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Ninh Binh see and do guide

Introduction

| 29 Nov 2011
Last updated 29 Nov 2011

Day trippers descend on Ninh Binh each morning from Hanoi to take boat trips along the gentle streams and wander through the mostly recreated ruins of Hoa Lu. It's a tight day and you're locked in with the mildly interested mass of other daytrippers. Spend a couple of nights here to make the most of this delightful area.

A couple of nights in Ninh Binh will allow you time to enjoy the stunning scenery without the masses. Casual cycling along the quiet lanes and through the timeless karst landscapes is a real travel highlight.

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are pleasant stops as well - providing you come before or after the day trippers. An early morning or late afternoon ciimb of Hang Mua affords the most dramatic views of the area.

Nearby Phat Diem Cathedral is an excellent half day trip from Ninh Binh and nature lovers may also want to spend a day amidst the lush tropical forest of Cuc Phuong National Park with its Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
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Phat Diem Cathedral, Ninh Binh

Phat Diem Cathedral is Vietnam’s most distinctive Catholic church with strong traditional Vietnamese design elements and a rich... Read more

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Phat Diem Cathedral, Ninh Binh
Kim Son District, Ninh Binh

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Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh

Hoa Lu was the capital for the 10th century Dinh and Le dynasties before Emperor Ly Thai To relocated to Hanoi at the beginning... Read more

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong, Vietnam’s first National Park, was declared in 1962. Its Endangered Primate Rescue Centre has become a draw for... Read more

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Cuc Phuong National Park
Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh

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Bich Dong Pagoda, Ninh Binh

Bich Dong Pagoda is a short ride from Tam Coc and Thung Nang. It’s one of Vietnam’s most historic pagodas however constant... Read more

Boat trips - Tam Coc, Trang An, Thung Nang - Ninh Binh

Boat trips through along the gentle streams and through the scenic caves of Ninh Binh are a highlight of a visit. Read more

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Boat trips - Tam Coc, Trang An, Thung Nang - Ninh Binh
Around 80,000VND per person

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Cycling Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh sports some of Vietnam’s best, relaxed cycling through some of the country's most scenic terrain. Main roads are... Read more

Hang Mua, Ninh Binh

It’s a fair climb up hundreds of steps but the views from Hang Mua over Ninh Binh’s stunning countryside are well worth the... Read more