Ninh Binh Tours

Non Touristy Ninh Binh Day tour : Explore hidden gems in Ninh Binh

Duration: 10 hours
Start: Hanoi
Prices starting from:
US $105

Quick Details

  • Tour location: Ninh Binh
  • Departure: 8:30 am
  • Tour Duration: 8 hours
  • Tour Runs: Minimum 2 persons. Maximum on request

This Non touristy Ninh Binh day tour takes you away from the bustle and hustle of Hanoi Old Quarter to explore Ninh Binh off the beaten track to less touristy spots that is lesser known than overrated Tam Coc or Trang An. In this tour, you will learn about local culture in-depth, taking a leisurely boat ride and bike through the rustic country road of Ninh Binh on a guided tour that you can’t find the route on your own. 

This Off beaten track Ninh Binh tour isn’t for everyone. For those who wish to travel like a local and enjoy the destination in all aspects: culture, local living, handicrafts, local shows and food. This tour is suitable for you.

ZERO of the tourist hotspots in Ninh Binh in this tour : Trang An, Mua Cave, Tam Coc or Hoa Lu so this tour is not for a typical tourist, it’s for a traveller who want to see REAL Ninh Binh




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Non Touristy Ninh Binh Day tour : Explore hidden gems in Ninh Binh

Price: US $105

Duration: 8 hours (7.30 am to 16.30 pm) 
Pick up and drop off: At your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or any other places 5 kilometers from Hanoi Old Town

Style of Tour: 100% our tour are PRIVATE which means that you got your own personal experience

Tour rate: $105 per person (applied for a group of 2 people above) – private tours,

Highlights of Non Touristy Ninh Binh day tour from Hanoi

  • Taking a leisurely boat tour in the largest inland wetland in Northern Vietnam
  • Push bike tour through rural village which is off the tourist trail
  • Enjoy a drum show with a local guardian in a local temple
  • Visit a local family of three generations to learn about their day-to-day lives.
  • Hands-on experience on hand embroidery at a local home



Itinerary of Non Touristy Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi

7.30am : Our guide and driver greet and meet you at your hotel in Hanoi; embark on 2 hours journey to Ninh Binh—a stopover on the way to a toilet break and coffee.  Arrive at the Van Long wetland area, visit a three-generation local family, enjoy a cup of Vietnamese green tea, and interact with them to learn about the day-to-day lives of the family as well as the fascinating Vietnamese culture. 

Taking a 1-hour bike ride (Optional) or a leisurely walk through village roads, riding along the local dykes with stunning sceneries of towering limestone cliffs, rivers and rice fields. We might adequately see some locals along the way before going to a local temple in a hidden spot where tourists can’t find it alone. The temple has a long-lasting history since the 11th century, with the same period when King Ly Cong Uan relocated the ancient capital from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. 

Enjoy a drum show by a local guardian of the temple.

After the show, we head back the Van Long area for lunch with local food : Goat meat, rice crackers and more. Then take a  boat tour to explore Van Long wetland for over one and  a half hour to explore caves. It is way quieter than Tam Coc and Trang An. If you are lucky enough, you can see a monkey. 

Right after the boat trip, we will visit a local family workshop to learn how to do hand embroidery on a  short class. Our craftsman will show you steps by steps to try your hand at embroidery. 

3.30pm we drive back Hanoi, arrive at your hotel around 5.30pm 


1) Activities

  • Local sampan boat tour at Van Long nature reserve about one and a half hour. Each boat can carry  boat can be maximum 2 adults, maybe 1 small kid. If your group size is 3 or 4 adults, we need to take 2 boats
  • The drumshow at a local temple
  • Hands-on embroidery class
  • Local family visit
  • Lunch with Vietnamese food

2) Licensed English Speaking Guide

3) Private car with Air-Conditioned with licensed driver + Refreshments (water bottled) + Fuel + Tolls + Parking fees

Not Included


Personal expenses

Tipping for tour guide and driver

Other services not mentioned above


1. The private tour is good for 2 to 10 people. If your group is larger than 10 adults, please get in touch with us in advance

2. We only offer private Ninh Binh day tours to ensure flexibility and personalized experience. 

3. The tour rate isn’t cheap since it is a private tour with a private driver, and private guide. We also have to cover lots of expenses such as lunch, drumshow, push bike, local family visit

Non touristy Ninh Binh day tour

  • If the itinerary or one of the activities DO NOT MEET  your requirements and expectations, please get in touch with us for a customized tour.
  • Please inform us in advance if you are vegetarian, vegan or something you do not wish to eat. We can offer a customized menu.
  • Push bike rides an optional so that you don’t HAVE TO take a bike ride if you don’t want.
  • We can shorten the walking tour if you DO NOT want to walk further. You should discuss this with a tour guide directly.
  • We offer flexible departure time 7.30, 8.00 and 8.30am 
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