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Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bong Hostel

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Planning your visit to North Vietnam? A day trip to Ninh Binh is a must


Situated just a few hours (around 100 km) from Hanoi, heading down to Ninh Binh is an ideal day trip for travellers looking to escape the city and witness the impressive natural beauty and rich history of Vietnam. 


By booking a tour with Bong Hostel, (we have two fantastic day trip options) you can sit back and relax, knowing that we have created the perfect itinerary that gets the most out of the experience. 


We are always willing to tailor our tours to suit you, whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, so that your trip is memorable, authentic, and feels way more personal!


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

Why you Should Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh


Known locally as “Ha Long Bay on Land”, Ninh Binh is characterised by hundreds of limestone karsts—dotted throughout the rice paddies—and winding turquoise rivers. The region is located in North-East Vietnam and has a real dream-like quality, which you will be able to feel as soon as you arrive. 


The region offers a slower pace of life, allowing you to relax and reconnect with nature. Cycling through the rice fields, interacting with friendly locals, and savoring traditional Vietnamese cuisine are just a few ways to experience the authentic rural charm of Ninh Binh.


Impressive Landscapes 


Ninh Binh is blessed with a landscape that can only be described as otherworldly. Imagine vast rice fields that stretch as far as the eye can see, shimmering rivers that wind their way through the countryside, and majestic limestone mountains that rise dramatically into the clouds


This stunning natural scenery is the perfect backdrop for your adventures, providing countless opportunities to take great photographs and make unforgettable memories. From taking a traditional sampan boat along the Ngo Dong River to the panoramic views from Mua Cave, every corner of Ninh Binh will ground you with humble appreciation for mother nature.


Rich in History 


Aside from containing some of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, Ninh Binh is also home to numerous historical sites, pagodas, and temples


Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries, holds the well-preserved temples of the kings from this period. The intricate architecture and peaceful surroundings of these historical landmarks provide a serene and reflective experience for visitors. 


Additionally, the hike up to Hang Mua cave offers not only a panoramic view of the region, including the Lotus Pond, but also a journey through cultural and historical landmarks.


Authentic Vietnamese Experience


A day trip to Ninh Binh is not just about the landscapes or the history; it's also an opportunity to delve into traditional Vietnamese culture. 


The local way of life is deeply rooted in traditions that have been passed down through generations. By visiting local markets, participating in traditional crafts, and enjoying meals with local families, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the customs and values that define this region.


Adventure and Relaxation


Ninh Binh is a paradise for adventurers and nature lovers


The motorbike tour offers a thrilling ride through countryside roads and rice fields, while the bus tour provides a comfortable and scenic journey. Both options include a variety of activities from navigating the winding waterways of Trang An to exploring the caves of Tam Coc, there's no shortage of adventures to be had. 


And when you’ve finished your day trip and you’re all worn out, you can hop back on the bus and relax all the way back to Hanoi. Rather than trying to navigate Vietnam’s confusing transport system by yourselves—another plus of booking a tour with Bong Hostel!


UNESCO World Heritage Site


Ninh Binh is home to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is renowned for its mossy pagodas, striking limestone karsts, and surreal landscapes. While you’re there see if you recognize the area as the stunning film location of Kong: Skull Island (2017), the second instalment in the most recent King Kong films.


The recognition by UNESCO highlights the significance of Ninh Binh's natural and cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring one of the most unique and preserved areas in Vietnam.


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel
Filming Location of Kong: Skull Island in Ninh Binh

Stay at Bong Hanoi Hostel Before your Day Trip


Strategically positioned in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Bong Hanoi Hostel has super friendly staff, comfortable beds with privacy curtains, hot showers, free breakfast, good WIFI, and a communal area. Here is some more information about our Hanoi Hostel.


It's really the perfect starting point for your day trip to Ninh Binh—or anywhere in North Vietnam! 


Address: No 2 Thanh Ha, Hoan Kiem

Opening Hours: 24/7

Estimated Price: From 200,000 VND per night (prices may vary)


Here’s a closer look at the two day trips we offer to Ninh Binh:


Ninh Binh Full Day Tour by Bus


Price: 950,000 VND per person

Pick-up Point: Bong Hanoi Hostel, No 2 Thanh Ha, Hoan Kiem


What is Included in the Day Trip to Ninh Binh?


  • Pick-up from Bong Hanoi Hostel in the Old Quarter area

  • Round trip transfer by bus

  • English-speaking guide

  • Buffet lunch with traditional Vietnamese cuisine

  • 1 bottle of water per person

  • Entrance fees


What is Not Included in the Day Trip to Ninh Binh?


  • Additional beverages 

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips for your tour guide 


What is the Policy on Children Joining the Tour?


  • Free of charge for children under 5 years sharing a seat with parents.

  • Surcharge 75% of the adult rate for children aged 5-8 years.

  • From 9 years old, adult rates apply.


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

Ninh Binh Day Tour Itinerary 


07:00 – 08:00: Our tour guide will pick you up at Bong Hanoi Hostel. From there, we will travel by air-conditioned bus to Ninh Binh, where we will begin exploring the highlights of the region.


09:30: Enjoy a short 20-minute break.


10:30: Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the temples of the Dinh and Le kings and learn about the history and culture of the region.


12:00: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese cuisine.


13:00: Depart to visit Tam Coc. This area is famous for its limestone karst formations and rivers, which we will explore by boat. During the boat ride, you will have the chance to admire the stunning scenery and learn about the local way of life.


15:30: Hike up Mua Cave (Mua means Dance) with over 500 steps up to the top of Ngoa Long Mountain, offering a panoramic view of Ninh Binh city, Lotus Pond, and the Ngo Dong River.


17:00: Board the bus and head back to Hanoi.


19:30: Arrive at Bong Hostel in Hanoi. End of tour.


Click for more information, or to book the day trip to Ninh Binh by bus.


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel
Hang Mua in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Full Day Tour by Motorbike


Price:


  • 1,800,000 VND per person (self-riding)

  • 2,100,000 VND per person (easy-rider)


Pick-up Point: Bong Hanoi Hostel, No 2 Thanh Ha, Hoan Kiem


What is Included in the Day Trip to Ninh Binh?


  • Pick-up from Bong Hanoi Hostel in the Old Quarter area

  • Round trip transfer by bus

  • English-speaking guide

  • Buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine

  • 1 bottle of water per person

  • Entrance fees

What is Not Included in the Day Trip to Ninh Binh?


  • Additional beverages 

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips for your tour guide


What is the Policy on Children Joining the Tour?


  • Free of charge for children under 5 years sharing a seat with parents.

  • Surcharge 75% of the adult rate for children aged 5-8 years.

  • From 9 years old, adult rates apply.


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

Day Tour Itinerary


7:30 am: Pick up at Bong Hanoi Hostel. From there, we will travel by air-conditioned bus to Ninh Binh, where we will begin exploring the highlights of the region by motorbike


The tour will start at 10:00 am and end around 5:30 pm.


8:00 pm: You will arrive back at Bong Hanoi Hostel.


Highlights of the Motorbike Tour


Rice Field & Countryside Roads: Enjoy the scenic drive through lush rice fields and picturesque countryside roads.


Hoa Lu Ancient Capital: Explore the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and its historical significance.


Lunch at a Local Family: Experience a warm and welcoming lunch at a local family’s home, savouring traditional Vietnamese dishes.


Games or Vietnamese Class: Participate in fun games or a quick Vietnamese language class.


Trang An Boat Tour: Embark on a boat tour through the Trang An landscape complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning limestone karst formations and tranquil waterways.


Hang Mua Viewpoint: Hike up to the Hang Mua viewpoint for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area.


End with a Cool Beer by the Pool: After a day of exploration, relax with a refreshing beer by the pool.


Click for more information, or to book the day trip to Ninh Binh by motorbike.


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

How to Book Your Ninh Binh Day Trip 


Booking your Ninh Binh day trip with Bong Hostel is super easy and convenient! You can book your day trip online through our website and social media channels, or you can visit us in person at our Hanoi hostel.  


Our friendly, English-speaking staff are always ready to assist you with your booking and answer any questions you may have. We’re also here if you just want to pop in for a chat or cup of tea—no pressure!


Extend Your Adventure with Bong Hostel


Once you’ve experienced the beauty of Ninh Binh, why not extend your adventure with Bong Hostel? We offer a variety of tours that will take you to other incredible destinations in Northern Vietnam. 


Overnight Trip to Ninh Binh


If you fell in love with Ninh Binh on our day trip tour—or are pre-empting such a possibility—why not join us for an enriching 2-day, 1-night tour of Ninh Binh


This tour includes all the highlights from the day trip but you'll also explore the vast and impressive Bai Dinh Pagoda and stay the night in a local homestay. 


With all transportation, meals, entrance fees, and accommodation included, this tour offers a hassle-free way to experience the cultural and natural beauty of Ninh Binh. 



Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel
Stay at a Local Homestay on our Overnight Tour to Ninh Binh

Hanoi City Tour


Before or after your day trip to Ninh Binh, take some time to explore the city of Hanoi with our specially curated city tours. Visit iconic sites such as Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, and the Temple of Literature, and delve into the rich history and culture that Hanoi has to offer.


Our tours include options like the Street Food Tour, Discover Hanoi by Motorbike, and the Hanoi City Biking Tour, each designed to give you a unique and immersive experience of this fascinating city. 



Trekking in Sapa


Head to the mountainous region of Sapa for an unforgettable trekking experience. Explore the rice terraces, hidden waterfalls, and interact with local ethnic communities at Cat Cat Village.


Our Sapa tours range from a full day trek to multi-day adventures with homestay experiences, allowing you to truly connect with the local culture and natural beauty of Sapa.



Ha Long Bay Cruise


So you’ve seen “Ha Long Bay on Land” aka Ninh Binh, now why not explore the actual Ha Long Bay on a luxurious cruise? Enjoy kayaking, swimming, and exploring hidden caves as you soak in the panoramic views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site


Our cruises offer comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and a variety of activities to make your trip truly special.



Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay Cruise


We also have cruise options for Lan Ha Bay as a way to explore the rugged beauty of Cat Ba Island. Enjoy activities such as kayaking, trekking, Cat Ba Langur spotting, and swimming, or simply relax on the deck of your cruise ship!



Ha Giang Loop Adventure


For those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, the Ha Giang Loop is a must. This loop takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Vietnam, with winding mountain roads, friendly easy-riders, and rich cultural experiences.


With Bong Hostel, you’ll have the guidance of experienced tour leaders and the support of our well-organised tours, ensuring a safe and memorable journey through this remote, jaw-dropping region.



Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

Our Thoughts…


At Bong Hostel, we’re committed to making your travel experiences unforgettable. Whether you’re embarking on a day trip to Ninh Binh, trekking through the mountains of Sapa, cruising the stunning waters of Ha Long Bay, or navigating the winding roads of the Ha Giang Loop, we’ve got you covered.


Ninh Binh with Bong Hostel is just the beginning of your adventure in Northern Vietnam. It's a must visit destination that captures the essence of Vietnam's natural beauty, historical depth, and cultural richness. And when you’re ready to explore more, Bong Hostel is here to guide you to other incredible destinations like Sapa, Ha Giang, Ha Long Bay, and Cat Ba Island. 


So why wait? Pack your bags, book your tour, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime with Bong Hostel!


Take a Day Trip to Ninh Binh with Bông Hostel

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