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Ninh Binh in January: Weather, Top Activities, and Essential Tips


Are you coming to Ninh Binh in January-March? This article provides details information about things to know about Ninh Binh in January: weather conditions, attractions, activities and tips.

Things to know about Ninh Binh in January 

How Ninh Binh in Jan

Ninh Binh is worth visiting in January because it is the dry season, with cool and pleasant weather. The nature in Tam Coc, Trang An and local villages are enchanting during this time. In addition, there are fewer tourists compared to the peak tourist season (excluding the first 2 weeks of Tet holiday), which means you can explore attractions without much hassle.

Be aware of festivals

Almost all traditional festivals in Vietnam follow a lunar calendar. One of the biggest festivals in Vietnam is Tet holiday which might be celebrated in January or February. If Tet is in January, many domestic tourists come to Ninh Binh. So check the calendar and book accommodation in advance. 

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Weather in Ninh Binh in January

The weather in Ninh Binh in January is still quite cold, with little rain and an average temperature of 16-17 degrees Celsius. The precipitation for January is around 24mm, the humidity is 85%, and the average number of rainy days is 9. 

With this weather condition, you can enjoy the area's beautiful natural scenery, including the majestic limestone mountains, green transfer to golden rice fields, and peaceful rivers, without worrying about large crowds. January is also an excellent time to explore the cultural and historical attractions of Ninh Binh, such as the ancient capital Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh Pagoda, traditional craft villages, and more.  

Besides, this time is close to the Lunar New Year or Vietnamese, so all attractions are decorated with beautiful items. It’s a great chance to get good photos and learn more about the culture of Vietnam.

Activities in Ninh Binh during January

Because Ninh Binh has many famous attractions, you should plan to visit places that are better to see in January. Also, if you have limited time and have just 1-2 days in Ninh Binh, it's advisable to avoid places with similar experiences. Let’s see top places and things to do in Ninh Binh in January. 

Visit Tam Coc and Trang An

Taking a boat ride in Tam Coc or Trang An is a must-try activity in January. Sitting on a traditional boat, go through the stunning limestone mountains and rice fields of Tam Coc and Trang An and take thousands of beautiful pics. The scenery is particularly beautiful in January when the rice fields turn golden. At this time, for rice view, Tam Coc is more favourite than Trang An. However, if you wish to discover caves and temples on the waterway, Trang An is better. 

Explore the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu

Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, a famous attraction with old temples and pagodas. The architecture and history of Hoa Lu make it an unmissable cultural site. Coming to Hoa Lu, your guide will tell you the legend of the first King of Vietnam. 

Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam, featuring impressive temples and statues. January is a suitable time to visit as there are fewer tourists, and the pleasant weather makes exploring the vast complex more enjoyable. At this time, Bai Dinh is decorated beautifully, preparing for a new year. 

Trek to Hang Mua

Hang Mua is a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts. From the top, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

With pleasant weather in January, it’s not hard to reach the top of the mountain. The view from the top is as great as the view of rice in harvest season. 

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Explore Traditional Craft Villages

Traditional embroidery of Van Lam | Le Clos du Fil - Tam Coc

Ninh Binh is known for its traditional craft villages such as Van Lam Embroidery Village, Bo Bat Pottery Village, and Ninh Van stone carving village. Witness local artisans at work and buy handmade souvenirs to take home.

Cycle around the country

Cycling in Ninh Binh is easy and relaxing. As you see the life of local people, they do farm work and feel close to nature. The best cycling road is around Tam Coc or Bich Dong Pagoda area. You can also see rural animals such as ducks, goats, buffaloes or birds on the way. 

Travel Tips for Ninh Binh in January

Although the weather is generally cool and dry in January, temperatures can drop to around 10°C in the evening, so you should bring warm clothing such as jackets, sweaters, or scarves. Besides, you might have a long walk to explore this area, so wear comfortable shoes. In addition, It's also important to note that Ninh Binh may occasionally be affected by cold spells and fog during this period, so checking the weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

As a rural area, the atm in Ninh Binh in general is not popular or even doesn't work. Some small villages and attractions in Ninh Binh may not accept credit cards, so it's advisable to carry cash.

Suggested itinerary in January in Ninh Binh

To discover all of Ninh Binh’s highlights in just 1 day or 2 days, you should follow a logical schedule. Let’s see some recommended itineraries below: 

Full-day tour with the most famous attractions:


  • Explore the historic Dinh King temple located in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.
  • Embark on a journey to Mua Cave, ascending 500 steps up Lying Dragon Mountain to savor a breathtaking panoramic view.
  • Enjoy a set menu lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine at a charming local homestay.


  • Take a leisurely sampan boat trip along the Ngo Dong River at Tam Coc.
  • Cycle through picturesque rice fields and villages.
  • Discover the ancient Bich Dong Pagoda, adding a touch of history to your itinerary.

Check the details and price: Full-Day Ninh Binh Highlights Tour from Hanoi

In general, Ninh Binh is a relatively safe and easily accessible destination, and January is a suitable time to explore the area due to fewer crowds and pleasant weather.

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