Ninh Binh: A Detailed Travel Guide to Vietnam’s Hidden Gem

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This Ninh Binh travel guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the most fascinating places in Vietnam. Don’t miss it!
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It boasts of the most majestic and impressive natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, yet so many travelers overlook it. Ninh Binh is a fascinating place, where apart from an inspiring scenery, you have easy access to the rural and authentic Vietnam.

This travel guide of Ninh Binh is packed with the most up-to-date and reliable information (December 2016) to plan your trip and start making your itinerary.

Why go to Ninh Binh in the first place

Many travelers from Hanoi want to visit Ninh Binh town and nearby places (Tam Coc, Trang An, Cuc Phuong National Park..). Ninh Binh is 85 km from Hanoi. There is a beautiful karst scenery in Tam Coc and Trang An, Hoa Lu historic city and other interesting places to visit. For example Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve.
 
First things first. If you’re still in doubt if you should go to Ninh Binh or not, my answer is YES. DEFINITELY YES. Personally, now I can’t believe how I was considering dropping Ninh Binh from my trip!
Since Ninh Binh is not frequently featured in itineraries to travel through Vietnam, I feel I need to explain why this was my absolute favorite destination in the country.
 

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Ninh Binh
province is located in northern Vietnam, about 100km south of Hanoi. With its hundreds of limestone cliffs emerging from the ground scattered across the rice fields, this region is appropriately nicknamed the “Halong Bay in land”.
Apart from this stunning scenery, Ninh Binh is a great opportunity to peek into the rural way of living. It’s all very laid-back and serene, just how the Vietnam experience should be.
 
The boat trips in Tam Coc or Trang An Scenix complex take about 2 hours and here you will see many tourists and travellers and also very nice karst sceneries and historical sites. Boat rides and cycling in this area are the main tourist attraction in Ninh Binh.

How to get from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

From Hanoi, you can reach Ninh Binh city by train. There are at least 3 southbound trains available (SE5, SE7, SE19).
Another more convenient option is the bus. There are regular buses from Hanoi’s southern bus terminal (Giap Bat) with prices starting at 70,000 dong. However I don’t recommend getting the absolute cheapest ones – you might get cranked in a tiny seat inside an overcrowded bus.
 

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Both the train and the bus take 2 hours, give or take, and you can book the trip with any travel agent.

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