Hang Mua Peak – a view to remember in Ninh Binh Province

From all the places I have seen around Ninh Binh Province, Hang Mua Peak, also called Mua Cave, is by far my favorite. I must admit that at first I was hesitant about whether or not to climb all those 500 stairs.

They looked quite steep and I wasn’t sure if the climb was going to be worth it. However, I took a leap of faith and decided to give Hang Mua Peak a chance and it was the best decision.

Hang Mua Peak and Tam Coc Valley in Ninh Binh

Since you will be in the Ninh Binh Province, you can easily link your visit to Hua Cave with other attractions in the area such as Thai Vi Temple or Bich Dong Pagoda. The area is full of beautiful sights and things to visit.

Why you should visit Hang Mua Peak

Hang Mua Cave view over Tam Coc Valley

There are actually two peaks on top of Hang Mua. To reach the higher one, you will have to climb for about 20-30 minutes and if the weather is hot and humid, it can be challenging but don’t give up.

Close to the peak there is a small kiosk which sells drinks, sweets and ice cream. When you think you can’t climb anymore, think about that cold, delicious chocolate ice cream and keep going.

-> Trang An and Mua Cave day trip from Hanoi – click here

Hang Mua Cave Ninh Binh panoramic view

The view from above is definitely one of the best views I have seen so far in S-E Asia. Once you reach the top, the panoramic view over the Tam Coc Valley and all the limestone mountains and rice fields is absolutely breathtaking. I loved staring and the mountains and their strange, round shape.

If your legs are still working, you can also visit the second peak (we didn’t). I bet it also has amazing views and it is less crowded.

Check out all the Ninh Binh must see attractions here!

Hang Mua Dragon

Hang Mua Cave stone dragon

On the top of Hang Mua highest peak you will see a stone carved dragon watching over the valley. The dragon plays a very important role in the Vietnamese culture because the Vietnamese people are believed to be the descendants of a dragon and a fairy.

To the local people, the dragon is essential for rain and agriculture and I believe that this is the reason why it watches over the entire Tam Coc area. The Mua Cave dragon is a symbol of prosperity here. Also, it is a good spot to rest and admire the views.

-> Trang An and Mua Cave day trip from Hanoi – click here

Hang Mua Peak sunset

Although Mua Cave closes at 5 pm and the sunset is at around 6.30 pm, you can still enjoy the sky starting to turn orange as the sun prepares to set.

About Hang Mua Peak

Stairs to Hang Mua Cave Ninh Binh

The Mua Cave Ecolodge is situated at the base of the mountain. To get to the stairs, you will have to firstly go through this oasis of lush plants and tranquility. The eco lodge also has a small lake which offers a spectacular view over the Hang Mua Peak. If you want to spend a few nights surrounded by peace and nature, you can book your stay here.

Entrance fee: the entrance fee to get to the peak is 100,000 VND

Opening hours: 7 am – 5 pm

Things to keep in mind:

Avoid being scammed! – The most important thing to know is that if you are visiting Mua Cave by scooter or bicycle, the parking is free inside the Mua Cave Ecolodge. Right after the ticket counter there is a free and safe parking spot. The local people will whistle at you and make signs to park at their spot – just ignore them. When we visited, there was even a villager dressed as a cop trying to tell us that there isn’t any free parking. Whatever they say to you, just keep going until you enter the gates of Mua Cave Ecolodge and park for free there. Other things to consider are:

  • Brink water with you. Trust me, you’ll need it. You can buy water at the base of Hang Mua or from the kiosk close to the top.
  • Visit it either in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not very strong.
  • Bring comfortable shoes with you. Climbing those stairs with flip-flops will be hard if not impossible.

-> Trang An and Mua Cave day trip from Hanoi – click here

Where to stay in Ninh Binh

I’ve been searching for the best accommodation in Ninh Binh. Below are the best hotels, for every budget:

  • Budget – Tam Coc Craft Homestay – great location, big & comfortable rooms, very clean
  • Mid-budget – Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort – amazing pool with a view, good location, spacious rooms, breakfast included
  • Luxury – Aravinda Resort – amazing location near the limestone mountains, luxurious rooms, super-friendly staff, excellent breakfast

How to get to Hang Mua Peak


Mua Cave is situated at about 3 kilometers away from Tam Coc and 7 kilometers away from Ninh Binh. Depending on where your accommodation is, you can choose one of the options below.

1. By motorbike – recommended

Whether you stay in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh, you can easily get to Hang Mua by motorbike. Renting a motorbike should cost around 150,000 VND per day, depending on you negotiation skills. You can rent one from your accommodation or from nearby hotels. Just remember to avoid the scam I have told you above. After visiting Hang Mua Peak, you can use the motorbike to also visit the nearby attractions: Thai Vi Temple or Bich Dong Pagoda.

2. By bicycle

Getting to Mua Cave from Tam Coc by bicycle is definitely an easy ride. However, due to the traffic and longer distance, I would not recommend biking 7 kilometers from Ninh Binh. Renting a bicycle should cost between 50,000 – 100,000 VND per day.

3. By taxi

You can take taxis from both Tam Coc or Ninh Binh. Although it might be more convenient, remember that this is more expensive than the motorbike or bicycle if you are combining more attractions in one day. The taxi should cost around 15,000 VND per kilometer.

4. By organized tour

Since Hang Mua Peak is one of the main attractions of Ninh Binh Province, there are many tour companies that offer excursions here. Most of the times the guided tours are combined with other destinations in the area. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh – click here
  • Trang An and Mua Cave day trip from Hanoi – click here

The Hang Mua Peak is definitely worth climbing all those stairs. The view from the top will stick in your memory for a long time.

May the travel bug bite you!

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Aurelia Teslaru
Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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4 Comments

  1. January 3, 2019 / 9:29 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this to people in the worlds about Ninh Binh in Vietnam.

    • dailytravelpill
      January 3, 2019 / 9:35 am

      I loved Ninh Binh! Such a beautiful area!

  2. Ciska
    July 21, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    Hi there, at 5pm do the people up the top make you come down?
    We’re keen to head up and do some wedding shots 🙂 But hoping to avoid the crowds

    • dailytravelpill
      August 1, 2019 / 9:11 am

      Hi. Honestly I am not sure but I don’t think anyone will come all the way up to get you down. 🙂

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