Mua Cave Ninh Binh – The Great Wall In Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Mua Cave Introduction

Ninh Binh is one of the most beautiful spots that possess the primitive beauty of nature in Vietnam. Plus, Mua Cave Ninh Binh can be considered the typical icon presented for that beauty.

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Due to its unique beauty and mysterious stories, Mua Cave Tour soon became a popular adventure activity when traveling to Vietnam. Moreover, if you do not know much about this incredible Mua Cave in Ninh Binh, Culture Pham Travel will discover it with you through today’s article.

Let’s take a look!


About 100 kilometers from Hanoi Capital City, Mua Cave is located in Khe Dau Ha village, Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. It belongs to the ecotourism complex of Ninh Binh – A small province in the North of Vietnam.

The Mua Cave is an attractive limestone cave situated under the foot of Mua Mountain. When coming here, tourists will see a big stone dragon on the mountain peak. Hence, Mua Mountain is also called with the name: “Ngoa Long” which means “a lying dragon”.

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Ngoa Long

Besides, the cave also has a legendary story about the land of King Kong and appeared in a well-known film with the name: “King Kong”. Let’s visit Mua Cave Ninh Binh to admire the beauty of heaven in Tam Coc that you cannot find anywhere else!

Mua Cave Opening Hours And Entrance Fee

Mua Cave’s opening hours are from  6 AM to 7 PM on weekdays. However, the time can be different to suit Vietnamese National holidays. The entrance fee for each person costs 100,000 dongs, about 4 dollars. If you are curious about the fee or opening hours, please call the hotline at 0229 3619 679 to get more information!

How To Get To Mua Cave From Hanoi?

However, do you know how to get to Mua Cave from Hanoi? There are a bunch of ways for you to reach the cave. For example, you can buy a train ticket or a bus ticket from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. However, there are two main vehicles: a coach and a motorbike to get to Mua Cave.

First, when you go by coach, you just need to pay about 70.000 VND (roughly 3 dollars). Please move to My Dinh or Giap Bat Station to get a ticket! However, the coach will drop you off inside the city, so you still have to take a taxi to reach the Mua Cave gate.

The journey to get to Mua Cave from Hanoi by train will take about 2 hours to reach Ninh Binh at the station.  The station is at No. 01 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

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Second, are you a backpacker? If yes, driving a motorbike will be the best option. However, you need to ensure that you have enough energy and strong physical to commute a long journey by motorbike. And you will feel what you want to enjoy.

Follow the Old National Highway 1A to Ha Nam to Ninh Binh! As soon as you reach the city, keep driving straight to Road 491C! Finally, you will get to the Mua Cave after traveling by motorbike.

Nevertheless, to guarantee your safety and avoid time-consuming, we highly recommend you book our Hanoi to Ninh Binh private car transfer. Culture Pham Travel will provide you with a safe and high-quality service at a reasonable price.

In addition, if you want to experience the premium service, you can book our Hanoi to Ninh Binh Limousine with the highest standard transfer service and perfect private space.

Best Time To Explore Mua Cave Vietnam’s Great Wall

Discovering natural caves requires us to prepare a suitable timeline and schedule in good weather to guarantee safety. Therefore, what is the best time to explore Mua Cave Vietnam’s Great Wall?

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Best Time To Explore Mua Cave Vietnam’s Great Wall

The most suitable time is between April and September every year. The best time will be April and June. Let’s take into consideration visiting the cave at these times of the year. Because the good weather creates great conditions for us, we can explore and admire the most gorgeous beauty of Mua Cave.

If you are lucky enough, you will see the panoramic view of fabulous “golden” paddy fields and majestic sceneries of green mountains and forests. Don’t miss the chance to witness this beauty! And you will figure out the reasons why Mua Caves (Ninh Binh) is referred to as heaven for young people to check-in.

Mua Cave Ninh Binh History

According to Vietnam’s history, during the war between Vietnam and Mongolia,  the Royal Family Tran moved the capital – Hanoi at present, to Ninh Binh. Mua Cave used to be selected as an entertaining place for the King under the Royal Family Tran.

The King came here to see beautiful dancers dancing in the cave. That is the reason why it has the name “Mua Cave” today (which means “Dancing Cave” in English). Furthermore, there are different interesting stories about Mua Mountain. Let’s book our Ninh Binh tour. Then, you will know more from our knowledgeable international tour guide during the tour!

What To Explore In Mua Cave?

Take Photos Near Tiger Cave And Flower Garden

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Take Photos Near Tiger Cave and Flower Garden

You can see Tiger Cave near the Mua Cave’s entrance on the left. You can take photos here and explore Tiger Cave. If you wander around and go through artificial lakes, you will see a big lotus lake and a beautiful flower valley on the right of the entrance. Don’t forget to save the most wonderful moments when visiting these places!

Admire The Gorgeous Beauty

Therefore, what to see in Vietnam’s Great Wall in Ninh Binh? The first and priority thing you must see is the breathtaking scenery of the cave. You will be overwhelmed as you see the “green” beauty of it. The forest, the mountains, and a lot of trees appear in front of your eyes.

It seems like you are lost inside the maze in a fairy tale, especially standing on the top. Moreover, you can relax here, feel the cool wind in the middle of the green space and bring peace back to your mind.

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Admire The Gorgeous Beauty Of Mua Cave

Then, let’s come to admire the most beautiful sides of “Tam Coc’s Muse”. It may be tiring when walking and climbing to the mountain top. But the landscape when standing on the top is the most wonderful and incredible in this huge world.

There is an enormous statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva for you to discover. Also, you will see the whole masterpiece views of the Mua Cave Complex. The Buddhist Goddess was located on the mountain peak, which means that the Mua Cave Complex is protected under her divine power.

Besides, the visitors can enjoy much more beautiful scenery than you thought when standing here. There are golden rice paddies, small boats floating on the rivers, etc. Isn’t it a picture drawn by talented artists? These beauties are truly priceless and unbelievable.

Discover The Buddhist Tower

If you already reach the mountain top, let’s turn right and you will see the Buddhist tower here! As we all see, it is inspired and constructed by the Buddhist architectural style. Each part represented natural elements.

First, the tower has a square-shaped bottom representing the earth. Second, a round top shows the water element. Next, the pointed parts are considered the Fire features, and the roofs have represented the wind.

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Besides, there is the image of Nghê (the dragon’s nine sons) presented for the war power. It is carved on the tower walls. Nghê is known as a spirited animal for peace. Besides, the tower is the well-known check-in spot in Mua Cave. So, you may have to wait for a long time for your turn to take beautiful photos. To avoid time-consuming, we can get back later (at nearly closing time) to check in!

Enjoy The Sunrise And Sunset

Of course, it will be a big regret if we do not enjoy the sunrise and sunset moment at a very high place (the mountain top). The best place to admire the sun is near a stone dragon. No artificial stone steps are covering your sight.

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Enjoy the Sunrise And Sunset At Mua Cave

Nevertheless, “hunting sunrise and sunset” is very famous and popular for tourists when coming to Mua Cave, so it will be very crowded. Let’s be careful to not hurt! Although this activity is quite dangerous, it is still the top thing to do at Mua Cave because of its irresistible beauty.

Why Is Mua Cave Worth Visiting?

Good Atmosphere

Unlike the hustle and bustle of life in noisy cities, Mua Cave is surrounded by green forests and mountains. So, the cave has a fresh atmosphere and is full of a peaceful and energetic vibe. When coming here, you will feel peace of peace in your mind, and recharge your battery and it is “Good For your Health” honestly.

Also, many tourists, pack backers, or travelers confirm that the most wonderful moment is to see the whole view of Tam Coc on the mountain peak. And they are all surprised because of 500 white stone steps leading to the mountain’s top.

Cultural Aspects

We make sure that tourists will be overwhelmed when witnessing the large scale of Mua Cave, known as “an enormous bell put upside down”. Its sides have an area of up to 800 meters square.

There are a large number of various white stone steps from top to toe, which creates the “China’s Great Wall” image. Especially, there are a stone dragon and a stone phoenix set up on both sides of it. The stone statues were carved in Tran Dynasty. It showed the holy spirit of this dynasty.

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Why is Mua Cave worth visiting?

The unique cultural beauty that makes Mua Cave different from other tourist destinations in Ninh Binh. It is peaceful and catchy in its way. Although the government decided to exploit it for tourism development very soon, it has still preserved the natural pristine beauty until now.

Additionally, the security and service are quite good here. Not many fightings happen and the residents are very hospitable. Hence, the tourists are safe and can happily enjoy the time during their trip without worrying.

What To Eat In Mua Caves?

Taking advantage of its geographical location and diversity in nature, Ninh Binh has efficient potential to raise goats. When you make a trip to Ninh Binh, goat meat is one of the must-eat dishes here.

If you are at Mua Cave, you can try eating Dê Tương Gừng. This is a famous goat meat cooked with Mung Bean Sauce. Plus, people will mainly use ginger to increase the flavor of this delicious dish. In addition to Dê Tương Gừng, Goat Porridge, Goat Spring Rolls, and Grilled Goat are also delectable. You should try all of them.

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Dê Tương Gừng

Another dish that you should taste is snake Eel (swamp eel roll), known as Gỏi Cá Nhệch in Vietnamese. The ingredients to cook this dish include Snake eel, lime, ash, or bamboo leaves. People will only keep eel meats after removing bones and skin. After that, eel meats will mix with Thính –  fried sticky rice, and add some flavors for the best taste.

Finally, Goi Ca Nhech will be served with different herbs such as a fish leaf, Chervil, Ming Aralia, etc. The combination between eel meat and various ingredients and herb create the perfect taste. You will never forget the taste of Goi Ca Nhech if you try it once.

Where To Stay Near Mua Cave Ninh Binh?

If you plan to stay overnight here, there is a list of accommodations we would like to recommend:

Homestay Nguyen Shack Ninh Bình

This is a unique homestay because it will bring you a very interesting experience. It is sleeping inside a bamboo house. Everything is environmental-friendly and the homestay is surrounded by trees and located in the middle of a green mountain.

Its price ranges from 500.000 VND (roughly $25). The cost can be different following the traveling season. It opens between 6 a.m and 11 p.m every day. Also, the opening time can be varied due to National Days. The homestay provides you with Free wi-fi and breakfast. Besides, it is very hospitable to kids and pets.

Mua Cave Ecolodge

Known as a beautiful resort located in Mua Cave, Khe Ha, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Mua Cave Ecolodge’s price ranges from  600.000 to 1.200.000 VND (about $25 to $50).

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Mua Cave Ecolodge Ninh Binh

It opens all day and the opening time can be varied due to National Days. When booking rooms here, the accommodation will give you different free services such as Wi-Fi, breakfast, and parking areas. Besides,  the resort also has an outdoor pool and provides you with laundry service.

Phương Thảo Homestay

The price at Phuong Thao Homestay is very reasonable, from 200.000 to 300.000 VND ( nearly ~$10 to $15). However, the price can vary because of the traveling season. The special thing for visitors is that they can go fishing and cycling inside the homestay garden.

Especially, the homestay also offers currency exchange service for foreigners, which is very convenient. It is open all day and can vary on Vietnamese National Day.

Nearby Attractions And Activities

Near Ninh Binh Mua Caves, if you plan a good schedule, you still can spend time exploring other tourist attractions here. For example, here is a list of beautiful places for you: Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc – Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh pagoda complex, Phat Diem Church, Cuc Phuong National Park, Thung Nham Bird Park, Thien Ha Galaxy, Trang An landscape complex, etc.

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Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

We highly recommend you visit Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Trang An Grottoes, and Bai Dinh Pagoda. These destinations are very famous in Ninh Binh. Moreover, Trang An Grottoes is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam.

Travel Tips To Mua Cave Ninh Binh

There are some notes you should pay attention to before traveling to Mua Caves Ninh Binh:

  • It is great when wandering around nearby areas after discovering the Mua Cave. You can enjoy the countryside atmosphere in Vietnam’s villages;
  • Please wear sports shoes or sandals! You can move and climb the mountains more easily. Besides, you can avoid slipping because of the dangerous terrain of the mountain;
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Travel Tips
  • You should go to visit the Mua Cave in the early morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Plus, remember to bring a sweater since you can be cold due to the foggy weather in the early morning;
  • The parking fee is already paid in your entrance fee. So, you can use your own vehicle to get to the cave and park it in front of the complex’s gate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Get From Ninh Binh To Mua Caves?

You can use motorbikes or take a train to get to Mua Caves from Ninh Binh. However, the best way is to book our private car transfer. Or if you are in Hanoi and want to visit Ninh Binh as also Mua Cave, you can refer to our service in Ninh Binh here: Hanoi To Ninh Binh Private Car Transfer.

How Many Steps Does Mua Peak/Viewpoint Have?

There are 500 steps.

What Is The Opening Hours Of Mua Cave Ninh Binh?

The cave is open all weekdays from  6 AM to 7 PM on weekdays. But it can be varied due to Vietnamese National holidays.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Mua Cave?

The suitable time is from April to September. The best time is April and June.

Is It Possible To Stay Overnight In Mua Caves?

There are many homestays or hotels for you to stay overnight such as Mua Caves Ecolodge Ninh Binh, Phương Thảo Homestay, and Homestay Nguyen Shack Ninh Bình.

Conclusion: Mua Cave Ninh Binh

In conclusion, we have just provided you with useful information about the Mua Caves Ninh Binh Vietnam. We hope that you will have the best Ninh Binh Tour.

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