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Gia Vien

Gia Vien is a unique tourist destination in Ninh Binh province. This place attracts tourists by its wild, majestic mountain landscape and cool green plains. It’s famous as one of the extremely attractive spiritual destinations with Bai Dinh Pagoda – the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia and countless interesting landscapes and experiences. Please accompany Origin Vietnam to learn about this land!

IMG Bai Dinh Pagoda 4

1. Where is Gia Vien?

Gia Vien is located in the north of Ninh Binh province, about 20km northwest of Ninh Binh city, about 73km south of the center of Hanoi capital and 115km from Noi Bai International Airport. The has geographical location:

  • The East borders Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh province and Y Yen, Nam Dinh province.
  • The West and South border Nho Quan, Ninh Binh province.
  • The North borders Lac Thuy, Hoa Binh province and Thanh Liem, Ha Nam province.

2. How is Gia Vien Unique?

Gia Vien, Ninh Binh province is a land with a harmonious combination of mountains and plains, creating a diverse terrain with mountains, forests, plains, lakes and rivers. With inherent natural advantages, this place has been developing eco-tourism and resort areas. Many tourists have chosen this place to enjoy the fresh air and admire the green landscape.

In addition, there are many peaceful rural areas, with stretching rice fields and traditional Vietnamese villages. Visitors coming here will be able to explore local culture, learn about customs, traditions, and traditional festivals of local people.

In particular, Gia Vien has the Bai Dinh pagoda complex, which is an extremely attractive tourist destination, not only for those who love Buddhist culture, but also a must-see stop for those who want to explore the world. destroy the poetic and lyrical beauty of Vietnam.

3. When is the best time to travel to Gia Vien?

Gia Vien, Ninh Binh province in Northern Vietnam, is located in a humid subtropical climate zone divided into 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter. According to travel experience, visitors can come to Gia Vien any season of the year, each season brings its own beauty.

However, there are two best times to travel to Gia Vien: Early spring and summer and fall. The weather at this time is cool and pleasant and there are many special festivals being held.

3.1. Travel to Gia Vien in early spring

The first days of the year, after the Lunar New Year from January to March, the warm spring weather is also the best time for tourists to come for spiritual tourism at Bai Dinh Pagoda, Gia Vien.

In particular, this is also the peak festival tourism season, so visitors come here in large numbers and participate in unique festivals.

3.2. Travel to Gia Vien in summer and fall

Summer and autumn are from April to October, this is the time many tourists choose to come to Gia Vien. This season is suitable for exploring caves, admiring the lotus blooming season, and enjoying the beauty of flora and fauna.

The weather this season is rainy, so tourists should pay attention to the weather before traveling to avoid rain and storms, affecting travel and experience and discovery activities.

IMG Bai Dinh Pagoda 5

4. How to get to Gia Vien?

4.1. Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh city

4.1.1. Travel by bus

Passenger cars are the means of transportation to Ninh Binh chosen by many tourists in the North and North Central of Vietnam. There are many bus companies from Hanoi to Ninh Binh every day with different time frames.

If departing from Hanoi, visitors can buy tickets at major bus stations: My Dinh bus station, Giap Bat bus station, Nuoc Ngam bus station to get to Ninh Binh bus station. Travel time between the two provinces is about more than 1 hour. Some reputable bus companies that tourists can refer to: Hai Thang, Anh Vu, Thuy Duong, Hoang Thin, Anh Dong…

4.1.2. Travel by train

Ninh Binh is a province with the North-South railway running through so visitors can easily buy tickets and get here by train. The travel time is relatively long due to having to go through many stations, but it can help visitors save money and experience a new feeling when riding the train.

For tourists departing from Hanoi, you can buy tickets at Hanoi station with many trains at different time frames of the day. Trains from Hanoi passing through Ninh Binh: SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7 and SE19.

4.1.3. Travel by motorbike or personal car

Traveling by motorbike or personal car is suitable for travelers who love to explore, this will definitely be the perfect choice. This form of transportation will help tourists be proactive in their time and freely enjoy the beautiful scenery during their trip to Ninh Binh.

For tourists traveling by motorbike, starting from Hanoi inner city, go straight along National Highway 1A to the South. It takes about 2 hours to reach tourist attractions in Ninh Binh. Tourists riding motorbikes should pay attention to wearing helmets and bringing all documents when participating in traffic.

For tourists traveling by private car, depart from Hanoi inner city, follow Giai Phong street, pass Giap Bat bus station, turn in and go straight on CT01 Hanoi – Ninh Binh highway. Travel time is about 1 hour 30 minutes to visit attractions in Ninh Binh.

4.1.4. Travel by plane

Ninh Binh is a province without an airport, so tourists from far away who want to travel here by air must buy tickets to Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi.

Tourists buy tickets from where they live to Noi Bai airport by buying tickets online or at the ticket counter. After that, tourists choose means of transportation such as passenger cars, motorbikes, and cars to get to Ninh Binh.

4.2. Move from Ninh Binh city to Gia Vien

The attractions in Gia Vien are only 20km from the center of Ninh Binh province, so moving is relatively easy.

4.2.1. Travel by bus

Bus is a public means of transportation to Gia Vien that many tourists choose. Tourists from Ninh Binh city take bus number 08 to reach famous attractions in Gia Vien.

Buses serve many trips a day so visitors can go to Gia Vien at any time. Bus travel service increases revenue for workers and provides convenience for tourists when going sightseeing and pagoda ceremonies at tourist destinations such as Bai Dinh Pagoda.

4.2.2. Travel by motorbike/taxi

Tourists from far away traveling to Ninh Binh by bus or train can use the self-driving motorbike rental service to move freely or rent a taxi. Some reputable motorbike rental shops for tourists to refer to: Duc Anh, Duc Thang, Viet Dung…

Tourists depart from Ninh Binh city, follow road DT491 to Trang An street. Then go on Highway 38B to reach famous attractions in Gia Vien. The travel distance is about 20km, travel time is about 30 minutes.

5. Explore the beauty of Gia Vien

Let’s join Origin Vietnam in listing the following famous attractions that tourists should not miss in Gia Vien!

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5.1. Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh Pagoda is known as a large pagoda complex, holding many records in Asia and Vietnam. The pagoda complex has an area of ​​1,700 hectares including: the ancient Bai Dinh pagoda area and the new Bai Dinh pagoda area. Bai Dinh Pagoda attracts tourists with its outstanding architecture with large, majestic shapes bearing the mark of Vietnamese pagoda architecture.

The pagoda is notable for its many shrines and many large and small Buddha statues. In particular, the pagoda has a corridor called the Arhat corridor, spread throughout the temple grounds with 500 Arhat statues arranged along the entire corridor.

With a very large campus, visitors to the pagoda can both visit and sightsee, and it is also a peaceful place to purify each person’s soul. Bai Dinh Pagoda is a spiritual tourist destination where tourists from all over come to offer incense and worship Buddha every year.

5.2. Van Long lagoon

Van Long Lagoon is known as a large wetland nature reserve, with many migratory birds stopping here to feed and avoid the cold. The lagoon has an area of ​​more than 3,500 hectares, was put into operation in 1998 and quickly became a key tourist destination in Vietnam.

Van Long Lagoon owns 2 records from the Vietnam Record Book Center in 2010. Visitors coming here will admire the wild beauty, vast flooded space and diverse natural ecosystem. Thanks to that, this place was chosen by the Hollywood film crew as the main filming location for the blockbuster movie Kong – Skull Island.

5.3. Saint Nguyen Temple

Saint Nguyen Temple is an ancient temple in Diem village, Gia Vien. This place worships Zen master Nguyen Minh Khong, who is talented in healing, so he is worshiped as Saint Nguyen. The temple was built in the “internal and foreign” style, including 4 buildings made in the first and second style. The most prominent in the temple is the 3-compartment building called Vong Lau.

Visitors to the temple, in addition to admiring the unique architecture, can also learn about and visit valuable ancient artifacts: stone lamps, prayer columns, ancient stone epitaphs, stone squirrels, decorative bricks, Incense burners, shrines, etc. These are invaluable cultural assets, contributing to the study of Vietnam’s history, culture, and traditional arts.

5.4. Hoa Lu Cave

Hoa Lu Cave, also known as Thung Lau, Thung Ong, is a national historical and cultural relic recognized in 1996. Although it is called a cave, this relic is a valley about 6 hectares wide, surrounded by surrounded by towering mountains 200m high.

To enter the cave to visit and take photos, visitors must climb 240 stone steps winding into 9 sections, symbolizing the Dragon. Coming here during the reed season, visitors can admire the beauty of the pure white reed valley blooming along the road to the cave, like a fairyland.

In particular, Thung Lau festival is held in the 10th lunar month every year. Visitors can attend the festival and admire the unique rituals, sacrifices, and processions. Let’s play folk games such as reed chess drills, cheo singing or wrestling… full of excitement and fun.

5.5. Cave – Dich Long pagoda

The cluster of cave relics and Dich Long pagoda is called “The Third Cave of the South”. The cave has many beautiful sparkling stalactites, stalactites hanging down like hanging bells. To get to the cave, visitors have to climb over 100 stone steps. In front of the cave there is a clear jade well. Going deeper inside, you will see a large bell weighing about a ton. On the right hand side is a cave to worship Buddha, this is Dich Long Pagoda.

Dich Long Pagoda is located in a cave dome about 20m high, there are many man-made Buddha statues, along with beautiful natural stalactites. All create a majestic, quiet scene. When visitors come here to worship, they feel their souls are peaceful and pure.

6. Enjoy specialties in Gia Vien

Gia Vien is not only famous for its beautiful landscapes but also has an extremely rich traditional cuisine. Join us to learn about the specialty dishes here.

6.1. Fish salad

Specialty Fish salad is considered one of the most delicious local specialties. After being cleaned, the fish is marinated with spices such as ginger, lemongrass, and dried onions. Fish salad served with raw vegetables such as sour star fruit, figs, chili, herbs and sweet and sour dipping sauce.

When eating fish, the sweet taste is mixed with the sour taste of vinegar, the spicy taste of ginger and the fleshy taste of roasted sticky rice mixed with the slightly astringent taste of vegetables, making the dish unique and leaving an impression on visitors. guest.

6.2. Nem chua Yen Mac

Yen Mac Nem Chua is a specialty dish meticulously prepared by the people here, giving it a different and unique flavor compared to other types of Nem Chua. Pork for making spring rolls must be lean butt meat, sliced ​​into soft, thin pieces, mixed with pork skin and rolled with rice noodles.

Nem is served with fig leaves, herbs, apricot leaves, guava leaves and dipped in lemon garlic chili fish sauce. Combining these leaves will create a more delicious and unique flavor for spring rolls.

6.3. Gia Vien shrimp paste

Coming to Gia Vien, visitors will see shrimp paste in every daily meal of the people here. This dish is prepared very simply, add a cup of fish sauce, add dried onions, sauté garlic, then add the fish sauce and simmer, add a little ginger leaves for aroma.

Steamed shrimp paste is often eaten with white rice, simple and rustic but still extremely delicious. Visitors can buy it to try to experience the delicious, typical flavor of shrimp paste here.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Gia Vien

7.1. Hotels and motels in Gia Vien

For convenience for long trips in Gia Vien. We have compiled the most prestigious and quality hotels and motels for visitors to refer to:

  • Ninh Binh Eco Garden Hotel. Address: Hamlet 4, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Van Long Hotel. Address: Gia Van Commune, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Hoang Hai Hotel. Address: Hamlet 4, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Van Long Garden. Address: Vo, Doi Ngo, Gia Hoa, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Viet Nghia Hotel. Address: Km 1 Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Ngo Dong Hotel. Address: Phone 477, Gia Phu, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Thanh Cong Hotel. Address: Gia Van, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Ha Phuong Guest House. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Cao Son Guesthouse. Address: Street 340, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Bai Dinh Hotel. Address: Bai Dinh Pagoda campus, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Huong Tra Hotel. Address: Gian Khau intersection, Gia Tran, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Nui Dinh Lake Hotel. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh

7.2. Beautiful Homestays in Gia Vien

For tourists who love nature and plants, choosing a homestay is the most suitable. Origin Vietnam has compiled Homestays with beautiful views, quality and amenities for visitors to refer to:

  • Ninh Binh Mountain View Homestay. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Friendly Homestay. Address: Hamlet 5, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Family Homestay. Address: Hamlet 5, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Bamboo Farmstay. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Garden Homestay. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • ACE Homestay. Address: Gia Xuan, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Bai Dinh Eco Homestay. Address: Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Nature Homestay. Address: Gia Van, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Canh Tiep Homestay. Address: Hamlet 5, Gia Sinh, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
IMG Van Long Lagoon 2

8. Some notes when traveling to Gia Vien

To have the most complete, economical and wonderful trip to Gia Vien – Ninh Binh, visitors should note some useful travel experiences below:

  • Visitors should prepare enough hats, hats, sunscreen and other personal belongings to protect themselves.
  • Check the weather forecast before leaving to avoid going on stormy days, affecting the trip.
  • You should book hotels, motels, and homestays at least 2 weeks before your trip to have many options and avoid running out of rooms.
  • When visiting sacred places, visitors should dress discreetly to show respect and not make noise to affect other tourists.
  • Bring all your identification documents for convenience when checking in on the plane, checking in at the hotel, or renting a car.
  • During tourism, you should pay attention to protecting public property and not littering tourist attractions.
  • Consult reputable sales points in advance and survey prices before buying specialties in Gia Vien as gifts to avoid being bought at expensive prices.

Gia Vien is a wonderful land with many famous places imbued with impressive natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. Hopefully our article will bring visitors information and inspiration to explore this place.

We are Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator in Vietnam. With a team of enthusiastic and experienced consultants. We look forward to accompanying you soon and helping you have a Ninh Binh tour to explore Gia Vien to the fullest.

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