Ninh Binh: Celebrating Trang An’s 10th Anniversary as World Heritage Site

The province of Ninh Binh in the north is set to commemorate its ten-year anniversary of being designated as a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site with a diverse array of activities planned throughout the year.

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Recently, the People’s Committee of Ninh Binh province held a press conference to announce the launch of various activities aimed at strengthening community cohesion, promoting cultural exchanges, and enhancing the image of the Trang An cultural heritage site. Tran Song Tung, vice chairman of the Ninh Binh Provincial People’s Committee, emphasized that Ninh Binh is the only locality in Southeast Asia with mixed cultural and natural heritage.

Diverse activities are planned for this year, including the old Tet festival and an international scientific conference. These activities aim to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Trang An as a world heritage site.

Ninh Binh is a small city located two hours south of Hanoi, in the north of Vietnam. Photo: Danang Private Car

When people talk about traveling to Ninh Binh, they are usually referring to the province rather than the city itself. Known as the ‘Halong Bay on land’, Ninh Binh province is a place of natural beauty that is worth visiting when traveling in Vietnam.

Ninh Binh province is home to many popular tourist attractions, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An Landscape Complex, the breathtaking Tam Coc, often referred to as “Ha Long Bay on land”, the magnificent Bai Dinh Pagoda, and many more.

Ninh Binh has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and rainy summers from May to September. Photo: @theworldisabook

The climate in Ninh Binh is humid subtropical, with hot and rainy summers from May to September. The winters are cold and dry from November to March, with the transitional periods of spring and autumn occurring in April and October. The average temperature is about 23.5 degrees Celsius, making it a great destination to visit at any time of the year.

The region has distinct seasons, each offering a unique experience for visitors. Based on the weather, the best time to visit is from April to June and September to October when the weather is pleasant and rainfall is relatively low.

From April to June, the landscapes are vibrant and lush, with mild temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The rice paddies are a beautiful shade of green, creating a picturesque setting for exploring the stunning karst mountains, caves, and rivers that make Ninh Binh famous.

From September to October, Ninh Binh experiences fairly cool weather, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 31 degrees Celsius. Photo: BucketListly Blog

From September to October, Ninh Binh enjoys pleasant weather for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and boat trips. Additionally, the rice harvest season falls during September, providing visitors with a mesmerizing sight of golden rice fields.

February and March are also great times to visit Ninh Binh for those interested in experiencing local festivals. The region comes alive with vibrant celebrations that showcase the local community’s traditions, customs, and spiritual beliefs.

Trang An is a popular destination in Ninh Binh, known for its stunning karst formations, including limestone mountains, caves, and rivers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a filming location for the movie Kong: Skull Island.

To explore Trang An, you can take a boat tour along the winding riverways, passing through several caves to marvel at the stunning natural beauty here. Photo: Curious Goose

Whether you choose to explore Trang An by boat or on foot, you will be treated to an unforgettable experience. Admission to Trang An costs 250,000 VND for adults and 100,000 VND for children under 1.4 meters. Tour guides are available for an additional fee of 300,000 VND.

Charlotte Pho