HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaVietnamNinh Binh10 Reasons to Stay in Mua Cave Ecolodge, Ninh BinhWhere to stay in Ninh Binh, Vietnam? Read 10 reasons why you should consider staying at Mua Caves Eco Lodge. By Marcos Detourist on December 8, 2015Visiting Vietnam? If you’re looking for interesting places to experience on your trip, you might want to check this resort called “Mua Cave Ecolodge,” tucked in a corner of the karst mountains in Ninh Binh. It’s a good reason to head south of Hanoi on its own and a perfect base to explore the beautiful scenery, charming countryside life, and UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area. You can probably already tell from my photos below that I really enjoyed my stay there.Here are the top 10 highlights of my experience at Mua Cave Ecolodge that you might want to know about for your next adventure to Ninh Binh:1. This amazing sunset view The dragon at the peak of Mua Cave viewpoint Massive limestone mountains and the winding river at Tam CocThe Mua Cave viewpoint is a must-visit for any trip to Ninh Binh. Here, you can get panoramic views overlooking the karst landscapes. One side overlooks the winding river at Tam Coc. The other affords a view of lush rice fields. Staying at the ecolodge means you can enjoy these scenic views freely at your own leisure.2. Waking up to this view View from the lily-filled pond in front of my cottageThe scenery at dawn was equally amazing! You may enjoy it without the hike, or take your morning jog to the mountaintop for a fulfilling view of the sunrise.3. Your own Tonkin-village inspired cottage The cottages Cute wooden swingThis small resort offers 6 very homey and cozy cottages built in rural architectural style. They are a modern take of traditional Tonkin village houses found at the countrysides of Northern Vietnam.4. These countryside views Charming view of rice fields and ducks near the entrance gate The lone duck that didn’t float away when I came too close A small shrine and the view point Blooming rice paddies almost ready for harvestKeeping true to an authentic Tonkin village, the ecolodge is surrounded by vast rice paddies, cultivated by local farmers. You can enjoy the views above by taking a short walk from the entrance gate or a glimpse of it from your private terrace.5. Convenient location to explore Ninh Binh Exploring Ninh Binh’s amazing countryside by bicycle Tour boats along scenic river at Tam Coc Dinh Tien Hoang Temple at Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel Trang An riverside, at duskMua Cave Ecolodge was an excellent base to explore Ninh Binh. Although it was tucked in one corner of the Mua Mountains, away from the main tourist areas, it sat in the middle of Tam Coc and Trang An, two major tourist spots in Ninh Binh. This made things easier on my DIY bicycle tour of the area. They also have motorcycle taxis and cars on call if you want to go to the city center, or organize your own tour in addition to packaged tours that you can book at the reception desk.6. Stay in comfort My bed and room for three days at Mua Caves Eco Lodge Bedside desk Coffee and tea maker My room, facing the TVThe cottages are quite spacious inside. All are air-conditioned, have WIFI internet access, and are well-appointed for a comfortable stay. Prices start at VND500,000 (USD32+) per night, for a Single/Double bungalow. This is exceptional value considering the amenities of the room and the gorgeous location.7. This refreshing view from the shower View of nature from the bathroom window in my room.This definitely made my stay a lot more memorable. In case you’re wondering, the glass window faces a closed-off rock cliff.8. Their unique restaurant, outside a cave Dinner at the Mua Cave Eco Lodge’s restaurant, found outside a cave Delicious goat meat dish Goat blood soup in vibrant sanguine-red Goat blood soup, for three Morning view at the restaurant Hang But Buddha Cave Inside the caveThe food was delicious too. Don’t leave without trying their goat meat. Ninh Binh is famous in Vietnam for this local dish. You may also get a bowl of goat blood soup here if you’re feeling adventurous.9. Scenic views and more caves around the property Scenic view of the Mua Mountains from a tranquil pond Pagoda at the mountaintop Dong Hoang Ho – Tiger Cave Base of the steps leading to the viewpoint Mua Caves Eco Lodge (bottom right) and Ninh Binh city center (back)The ecolodge is part of a complex that includes the viewpoint, several caves, and landscaped gardens. It’s a scenic and peaceful area where you can unwind and enjoy the rural atmosphere.10. The friendly local welcome Reception building at Mua Caves Eco Lodge Welcome tea Reception loungeWhen on the road, I often take an effort to get a deeper understanding of places that I visit by talking to locals. The language barrier was a major hurdle to this in most places I visited in Vietnam. The reception staff at the ecolodge were very friendly, spoke good English, and live in nearby villages. My stay there was a nice experience on get local insights on Ninh Binh and Vietnam, in general.How to Get ThereMua Cave Ecolodge is located in Khe Ha Village, Ninh Xuan commue, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. It’s 15 to 20 minutes away from the city center. When arriving at the bus terminal, the taxi or moto driver may be more familiar with the place as “Hang Mua.” Hang in Vietnamese means cave. A motorcycle taxi to/from the city center costs around VND50,000 each way.Book Your StayYou may enjoy your own experience at Mua Cave Ecolodge by contacting them directly through these channels:Website: http://www.muacaveecolodge.com/en/Email: [email protected]Mobile: (+84) 904301028Landline: +(84)(030) 3619679Fax: +(84)(030) 3618754You may also book your room online on Agoda or Booking.com, and read reviews on TripAdvisor.Disclaimer: My stay was sponsored by Mua Cave Ecolodge. Rest assured, all opinions stated above are solely my own.Don’t leave yet. There’s more!Nature’s Eye Resort — A Relaxing Getaway in Guimaras1 Month Solo Travel in Northern India: A Survivor’s…Hong Kong Itinerary – 3 Days HK-Macau Budget Trip…Siem Reap Itinerary 3 days: Angkor Temples without crowdsDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:Ninh BinhVietnamSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:StayMua Caves Eco LodgeLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Comments TravelingDork saysJune 6, 2016 at 4:39 pmWhat a beautiful place. I always wanted to go here next to Singapore. thank you for the tips.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 6, 2016 at 5:14 pmGlad to help! Enjoy your future Vietnam trip! Go check out the caves in Phong Nha, they were amazing!ReplyAdventure Starts HereDiscover travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.