Ninh Binh is a relatively small town located in northern Vietnam and only a short distance (approx 100 km) from the capital, Hanoi. Even though Ninh Binh town itself does not have a lot to keep tourists entertained, it is in fact the local surroundings that consist of striking limestone peaks and lush-green paddy fields that offer plenty of attractions for tourists.
Tourists often make the journey to Ninh Binh on a one or two day tour from Hanoi. A one day trip is practical for the busy travellers, but will still have plenty of time to see the top attractions. A few of the most pleasing tourism activities include boating, cycling, history, and religious worship. Check our Ninh Binh tour packages.
Enjoy the diverse and spectacular scenery
Ninh Binh province has plenty of places to explore that are well appreciated for offering spectacular scenery, such as the Van Long Nature Reserves, Trang An Grottoes, Cuc Phuong National Park and Tam Coc.
Beyond the natural scenery, there are several attractions for the tourists on the Vietnam holiday interested in culture and history. For instance, the Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital are very interesting to explore for all tourists.
One of the most favoured tourist attractions is Tam Coc and exploring the river and local landscape by boat - it is only about 7 km from the centre of Ninh Binh town. Also, there are plenty of historic sties and limestone caves to stop and visit on the travels.
Try the local Ninh Binh cuisine
Beyond the fascinating scenery in Ninh Binh, a further great reason to include this part of northern Vietnam on the travel itinerary is the speciality local dishes. A few of the popular Ninh Binh dishes to taste on the Vietnam travel packages include eel vermicelli, perch sour soup, Yen Mac fermented pork roll, rare goat meat, mountainous snails, nhech fish salad Kim Son and rice crust.
A visit to Ninh Binh can make a very authentic excursion with the ability to interact with the friendly local people. There are plenty of ways to meet the locals in Ninh Binh, such as visiting a local village, taking a boat tour or simply walking on the streets. For instance, a boat tour to Tam Coc will include a local lady for rowing the boat that is friendly and will be happy to talk about the Vietnamese habits, culture and history.
Also, for the most authentic time in Ninh Binh, it is worth visiting several of the local villages where it is possible to see the people go about their every everyday lives. Many of the villages still make use of traditional techniques when making their handicrafts which can be seen when exploring by foot.
For the travellers in search of a destination that offers great tourism and a truly authentic experience on the Vietnam family holiday, a Ninh Binh tour is certain to be a very appealing option. Simply booking a tour from Hanoi is a great way to see and appreciate the Vietnamese habits and culture in this region.