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Admire the beauties of Ninh Binh in May | Ninh Binh in Harvest Season

One of the best time to visit Ninh Binh is May when the rice fields in Ninh Binh turn green and golden. Especially Tam Coc will be most beautiful with its floating rice fields on the poetic Ngo Dong river, stretching right under the limestone mountains. Come to Ninh Binh this time of year to feel like you’re floating through a paradise.

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Why the best time to visit Ninh Binh is May

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You might think that May to July are not the most ideal time for a trip to Vietnam or northern Vietnam. But in many destinations in Vietnam and especially Ninh Binh have a beauty you can’t find in any other time of year.

From May to July, it’s when Tam Coc attracts the most visitors with its finest glory. Visitors come here to enjoy a boat ride on Ngo Dong River and the gorgeous view from Hang Mua Viewpoint.

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Many places in Northern Vietnam are worth visiting in this time of year such as Halong Bay! The weather in Halong Bay is just ideal for a cruise trip where you can leisurely enjoy the landscape of the world heritage landscape, the green bay water, Ti Top beach, the beautiful caves and the delicious seafood.

Hanoi in May would also be a wonderful destination since the weather in this time isn't as hot as it is in June or July. The skies are so clear and with the presence of sunlight, Hanoi in May offers a great chance for a photo tour. 

What makes Tam Coc so beautiful in this time of year?

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It’s the gorgeous floating rice fields stretching on the both sides of Ngo Dong River. Under the sunlight of summer, the color of rice fields become even more vivid and beautiful. Even though Tam Coc was named after its caves, but the rice fields on Ngo Dong River are even more famous then the caves themselves.

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Where is Tam Coc? Tam Coc is right next to Trang An and just like Trang An, you’ll have to get on a boat to discover the complex.

How to see the rice fields?

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It’s easy, you can hire a boat with a local rower to take you around. You can see the rice field right at the beginning where the waterway is winding between the limestone mountains and rice fields.

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What else to see in Tam Coc other than the rice fields? The caves. Tam Coc is known for a series of three water caves with pristine and beautiful karst formations. Nearby, you can also visit Bich Dong pagoda and Bich Dong cave which is famously known as the ‘second most beautiful cave in the country’.

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Bich Dong


Hang Mua (Mua Caves)
is also a wonderful attraction you can visit for a breathtaking air view of the Tam Coc rice fields. Hang Mua is a great hike to do with your family for its beautiful view and gorgeous dragon statue. Hang Mua isn’t that far from Tam Coc and you can easily visit the place.

 

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Hang Mua in harvest season

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How much is the boat tickets and admission fee?

  • To visit Tam Coc, you’ll have to pay 150,000VND per adult for the admission and pay 150,000VND to hire a two-seat boat.
  • To visit Hang Mua (Mua Cave), you’ll have to pay an admission of 100,000VND per person.

Where is Ninh Binh and how to get there? Ninh Binh is just 100km south of Hanoi and you can get there after 2 hours of a car ride.

Recommended Itinerary for Ninh Binh Trip to Hanoi

With its close proximity with Hanoi and Halong, Ninh Binh is often articulated in a longer trip in Northeast Vietnam. A Trip to the three major destinations of Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh is most suitable for a duration of 4 days or more since there are so many things to do in all the three places.

This trip will be a perfect balance between nature and culture, relax and discovery. Tam Coc, Ninh Binh as the last destination is a perfect endnote of your journey with outstanding values in both nature and culture. 

So what exactly are there to do in Hanoi, Halong and Ninh in May to make you choose these destinations but not others?

  • In Hanoi, May is the perfect time to visit besides December. Why? The weather is not as boiling as in summer or too chilly as it is in winter. It's a great chance for a photo tour in Hanoi since the weather is so supportive and the sunset and sunrise in West Lake and Long Bien Bridge are finest this time.

  • Halong Bay, obviously, is worth visit in summer than in winter. However, June - August is the peak season of domestic tourism, and it's also too hot in these months, so May seems to be the best time to enjoy the marvelous landscape and the water in Halong Bay. If you're lucky, you might see the bay becoming foggy in early morning.

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  • In Ninh Binh, no needs to elaborate on the beauty of Tam Coc rice fields this time of year. 


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