Just over 2 hours by motorcycle from Hanoi capital, equivalent to more than 90km, Ninh Binh is now becoming an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists. The nature in Ninh Binh is beautiful which is gifted with beautiful landscapes like silk paintings and many valuable cultural and spiritual values. The following are the most outstanding features that you should not ignore when taking Ninh Binh tour.
Bai Dinh pagoda.
If you are a big fan of pagoda, you should choose Bai Dinh pagoda tour. Bai Dinh Pagoda (pagoda population is still in the process of finishing) is the largest pagoda in our country with an area of 700ha. The pagoda is located in the gateway to the west of the relic of Hoa Lu ancient capital, on 38B National Highway, Gia Sinh commune – Gia Vien District, which is about 15 km from Ninh Binh city. Bai Dinh has been certified by the Vietnam Record Book Center to certify many records.
However, in order to feel fully the holly and antique and of the Buddhist abode, you should visit the ancient temple of Bai Dinh – a place associated with the name of Nguyen Minh Khong. This place is not only a pagoda worshiping the Buddha, worshiping the Mountain God and the Lord of the Thousand but also associated with the ceremony when Quang Trung King to Thang Long destroyed the Thanh army. It takes about 3 hours to visit the new temple and visit the old temple need about 2 hours.
Trang An eco-tourism
From Ninh Binh city 7km, Trang An ecological tourism area consists of 31 valleys, nearly 50 caves running over 10km according to north-south direction. Trang An is located in many communes, but the most convenient is that you combine the trip to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda. Trang An is an outdoor geological museum, marking the ups and downs of history through million years. This is not a famous destination when traveling to Ninh Binh. It aslo takes about 8 hours to visit fully.
Enjoying goat mountain meat in Ninh Binh.
Talking about goat meat, it is not as good as Ninh Binh mountain goats because they are raised freely on limestone mountains. They eat a lot of medicinal leaves in there. From goat meat, you can prepare dozens of dishes: blood pudding goat, underdone goat meat, grilled goat, fried goat, goat hotpot … If you go to Ninh Binh, you can enjoy goat meat at Duc Do restaurant which is located in 29 Doan Ket street, Ninh Phong district. This restaurant is slightly hidden in the alley but it is also easy to find because it is on 1A North – South Highway. Traveling from Bai Dinh to Duc Do Restaurant about 15km. The total time for its is about 2 hours.
Kenh Ga hot spa in Ninh Binh.
It is about 21km from Ninh Binh city to the North, Kenh Ga hot spa tourist resort is isolated on a small island on Hoang Long river (in Kenh Ga small village, Gia Thinh commune). From Gian Khau three-way crossroads (Gia Vien), go more than 10 km, tourists will come to Kenh Ga. It not only has hot mineral water which contains a lot of mineral salt but it also has a stable temperature of 53 degrees Celsius. Coming to Kenh Ga, you will enjoy great moments of rest, soaking in the hot springs in the midst of majestic scenery of Ninh Binh. It is really interesting and relaxed. You can spend 4 or 5 hours to visit Kenh Ga depending on your plan.