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Ninh Binh

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  • Phat Diem Cathedral
    3 stars

    Located about 29km south east of Ninh Binh in Kim Son district and only a few km away from the Gulf of Tonkin, Phat Diem is of historical importance and a real hit with Vietnamese tourists. It is in this area that the French and Portuguese missionaries first introduced Catholicism to Vietnam. ... read more

  • Boat trips at Tam Coc and Trang An
    3.5 stars

    A large swathe of land in Ninh Binh province is characterised by stony outcrops not unlike those at Ha Long Bay, though a bit smaller in size and of course without the water -- lakes and rivers aside. If you're there at the right time of the year, when the paddies are full of water, the reflections ... read more

  • Hoa Lu
    4 stars

    Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties which dates back to the 11th century. Serene and tranquil, it is set in beautiful surroundings beside to Truong Yen village and is easily visited on a day trip from Ninh Binh. However, as beautiful as the surroundings may be, the remains ... read more

  • Bich Dong
    4 stars

    At Bich Dong there's a series of pagodas and a fascinating collection of caves farther up the outcrop. Some of these caves were used by the Viet Minh to hide from the French during the First Indochina War. The caves are full of stalactites that have been carved into Buddhist images, as well as ... read more

  • Bai Dinh Pagoda
    3.5 stars

    We'd done our research on the new Bai Dinh Pagoda before heading there to check it out, and ‘new' and ‘big' seemed the most dominant adjectives being used, so we weren't expecting much. However, we were pleasantly surprised: yes, it is new, and therefore lacking historical interest, and ... read more

  • Cuc Phuong National Park
    4 stars

    Cuc Phuong National Park was established in 1962 and consists of over 200km of tropical forest and many grottoes. This reserve is rich in wildlife and natural beauty although it has suffered at the hand of logging companies. The park also possesses historical significance as prehistoric tools ... read more


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