Great little town, mega-friendly locals, loads to see around the area
Are there any? Not in my opinion
More Than Just a Day Trip or Stopover
Halong on land! some people's expression about this placeSetting in a rowing boat wondering the peaceful scenery around of Tam Coc that's all you needIt’s a pleasant two-hour journey, you passed to three cave underway it's a MUST to see if you are in the areaThe peaceful trip in the wooden rowboat in the shadow of limestone karsts, through dark...more
Just outside Ninh Binh lying this Ancient Temples, Our guide explain everything about the history of the temple, was so hot that day listening is confusing we didn't understand what he is talking about. I try to do some research about the temple ;Hoa Lu One-Pillar Pagoda has a Pillar full of phrase by Buddha in front of it, which stands there more...more
Yes, a tourist trap it may be, but the boat ride is rather enjoyable. Even with many other tourists boating along the river, the ride is tranquil enough along some parts. My favourite part is to boat through the dark grottoes with the limestone cliffs inches above your head and as you emerge from the dark into the light, craggy cliffs welcome you.more
Not a great fan of temple tours but possibly interesting for some who would like to know about the local culture. The temples are built and houses the famous emperors of Vietnam for local worshipping. It isn't particularly touristy and the scenary around the temples is pretty.more
Located in Ninh Binh province, the Tam Coc caves are known as the inland Ha Long bay. It is 3 hours drive out of Hanoi. At the river docks, you board an open-air sampan which you hire with a rower. The boat ride takes you through a winding waterway which passes through 3 caves (Tam Coc). You must actually duck a bit as the boat does through the...more
Cuc Phuong NP is a rarity in Vietnam: an untouched rainforest. Due to the Vietnam War and its devastating environmental desasters, Vietnam has hardly any vast areas of rainforest left. Ho Chi Minh himself inaugurated the national park in 1962. Nowadays, it covers an area of more than 220km² with numerous wildlife species living there. In the park,...more
A cute nickname, isn't it? Tam Coc, also known as "Dry Halong Bay", "Halong Bay without Water" or "Halong Bay in the Rice Paddies" is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam. Located approximately 10km away from Ninh Binh, it is tourism destination par excellence for both Vietnamese and international tourists.Tam Coc means "Three Caves" - but in...more
Hoa Lu Citadel is the only thing left of Vietnam's former capital Hoa Lu. Founded in 968, Hoa Lu remained capital until the early 11th century when Emperor Ly Thai To moved it to today's Hanoi. Despite the lack of "original" buildings, the trip to Hoa Lu is definitely worth it. Arriving in the beautiful mountainous landscape, you walk 300m to the...more
If you like Tam Coc or Van Phong of Ninh Binh, or if you like Limestone Karst Cliff, go to Trang An. It is right beside Tam Coc but its entrance is some km away. It is really large and amazing though I had gone to Tam Coc once. There historical, natural, cutural and even mythological (if you have a good guide) richness totally satisfied me....more
I would strongly recommend to visit on your own. You can occupy one whole boat by yourself with as little as 25,000(entrance) and 30,000(boat ride) to explore the Tam Coc national park.If you're joining the tour package from Ha Noi, you probably need to share the boat with other travellers.more
This was the capital of the country in the 10th century supposedly because of it's central location. I would argue that it is the beauty of it's location that swayed those who were deciding. Right in the middle of the Limestone Cliffs and rice fields, the town has unmistakable beauty and a slight area of mystery.Dinh Tien Hoang sits opposite what...more
74 - Nguyen Van Cu-Van Xuan, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
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55A Truong Han Sieu Str., Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed it so much. Clean rooms, great cooking and english speaking staff....more
As well as being a real nice friendly hotel, this place serves real good food on a night. They just ask if you are vegetarian or not and then they bring several dishes out to you accompanied by spring rolls and rice. Every night is something different and it's all cooked by the owner's wife.Charge is less than 2 USD per person. Spring rolls are...more
Guide of ODC travel took us here and lunch was included in day tour so we didnt order food by ourself...Restaurant is next to the port...after lunch we walked to take sampan. Spring rolls...simpleGoat meat with lemongrass...put on the clear rice sheet with pineapple, chilli and fresh garlic...YUMMY !!!more
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For 6$ (or 9$ including guide), plus price of petrol (about 2 to 3$ per day), you can motorbike around the sights of Ninh Binh. Cycling is also good for the close ones but there are a few miles to travel if you want to see most of the sights. A motorbike will get you through the narrow lanes and between the paddy fields unlike a car and you can...more
I asked our guide how much for 1 person on boat ( They take only 2 tourists in one boat but if you are vietnamese they will take at least 5 persons in 1 boat---dont you think tourist is heavier than vietnamese? ) she said 30,000 dong --- I didnt see the ticket by myself.By the way,sitting on boat enroute to Tam Coc, one is enclosed by the scenic...more
As the cliffs provide resources for the roads and the houses in the province villages, they are nearly all concrete and/or stone built. This makes for more impressive scenery and better roads to travel on.Basically, they blast away the rock from the cliffs and use it accordinglymore
For some reason, Hoa Lu has more pushy vendors than most place we've visited. It might have had something to do with timing, because when we visited the place, we were the only tourists there. A firm "no" usually does the trick, though we had to repeat that quite a few times. I enjoyed the scenery, but I got quite upset here at the locals. Maybe it...more
As this is the most visited of the tourist spots in Ninh Binh province, it attracts hawkers. I personally didnt find them very demanding but expect the boat people trying to sell you things.They have floating shops of snacks and drinks. When you do not buy for yourself they then ask you to buy for your rower. I would rather tip of my own accord...more
When visiting the tourist sites around Ninh Binh yuo may be approached by people with professional looking camera equipment and they may offer to take pictures of you. Just be aware that they are trying to sell the pics to you. Establish a price and how you can get the pictures from them. Take your own picsmore
Trousers with zip on/off legs are very useful as you need to wear long trousers in the temple and you might not want to wear them during the rest of the day when it can get very warm.
Photo Equipment: Bring your best camera. The photos you will take will be out of this world
This is a relatively easy ride and is very enjoyable in good weather. My favourite part is riding along the wide roads and seeing the undulating limestone cliffs appearing before your eyes as you turn the corner. Some good photo opportunites of cliffs as backdrop against yellow padi fields, untouched villages and cliffs out of a Chinese painting...more
As part of the sight-seeing around the Ninh Binh province, you will pass many villages and small communities who clearly are largely self-sufficient from farming and the paddy fields all around. If you get a chance to visit these communities, you can watch or even help in farming activities. They have no machinery only human and animal power. The...more
Although all the sights around Ninh Binh are worth visiting, Bich Dong Pagoda was my favourite as it is a great mix of an unusual temple set on and in the cliffs coupled with the chance to climb to the top of the cliffs and see the scenery for miles.
Fondest memory: On arrival in Ninh Binh town at our hotel, we felt immediately as if we were in the middle of a little community of 'out of the way' travellers embraced by the locals. It is increasingly rare when travelling, to find places less travelled and providing you avoid the day trippers, this is one of them.
Everywhere we went around the town or province, there were so many waves and shouts of 'hello', that you can see the local people do not see many foreigners. Those that could speak English, attempted conversations with no ulterior motive such as trying to sell us something, only curiousity.
As there are not many places to stay, our hotel had a great community spirit. The owner, a really friendly guy, continually gave us free shots of the local brew as we ate gorgeous food cooked by his wife and chatted the night away.
The fondest memory, though, is of the scenery and villages as we toured around on mopeds. Locals going about their daily lives in the villages set amid looming limestone cliffs and never-ending paddy fields. The area is beautiful and with a good local guide, we went all day without seeing any other foreigner.