Southeast Asia, the pagoda has the longest Arhat corridor in Asia...
From the entrance gate visitors will take the electric car visit the pagoda

  • Bai Dinh Pagoda entrance fees ticket price: Electric car: 60,000 VND/person;

  • Tickets to visit the Stupa: 50,000 VND/person (Optional)

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1.5. Hoa Lu ancient capital

This is the first capital of the centralized feudal regime, associated with the history of the three dynasties of Dinh, Early Le, and Ly.
Nowadays, visitors can see 2 temples dedicated for 2 Kings is Kinh Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh

  • Hoa Lu ancient capital ticket price: Adults 20,000 VND; Children 6-15 years old: 10,000 VND

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1.6. Bich Dong pagoda

Bich Dong is a unique pagoda inside the mountain, visitors can see 3 different areas of the pagoda (Chua Ha – Low pagoda, Chua Trung – Middle pagoda and Chua Thuong – upper pagoda. When visitors reach the peak of the pagoda can see it surrounded by majestic mountains.
Bich Dong entrance fee tickets: Here is free. Visitors don’t need to pay any entrance fees tickets.
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1.7. Thung Nham bird garden

If you are an animal lover, you will definitely feel excited and amazed when coming to Thung Nham Bird Garden. This eco-tourism area has up to 40 different bird species, many of which are in the red books of Vietnam and the world. Watching flocks of white birds flying into the sky, you will not be able to take your eyes off this attractive tourist destination.

  • Thung Nham entrance fees ticket: Adults 100,000 VND

 thung nham bird garden

1.8. Tuyet Tinh Coc or Am Tien cave

Tuyet Tinh Coc is also known as Am Tien cave. The name Tuyet Tinh Coc is because when tourists come here, seeing the charming green landscape,
This famous landmark is located in Truong Yen town, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh, belonging to the Hoa Lu ancient capital relic complex.

  • The entrance fee is 40.000 VND

am tien cave

1.9. Van Long Natural Reserve

Van Long Natural Reserve is the largest wetland conservation area in northern Vietnam. This place has many Vietnamese records, such as the largest number of white-rumped langurs and the largest natural picture. Taking a boat along the reserve, you will see clear water showing layers of moss.

  • Van Long Natural Reserve entrance ticket: Adults: 20,000 VND

 van long nature reserve

1.10. Galaxy Cave (Thien Ha cave)

Thien Ha cave located in the World Heritage area - Trang An scenic complex, Thien Ha cave eco-tourism area attracts tourists because it has a purely wild and poetic beauty. It is considered a beautiful cave with magnificent stalactites.

1.11. Phat Diem Cathedral

As a famous architectural work of art, Phat Diem stone church is known as the "Catholic capital of Vietnam". The church attracts many visitors, especially Catholics. Visitors don’t need pay any entrance fees for tickets.
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2. What to do in one day Ninh Binh tour

2.1. Bamboo boat to visit the caves and river

These is the most interesting activities at Ninh Binh, visitors can take at Trang An, Tam Coc, Thung Nang, Van Long. The boat goes through the caves, and visitors can immerse the beauty of the Limestone mountains.

2.2. Cycling in Tam Coc

Cycling around the countryside to explore the daily life of local people such a great experience for all visitors coming to Ninh Binh

2.3. Visiting temples and pagodas

Hoa Lu Ninh Binh is the first capital of Vietnam, that’s why there are many temples and pagodas that have long time history from 300 – 400 years old to a thousand years old.

2.4. Conquering Mua cave

Mua Cave, or Dancing Cave is located on Ngoa Long Mountain, in the core area of the Trang An World Heritage Complex, Hang Mua has geological and geomorphological characteristics typical of limestone mountains that are millions of years old.
To reach the peak visitors need to climb 486 stone steps and get the panoramic views.

2.5. Check in the Lotus Pond.

Lotus pond inside Mua Cave Ecolodge - the best time to visit is in May when the lotus flowers bloom. Don't forget to bring a camera to take the best photos.

2.6. Try the specialty of Ninh Binh

Besides visiting famous places, visitors can enjoy famous dishes such as Burnt rice, Ninh Binh eel vermicelli, Sticky rice with ants eggs, Mountain snails, and goat meat.

3. How to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi?

From Hanoi to Ninh Binh is about 100 km, it takes about 2 hours. Visitors can go by bus, train, motorbike, or private car. Each way has different advantages and disadvantages, but most of visitors have a short time and often join a 1-day group tour.
Because they arrange the timetable is suitable, it already includes a two-way bus, entrance fees, boat trip... The price is also suitable from over 30 USD/person - depending on the places visited.

4. Best time to visit Ninh Binh

Thanks to favorable climate conditions, visitors can travel to Ninh Binh every time of the year.
January to March is the spring, which is suitable for visitors who can combine tourism and spring tours to visit pagodas and pagoda ceremonies to pray for good luck.
May and early June are the times of the ripe rice season in Tam Coc, which is very suitable for tourists who like to take photos. But the weather will be hot and humid.
August to December is the autumn and Winter, the weather is also very pleasant for travel.

5. Popular Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi

  • Bai Dinh Pagoda - Trang An - Full-day tour from Hanoi

  • Hoa Lu – Trang An Full day from Hanoi

  • Hoa Lu - Tam Coc, Full day tour from Hanoi

  • Hoa Lu - Trang An - Mua Cave, Full-day tour from Hanoi

  • Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave, Full-day tour from Hanoi

  • Quang Phu Cau – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc full day (New tour)

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What is included and not included in a Ninh Binh one-day tour from Hanoi
Most of the tour included: Transfer – 2 ways, English speaking guide, Lunch, Entrance fees, boat trip.
Not included: Drinks, tips, and personal expenses.

6. How to book Ninh Binh day tour from Hanoi

Many local tour operators offer tours with different itineraries and prices. It's not difficult to find the information, however, something is also very confusing - because there are so many travel agents and many packages.
Visitors can choose to book Online or Offline - both are good. But please find a good travel agent, they guarantee the services and price for customers and they have many good reviews as well.
Go Viet Trip proud is one of the best local travels in Hanoi, organizer tours in Vietnam and Cambodia. Please feel free to say hi to us via WhatsApp + 84 968667589 or email

  • Receive the detailed quotation and clarify any concerns you may have.

  • Confirm your booking and make the payment.

  • Receive contact information for the driver, car number, and tour guide before departure.

  • Enjoy your trip!

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6.1. Is One Day in Ninh Binh Enough?

 One day is a bit short, but it's still worth it. Visitors can visit famous places such as Trang An, Hoa Lu Hang Mua If visitors, we would recommend visiting 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights
Recommend for 2 days in Ninh Binh
Visitors can visit Bai Dinh pagoda, Tam Coc, Bich Dong Pagoda, Thai Vi temple.
Recommend for 3 days – Cuc Phuong National Park
If visitors have 3 days can visit Cuc Phuong National Park - trekking through the forest, and visiting many places.

  • Visit the conservation centers.

  • Trekking in the jungle or cycling in the forest

  • Bird watching

  • Visit prehistoric caves (Dong Nguoi Xua)


6.2. Tickets to visit tourist attractions.

  • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex: 250,000 VND/person, including scenic tickets and shared boat trips.

  • Tam Coc boat tour: Scenic ticket & boat tour: 250.000 VND/ person

  • Mua Cave: 100,000VND/person

  • Hoa Lu Ancient Capital: 20,000VND/person

  • Bai Dinh pagoda: 60.000 VND/person - included entrance fees and electric car to the main gate

  • Van Long Natural Reserve: 20,000VND/pax for scenic tickets

  • Tuyet Tinh Coc (Am Tien Cave): 20,000VND/person

  • Thien Ha Cave: 120,000VND/person including scenic tickets & ferry

  • Thung Nham Bird Park: 140,000VND/person including scenic tickets & ferry


6.3. Restaurants in Ninh Binh

Near Trang An: Duc Tuan Restaurant, Truong An Restaurant, Thang Long Restaurant
Near Tam Coc & Mua cave: Spicy Garden Restaurant, Tam Coc Memory Restaurant, Anh Dzung restaurant

6.4. Hotel and homestay in Ninh Binh

There are many options for visitors can stay in Ninh Binh from budget to Luxury at Ninh Binh


We hope this article will help you understand more about Ninh Binh if you need any more help. Please feel free to contact us: Email: or hotline +84968667589. We are guarantee about quality and prices. Get a full refund if you do not feel happy with our services.

Author Hoan Nguyen

Photos: Go Viet Trip & Interenet

He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.



author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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