Mua Cave, Ninh Binh,Vietnam - Everything you need to know 2024

Mua cave is located at Ninh Xuan communal – Hoa Lu district – Ninh Binh. About 2 hours from Hanoi, to reach the top we need to climb 486 stone steps is not easy, but it is worth it after you conquer it, you will come to the top of Mua Cave you can immerse yourself in the beautiful views. 

1. History of Mua cave

Following the legend, King Tran Thai Tong under the Tran dynasty built Am Thai Vi in this mountainous area, frequented to watch the beautiful women dancing and singing, so this place was named Mua Cave- meaning Dancing cave. Here was also used as a mobile hospital during the Vietnam war.

2. What do you do in Mua Cave

2.1. ​Conquering yourself

Conquering yourself, climbing nearly 500 stone steps up the mountain, is not an easy challenge, but when you reach the top of the mountain, you will feel like you have won over yourself. That's such a good experience !!!

conquer mua cave

2.2. Taking photos as much as possible

If you are a photographer or a fan of social media (Instagram, Facebook…), BELIEVE me, you must be here.

To reach the peak, visitors will climb up near 500 stones step. In the middle of the way up, there are two paths:

  • The right one leading to one of the pagodas and virtual tower

  • The left one leading to the stone statue of Quan Am (The Goddess of Mercy) and the lying dragon statue. So, turn left to get the most breathtaking masterpieces of the whole area. Or visit both places if you can.


mua cave view point

 mua cave view from the peak

View from the peak

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2.3. Mua caves hike to the peak and see the panoramic view on Dragon Peak

 mua caves dragon


mua cave dragon peak

Dragon peak

2.4 Check in Lotus Pond


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2.5. Also place taking photos for special occasions.

On the way to the top of the mountain, you may see many couples taking photos preparing for their wedding, unique at the wedding season like autumn or spring.


mua cave taking photos for wedding

A couple taking photos for wedding

3. Mua cave entrance and opening hours

  • Entrance fee: 100.000vnd/person (about 4$ USD)

  • Time working: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm every day

 mua cave entrance fee

Mua cave entrance fee 

4. Best time to visit Mua Cave

Ninh Binh has typical weather. So you can go any time during the year. However, if you want to get the best photos, you should choose when Tam Coc is in the most beautiful ripe rice season. It is also the time of transition between May and June.

If you go in the summer, it is recommended to start the trip in the early morning or later afternoon to avoid hot and intense sunlight. Meanwhile, in the winter, the best time will be before 4 pm. So the tourist can get back before dark.


4.1. Mua cave parking fee

On the way to the Mua cave destination, there are lots of people waving to you for parking with the price of 10,000 VND or more. But maybe you don't know if there is an available and free parking lot insider, and you don't need to walk a kilometer from there to place buy tickets. Please don't waste any money on our Ninh Binh trip!

4.2. Tips for visitors

  • The road to the peak of the mountain is quite tricky, and many rocks are rugged in the moving parts, so you must be attentive to make safety!

  • Should wear sports shoes and comfortable clothes with nearly 500 steps you may feel tired. Do not forget to bring a small water /beer or snack when you rest.

  • To take good photos you can climb to - Ngoa Long Mountain, please be careful these areas is quite narrow, so you should line up to take pictures to avoid pushing.

  • Up on the top, you can enjoy the panoramic view, capturing the beauty of the vast stretches of fields, sometimes the green color of young seedlings, sometimes the yellow color of ripe rice.

  • It is the beauty of the water flowing at the foot of the mountain, crossing the green fields. In the distance are small boats floating along the water that will bring the most beautiful pictures.

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5. Where to stay and what to eat

There are many accommodations to stay near Mua cave such as Mua Ecolodge, Chez Beo homestay, Hang Mua natural homestay. The price is not so expensive from 20 USD – 50 USD/per night including breakfast.
Beside that, traveling to Mua Cave, you cannot miss the famous specialties here. These are burnt rice, Yen Mac spring rolls, mountain snails, and fish salad, special is goat meat. Enjoy them at the restaurants around Mua Cave to admire the natural scenery and enjoy great food.


6. Nearby Attraction and activities

Mua Cave is one of the most popular attractions that you can visit. Besides many other attractions nearby as below:

6.1. Tam Coc – Bich Dong - Trang an

Just a few km Mua cave go through small road in the village you will reach Tam Coc wharf – where you can take bamboo boat visit "Halong Bay on the land" Trang An scenic landscape complex or hire bicycle or motorbike visit Bich Dong pagoda – with unique architecture and has a longtime history.

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Taking a sampan boat on Tam Coc or Trang An - Must do in Ninh Binh.
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Trang An scenic landscape complex 

6.2. Bai Dinh pagoda

Bai Dinh pagoda is the biggest pagoda in Southeast Asia with many records on Vietnam and Asia waiting for you to explore. Let's find out more with Go Viet Trip

 bai dinh pagoda

Overview of Bai Dinh Pagoda


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Author Hoan Nguyen

Hoan Nguyen 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.


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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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