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"Halong Bay on Land"

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Located in northern Vietnam, Ninh Binh is known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and cultural heritage. It is called the "Halong Bay on land" due to its picturesque karst limestone formations, lush rice paddies, and winding rivers. Located just 90km from Hanoi, it is easily accessible and popular as a day trip destination. It is also the gateway to untouched attractions such as Tam Coc, Van Long Nature Reserve, and neighboring Trang An.

The most striking thing about Ninh Binh is its dramatic scenery which is best explored through a boat ride in Tam Coc or Trang An. You can glide along tranquil waterways flanked by steep cliffs and verdant vegetation. Ninh Binh is also home to several significant cultural and historical sites. The ancient capital of Hoa Lu, which served as the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, is located here. Another famous attraction is the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, Vietnam's largest Buddhist temple complex.

For nature enthusiasts, Cuc Phuong National Park is a must-visit destination. It is Vietnam's oldest national park and a biodiversity hotspot, home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including endangered species. You can hike through dense forests, explore limestone caves, and visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

The local cuisine in Ninh Binh is quite delectable and offers a great insight into the culture of this part of Vietnam. The region is also dotted with charming villages where you can experience authentic rural life, interact with friendly locals, and witness traditional crafts such as weaving and pottery. Whether exploring its stunning landscapes, delving into its ancient history, or simply enjoying the tranquility of its rural settings, visitors to Ninh Binh are sure to be enchanted by this unique and beautiful part of Vietnam.

Must Know Before You Travel to Ninh Binh

  • Getting Around: Cycling is the most popular way of travelling here. You can cycle between Tam Coc and Trang An in 30 minutes. For attractions like Cuc Phuong National Park which are further away, taxi can be hired. You can also rent a scooter.
  • Where to Stay: Most people stay in Tam Coc or Trang An. Tac Coc is the main town with cafes, restaurants and shops. Trang An is quieter and surrounded by nature. There nothing to do or see in Ninh Binh city, so you can avoid staying there.
  • Carry Cash: Even though there are 2 ATMs in Tam Coc and 1 in Trang An, it is best to carry some cash

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Shopping in Ninh Binh

You can buy exquisite handicrafts and souvenirs in Ninh Binh. The Rong Market of this region is famous for its delicious local snacks such as goat meat, Muong's pig, Eel, Van Long small shrimp, Kim Son rice wine, Ninh Binh rice crust and Dong Giao pineapple. These commodities can cost anywhere from VND 113700 to VND 795900.

History of Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh was an important centre of power during the events that preceded the Sino-French was of 1884. During this time, some powers were vying for control over the Tonkin region. The allegiance of Ninh Binh was of considerable importance to the French troops, and although the Vietnamese forces did not hinder the passage of the French through the Henry Riviere, they were openly hostile to the French. The French finally managed to capture the citadel of Ninh Binh in 1883 and went on to install a garrison there as well.

Daily Budget for Ninh Binh

Shoestring Budget: VND 906,672 /day
Comfortable Budget: VND 2,266,566 /day
Luxury Traveller: VND 3,407,686

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What is the best time to visit Ninh binh?

There are two best times to visit Ninh Binh. One is from late-May to early-July, and the other one is from September to October. The former is the time when the locals harvest the summer rice, and during the later period, it’s time for them to reap the wet rice. During both these seasons, the natural beauty of the place is to the fullest with ripening rice fields. However, the place boasts of such picturesque locales that any time of the year is a good time to visit Ninh Binh. May-October is a bit hot and humid in this particular place in Vietnam. There’s also a lot of rainfall during these months and hence, travelling around the city might be a little difficult and uncomfortable. September is a bit risky for typhoons, and if you plan a trip during this month, you need to be prepared. November to April is the dry months in Ninh Binh when the weather is cold but dry. If you wish to witness the vivid greens of the rice paddy fields here, then the rainy season is the best bet for you. Also, these are the low months, and hence, airfares and accommodation costs are comparatively cheaper.

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What is the local food in Ninh binh?

Being a popular tourist destination, Ninh Binh has plenty of eating options for one and all. The Trung Tuyet is a wonderful option for trying out some Vietnamese delicacies, along with varied options for vegetarians. You can try out some snail dishes at the Snail's Restaurant. Another popular outlet is Chookie's, which serves both traditional Vietnamese food and Western cuisines as well. Try some fresh produce at the Cho Bop market. You can also find some Japanese places and kebab shops here. The meals in any of these places can cost anywhere from VND 30,000 to VND 70,000.

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What are the top hotels in Ninh binh?

There are 391 in Ninh binh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Ninh binh are Tam Coc Tam Nhung Homestay, Tam Coc Family Homestay, Ocean Villa - Homestay, Ninh Binh Paradise, Tam Coc Hoang Quan Hotel, Quang Quang Garden Bonsai Homestay. You can see all the hotels in Ninh binh here

What are the things to do in Ninh binh?

The top things to do in Ninh binh are Trang An Grottoes, Tam Coc, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Mua Cave, Hoa Lu, Cuc Phuong National Park. You can see all the places to visit in Ninh binh here

What are the places near Ninh binh?

The top places near to Ninh binh are Hanoi which is 91 km from Ninh binh, Halong bay which is located 152 km from Ninh binh, Sapa which is located 319 km from Ninh binh, Hoi an which is located 545 km from Ninh binh, Hoa binh which is located 82 km from Ninh binh

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