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"Nature's extravaganza and cultural colours"

Ninh Binh Tourism

Rich in natural landscapes and a myriad of historical destinations, the city of Ninh Binh and its surrounding regions is a nature lover's dream destination. Capital of its namesake province, it is one of the oldest regions of Vietnam and is regarded as the sister destination of Halong Bay. Acting primarily as a staging point, it acts as the gateway to untouched attractions such as Tam Coc, Van Long Nature Reserve and neighbouring Trang An. While having no airport of its own, the railway station hosts several trains every day arriving at the city making rail the best way to reach it.

Ninh Binh is a hotspot of ecological diversity, and various shades of green dominate the landscape. Flanked by mountains, caves and incredibly picturesque limestone sceneries, Ninh Binh is nothing short of stunning. Another wondrous natural attraction within the province is the Cuc Phuong National Park, one of the province's largest protected areas. Hiking through the trails in the park is a popular activity among tourists.

The local cuisine is also quite delectable and offers a great insight into the culture of this part of Vietnam. For a comfortable and quick sightseeing experience, motorcycles on rent are by far the best option for visitors to this region. From housing, the biggest pagoda in the country, to ancient temples dedicated to the Dinh dynasty, the testament of Vietnam's heritage stands here in Ninh Binh for all to witness.

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Must Know Before You Travel to Ninh Binh

1. Although ATMs and banks are available throughout the city, it is advisable to carry sufficient cash.

2. Gestures such as shaking hands, or passing an item over to another person are generally done with both hands.

3. It is considered rude to touch someone's head.

4. Public display of affection especially with the opposite sex is generally frowned upon.

5. Tourists are expected to dress up modestly, unless on the beach where appropriate swimming gear is required.

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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.

Language of Ninh Binh

The traditional way of greeting in Vietnam is by joining your hands and bowing slightly. However, handshakes are fast gaining popularity as well. Exchanging business cards is common even after the smallest of interactions, so be sure to have some handy. Some of the common phrases for greeting one another are:-

1. Hello! - Xin chao! (sin chow!)

2. Goodbye - Tam Biet (tam byet)

3. How are you? - Ban co khoe khong? (ban co kwe khome?)

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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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