Ninh Bình Province

Ninh Bình (Vietnamese: [niŋ̟ ɓîŋ̟] (listen)) is a province of Vietnam, in the Red River Delta region of the northern part of the country. The province is famous for a high density of natural and cultural attractions, including reserved parks in Cúc Phương National Park and Van Long, grotto caves and rivers in Tràng An, Tam Cốc-Bích Động and Mua Caves, historic monuments in the Hoa Lư ancient capital, Vietnam's largest buddhist worshiping complex (Bái Đính Temple), and the Phát Diệm Cathedral with "eclectic architectural style". Thanks to its adjacency to Hanoi, day trips from the capital are easily manageable.

Ninh Bình Province

Tỉnh Ninh Bình
Location of Ninh Bình within Vietnam
Coordinates: 20°15′N 105°50′E
Country Vietnam
RegionRed River Delta
CapitalNinh Bình
  People's Council ChairĐinh Văn Hùng
  People's Committee ChairĐinh Văn Hùng
  Total1,383.7 km2 (534.2 sq mi)
  Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
  EthnicitiesVietnamese, Mường
Time zoneUTC+07:00 (ICT)
Area codes229
ISO 3166 codeVN-18

Administrative divisions

Ninh Bình is subdivided into eight district-level sub-divisions:

  • 6 districts:

They are further subdivided into seven commune-level towns (or townlets), 122 communes, and 16 wards.


Ninh Bình is located to the south of the Northern Delta, between the Red and Ma rivers. It is bordered by Hòa Bình and Hà Nam to the north, Nam Định to northeast, Thanh Hóa to the south and west.

Ninh Bình also has a very short coastline abutting the Gulf of Tonkin. The population is 898,500 people. the total area is 1,329.4 sq kilometer


The ethnic groups include the Viet (also called Kinh group, the Vietnamese ethnic majority), as well as, Dao, Hoa, Hmong, Mường, Nùng, Tày, Thai and others. There are 23 ethnic communities, among which the Kinh account for more than 98%.


Natural sights

Ninh Binh was selected as among the main locations for the movie Kong: Skull Island.

Ecological sights

Historic sights

The old city of Ninh Bình is a well-known historical site in Vietnam.


  • Thai Vi festival (Ninh Hai - Hoa Lư) (third moon of the lunar calendar)
  • Truong Yen Festival
  • Yen Cu Festival
  • Non Khe Festival


Embroidered handicrafts in Hoa Lư District Sea reed handicrafts in Kim Sơn District


Ninh Bình is located 91 km from Hanoi and has both rail and road transport links. Express rail connections with Hanoi in the north and Thanh Hóa and Vinh in the south. Buses from Hanoi's South Bus Station stop by Ninh Bình; the bus routes parallel and complement the rail route.


The province's name derives from Sino-Vietnamese .

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