24h Discovering the Little, known Places in Ninh Binh

In addition to the famous scenic areas such as Trang An landscape complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda… Ninh Binh has many peaceful places for tourists to explore in only one day.

If only have one day to visit Ninh Binh, you should spend time visiting interesting destinations which are relatively new such as Thung Nham, Thien Ha Cave, Dong Chuong Lake … to understand more deeply about the historical land of Ninh Binh.

7am: King Dinh- King Le Temple area

Hoa Lu ancient capital is associated with the history of three dynasties of Dinh – Le – Ly, and is regarded as a “sacred land” with many Vietnamese celebrities. According to historical documents, in 968, Dinh Bo Linh became the king and established the first centralized feudal state in our country and set up the capital in Hoa Lu where still retains many monuments such as palaces, temples, tombs… You will have opportunities to visit and worship in the temple of king Dinh and king Le which are approximately 500 m from each other, and located in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district.

Le Temple

Here, you can learn about the history of the reign of King Dinh and King Le. In addition, Hoa Lu relic still has some beautiful temples such as Ngan Xuyen pagoda (near the foot of Mount Ma Yen), Nhat Tru Pagoda (approximately 200m from the temple of King Le).

Fares to visit Hoa Lu populations: Adults: VND 10,000, children: 3,000 dong.

9am: Thung Nham Ecotourism Area

Located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh, Thung Nham is situated in the core area of the entire population of Trang An landscape, near the famous tourist resort of Tam Coc – Bich Dong. To come here, tourists usually pass Tam Coc tourism area approximately 4 kilometers, through Thung Nang, then continue the journey by road or by boat if you want to have a look at Hang Pagoda.


In addition to the famous attractions: the banyan tree, thousand years old streblus, the Buddha Cave, Vai Gioi Cave .. Thung Chim is the most special place in Thung Nham.

Coming to Thung Chim, tourists can explore the wildlife of the nearly 40 species of birds with about 50 thousand birds. Especially, when the sun sets, herds of white storks fly and perch in the wetland, visitors will feel the beauty of exotic pristine nature which is hard to find in other elsewhere. This is the  habitat of diversity of birds such as storks, chlorophyll, teal, white-rumped shama, starling… The bird park is special because it has  two rare birds listed in Red Book including Hang Hac (yellow crane bird) and Phoenix, one of the mascots in the 4 holy beasts of Dragon – Quilin – Turtle -Phoenix.

12am:  Have lunch

You should rest in Doi Nham valley, do not forget to enjoy rustic dishes like pigs, chicken raised in the hills, fish caught in the lake, cane bamboo shoots, wild vegetables…

Nham valley

13h: Thien Ha (The Galaxy) Cave

After going sightseeing and having lunch in Thung Nham, visitors move to Muong Tho Ha Village, Son Ha commune, Nho Quan district to come to Thien Ha cave. You will sit in a boat and travel along a small canal of about 1 km long alternating between the fields, then continue walk on the path of rocks of 500m long along Tuong foothill to reach the entrance to the cave. The cave has a length of 700m, includes cave and water.

3:30pm: Dong Chuong Lake

Going out of the cave, you continue to move to the two communes of Phu Loc and Phu Long also located on Nho Quan district to go to Dong Chuong lake. Here, you will encounter quite unspoiled and quiet lake scenery. Around the lake, there are hills of pine tree reflected in the water creating a cool and romantic space in the jungle.

Dong Chuong Lake


Visitors can take a boat to visit around the lake and feel the beauty nature or participate in fun games at amusement parks, stilt resorts, sports section or go camping, eating lightly at the edge of the forest to finish a long day of roaming.

5 pm: End of the journey

Move instruction: Ninh Binh is about 90 km from Hanoi to the southeast. You can ride your motorbike or catch bus at My Dinh, Giap Bat bus stations to come here.

The ticket is from VND 50,000 – VND 60,000.

Travel time: about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Finally, the tourist should not miss the tour above once travel Vietnam

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