Hiking to the highest peak at Hang Mua Viewpoint (also known as Mua Cave) is one of the best things to do in Ninh Binh!
The cave itself is not that spectacular but it’s the incredible 360-degree views from the Hang Mua viewpoint that make this a very popular place to visit.
I have put together this complete guide to Hang Mua Cave and its viewpoint including how to get there, how much it costs, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
QUICK ANSWERS: HANG MUA VIEWPOINT
Before I dive into more details about Hang Mua Peak, here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions.
WHERE IS HANG MUA VIEWPOINT?
Mua Cave Viewpoint is located 5 km north of Tam Coc Village Center in the Ninh Binh region.
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Getting around Tam Coc is really simple as you can do so on foot, on a bicycle, or rent a scooter from your choice of half a dozen rental shops in the center of town.
It’s approximately a 10-minute ride on a scooter from the town center to reach the entrance to Mua Cave Viewpoint.
A scooter rental costs around 100,000 VND per day, or you can rent a bicycle which costs half the price.
HANG MUA CAVE VIEWPOINT ENTRANCE FEE?
When you arrive at Mua Cave Ninh Binh, there is a ticket office next to the parking lot and you will have to pay a 100,000 VND entrance fee.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 6 am to 7 pm.
I arrived in the dark at around 5 am so I could hike to the Hang Mua viewpoint in time for sunrise.
On that note, I highly recommend visiting for sunrise or sunset – I guarantee you won’t regret it!
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT HANG MUA CAVES
Follow the path right down to the end and you will reach the foot of the mountain. There is a path leading to the left and one path leading straight up the mountainside.
Take the path to the left if you want to check out the cave itself, otherwise, you can head straight up the mountain to the Hang Mua viewpoint.
The hike only takes around 15 minutes from bottom to top depending on your fitness level.
There are around 500 stairs in total that ascend very steeply up the mountainside.
At the halfway point, you will come to a fork in the trail, the path to the right leads to one of the pagodas on a narrow rocky outcrop and the path to the left leads to the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue on dragon mountain.
Personally, I quickly ascended the path to the right to check out pagoda number one and then I raced back over to the much higher peak next to the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue for the sunrise.
HANG MUA VIEWPOINT
As you near the top of the mountain, you’ll come to the first incredible viewpoint with a spectacular sight of the Ngo Dong River below that cuts its way around the towering mountains in the south-facing valley.
This was by far my favorite spot to take photos!
Continue the hike up a little further till you reach the top and the second viewpoint.
The locals call this spot ‘dragon mountain’ as you will see an ornate dragon built from stone that spreads across the ridge at the peak.
There is also a statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva underneath a sheltered pagoda that is surrounded by incense and food offerings.
I was lucky enough to have the entire Hung Mua mountain to myself as I sat and watched the sunrise in complete awe.
As the light got brighter I decided to launch my drone and take photos of the pagodas and the surrounding landscapes.
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit is early in the morning around 6 am before the crowds arrive or you can visit in the late afternoon as it is a great location to watch the sunset over the valley.
It can be visited year-round, though between the months of November to April it’s mostly dry and cool, and when most people tend to visit.
May to October sees plenty of rainfall and hot humid days.
The rainy season, in my opinion, is the best time to visit the Ninh Binh region as there are fewer tourists and the landscapes are vividly green.
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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.
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Alternatively, you can pre-book a shared mini-van transfer between Hanoi and Ninh Binh for only $6 USD.
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR MUA CAVE VIETNAM?
Ninh Binh is the closest town to Mua Cave Vietnam and has hundreds of accommodations to choose from.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend.
LUXURY: EMERALDA RESORT
Emeralda Resort is the best luxury accommodation in Ninh Binh!
Located on the edge of a beautiful nature reserve featuring 3 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, a sauna, a spa, and free wifi.
The spacious, villa-style rooms are fitted with wooden decor, a large balcony with stunning views, flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom.
Emeralda Resort is recommended for couples, families, or friends.
MID RANGE: KING KONG HOMESTAY
King King Homestay is the best value-pick accommodation in Ninh Binh, featuring a swimming pool, well-kept gardens, a shared lounge, a terrace, free wifi, and a 24-hour front desk.
Choose from a double room, king room, or deluxe family room, each with air conditioning, a wardrobe, a seating area, pool views, and a private bathroom.
Guests can also enjoy an à la carte breakfast.
BUDGET: GREEN MOUNTAIN HOMESTAY
Green Mountain Homestay is the best budget accommodation in Ninh Binh, centrally located to all the tourist attractions.
The property has a restaurant with à la carte breakfast available daily, a swimming pool, shared lounge, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and mountain views.
Choose from either a dorm room or a private double room, each of which has air conditioning and free wifi.
It’s the perfect place to stay in for solo travelers, couples, or a group of friends on a budget.
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FINAL THOUGHTS – HANG MUA CAVE VIEWPOINT
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12 thoughts on “The ULTIMATE Guide To Hang Mua Viewpoint, Ninh Binh ”
Looks so pretty! Do you Think its suitable for kids when it comes to safety, steep staircases with no real fence etc?
Hi Helene, yes it’s a great spot! It’s a little bit unsafe for kids in my opinion.
Did you need a special permit to fly your drone at Hung Mua lookout at the top where the dragon is? We would like to use our mavic mini air drone but prefer to do this hike early like you did with as minimal amount of people around. Do not like using it around bit crowds and of course only where permitted. Thanks.
Hi lisa, yes you should be fine to do it early morning with less people around. I was there in 2018, long time ago now, not sure if rules have changed, just look for any warning signs regarding drones, if you don’t see any, you are more than likely okay to fly it. Have a great time 🙂
This was a great posting. I just stumbled upon it looking for information on Mau Cave. Thank you for sharing.
David from Colorado 2023
hey david, you’re welcome! enjoy your trip to Mua Cave!
Thank You for a very detailed information .
No worries Kevin, enjoy Mua Cave 🙂
Saw information that it opens at 7am. Will we be able to enter around 5am?
Yes you should be fine to enter if you can find a local at the front gates and tell them you want to go up for sunrise! Hope this helps and enjoy 🙂
This article is really helpful! Would you recommend an iPhone gimbal? I’m a hobbyist photographer and not planning to use the photos for much other than sharing with family and friends – however I would still like quality videos to share.
You’re welcome! I don’t personally have an iPhone gimbal as the in-built stabilization in the newest smartphones is enough, however, I have heard great reviews. Hope that helps and enjoy your trip!