Mua Caves
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  • ArvindSharma2014
    New Delhi, India170 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice climb to.dragon mountain
    This ia nice activity if you like walking and hiking. Views from dragon mountain are awesome, however, you need to climb 1000+ steps, please wear walking shoes and hydrate yourself. It is very humid. Also, lot of youngsters comes for photoshot and they take hours to get clicked in various poses. You have to ask to get one or two selfie. Dont wait ..
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2023
  • swexplorers2018
    Heywood, Australia86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb
    An outstanding experience even for 59+ age group. Be prepared to take it slowly, drink lots of water, have a hat, and enjoy the view as it's worth the climb to the top. Out guide encouraged us to rest along the way. View beautiful. A little trickier coming down but again, take your time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • campfamily50
    Irvine, California645 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views reward those who climb 1,000 steps
    Fantastic views, 1,000 steps but worth the climb. We went at sunset and it was so beautiful, breathtaking. In the summer, even going at sunset it was a hot, sweaty, strenuous climb up those steps so I don’t recommend doing this in the heat of the day. But definitely go, you won’t regret it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • B K
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views, Strenuous Climb
    Hang Mua We started climbing the mountain around 6.30 am as we were staying right there. Other tourists started climbing soon after, around 7 am. The stairs make for a tough climb. If the weather is hot as we had in our case, earliest possible time is highly recommended to avoid scorching sun as much possible. The stairs get rougher and tougher as we reach higher. Honestly we were so bogged down that we didn’t actually go the highest point. But we had stunning views from the higher landings. Fitness levels, good knees and legs are a prime requirement.Keep yourself stocked with water & a hand towel. On the way, we saw a closed shop offering drinks, water and ice creams with a few empty chairs, would probably open later.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Julie A
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's not to be missed and worth every step!
    This is an absolute must! I'm in my 60's and thought the stairs might kill me but took it nice and slow and it wasn't really as hard as i thought and was worth every step. We went for sunrise and practically had the place to ourselves, It was breath taking and an absolute feast for the eyes! You don't need to book this with a tour operator. Just get a grab or do as as we did and go by scooter the views on the way are breath taking!
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Charlotte S
    Bornem, Belgium33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    Amazing views make the Mua Caves totally worth it but the climb is tough! This is fine if you are in okay health and don’t mind some exercise but do wear sneakers as the steps can be very slippery when rainy. The small path leading up to the dragon is very crowded and a bit dangerous so be careful!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • zardoz07
    Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant afternoon at Mua
    We decided to walk in from Ninh Binh. About 7 ks. Google did warn 'real' ground conditions might be different to map so we walked down some narrow paths greeting locals in their yards and walking down flooded tracks with fish before us. No problems at Mua. Some paths were flooded and restaurants closed. Everyone friendly and 500 steps of varying size to pagoda and dragon. Great views from both. A good experience. I am in my 70s but some fitness is required. Nice guy, whom some had difficulties with, organised a taxi for us for 150k back to Ninh Binh. No tour needed. Good day. Nothing but a good experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Skram66
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different view at every resting spot, wonderfully staggering in many ways!
    Easy to reach via moped or bicycle, able to park at one of the local cafes leading up to entrance for a nominal fee...keep your ticket as you have to show when retrieving your bike!! Didn't do the cave, but did climb to the Dragon & well worth it! Take some water & non slip footwear, as steps uneven & varying in depth. Plan to descend before dusk, as dark & uneven in places! Views obviously dependant on weather. Didn't do Tam Coc river cruise which you look down on from the Dragon, preferred to do the superb Trang An one instead.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • TonyB
    Helsinki, Finland235 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come early for some nice views
    Nice place to visit in Ninh Binh if you want to see some great views. Come early, there are a lot of people walking up the 500 quite steep steps already 10.30 in the morning. Motorbike parking cost at the area is 10k.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Mike B
    Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't worry there is a beer stop
    Yes Google maps is a bit out on this one, follow the tour buses if lost.. However we really enjoyed making it to the top. We are very unfit, but made it ok( it's trickier coming down, than going up). Not too many people the day we went. A small shop half way up for a beer stop. I don't think the caves exist, we couldn't find them. Really it's called Dragon Mountain.500 steps. If arriving on a motorbike, just pay the small parking fee.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
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Mushtaq N
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First of all i gave it 3 stars just for the views otherwise it is not worth the 100,000VD entrance fee and 10,000VD parking fee, use that money for Tran An. After reading the reviews i prepared myself for the aggressive locals, to avoid them make sure you go early in the morning ideally before 9am. We only encountered 2 of them and when they tried to stop my bike i just went past them. Ignore their whistles and head straight to the entrance. We got to both the view points with only a few other people so we had the whole place to ourselves because most of the tourist coaches arrive after 10am. When we left the place we saw that there were around 8 locals now trying to stop people.
Written January 9, 2020
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Richard Kay
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Quite simply we felt very underwhelmed by our trip. A decent view but far too many people climbing at once to enjoy it. Too many taking up space for Instagram photos. The area at the bottom of the caves is full of fake nonsense, fake waterfalls, fake statues etc: Save your money and time, go to the boat ride at Trang An which is absolutely stunning and far more relaxing!
Written January 2, 2020
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Pavlov C
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Don't be duped by the fake "parking" across the little road to the Mua Cave. They behave really aggressively to help you get to the parking of theirs, acting as officials with effective hand gestures and whistles. Simply ignore next and also go on traveling until the ticket office of Mua entrance. Generally there you are able to park the motorcycle of yours for VND 10,000. Entrance to Mua is VND 100,000 a person.
The climb was hot and steep, but much worthwhile as the view from the pinnacle is stunning!
Written March 28, 2020
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silvergeck0
Hervey Bay, Australia134 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Getting to the top was a personal achievement and while that was incredible and the views amazing the area surrounding the climb at Hung Mua was very disappointing. It’s advertised as an Eco/Environmental location; however there is rubbish EVERYWHERE (something that has surprised & disappointed us about Vietnam in general). In this tourist hot spot there is Rubbish piled up under trees and beside the little display houses. The toilets were absolutely disgusting with water from the basin leaking over the floor. The shops at the bottom of the stairs were in complete disarray and dirty too. We saw the pool getting cleaned and the water was being back washed into the lagoon! Surely the chlorine will kill the fish and plants? We were there on a quiet day and there must have been at least 2000 people during the few hours we were there - it’s 100,000 VD entrance fee so in our opinion there is no excuse for the owners to allow what should be magnificent to become so ugly.
Written March 8, 2020
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RG02
Swindon, UK303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
There is a small cave but it’s the long stairway to get the views from the top of the mountain that make this place worth visiting. Most visitors want to do the climb to the top, which is worth the entrance fee, but if you have a partner who is unable to cope with the very uneven stairway there is no option to enter the garden area without paying the full price, they would probably spend at least that amount in one of the shops or cafes inside. The views from the top are spectacular in every direction and it’s worth making the effort if you are able to.
Written March 31, 2020
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NtshuaL
Roseville, CA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful hike up. It was humid, but anyone can make it! Bring plenty of water! We biked to the entrance and parked our bikes in after the gate (it's free). There will be a lot of people trying to tell you to pay to park at their lot but don't do it. Just keep going in until you get past the entrance gate where you pay for admission. We went a few hours before sunset and was able to complete it and back before it got too dark. At the top there is a big white dragon statue, which is supposedly the watcher of the town. Definitely worth the steps!
Written January 5, 2020
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Der-Chillian
Erlangen, Germany14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
After reading the other reviews we decided to go there quite early in the morning. You can pass by all (!) the guys and lady’s that try to lure your into their (overpriced!) parking and put your bike inside the walled area of the hotel at the end of the road. Tickets were 100k each, and the climb is quite exhausting. But the view rewards you and is completely worth it. As we walked down it really started to get busy and we were quite happy to have been there at 8:15pm. We did not visit the caves. Sadly there is quite some trash on the stairs and on top of the mountain.
Written January 26, 2020
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Lily P
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Nice view from the top . It is difficult for the elderly, the ladder is not safe especially on rainy days. If you ride a motorbike, you should ask for the parking fee first. I was subjective and didn't ask them then they charged us 25,000 Vietnamese dong for one (the price of other stores is only 300 meters away only 5,000VND for one)
Written March 3, 2020
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Sarah Luong
Hanoi, Vietnam15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Mua Cave is one of the most attractive destinations in Ninh Binh area. After climbing about 500 steps, you will see a very spectacular scenery, overlooking the rocky mountains, rivers, fields, bamboo boats.
I had planned to go to Ninh Binh with my boyfriend 2 days 1 night. The best advice to visit the Mua Cave is to get there early (I started climbing at 6:30 am). The sunrise at the top was very beautiful, and there were not too many people, so I felt completely relaxed. Many people say that the sunset is even more beautiful, but in the afternoon there are many tourists so you will find it difficult to take photos and enjoy the natural beauty. I have taken some nice photos to post on Instagram and I enjoyed the fresh air with the boyfriend while looking at the scenery there, so I feel that this destination is worth a visit if you come to Ninh Binh.
Written February 2, 2020
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hm777
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Did not visit the caves, but visited Hang Mua peak, which provided beautiful views over the town landscape one side, and into a valley on the other side.

The walk from the car park was full of interesting photo points, such as views over a lotus lake, swings, heart-shaped-vine structures, and statues you could sit on and pose with. There were lots of places to buy food and water and eat, and even water stops halfway up the mountain.

To get to the mountain, you take the right fork at the path through the resort area. There are 2 peaks, and halfway up the mountain, you choose a path. Take the left fork to visit the tallest peak, with a dragon statue, or the right fork to visit a padoga on a narrow rocky outcrop. From the dragon peak, you can look over the pagoda peak, so if you don't have the energy for both, I'd recommend taking the left fork for the dragon.

Note that there will likely be people climbing all over the rocks around the dragon statue!
Written November 22, 2022
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