Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh

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Explore Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest temple complex in Vietnam, completed in 2010. Everything is built on a grand scale in the spacious, 700 hectare (1,729 acre) compound. View the temple's massive collection of over 500 statues, take in the spiritual atmosphere, and ascend over 300 steps to the top of the imposing tower to enjoy expansive views of the area. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Ninh Binh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Bai Dinh Pagoda and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Incredible and immense pagoda. Going to see it is to spend at least two hours. It should come with peace of mind and dedicate time, because he deserves it.
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  • Ready to climb stairs, it is quite large and you should go with minimum time 3 h. To get us were on a motorcycle is easy to reach, about half an hour from the Center. We use the siyic offline and it went very well
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  • Very large complex, we arrive by bike but let them go in a parking lot at the entrance to 15 000 vnd/person. Then proposed us an electric mini bus to reach the first temple for 30 000 vnd/person. As the first temple is far away, we have not really the choice. So meet in a park of new temples. We did not really like because it had no authentic character. Everything was artificial, tourism, history nothing... It completes the circuit by a highlight on the top of a mountain, but the view is much prettier from the top of the peak Hang Mua. Here, there are a lot of trees and was not big thing on the horizon.
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  • Honestly these temples are amazing. The only thing you gave to pay is for a golf car shuttle, if you choose to take one. The distance from parking to attraction is totally walkable and since you going to walk around in the temples as well, you might want to choose to just walk there. Also, stay till it gets dark. The whole thing looks beautiful at night.
  • Came at 3pm, didn't have enough time to really see everything here. Spend at least half day here to enjoy this temple. Electric cab takes you to the very end of the temple compound, and you walk to the another end, which is near the entrance and parking lot, which means you only pay once for the electric cab, for 30k dong one way. Free entrance. It's a bit difficult to find the entrance but totally worth it.
  • This was the most terrible experience. The whole temple is so greedy. They advertise that its free to walk around but you have to pay 30,000 to take the car ride in. That part was fine. However they have special exits to the streets only for paying hotel guests. Yes they have a hotel within the Pagoda. When trying to exit you are not allowed to exit. You must pay an additonal 30,000 per person for a car ride out. So be prepared for that. I do not consider this a Pagoda in which I respect but rather a an amusement area with high prices.
  • We parked outside for free on a side road. Walked to the entrance guy tried to make us take the car ride but we just said no and walked up to the temples was all a easy free experience. Lots of walking took us 3.5 hours in total to get around the whole thing. I recommend it nice chilled day.
  • Some highlight for visiting Bai Dinh temple 1. Ask direction to The old Bai Dinh Temple - this is the original temple built on high mountain and contain most mystery stories 2. Should pay for tour guide (300,000vnd/trip) but it works because she will tell you so much interesting highlights of this ancient temple 3. There is a 40-floor-temple with distinct architecture than others 4. Avoid visit on Buddism festival or Feb because of crowded traffic 5. Free entry, only pay for electricity bus 6. Take at least 4 hours walking to discover all

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A hub for travel throughout the province, Ninh Binh features a decent number of accommodations for a town of its size. Take a look close to the main train station for the town's most-frequented hotels. Standing in a cluster in this central area, they represent convenient options, given their proximity to the main restaurants, shops, and services. Over to the west of town, a selection of homestays provide interesting options among the karst landscape of Ninh Binh, with some refined, and others a little more budget-friendly.
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