Where is Mua Caves ?
Being located in the north of Viet Nam at Khe Đau Ha village, Ninh Xuan hamlet, Hoa Lu district , Ninh Binh province considered as Halong Bay on land or Halong Bay on rice fields, for a long time has been being popular with many tourists. It is also recognized a world heritage site by UNESCO with mountainous terrain a crossing the area. Visiting Ninh Binh province not only can you be attracted by Tam Coc, Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda,… or experiencing boat ride, cycling, trekking ….but also have chance to explore the Mua Caves Ninh Binh which deserves being on top of interesting things to do for your tour to Ninh Binh.
Mua Caves Ninh Binh
Mua Caves (Hang Múa – Ninh Bình) is one of the most famous attractions in Ninh Binh that tourists almost will decide to visit it when they have had a bunch of information about the historical and King Kong’s land (Appeared in the film “King Kong”). Only Mua Cave brings you a chance for viewing the picturesque landscape of Tam Coc from the peak above.
Mua Caves Viewpoint
Mua caves viewpoint or (Hang múa) one of the most attractive tourist places in ninh binh recently one of the most attractive tourist spots near Hanoi. Ninh binh and its karst surroundings there are many beautiful tourist spots around Ninh Binh town mostly in Trang An scenic complex one of these places in this complex are the Mua caves hang múa and its peak mountain from which is a fascinating view to the nearby surroundings this is one of the most visited places in the area that you should not miss there are about 500 steps on the 2 peaks and viewpoints the highest viewpoint is the Lying Dragon Mountain (Núi Ngoạ Long) with its stone statue of Quan am (The Goddess of Mercy this is also a popular selfie spot in Ninh binh
Mua Caves History
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.
Mua Caves Dragon
How to get to Mua Caves from Hanoi
Train to Mua Caves
It can be said that you definitely get your another experience in Vietnam if buying a train ticket and it happens in case of transferring from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. When you are on the train onething special is looking from the window the beautiful picture of Vietnam is appearing in front of you.
Taking a train gives you the convenience and comfortable accommodation, it doesn’t make you tired within 2 hours of transfer.
Train to Mua Caves by morning train
In the morning the first train of the day usually starts from 6:00- 6:15 am at Ha Noi station (120 Le Duan). After 2 hours it arrives in Ninh Binh at station (N.01 Hoang Hoa Tham).
From Ninh Binh station you can take a taxi or hire a motorbike to reach Mua Cave Tour. Other tourist places are near Mua Cave which is convenient for getting around and paying fee of transportation.
Train to Hanoi from Mua Cave Ninh Binh
When you are back, remember that there is a train departing at 5:00 pm at Ninh Binh Train Station
Train ticket price : US $4- $9 ( Ha Noi- Ninh Binh)
Attention : On special occasions in Viet Nam such as 2nd Sept, 30th April- 1st May, Tet holiday… you should by ticket 1 day in advance
>>> Read more about: Hanoi Train Street to understand the real local life of Hanoians
Mua Caves Ninh Binh by Shuttle Bus
When you are in Viet Nam normally you choose a hotel in the centre of Ha Noi, near Hoan Kiem lake, in the Old quarter, in Hoan Kiem district so one of suggested ways for you is taking a taxi or grab bike to Giap Bat station ( away 7km from the centre) then find a bus with board named Ninh Binh.
There are a lot of buses taking you to Ninh Binh from Hanoi, the distance is about 100 km. Every day, there are about 12 buses running from 2:00 am to 20:50 with 15 bus company. It takes 3- 3.5 hours to transfer
Then take a taxi or hire a motorbike to Mua Cave
Or you can buy yourself a ticket through agencies in the Old quarter.
Bus ticket : ~ US $6-8
Another option : Hiring a private Limousine car ( 9-seat-car), ask driver to drop you off at Mua Caves Ninh Binh
Suggested bus companies : Hoang Long, Mai Linh, The Sinh Tourist, Futabus, InterBus Lines…
Mua Caves Ninh Binh by Motorbike from hanoi
It is possible for you can Rent a taxi in Hanoi, price can be about $60-70 for one-way trip
If you are interested in driving a motorbike
– Find a Motorbike Rental in Hanoi (1 day costs about US $7-15/person)
– Route : Giai Phong street- go ahead to Thanh Tri- Phu Xuyen – Phu Ly – Ha Nam -Ninh Binh
– Attention : Wearing helmet carefully, site map, google map, sport shoe, water,..
Conclusion, some of tourists stays a few days in Viet Nam, some of them just plan a very short trip in the north. That’s why they are more concerned about day trip organized by Travel Agent in Hanoi. Joining Tam Coc Mua Caves Tour to easily get your own experiences with local guide.
How to get to Mua Caves from Tam Coc
Best time to Visit Mua Caves
A special time to visit Mua cave is in May or June when rice paddies become yellow, it is viewed from viewpoint on Mua Caves
- A tip for tourists is at the peak season or at days around Tet holiday or other national holidays, booking transportation tickets can be hard. So the recommendation is to book Mua Caves Tour in advance.
- And if you want to rent a car or a motorbike, you should check out the renting place by reading review about it first. Moreover, remember to check the paper and the bike or car in advance in case of having any problem.
- You should also bring a map or mark the route before having a go.
Mua Caves Tour and nearby attractions
Hoa Lu Tam Coc
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Hoa Lu will tell you the story of a thousand-year history of Vietnam by its serene landscape and magnificent temples. It is also recognized by UNESCO as one of the four core zones of the Trang An World Heritage Complex.
Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Tam Coc Vietnam is located about 90 kilometers south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province and 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”. It seems that Tam Coc– Bich Dong is beautiful in all seasons and every season has a unique beauty. If you want to enjoy the charm of green rice paddy fields full of vitality lie a silky extensive river, the period of January and February after Tet holiday will be the appropriate time. It will bring tourists a sense of comfort and admiration of the taste of the sky, the river and nature.
Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong pagoda is one of the most attractive landmark in Ninh Binh. It is also known as the second beautiful cave of the Southern, after Huong Tich cave in Ha Tay.
Bich Dong pagoda is located on Truong Yen mountains, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. The pagoda was built in the style of “三” which is meaning “three” in Chinese word. It includes 3 separate pagodas: Bottom pagoda, Middle pagoda and Top pagoda, leaning on the mountain from the bottom to the top. The Bottom pagoda have 5 rooms with huge wooden and stone pillars. The pagoda worships Buddha and 3 masters: Chi Kien, Chi The, Chi Tam, who had set up and built Bich Dong Pagoda. The two statues outside are Nam Tao – Bac Dau, who manage birth and death book. There is a big stone stele to remember the name of the contributors of building Bich Dong Pagoda.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual tourist attraction in the Bai Dinh – Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex with more than 1000 years of the history. It has been inherent in Ninh Binh, the land of 3 feudal dynasties in Vietnamese history, namely Dinh, Tien Le, and Ly. Bai Dinh Pagoda is a Buddhist complex located on Bai Dinh mountain in Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien district. Bai Dinh Pagoda is 5 kilometers to the Northwest from Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and 12 kilometers from Ninh Binh city. It has a large campus with 539 hectares including 27 hectares of the old and the newly built areas. Bai Dinh Pagoda welcomes thousands of travelers each year.
If you have not enough time to set up a great itinerary to visit Mua Cave Tour for 1 Day by yourself, you can try to book our Tam Coc- Mua Cave Tour with us. You can chose Private Tam Coc Mua Cave Tour or Tam Coc Mua Cave Group Tour to save cost. But maximum only 14 peoples on a group, it’s not a big group like others company. Check out details at Cozy Vietnam Travel for Ninh Binh Tours
Mua Caves Ecolodge
Mua Caves has been now organized as Mua caves ecology, so when you explore Mua caves you can find some interesting activities are boating among small mountains, discovering local people’s real life, enjoying a peaceful fresh air away from noisy cities, climbing…
Unlike other tourist attractions, Mua caves ecolodge has its unique beauty which doesn’t exist in many places. Here, Mua Caves Ecolodge serves with full services for tourists such as: Accommodations, restaurants, climbing areas, sightseeing… All good things promise to bring truly experiences for anyone.
- Visit the Dinh King temple in the Hoa Lu ancient capital
- Visit Mua Cave by hiking 500 steps to Lying Dragon Mountain to enjoy stunning view
- Have the Vietnamese set menu lunch at private area with rice paddies and mountains
- Visit Tam Coc by sampan boat among the rice paddy and mountains
- Cycle to discovery the beauty of the countryside
- Swim in bungalow pool and enjoy the sunset party with local tea and fresh fruits.