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Ninh Binh

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Country rank: 17 out of 34 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: North-Central Vietnam


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: Throughout the year (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hanoi (Check Flights)

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Ninh Binh Tourism

Rich in natural landscapes and myriad historical destinations, the province of Ninh Binh is a traveller's dream come true. One of the oldest regions of Vietnam, this destination has something on its plate for every breed of traveller. Due to its extreme popularity among local and foreign tourists, this destination is bursting with activity throughout the year.

Ninh Binh is a province located in the south of Hanoi, at a distance of 94 kilometres from the city. This destination 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. The natural backdrop of this destination is an endearing and charming place to be. Another wondrous natural resource within the province is the Cuc Phuong National Park, which is one of the largest protected areas of the province. If you wish to explore the rich and diverse culture of Vietnam, there can be no better place for you. From housing, the biggest pagoda of the country to ancient temples dedicated to the Dinh dynasty, the testament of Vietnam's heritage stands here for all to witness. 

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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.

Although a number of ATMs are available in Ninh Binh, however, it is advisable to carry sufficient amount of cash.

ATMs are present here in Ninh Binh. However, it is advisable to carry enough cash before visiting this destination. ATMs of Saigon Commercial Bank, MBBANK, Techcom Bank are available here among others.



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

Gestures such as shaking hands, or passing an item over to another person are generally done with both hands. Do not touch anyone's head, or pass an item over their head. Public display of affection especially with the opposite sex is frowned upon. Ninh Binh is a conservative destination and tourists are expected to dress up modestly, unless on the beach where appropriate swimming gear is required.

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?)

Read more about the common Vietnamese phrases

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.

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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