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Hoa Lu

Referring to the core area of ​​Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Hoa Lu is a destination that cannot be ignored. It is a place that preserves the rich historical and cultural values ​​of the nation. experienced many ups and downs of history. The ancient capital of Hoa Lu still lies there peacefully, although quiet but still full of majesty. Marking the golden age of a heroic nation. Besides its long-term historical value, Hoa Lu is also known for its rich and unique mountain and cave landscape. Create an extremely unique and interesting highlight.

So what is really special about Hoa Lu that everyone desires to visit once in their life? Let’s explore and learn with the Origin Vietnam team!

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1. Where is of Hoa Lu district?

Hoa Lu district is located in the center of Ninh Binh province, 7km west of Ninh Binh city. About 99km south of Hanoi city center and about 125km from Noi Bai – Hanoi airport. The district has geographical location:

  • The East borders Ninh Binh city and Yen Khanh district, Ninh Binh province.
  • The West borders Gia Vien district and Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province.
  • The South borders Tam Diep city and Yen Mo district, Ninh Binh province.
  • The North and Northeast border Y Yen district, Nam Dinh province.

2. How is Hoa Lu Unique?

Hoa Lu was once the capital of three Vietnamese feudal dynasties. This place not only contains many historical relics but is also one of the famous tourist destinations of Ninh Binh. The landscape blessed by nature has brought to this land beautiful natural cultural wonders and heritage.

Coming to Hoa Lu, visitors can admire the extremely beautiful natural scenery with lush green trees, rolling mountains, and magical caves through famous landmarks: Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hang Mua, Tuyet Tinh Coc... are all key tourist destinations of Vietnam.

In particular, Trang An Scenic Spot of Hoa Lu district was recognized by UNESCO as the first and only dual world heritage site in Southeast Asia. Visitors coming here will be overwhelmed by the natural scenery with rocky mountains, caves and a rich and diverse ecosystem of animals and plants.

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3. When is the best time to travel to Hoa Lu district?

Hoa Lu district, 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 Hoa Lu district any season of the year, each season brings its own beauty.

However, there are two best times to travel to Hoa Lu district: early spring and summer. The weather at this time is cool and pleasant and there are many special festivals being held.

3.1. Travel to Hoa Lu District 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 visitors to visit unique traditional festivals that should not be missed, typically such as Ban Non Khe Newspaper festival, Den La festival, Truong Yen festival, also known as Co Lau festival…

In particular, this is also the peak festival tourism season, so visitors come here in large numbers and participate in unique festivals. If you do not like to visit in crowded conditions, you should go at another time.

3.2. Travel to Hoa Lu District in the summer

Summer is from April to June, this is the time many tourists choose to come to Hoa Lu ancient capital. This season is suitable for exploring caves, enjoying the beauty of flora and fauna, admiring the beauty of rice fields when they are full of grain and ripening, and combined with visiting other locations such as Tam Dao. Coc, Hang Mua…

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.

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4. How to travel to Hoa Lu?

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 your 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 Hoa Lu

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 can go from Ninh Binh city to Hoa Lu district in the following ways:

  • Tourists depart from Ninh Binh city, follow Hai Thuong Lan Ong street for about 3km, then turn right onto DT491. Then, go another 700m, turn left on Trang An street and continue for more than 3km.
  • Tourists depart from Ninh Binh city, follow Hai Thuong Lan Ong street for about 1.5km, then turn right onto Le Thai To street. Then, go about 1.5km, turn left into Trang An and go straight about 4.5km more.

5. Explore the beauty of Hoa Lu

Let’s join Origin Vietnam in listing the following famous attractions that tourists should not miss in Hoa Lu district!

5.1. Trang An scenic spot

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Trang An scenic spot is located in Dong Thanh district, Ninh Binh province, with an area of ​​6,226 hectares. This place is known as “Ha Long Bay on land” thanks to its majestic mountain scenery and beautiful winding small river. Trang An is recognized by UNESCO as a world natural and cultural heritage.

Coming to Trang An, visitors will be overwhelmed by the masterpieces that nature bestows on this land. With a mysterious natural cave complex and unique limestone mountain system. Surrounded by a small river with cool, blue water, it will definitely bring visitors unforgettable experiences.

5.2. Tam Coc – Bich Dong

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Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a key tourist area of ​​Vietnam. Bich Dong is known as “The Second Cave of the South” with a dry cave and a water cave piercing through the mountain. Tam Coc means 3 caves including Ca cave, Hai cave and Ba cave, created from a Ngo Dong river flowing through the mountain.

Down the Ngo Dong river, visitors will feel the cool, fresh air, see majestic high limestone mountains and stalactites in uniquely shaped caves. On both sides are ripe golden rice fields and long-standing ancient pagodas, hidden behind the green canopy of ancient trees.

5.3. Golden Temple

The Golden Pagoda is one of the unique pagodas of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. The pagoda was built 1000 years ago, located peacefully on a small island with an area of ​​28 hectares. Surrounding the pagoda are immense water waves, charming and poetic scenery that makes many tourists coming here ecstatic.

Tourists must sit on a boat to visit and see the temple. The pagoda was built in an octagonal architectural style, made entirely of pure black ironwood. The roof is curved and carved with dragon and phoenix motifs skillfully placed on the top of the roof. This has contributed to deepening the ancient, quiet beauty of the Golden Pagoda.

5.4. Mua Cave

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Hang Mua is considered the “Great Wall” of Vietnam. Mua Cave is more than 4 hectares wide, including many unique caves, rocky mountains and beautiful landscapes. To reach the top of the cave, visitors must conquer 500 stone steps.

From the top of Mua Mountain, looking far into the distance, visitors can admire the entire beauty of Ninh Binh with views of mountains, rivers and vast ripe rice fields. All create a beautiful natural scenery, attracting millions of tourists from near and far to come here every year.

5.5. Hoa Lu ancient capital

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Hoa Lu ancient capital is an architectural complex of great historical value and is also the first capital of the centralized feudal state of Vietnam. After more than 1,000 years of history, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu still retains architectural works built in the 17th century such as city walls, caves, tombs, and temples.

The ancient capital of Hoa Lu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the four core areas of the Trang An World Heritage complex. Coming here, visitors can not only see the relic complex with unique architecture, but also learn about the heroic history of the Vietnamese people.

5.6. Thung Nham Bird Garden

North Vietnam Tour By Style Thung Nham

Thung Nham Bird Garden is known as the ideal “home” of many bird species, about 40 species and more than 50,000 birds. This is also the largest nature reserve in Northern Vietnam. The bird garden is located in the middle of green Tien Lake, with an area of ​​about 18 hectares.

Visitors can row boats down Tien Lake to admire the natural scenery and many species of birds such as storks, cauldrons, teal, fire warblers, teals, especially two rare species listed in the red book. : Hang Hac and Hong Hoang. Tourists should come here around 5pm to see flocks of birds flying and returning from searching for food.

5.7. Absolute love cup

Tuyet Tinh Coc, also known as Am Tien cave, is a lake located halfway up the mountain at an altitude of 500m above sea level. This place is surrounded by towering mountains, with a cool year-round climate and fresh air.

The most special feature here is the clear, blue and quiet lake. Visitors to Tuyet Tinh Coc can admire the poetic and charming scenery. You can see the cave with magical stalactites and can offer incense and worship Buddha at Am Tien pagoda. The space here is calm and peaceful, creating a peaceful experience for tourists.

6. Enjoy specialties in Hoa Lu

Hoa Lu district 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. Mountain snail

Mountain snail, also known as stone snail, is a famous specialty dish in Nho Quan – Ninh Binh. When eaten, snail meat has a herbal taste because this type of snail often eats forest leaves and medicinal plant leaves, creating a unique flavor.

Mountain snails are prepared by boiling, steaming or stir-frying with fresh bamboo shoots. tamarind, lemongrass and chili and dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce. Snails have a delicious flavor and are abundant good health benefits. Therefore, mountain snails are an extremely interesting specialty to travel to. Customers taste it and buy it as gifts.

6.3. Burnt rice

When coming to Ninh Binh, visitors will see scorched rice sold in every tourist destination of the province. Ninh Binh scorched rice is meticulously prepared by mixing two types of dry rice and sticky rice together. Then, fry the rice until the rice grains are evenly puffed, crispy, golden and spongy, adding a little salty shrimp and typical spices.

In particular, scorched rice brings a delicious flavor, crispy, fatty and more salty than shrimp. If you have the opportunity to travel to Ninh Binh, you should enjoy this scorched rice specialty or buy it as a gift for family and friends.

6.4. Mountain goat meat

Goats in Ninh Binh are raised naturally on the mountain slopes so the meat is very firm, moderately soft, not too tough and has a characteristic aroma. What creates the special flavor of Ninh Binh mountain goat dishes is the traditional spices of the people here.

There are many dishes made from goat meat for visitors to enjoy such as: rare goat with lemon, stir-fried goat, grilled goat, grilled goat, scorched rice with goat sauce, goat cooked with plum wine, steamed goat, stewed goat, hot pot. goat… Visitors can eat it with raw vegetables and ginger soy sauce to enhance the flavor and sweetness of mountain goat meat.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Hoa Lu

7.1. Hotels and motels in Hoa Lu

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

  • Tam Coc Family Hotel. Address: Team 3, Tam Coc, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Dream Hotel. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Nam Hoa Hotel. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Valatco Hotel. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • August Hotel. Address: Cau Vom, Ninh Thang, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Nam Hoa Hotel. Address: Tam Coc tourist area, Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Hotel. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • The Long Hotel. Address: Tam Coc tourist area, Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Yen Nhi Hotel. Address: Ninh Thang, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Duc Tuan Hotel. Address: Van Lam Village, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Lang Viet Co – Co Vien Lau. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Thang Loi Motel. Address: 66 QL1A, Ninh My, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh

7.2. Beautiful Homestays in Hoa Lu

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:

  • Nguyen Shack. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Panorama Homestay. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Sierra Homestay. Address: Xuan Thanh, Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Westlake Homestay. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Valley Homestay. Address: Dong Cung, Khe Ha, Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Mountain Lake Homestay. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Ham Rong Homestay. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Smile Homestay. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc Mountain View Homestay. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Limestone View Homestay. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Independence Bamboo Homestay. Address: 479 B, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Tam Coc River View Homestay. Address: Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Lotus Field Homestay. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Ninh Binh Greenland Homestay. Address: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Hoa Lu Backpacker Homestay. Address: Trang An, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
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8. Some notes when traveling to Hoa Lu

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

  • Hoa Lu district has many outdoor attractions, so visitors should prepare enough 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.
  • When visiting each attraction, visitors should buy specialties there to enjoy and as gifts for relatives and friends.

Hoa Lu 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 Ninh Binh. 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 Hoa Lu district to the fullest.

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