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Ninh Binh Introduction

| 28 Aug 2012
Last updated 28 Aug 2012

The landscapes just south of Hanoi around Ninh Binh are some of the most beautiful in Vietnam. Limestone peaks tower from rice paddies and mellow streams meander through ancient caves. 

Most travel brochures describe the area as "Halong Bay on land", which goes part way to telling the story.

Ninh Binh is also one of the best places in Vietnam for casual cycling. It’s possible to visit the best historical and natural sights of the area by bicycle on relatively safe picturesque paths.

Further afield, a visit to Phat Diem, home to Vietnam’s most interesting Catholic Cathedral and a centuries old flourishing Catholic enclave is also worthwhile.

Day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh are popular but are a very poor second to a couple of nights here. Exploring Ninh Binh in your own time and out of sync with the daytripping masses will do far more justice to this spectacular region.