Ninh Binh town is the centre of Ninh Binh Province and is found in the south of the red River Delta region in northern Vietnam. A coastal Province on the Bay of Tonkin, it sits between the Red River and the Ma River. It has a population of 900,000 and a land mass of over 500 square miles. The population is made up of mainly Viet or Kinh people, with 2% being from 23 different ethnic minorities.
It is close to the town that the “Halong Bay on Land”, Tam Coc is found. This spectacular area of limestone karsts and internal waterways is accessible only by boat. The oarsmen and women can just as easily row the boats with their feet as their hands, making for an interesting journey and spectacular photo opportunities.
The nearby, Phat Diem Cathedral is also a very much loved and revered place of interest. Juxtaposing the styles of Vietnamese and European architecture, it was constructed out of wood and stone over a period of 24 years, towards the end of the 19th century. The battle here in 1951 was witnessed by the author Graham Greene and immortalised in his book, The Quiet American. Also within easy travelling distance of each other there is the Trang An Grottoes, Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoa Lu Ancient City, Bich Dong Cathedral and many other excellent destinations. Ninh Binh Province is in some ways one of the best kept secrets in Vietnam tours. [divider]
How to Get There?
Fly The closest Airport is Hanoi. From there there are many alternative modes of transport. Vietnam Airlines Customer Service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Vietjet Customer Service: +84 (0) 1900 1886
Bus There are many buses from Hanoi’s southern bus terminal, they run about every 15 minutes. The journey takes between 90 minutes and two and a half hours.
Train Ninh Binh is a scheduled stop on the Reunification Express, making it a really good method of transport. Be sure to be ready to leave the train, as this is normally a very quick stop.
Taxi It is worth considering a hire taxi particularly if there are four passengers. It is not that expensive and can work out very cheap for a full car. You can hire from either the Airport or the city centre. Buses normally stop on request, Ninh Binh is not a regular stop, but you can just ask the driver. [divider]
Motorbike is the best way; they can be arranged at most hotels and give tourists the freedom to go when and where they choose. Cycling is also becoming increasingly popular. Getting out and about on a bicycle can be extremely rewarding. Ninh Binh Town is extremely small making walking to anywhere within the town a very easy option.