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Van Trinh Cave & Phat Diem Stone Church

Van Trinh Cave & Phat Diem Stone Church

Time:  1 Days

Departure:  Van Trinh Cave & Phat Diem Stone Church

Themee:  Day Trips
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Phat Diem Cathedral is located in Kim Son District of Ninh Binh Province. With the technical level and traffic conditions of the late 19th century, the method to transfer thousands of tons of stone, hundreds of ironwood trees to Phat Diem in order to build the cathedral is very difficult. Kim Son is the new land, before, it is very muddy. So as to solve subsidence of this area before building, people moved a small mountain to Phat Diem. Visitors can see So Mountain; it is a part of the mountain which had been moved to Phat Diem.


Van Trinh Cave has nearly 4.000 square meter, one of the biggest and most beautiful caves of Ninh Binh. The spiritual values than Van Trinh Cave is the stalactites with form of grown-up stone male genitalial-shaped stalagmite and located opposite is a small hole called “Living entrance”. People often touch on for good luck. Each step, tourists can discover the new things, experience a different scene and enjoy ravishing beauty. Inside the cave, the sound of water from stalactites creates great sound. In the cave, there also has a big pillar connect from grotto’s ceiling to the ground. There are many rocks like the bodyguard, the actors dancing… The cave likes a giant air conditioning because tourists will feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


After breakfast we pick you up at hotel around 08.00AM and drive to Ninh Binh. Take a boat trip to visit Van Trinh - about 30 minutes of boat trip from Kenh Ga. The cave is equal in size to Taing Kong Cave in Ha Long Bay.

A trail starts from where the boat will drop you, and goes along amazing rice fields until it reaches the cave itself. Along the trail you can meet farmers on their way to work or to their home. Inside the cave, look for a natural formation, high on one of the walls, that looks like a praying monk (or if you wish - to a friendly alien).

Continue to visit Phat Diem stone church - the center of Catholicism in North Vietnam.. The cathedral is unique for its Buddhist pagoda shape. It was built in the years 1875-1899, and includes a network of pools, lakes, churches and artificial caves. The interior of the cathedral expresses the contrast between Christianity and local culture, and Chinese dragons are foudn where saints and Christians angels are. The cathedral is situated 28 km south-east to Ninh Binh, and the entrance is free of charge. It is recommended to visit on a Sunday, when the locals come for mass, or during Christian holidays, if you are lucky.

When tour ends we will take you back to hotel in Hanoi around 5pm

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After breakfast we pick you up at hotel around 08.00AM and drive to Ninh Binh. Take a boat...


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