Ninh Binh, one of the best places to visit in Vietnam
¿How many days do you spend at Ninh Binh?
We spent two days at Ninh Binh, which I can say were some of the best in Vietnam, especially in terms of landscape. We rented a motorbike and spent two days lost among rivers, rice fields, mountains and temples. If you have more time you can even stay 3 or 4 days to relax, although two days is enough. But beware, you may fall in love with the place and want to stay all your life. You’ve been warned.
Where to stay at Ninh Binh?
As always in Vietnam, the bus left us in the middle of a road at 5 a.m. Having no idea where we were, we followed a man who led us to his hotel right across the street.
He took us to the Xuan Hoa Hotel, we saw that he was leaving on the Lonely Planet so with the late hour we didn’t think twice. Even without options to negotiate we didn’t end up paying much: 4 dollars that night for being early and 10 euros the next ones for a room for two.
What to do in Ninh Binh?
Ninh Binh by motorbike and Tam Coc by boat
All hotels in Vietnam offer tours of the area. Sometimes they’re unavoidable, like to see the Mekong. But, if you can, the best thing is to take a map, rent a motorbike and go looking for the indicated places without fear of getting lost. Many times you find the best when you get lost. And that’s what we did, we rented a motorbike and got lost.
We spent two days riding our motorbikes through mountains, villages and rice fields. We went without a map, we got lost and we were finding incredible places by accident.
In our case, by chance we found a place called Tam Coc. There we were given a two-hour boat ride along the river, between mountains and caves. In the same area there is also a spectacular viewpoint with the best views of all Ninh Binh. There are also temples that are hidden among the mountains and villages where you do not expect to find anything.
Riding around Ninh Binh on a motorbike is full of surprises. We spent our best days in Vietnam and were able to enjoy something really nice and relaxing. I liked it so much that I’m sure I’ll come back one day.
Trip from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay
After two days of enjoying Ninh Binh, we took a four-hour bus to Bai Chai, Halong City, the city right across from Halong Bay. Upon arrival, we booked a tour to spend the next two days in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: Halong Bay. Before we boarded, we went to celebrate the birthday of my fellow traveler, Sergio. But that’s another story…
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