• Hanoi

  • Hatay

  • The Northwest & The Northeast

  • Hagiang

  • Baccan

  • Langson

  • Halong Bay

  • Haiphong

  • Namdinh

  • Thaibinh

  • Ninhbinh

  • Quangbinh - Quangtri

  • Hue

  • Danang

  • Hoian

  • The Central Highlands

  • Dalat

  • Nhatrang

  • Phanthiet

  • Baria - Vung Tau

  • Ho Chi Minh City

  • Binhduong - Binhphuoc

  • Mytho

  • Vinhlong

  • Cantho

  • Soctrang


    Co Le Pagoda
    Co Le pagoda is situated in the town of Co Le, Truc Ninh district of Namdinh province, about 15 kms from the center of the provincial town. As legend has it, this pagoda was built by the monk Thich Minh Khong under the Ly dynasty. It had been renovated several times during the course of history. The present pagoda was built by Buddhist reverend Pham Quang Tuyen in 1920.
    In front of the pagoda lies the 12-story Cuu Pham Lien Hoa (Nine colors of the lotus flower) tower; the base of the tower has the shape of a turtle. There is a 60-step spiral staircase in the tower. Visitors can climb the steps to the top of the tower for a magnificent view of the neighborhood.

    Pho Minh Pagoda

    Pho Minh Pagoda (The ruins of Tran dynasty palaces)
    Tuc Mac village is situated on the west end of Namdinh town, about 3 kms from the town's center. This is the home village of the first King of the Tran dynasty, and the birthplace of General Tran Hung Dao, the most talented general in Vietnam's history who had defeated the Mongols 3 times. The ruins of the Tran dynasty palaces scatter in an area tens of thousands of square meters, including Thien Truong and Co Trach temples dedicated to the Tran Kings and Tran Hung Dao, and Pho Minh Pagoda.
    This pagoda was erected during the Ly dynasty and was expanded in 1262 under a decree by a King of the Tran dynasty. This is a large pagoda with lake pavilion, lotus pond, and many giant trees. There is an enormous bronze incense burner in front of the pagoda that weighs 7 tons.
    A tower in the shape of a lotus, 21 meters and 13 storied high, was built within the vicinity of the pagoda in 1305. This is an architectural wonder as the 700-tonn tower relies on a base of only 30 m2 in an area of weak land foundation but has remained where it is today for 700 years.


    Keo Pagoda (The pagoda of the Divine Light)
    From Hanoi, one can take a bus to the town of Namdinh. After crossing the Red river at the Tan De Ferry station and riding along the Red River dyke, one will reach Keo Pagoda. From the dyke, one can see a panorama view of the whole pagoda on the background of the green rice fields of Duy Nhat commune, Vu Thu district, and Thaibinh province.

    Keo Pagoda

    The pagoda lies on an area of 108,000 square meters, 58,000 square meters of which is occupied by 17 structures. The bell tower of Keo Pagoda is a work of art typical of Vietnam's wooden joint construction technique of 17th century.


    Telephone code: ( 84-30 )
    Area: 12,556 km2
    Population: 4,459,000

    The region of Ninhbinh has been privileged by nature, with the Day River, the Van Sang River, the Non Nuoc and Canh Dieu Mountains, etc. Ninhbinh has evolved into a major travel centre.

    Thai Vi temple - Ninhbinh

    Hoa Lu
    Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty (968 - 980) and the early Le Dynasty (980 - 1009). The site was an attractive place for a capital city because of both its distance from China and the natural protection afforded by the region's bizarre landscape.

    Tam Coc
    Taking a sampan trip, visitors reach Tam Coc Caves that consist of Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba Caves. They are adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes and colors, sparkling like gemstones.

    Bich Dong
    Bich Dong Grotto is located in Ngu Hanh Son Mountains in Dam hamlet. A short sampan trip takes you into beautiful landscapes with channels meandering between high rocks and grottoes. Charmed by the marvelous scenery, the Tu Duc King gave Bich Dong the titles of "the second most beautiful grotto in Vietnam".

    Phat Diem
    Phat Diem was built between 1875 and 1898, is the site of a cathedral remarkable for its vast dimensions and unique Sino - Vietnamese architecture. The vaulted ceiling is supported by massive lime wood columns almost one meter in diameter and 10m tall. In the lateral naves, there are a number of curious wood and stone sculptures. The main altar is made of a single block of granite. Phat Diem is one of the important centre of Catholicism in the North.

    Cuc Phuong National Park
    It is one of Vietnam's most important nature preserves. Though wildlife has suffered a precipitous decline in Vietnam in recent decades, the park's 222 sq km of primary tropical forest remain home to an amazing variety of wildlife, including 1967 species of flora from 217 families and 749 genera with some trees of the Parashorea and Dracontomelum families reach 1,000 years of age and from 50m to 70m in high, 1800 species of insects from 30 orders and 200 families, 137 species of birds, 64 species of animals and 33 species of reptiles. Among the extraordinary variety of life forms in the park are several species discovered here, including a tree know as Bressaopsis Cucphuongensis and the endemic red-bellied squirrel Callosciurus erythrinaceus Cucphuongensis. The Rhesus macaque (Macaca mullata) can sometimes be seen in the forests. In Con Moong cave, one of the park's many grottoes, the stone tools of prehistoric humans have been discovered.