The Trang An scenic complex, besides the majestic limestone cave system located at the foot of the mountain formed for millions of years, the most prominent point of interest is Mua Cave mountain which is considered as Vietnamese’ Great Wall.
Mua Cave (Hang Mua or Dancing Cave) is located at the foot of Mua Mountain in Khe Dau Ha commune, Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province - about 7km from Ninh Binh city and about 80km from Hanoi.
At the entrance, there are two paths: the left one will guide you to the cave, follow the right one to head straight up the Hang Mua peak. After going up 486 stairs you will be on top of Mua mountain and from here you can admire a panorama view of Trang An charming landscape.
I - Highlights of Mua Cave Vietnam
This tourist area has an area of about 800m2, located in Mua mountain shaped like a giant bell. The name "Mua" (Dance) is derived from the legend of King Tran, after building Thai Vi Temple in Ninh Binh, he often went to a cave at the foot of a mountain to enjoy music & dance performance.
When exploring the Mua cave, you have a chance to admire the masterpiece of the stalactites & stalagmites system which was formed over millions of years with exquisite layers sparkling in multi-colors and distinct shapes.
Source: Ins muacaves
After visiting the cave, your trip continues with an easy hike to the Hang Mua viewpoint, by climbing nearly 500 stone stairs. Along the way of hiking up to the peak, you can see lots of majestic pictures of dragons & phoenixes which are meticulously decorated in stone with many unique details. Near the top of the mountain there is a Buddhist stupa or Hang Mua temple featuring the Vietnamese temple architecture with its sharp peaks and arched roofs.
After climbing 486 stone steps, you will reach the top of the peak. From here, you can enjoy the full view of Tam Coc area with immense rice fields, the peaceful image of boats flowing on the river.
On the top of the mountain, there is an exquisite Mua Cave dragon statue made of stone in the architectural style of the Tran Dynasty (13th century), and many other statues of animals such as an eagle and tiger - the animals are popular to the culture and architecture of Vietnamese. Next to the dragon statue is a white statue of the Lady Buddha.
- Read more: The most beautiful caves in Vietnam
II - Mua Cave Ninh Binh exploring guide
1 - How to get there
From Hanoi to Ninh Binh, you can take a limousine bus, motorbike or taxi in 2 hours.
Travel by limousine: Some limousine service providers running the Hanoi - Ninh Binh route include:
Khanh An Limousine - Ninh Bình - Source: Internet
- VIP limousine - 9-seater car:
+ Frequency: 1 hour / trip
+ Price: 135,000 - 220,000 VND / seat (~ $5.81 - 9.48)
+ Phone number: 1900575725.
+ Pick-up point:: Big C Thang Long, No. 222 Tran Duy Hung street, Trung Hoa ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi.
+ Drop-off point: the entrance to Mua Cave
- Khanh An Limousine - 9-seater car:
+ Frequency: 1 hour/ trip
+ Price: 140,000 VND / seat (~ $ 6.03)
+ Phone number: 1900 8629
+ Pick-up point: At the request of tourists (within Hanoi city)
+ Drop-off point: the entrance to Mua Cave
Travel by taxi
Traveling by taxi costs about 1,150,000 VND / 4-seater car / way (~ $50). Some taxi companies in Hanoi are:
- Mai Linh Taxi : 024 38 333 333
- Group Taxi : 024 38 53 53 53
- Vic Taxi: 024 38 230 230.
Private rental car with driver
- You can rent a private car with a driver from Hanoi to Hang Mua in Ninh Binh with prices:
+ 4-seater car: 1,400,000 VND / car / day (~ $60.4)
+ 7-seater car: 1,500,000 VND / car / day (~ $64.7)
+ 16-seater car: 1,800,000 VND / car / day (~ $77.6)
+ Vietrapro Tourist and Service Company Limited: No.20, group 9, Mo Lao ward, Ha Dong district, Hanoi
+ Phone number: 0981 553 226.
Take a Mua Cave tour by renting a motorbike
Motorbike rental fee ranges from 150,000 to 200,000 VND/ day/ car (~ $6.46 - 8.62); parking fee is about 10,000 VND (~ $0.43).
Some reputable motorbike rental shops in Hanoi are:
- Motogo motorbike rental shop: Phone number: 0338 02 33 44
+ No.33C Pham Ngu Lao Street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+ No.1A Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
- Hanoi Motorbike rental shop: No.33 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Ly Thai To ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi; Phone number: 0913 047 509
2 - Best time to visit Tam Coc Mua Cave
The weather is nice all year round. However, the best month to visit is from late May to early June when the rice gets started to ripe and the large rice fields turn yellow. The early morning or late afternoon is the best time to climb to the peak at which you can watch the sunrise or sunset and avoid the hottest hours.
Mua Cave entrance fee is 100,000 VND / person (~ $4.3)
Spending one day in Ninh Binh, you can also explore other tourist destinations such as Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An complex.
3 - Accommodation
Mua Cave Ecolodge is one of the best resorts in Ninh Binh which is located right in the tourist area.
For those guests who are booking rooms here, you will get a free ticket to visit the Cave for many times during your stay here.
Having an area of more than 40,000 square meters, this retreat has 12 separate bungalows. Mua Cave Ecolodge has 12 separate bungalows built in the architecture of the Northern village with tiled roof and brick yard. All bungalows are located under the shade of trees or at the foot of the rocky mountains overlooking the romantic rice fields and majestic rocky mountains. The interior is simple, rustic, and natural-friendly.
Location: Khe Dau Ha village, Ninh Xuan commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh
- Phone number: 0229 3619 679
- Room r:ate 1,200,000 - 1,400,000 VND / night (~ $52 - 60)
- For more choices, you can refer to Top hotels in Ninh Binh
Traveling in Ninh Binh, beside Mua Cave Ninh Binh, you should visit other top popular attractions such as Tam Coc, Trang An complex, Bai Dinh pagoda, Cuc Phuong national park..