Mua Caves Ninh Binh is a popular viewpoint with its hike up to the dragon mountain. It provides some pretty spectacular views overlooking the iconic Vietnamese landscape. It’s an awesome way to start your day while watching the morning fog roll over the vast landscape. Be sure to visit early so you can have this spot all to yourself.
How to get to Mua Caves Ninh Binh
To get to Ninh Binh, we used 12Go to book a bus from Hanoi. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Vietnam and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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From our accommodation in Tam Coc, it took us no more than 10 minutes. We drove ourselves on our scooter which we rented for 100,000 VND ($6 AUD) per day. The roads are very easy to follow so you’ll have no issue finding Mua Caves. As you approach, you’ll find dozens of carparks. Avoid parking in these carparks as they’ll try charge you for parking. You can keep driving up to the ticket booth where you can park inside for free.
Where to stay
The are two main areas you can stay in when visiting Ninh Binh. You can either stay in Ninh Binh Town or Tam Coc which aren’t too far from each other. We personally preferred to stay in Tam Coc. There are plenty of accommodation options as well as restaurants. We stayed at the King Kong Hostel in Tam Coc and definitely recommend it. The owner was super lovely and made us breakfast everyday! If you’re after a nicer hotel in Tam Coc, the Tam Coc Boutique Garden has gorgeous rooms surrounded by a beautiful garden.
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There are no set hours for Mua Caves Ninh Binh. When we arrived at 7am there was already a man at the ticket booth so we were able to purchase tickets and enter. We’ve heard that the man is there for the majority of the day from early morning to late evening so you should be able to visit at any hour.
Mua Caves Ninh Binh Entrance fee
Entrance costs 100,000 VND ($6 AUD) per person.
What to expect
Mua Caves is the perfect place to observe the insane landscape of Ninh Binh from a unique viewpoint. To reach the top, you’ll have to walk up roughly 500 stairs which should only take you about 15-20 minutes. One thing to look out for during the hike is to avoid all the goat poo. It should only be there in the mornings before it gets cleaned but it sure smells and the added humidity makes it hard to breathe as you climb the stairs.
As you approach the top, you’ll notice a split in the pathway. Continue left to reach the dragon statue on top of the mountain, or head right to reach a pagoda which stands on its own. Once you reach the top you’ll have an incredible view of the surrounding fields and river which cuts through 2 towering cliffs. It was amazing to watch the locals rowing their boats so calmly down the river.
We visited at around 7am and had the whole place to ourselves for about 40 minutes before more people came and got quite busy. If we had visited any later it would have been very hard to take photos or enjoy the place to ourself. Be sure to get there early so you can avoid the crowds
Once you’re done at Mua Caves, be sure to head to Bich Dong Pagoda for another awesome photo spot!