Visit Tam Coc early in the morning , then all of the temples ,Get Kim Lien to arrange her brother to take you around on his motorbike , he will show you the beautiful back roads , especially in to Hua Lu , wow! The turtle centre and primate centre at Coc Phuoc is doing good work and needs support , but Its not much for sightseeing , go to a zoo to see monkeys and turtles .
We loved Ninh Binh there is a great family run restaurant near the train station called Trung Tuyet we ate there all the time the food is fantastic and very cheap and the family are lovely the morning we left they gave as a pack of biscuits and some bananas for the train ride to our next stop it was very nice of them
It is really just a big dusty city,with very little to see, but if you stay on the other side of the river it is much prettier with views of the mountains, and you are minutes away from the locals, markets and great bycicle rides
Tam Coc (7 km fom Ninh Binh was pretty and a worthwhile place to visit. It is very touristy so be prepared for a few traps - Boxes of handicrafts on boats, photograph sellers and selling inflated price drinks for boatmen.
But that shouldn't put you off. There are a few other sites around the area including a monastery.
This is the city if you wanna learn about the history of vn,they also have a lots of caves in the tourist area,the name of it is trang an most ofthem very beautyful
Not much to do in the city except for finding street side eateries. You can see all the major sights in one full day so 2 nights in the area was perfect.
Explore with motorbike it is the only way to experience the culture!
Interesting stop over but very spread out and not much to see, It is a working city. Pretty extensive markets but people are a bit wary of the tourist.
So make up your mind how much you want to pay and be done with it. I bought a pair of shoes that stall holder was indicating I was being far to cheap and walked around the corner and bought the same shoes for less with no haggling.Some see tourist as a big $ sign.
I have to say that we spected something else. The city has nothing to see and the surroundings are ok, but can't be compare with Yangshou as they do.
I don't know when the ricefields are green to enjoy the village as they show on the pictures although going on a boat around the river is still nice.
Very quiet. The few bars and restaurants seemed to close at around 8.30 to 9.30pm. A good base for sight seeing in the area but too quiet for me.
Ninh Binh is not use to non Vietnamese speaking tourist. There is really not much to see or do in the evening after we have been out on tours.
We could not get a massage and walked everywhere to find a decent place to eat. When we did, our steam chicken came, dry bony with feathers attached. Fish was good. HOt tea without sugar is hard to find. Finally we drank local tea which tasted like the water we boiled our vegetable in!
We were staying in Tam Coc so did not see much from Ninh Binh itself, but in the area around Ninh Binh there are many things worth visiting
A nice place to relax, take a boat and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Friendly people, cheap and super-delicious food and wine.
Nice area for sightseeing within close proximity to Ha Noi city (2hrs drive). Famous for boat trip to Tam Coc/Bich Dong and Trang An.
Would be best visited before the harvest season when rice fields are in yellow color.
The local market of Ninh Binh city is very authentic, a real Vietnamese market. You even get frest dog meat and other delicatessen.
Though the speciality of the region ist goat meat, which is very tasty.
The town itself is only a jumping off point to see the attractions of the area, other than that there is little to do in the town.
Get awây from the búsy main road and you will find lót òf interésting streets to experience. The markets are dơưn by the river.
There are really beautiful clothes for sale and also fabrics.
We really enjoyed getting away from the crazy activity of the big cities to enjoy the peace and scenery of the countryside.
It is worth the time to experience the way of life in Ninh Binh. Be sure to take the boat ride at the Van Long Land Preservation area, and walk to the top of the largest pagoda in Indochina.
Come here for the natural scenary and nothing else. There are limited restaurants nearby and little to do other wise.
Good city as a stop over. Worth renting a motorbike and driving around the place. Pollution levee extremely high.
there is place called Thung Nham resort where you can see the birds, not very far from the center, near Tam Coc.
Very quiet, apart from city area, but that has nothing to offer, just go for fantastic countryside and caves
You have to visit Trang An grotto and the pagoda at Tam Coc Bich Dong. In the evening you can enjoy Van Long.
All of the place are wonderful.
The city itself has nothing to offer travellers, but it is a good location for sightseeing of nearby places.
A quiet city where it appears not much happens, it is a good base to explore the surrounding countryside