Ninh Binh Travel Guide

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Ninh Binh Things to Do

  • Your Ninh Binh Home

    Great rooms for 15 to 20USD with breakfast included. Kind of on the main north-south thoroughfare with a healthy distance from it separated by a pond and thus very convenient for bus pick up to Hanoi or to the south. Just never use the tour services on offer - they seem to be a bit too pricey.

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  • Oriental Classics

    Tam Coc is the main tourist outlet in a region full of karst beauty. There is no coincidence in this state of affairs. It has a body of water flowing between majestically towering hills that suddenly opens up a cave underneath these mountains of sorts in order to deliver you to the next “gallery” of rice fields. Accordingly, this spot has been...

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  • Tam Coc

    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...

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  • Hoa Lu Ancient Temple

    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...

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  • Boating at Tam Coc

    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.

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  • Temple hopping in Hoa Lu

    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.

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  • Cam Toc Caves

    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...

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  • Cuc Phuong NP - home of rare species

    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,...

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  • Tam Coc - Halong Bay in the Rice Paddies

    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...

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  • Hoa Lu - Vietnam's ancient capital

    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...

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  • Trang An, Ninh Binh

    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....

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  • BOAT RIDE

    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.

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Ninh Binh Hotels

  • Canh Dieu Hotel

    74 - Nguyen Van Cu-Van Xuan, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Thuy Anh Hotel

    55A Truong Han Sieu Str., Ninh Binh, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • The Long Hotel

    We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed it so much. Clean rooms, great cooking and english speaking staff....

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Ninh Binh Restaurants

  • No menu, no problem

    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...

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  • Goat meat!!!

    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 !!!

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Ninh Binh Transportation

  • Open Book

    Transport options from Ha Long Bay City to Ninh Binh directly are not very common unlike the more natural connection through Hanoi but they exist. If the cruise from Cat Ba or anywhere in Ha Long bay ends up in Ha Long City around noon there is a chance for a seamless connection. Any generous offers on behalf of tour guides for transfer to the bus...

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  • Ride or be ridden through the villages

    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...

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  • Be rowed through Ninh Binh cliffs

    Some of the sights aournd the province such as Tam Coc can only be really appreciate on a boat trip. A little touristy I agree but well worth it, honest

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Ninh Binh Local Customs

  • Vietnamese cross section

    “Keeping the environment clean is everybody’s responsibility”, the sign says. So what is lacking just outside the park area, in Ninh Binh proper, the distant Hanoi or in the whole of northern Viet Nam is more English-language signs to keep the omnipresent dirt at bay. Good luck!

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  • Welcome to Viet Nam

    Tam Coc might be touristy high point of northern Viet Nam for a very scenic reason. Nevertheless, it is a very real place with its everyday rural life going on parallel to the tourist conveyor. A walk in the area where the boats ply the waters of the Tam Coc River could unveil some scenes repeating themselves from biblical times. Goats are common...

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  • Keep the flies off the food

    If you are selling produce and it's hot, you will attract flies. Here's how a simple thing can solve that problem.

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Ninh Binh Warnings and Dangers

  • Kim Giao

    Kim Giao---this one is found at temple of King Dinh---guide told me that long time ago people makes chopsticks from Kim Giao to proof poison in food---normally it is white but if it contact poison it will become brown or dark color.

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  • Just say no

    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...

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Ninh Binh Tourist Traps

  • Tam Coc vendor hassles

    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...

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  • Photos are not free

    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 pics

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Ninh Binh What to Pack

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    by largerama Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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

    Sign at Bich Dong Temple

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Ninh Binh Off The Beaten Path

  • Cycle from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc

    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...

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  • Visit Qut villages working the land

    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...

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  • Toilet at the parking

    This toilet is at the parking before you walked to visit Temples of King Dinh and King Le...I didnt go in but wanna let you guys know where you can find it.

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Ninh Binh Favorites

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    by largerama Written Mar 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Sitting on top of the cliff over Bich Dong Pagoda School children from Ninh Binh town
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Hoa Lu - The ancient capital
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Thai Vi Temple
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Mua Cave Pagoda
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Tam Coc
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Bich Dong Pagoda
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Waste nothing in the villages
Local Customs
Lovely, well built houses among the cliffs
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Hello, Hello, Hello
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Football in Ninh Binh town
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Cuc Phuong National Park
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Soft Drink
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Tam Coc--Inland HaLong Bay
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Den Le Dai Hanh --Temple of King Le
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Den Dinh Tien Hoang --Temple of King Dinh
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Hoa Lu
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Boat
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Private Day Tour
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Watery caves
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