Photo: Out on the water at Trang An.

A few days in Ninh Binh

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Located two hours south of Hanoi en route, via train or bus, to Vietnam’s central region, Ninh Binh province is conveniently located for an excursion from Hanoi or as a stop-off on your way up or down Vietnam. How should you make the most of a couple of days there? We’ve put together some tips to get the ball rolling on planning your itinerary.





Ninh Binh city is not pretty, but you don’t have to travel far to reach the peace and beauty of the paddy fields and karst landscapes -- it’s these that bring the visitors in their flocks. But despite the high number of local and foreign visitors it’s possible to escape the crowds in the countryside outside of the hotspots. That’s why we’d recommend renting motorbikes or bicycles to explore the area: there’s much pleasure to be had by cycling around the back streets and villages, though be warned that it’s easy to get lost; get a map from your hotel (or take a phone with mobile internet and a mapping app if you have one). Of course, if you prefer to be driven rather than drive, taxis are plentiful, or book you can book a tour with your hotel.

Boats at Tam Coc. Photo taken in or around A few days in Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh, Vietnam by Sarah Turner.

Boats at Tam Coc. Photo: Sarah Turner

The other overall recommendation we’d make is to stay overnight in Tam Coc rather than Ninh Binh city. It may mean a longer trip to visit the sights outside of Tam Coc, but it gives you the option to walk to the nearby sights: the boat dock, Bich Dong and Hang Mua viewpoint. Then you can bike or cycle from there along some scenic back roads to the other locations. Most importantly, it’s prettier than Ninh Binh.

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