Dinh King temple in Hoa Lu Tam Coc

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in Ninh Binh

Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital to admire charming natural landscapes, cultural-historical values, precious monuments, ancient land over 1000 years of history…

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital overview

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is one of the first capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, attracting a number of tourists from all over the world. Visiting Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, you will have a chance to admire charming natural landscapes with cultural-historical values of precious monuments in this ancient land. Hoa Lu ancient capital is a national heritage complex of great importance and also is one of 4 noticeable, important places of Trang An international heritage complex. It has total area of 13.87 square kilometers and has existed for over 1000 years ; it is also a place storing historical monuments for many years.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Tam Coc Bich Dong
Main entrance Hoa Lu

Places to visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital has many palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions that were built by different dynasties. Despite going through many centuries, Hoa Lu has been home to many beautiful sites to visit. Visiting here, you will have a chance to understand more about the history of Vietnam and can join many traditional cultural festivals. The ancient capital is a magnificent and majestic palace which is surrounded by rocky mountain, spectacular scenery and numerous calm lakes, which makes a Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape.

Dinh King Temple

On the way to King Dinh Temple, you will see Ma Yen Mountain which looks like a saddle. You have to climb up 265 steps getting to the top of the mountain to see King Dinh Temple.
King Dinh Temple is one of the unique architectures in Hoa Lu , worshipping King Dinh Tien Hoang (King of Dai Co Viet Dynasty). Over the centuries, the temple has remained its stunning architectural works. It was built of grey stone and situated on the mountaintop. From here, you can also admire panoramic views of Hoa Lu.

Dinh King Temple, Tam Coc Hang Mua Caves Tour
Dinh King Temple in Tam Coc Tour

Le King Temple

King le Temple is located at the foot of Ma Yen Mountain to the south. The temple has the similar architectural design with King Ding Temple, but smaller. It is also divided into 3 parts: front shrine, Thien Huong house and the sanctum worshiping Le King.

Le King Temple In Ninh Binh
Le King Temple In Ninh Binh

One Pillar Pagoda in Ninh Binh

One Pillar Pagoda in Ninh Binh is an ancient pagoda from the 10th century, which is located in the Hoa Lu Complex. The pagoda also preserves many antiquities attached with the history of the ancient capital, especially the stone scripture pillar in front of the pagoda. The pillar was made of stone, has an octagonal body functioning as a prayer book and a stone lotus on the top. Today, Nhat Tru Pagoda is still a spiritual place of the locals and tourists. On January 15 annually, a worship ceremony is taken place to pray for the peace of the nation.

one pillar pagoda in Ninh Binh
One pillar pagoda in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Bich Dong

Tam Coc Bich Dong means Three Grottos – Green Pearl Grotto. From Hoa Lu, you can take a short distance to Tam Coc Bich Dong, a harmonious architectural ensemble attracting tourists all over the world. Tourists to Tam Coc Bich Dong will actually feel the stretching mountain views, stunning caves, and charming waterways of the rice paddies along the beautiful Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc Bich Dong is beautiful around 4 seasons, each season has a unique beauty. Summer is considered the most beautiful season of the year with clouds and the green rice fields starting to turn into a sparkling yellow. Tam Coc Bich Dong has become “a terrestrial Halong Bay” and a fascinating and attractive destination in Ninh Binh.

Bich Dong Pagoda Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Day Tour
Bich Dong Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Festival in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival, the national cultural heritage in the northern Ninh Binh, is taken place on April 5, or the 9th day of the third lunar month of the year and lasts 3 days. During the festival, there will be many other cultural and sports activities, including a requiem, a temple gate-opening ceremony, and displays of colored lanterns and flower garlands, and performance of folk games. It will be an interesting experience for you if you travel to Hoa Lu this time.

Hoa-Lu-Ancient-Capital-Festival
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival

How to get to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh by Bus

You can take a bus to Ninh Binh from stations in Hanoi (it can be Giap Bat Station of My Dinh Station). There will be a bus to go to Ninh Binh every 30 minutes from 05.00 AM to 11.00 PM every day. It will take you about 2 hours to get to Hoa Lu. You must pay for your ticket from 70,000VND to 100,000VND per person.

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh by car or motorbike from Hanoi

you will go to Giai Phong St., and turn to Phap Van – Cau Gie Highway, the moving to Ninh Binh Province. It will take you 90 minutes to get to Hoa Lu.

How to get to Hoa Lu Ninh Binh By train

You will go to Giap Bat Railway Station to take a train to Ninh Binh Railway Station. After that, you have to take a taxi to go to Hoa Lu.

Check our Ninh Binh Tours for more details of all day trip to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, Daily Departure pick-up from your hotel in Hanoi.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital entrance fee


The entrance fee is 20.000 VND (it costs less than US$1) per visitor.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital opening hours


Hoa Lu capital opens from 7.00 to 16:00.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Dress code


Before, There is no specific dress code but you should dress politely since Hoa Lu is a spiritual tourist destination.
But now, you have to cover your knee and shouders, too short are not eccepted, but you can borrow a scarf provides by temple administrator.

Hoa lu ancient capital Parking cost


In 2019 is 10-20.000 VND for motorbike and 50.000 for car,van. It is in front of main entrance.

Destinations Travel Guide

Tam Coc Vietnam – The most beautiful and easy to visit from Hanoi

Tam Coc Vietnam is often known as romantic and peaceful sceneries, which are very charming and amorous. If you’re nature lovers and already in Hanoi, it’s a pity to miss this beautiful “Halong Bay on land”.

Tam Coc Vietnam literally means “Three grottoes” located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh province. Once upon a time this place was full up with flapping sea waves, passing many centuries the waves eroded into the cliffs created different shapes of karst landscapes. The only way to visit Tam Coc by waterway which normally takes about 3 hours.

Hanoi Train Street Tour

Hanoi train street – The real local life of Hanoian

There’s a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam that a speeding train passes straight through twice a day. The street is so narrow that all residents must ensure their bikes and precious personal belongings, as well as their roaming children, are all safely inside the house before the train passes. Disguised amidst the hectic, cramped streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter lies a funky little area, where motorbikes or even cars are no longer the biggest danger to locals stepping outside of their front door. They’re now replaced by high-speed trains, hurling through the residential street, just only feet away from people everyday lives including their dishes and laundry drying by the tracks, which all define the Hanoi Train Street…

Trang An Boat Ride Routes, trang an boat tour from hanoi

Trang An Boat Tour

All travel guide information of Trang An Boat Tour: Boat tour routes, entrance fee, tips, nearby attractions. Trang An Boat Tour is is the first activity of choice for traveler in Ninh Binh. Boat is special activity in Vietnam, attracting crowds of people from all over the world come to this city to admire a lot of caves and temples while you also can enjoy a peaceful boat trip is like Halong Bay on land.
>>> Trang An Boat tour routes, entrance tickets, opening hours, best routes…

Tam Coc Bich Dong Ninh Binh Trang An Grottoes

Trang An

Trang  An Grottoes and Trang An Landscape Complex is a prominent place in Southeast Asia and the world which contains abundant archaeological evidences preserved, mostly shells, animal bones, pottery, stone tools, kitchen floor and human remains. There are 31 wetlands connected by 48 caves, including 2 km of water caves, such as Dia Linh cave, Sinh Du cave or May cave. Nothing is more interested than having a boat trip through caves that you can experience the feeling of thrill and admire the strange shapes on the caves when the boat enters the deep grottoes.

Cuc Phuong National park butter fly, Ninh Binh province Vietnam

Ninh Binh – 19 Best things to do 2019

Ninh Binh Travel Guide – How to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Halong bay, Cat ba Island…Ninh Binh is surrounded by a stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields and striking limestone outcrops with main tourist sites including Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Trang An, Bich Dong, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem Stone Catheral, Thung Nham Bird Garden…The cycling activities is a best way to really appreciate the striking scenery along the roads.

Mua Caves Ninh Binh, Hang Múa Ninh Binh

Mua Caves Ninh Binh

Hang múa – Hang means cave & Múa means Dancing the name from the old time story why this place is called Mua caves (Hang Múa) dancing cave the name of this place was taken from a folk tales saying that the King Tran came to Hoa Lu ancient capital to establish Thai Vi temple about 1 km from the Mua peak and often went to the cave below the peak to hear the beautiful female singers singing and dancing so the local people called this place Hang Múa dancing cave after this story. The Lying Dragon Mountain (Núi Ngoạ Long) there is a lying dragon on the top of Mua peak view point, it is a popular selfie spot .The stairs are bordered by the imitation of the Great Wall of China.

Halong Bay weather sunset party with cozy bay cruise

Halong Bay Cruise

Halong bay cruise the best way to enjoy Halong Bay. Now kick start your journey by hiring a boat cruise through the bay that will let you indulge in the breathtaking vistas of islets. There are plenty of options when it comes to cruising in Halong Bay. Most cruises fall under one of the three categories: Ha long Bay Budget Cruises, Halong Bay Deluxe Cruises and Ha long Bay Luxury Cruises, with the luxury level ascending in that order. Some cruises go as far as to accommodate a 5 star resort room type on board, with diverse forms of entertainment.

Cozy Bay Cruise, how to get to hanoi to halong bay

How to get to Halong Bay

Hanoi is approximately 165 kilometers from Halong Bay. So a road trip between these destinations will take travelers around 3.5 – 4 hours. There are a few different ways to move from Hanoi to Ha long Bay. Most popular ones are by coach, by cruise’s bus, or by private car. Thanks to recent road works, getting to Ha long Bay or Ha Long City is so much easier than it used to be. The most common departure cities are Hanoi and Hai Phong. Both of which have her own international airports and a complex of highway that connects to Halong Bay.

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Best Halong Bay Restaurants

Halong Bay is very rich in seafood as it offers tons of shrimps, fish and oysters annually. The caught seafood served in most restaurants often comes right out of the fishing boats in early morning.
Most of these Halong Bay restaurants feature delicious and fresh seafood dishes of Halong Bay. Although these restaurants are a little bit pricey, they are really worth a visit as they provide high quality food dishes.

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Best food to eat in Halong Bay

Enjoying the local specialties all the Best food to eat in Halong Bay. It is also a great way to understand more about the culture of Vietnamese. Not only seafood here is worth savoring, but lots of Vietnamese traditional dishes and international cooking styles from luxury restaurants here can even also please the pickiest tourists. The following are best dishes and drinks you should try during a trip to Halong Bay!

Flightless Bird Cafe, halong nightlife

Halong Bay Nightlife

The night market in Halong Bay & food street of Halong is located on Ben Doan street, Hong Gai ward. Covering an area of total of 11,000 m2 with approximately 87 booths, this night market includes 60 outdoor stalls operating from 16:30 to 24:00 and 27 covered stalls that sell from 5:00 to 24:00. With various choices of food in booths, tourists are not limited to enjoy specialties of Halong, Quang Ninh province.

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Halong Bay

An overnight cruise is a much more leisurely affair, and allows you to see and experience more of Halong Bay. Watch the sun rise over the limestone karsts while performing Thai Chi on the sun deck, take a Vietnamese cooking class, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or simply watch the sun set with a cocktail or two during happy hour.

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Cat Ba Island

Best things to do in Cat ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Frog Lake in Cat Ba Island, trekking, cycling, camping in Cat ba, How to get to Cat Ba island in cheapest and fastest way? Cat Ba is a perfect place for various tourist activities since its beautiful natural scenery, abundant forest and sea resources. More and more services have been invested and upgraded to meet the demand of tourists and keep them stay there longer.

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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay- Off the beaten track with experienced locals. Bai Tu Long Bay is also home to long and eloquent sand beaches and crystal clear sea water. This area is less touristy than Ha Long Bay and a place for anyone wants to truly enjoy the beautiful beaches. It is unique because of its historic and cultural sites, precious and rare specialties, and the archipelago’s unspoiled beauty.

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