Ninh Binh is a province in Northern Vietnam situated on the boundary of three geographical areas; Red River Delta, Northwest, and North Central. Ninh Binh City is the capital of that province. Its town is quiet, but it is a great base for exploring beautiful surrounding countryside.
Tam Coc in Ninh Binh
Tam Coc is a small town in Ninh Binh, definitely worth the visit; whether it is for the day or for a couple of night’s stay. Simple and scenic, Tam Coc is surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, breathtaking from all angles.
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
The former capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu offers dozens of monuments, including temples, pagodas, and tombs, and has a lot of interesting Vietnamese history.
Trang An Grottoes
Situated in the Ancient Capital, Trang An Grottoes in a particularly interesting visit; similar to Tam Coc but with many more caves to explore, wide enough to take a boat trip through.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Approximately one and a half hours away from Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park is a great day-trip, or even overnight stay in the park itself. It has a turtle centre and a primate centre where you can see gibbons, monkeys, and other primates that have been rescued from around Vietnam, and currently being prepared for release back into the wild. It also has a botanical garden, and literally thousands of beautiful butterflies flying along the roadway.
Phat Diem Cathedral
Situated in the middle of rice fields and canals, Phat Diem Cathedral is spectacular in size and a great mix of Middle Eastern and Western style architecture.