Traveling from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by motorbike – Why not?

Located about 90 kilometers from Hanoi (Vietnam), Ninh Binh has recently been an emerging destination for those who are into exploring nature. If you are an adventurous person, then a Ho Chi Minh Trail motorcycle tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh will be an incredible experience that you should not miss.

So, what’s special? What can you expect from this journey? Keep reading our article below!

How to go from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by motorbike

Traveling by motorbike is one of the most exciting and also convenient ways when it comes to discovering new lands. It’s the chance to admire remarkable landscapes along the way and satisfy your wanderlust. With such a short distance, it is not too difficult to make a motorbike trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh.

Departing from Hanoi, you follow National Highway 1A through Thuong Tin and Phu Xuyen across Cau Gie towards Phu Ly – Ha Nam. Continue your trip, and you will reach Ninh Binh City (about 40 kilometers from Phu Ly). Note that the road on National Highway 1A is quite old and rugged, so you should drive carefully in some sections.

Where to visit in your motorbike tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Dubbed as “Halong Bay on land”, Ninh Binh is home to a lot of famous attractions that must be included in your bucket list when coming there.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Your first stop is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital was the first capital of the feudal state before King Ly Cong Uan moved the capital to Thang Long in 1010. With a history of over a thousand years, this place is indeed a witness of history, and it is also home to many historical relics throughout the ages.

This complex includes a lot of famous monuments such as Dinh King Temple, Le King Temple, Ly Thai To King Temple, Kim Ngan Pagoda, and Dinh Yen Village Communal House.


In 2003, the government decided to preserve and promote the historical values of Hoa Lu ancient capital. These are national historic sites of particular importance and need to be preserved.

Bai Dinh – Trang An

Leaving the ancient capital, you arrive at Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Complex.

Not only ranked as a national historic monument, but Trang An was also recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2013. So why is this place so famous and attractive?

Dubbed the outdoor geological museum with limestone ranges that exist more than 200 million years, Trang An is also home to a very diverse ecosystem along with extremely famous mangrove systems, valleys, swamps, and caves.

With an area of over 2000ha, the scenery here is exceptionally peaceful and fanciful since it is surrounded by a system of limestone mountains, valleys, caves, and many historical sites.

Sitting on a boat down the stream watching the caves, and the monument populations, you will better understand why it is the world heritage.

Bai Dinh Pagoda is now the biggest pagoda in Southeast Asia, which has hit many records.

Tam Coc- Bich Dong

Continue your journey to Tam Coc- Bich Dong, which is also called “Halong Bay on land”. With the Ngo Dong River flowing through the mountains forming three caves, the name Tam Coc was formed from here.

Bich Dong is located about 2 kilometers from Tam Coc wharf and was named as the second beautiful cave, after Huong Tich Cave.

The scenery here is adorned by the harmony of the clear blue water, the limestone mountains and the vast caves with extraordinary and mysterious shapes.

Van Long Lagoon

Van Long lagoon has an area of about 3,500ha, formed by embankment dike stretches more than 30km from the left bank of the Day River. This accidentally turned this lagoon into a wetland with beautiful caves.

With the largest wetland area in the Northern Delta region, Van Long Lagoon is known as the most giant “natural picture”.

The water here is like a giant mirror. Coming here, you sit on the old boat going around the lagoon to admire the beauty like a landscape painting with beautiful lines from the native title.

That’s the reason why the Hollywood film crew chose Van Long lagoon as an exterior for the famous Kong – Skull Island movie.

Cuc Phuong National Park

On the way back to Hanoi through Ho Chi Minh Trail, you will visit Cuc Phuong National Park. Covering the area in three provinces Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh, Cuc Phuong is a nature reserve with many highly endangered plant and animal species. Coming here, you can explore the rich flora and fauna, admire beautiful natural landscapes, participate in ecotourism, campfire, research, and cultural history programs. This is also the first national park in Vietnam.

With the characteristics of tropical rainforests, the ecosystem here is extremely diverse and abundant. The average temperature here is about 24 degrees Celsius, an extremely fresh and pleasant atmosphere, which is suitable for your discovery.

Where to stay in Ninh Binh?

Depending on your time and your desire, you can decide how long you spend there. If your time is limit, then take a day trip. If you want to explore more, you can strengthen your trip, and of course, you may concern about where to stay overnight there.

Ninh Binh has a diverse system of hotels and resorts ranging from luxurious and international standards resorts to homestay or motels for backpackers.

Top resorts in Ninh Binh

  • Bai Dinh Garden Resort & Spa
  • Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Garden

Top hotels in Ninh Binh

  • Ninh Binh Legend
  • Royal Hotel Ninh Binh
  • Hoang Son Peace

Top homestays in Ninh Binh

Ho Chi Minh Trail Vietnam Motorbike Tours

  • Huong Sen Homestay
  • Tam Coc Ngoc Linh Homestay
  • Tam Coc Sunshine Homestay

No matter when you go, Ninh Binh always treats you well. We hope that this post is useful for those who are about to make a Vietnam motorbike tour from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. And surely, you will get memorable experiences in this amazing land.


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