Bai Dinh Pagoda In Ninh Binh – The Ultimate Guide

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Bai Dinh Pagoda lies within a complex of spiritual Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Ninh Binh, North Vietnam. It stands an impressive 13-stories tall and boasts panoramic views at the top.

I have put together this complete guide of Bai Dinh Pagoda including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you arrive.

 

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WHERE IS BAI DINH PAGODA?

Bai Dinh Pagoda is located 20 km west of Ninh Binh and it’s approximately a 30-minute drive.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

You can rent a scooter from one of the rental shops in town for 100,000 VND per day or alternatively, you can rent a bicycle for half the price.

The journey will lead you along a road that hugs the edge of the Trang An River, surrounded by the world-renowned cliffs that are said to resemble that of Ha Long Bay, but on land.

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ARRIVING AT BAI DINH PAGODA

There is a large parking lot along with a dozen food stores and markets at the entrance to the pagoda. It’s best to park your scooter in the shade and pay a parking fee of 15,000 VND.

There is no entrance fee to visit, however, it’s a very long way to walk from the entrance gate to the actual complex of temples. I recommend taking a ride on the golf buggies that are available for 30,000 VND each way.

The golf buggy will drop you off at the main entrance hall. From here you will have to climb a number of steps up multiple levels that are lined with hundreds of Buddha statues and golden ornaments.

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WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE THE COMPLEX

When you reach level one of the temple complex, the first attraction is the 3-tiered bell tower pagoda. You can climb the small flight of stairs on the inside of the bell tower for an epic view of the surrounding gardens and Bai Dinh Pagoda in the distance.

Continue uphill to the second level and discover the large golden Buddha. Walk into the great hall and prepare to be in utter awe at the impressive golden Buddha that sits behind a haze of incense smoke.

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Further along to the third level is the Bai Dinh Pagoda itself! The multilevel pinnacle pagoda stands proudly in a symmetrical garden on the Bai Dinh Mountain.

If you wish to go to the top of the pagoda you will have to pay 50,000 VND at the ticket stand and then take the internal elevator to the top.

Last but not least is the silver Buddha statue on the fourth level of Bai Dinh Mountain. By this point, you may be getting tired of climbing hundreds of stairs but it’s worth it for the 360-degree view of the complex of temples, the pagoda, and the incredible surrounding landscape.

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Continue uphill to the second level and discover the large golden Buddha. Walk into the great hall and prepare to be in utter awe at the impressive golden Buddha that sits behind a haze of incense smoke.The multilevel complex of temples

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Continue uphill to the second level and discover the large golden Buddha. Walk into the great hall and prepare to be in utter awe at the impressive golden Buddha that sits behind a haze of incense smoke.Incredible views of the region

Continue uphill to the second level and discover the large golden Buddha. Walk into the great hall and prepare to be in utter awe at the impressive golden Buddha that sits behind a haze of incense smoke.The silver Buddha on Bai Dinh Mountain

 

MAP OF BAI DINH

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WHERE TO STAY IN NINH BINH

Tam Coc and Ninh Binh have hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh

Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort is the best luxury accommodation in Ninh Binh. Located on the edge of a beautiful nature reserve featuring 3 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness center, sauna, spa, and free wifi. The spacious, vill-style rooms are fitted with wooden decor, a large balcony with stunning views, flat-screen tv, minibar, and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends!

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Mid Range: King Kong Homestay

King King Homestay is the best value-pick accommodation in Tam Coc. Featuring well-kept gardens, a shared lounge, terrace, free wifi, and a 24-hour front desk. Choose from a double room, king room, or deluxe family room, each with air conditioning, wardrobe, seating area, pool views, and private bathroom. Guests can also enjoy an à la carte breakfast.

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Budget: Zuli Zen Home

I personally stayed at Zuli Zen Home and can’t recommend this place enough! With a great location in Tam Coc just walking distance to shops, cafes, bars, and tourist attractions. The property has a shared lounge and kitchen, free wifi, and is surrounded by beautiful rice fields and mountains. Choose from either a dorm room or a private double room, each of which has air-conditioning. Guests can enjoy continental or Vietnamese breakfast. Perfect place to stay in Tam Coc for solo travelers, couples, and friends on a budget.

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AIRBNB IN NINH BINH

Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.

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HOW TO GET TO NINH BINH

There are buses that operate frequently on a daily basis from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and the journey takes around 2.5 hours.

You can search for all bus connections on the 12Go Asia website and book online in advance.

Alternatively, you can pre-book a shared mini-van transfer between Hanoi and Ninh Binh for only $6 USD.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions, please drop me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

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