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Ninh Binh – the authentic side of Vietnam
Before planning Ninh Binh itinerary, many people must be wondering Why Ninh Binh? and Is Ninh Binh Really Worth Visiting? Let’s discuss a little bit about these questions first. It’s to make sure that you know the destination well beforehand.
Ninh Binh is nicknamed “Halong Bay on land” and the most rural and authentic side of Vietnam ever you can find. Located about 100km to the South of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is known with charming rivers, vivid rice fields, limestone cliffs emerging from the ground. The scenery here is unaffected by human and very natural, which creates a very serene and laid-back atmosphere. Also, Ninh Binh is not crowded like other destinations, a perfect place to chill and relax.
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The pathway to Bich Dong Pagoda
Unlike Hanoi, Ninh Binh has only 2 main seasons: dry season and wet season. Dry season lasts from November to April. During dry season, the weather is mostly dry and cool. Wet season is from May to October. During this period, the weather is hot and humid and plenty of rainfall.
Additionally, the month of September is especially at risk of typhoons. However, the wet season is a great time to visit since the nature is most beautiful during this time with crystal blue sky and vivid green colour of the rice fields.
Below is the detailed description in each month:
April and May are the early harvest time. This is a great time to appreciate the ripen rice fields.
June gives a perfect opportunity to take the stunning photographs of flowers, especially lotus. June is a blooming month of flowers, especially lotus flower which is Vietnam National Flower. In fact, there’re many places to see beautiful lotus flowers but a great thing about Ninh Binh is the natural and picturesque background that makes the whole scenery more striking and stunning.
September and October are the second harvest time of the year. The scenery of Ninh Binh will be covered by the yellow color of rice fields ready for harvesting. Any travellers that book a boat tour along the Bich Dong River can get to explore the Trang An Landscape Complex – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Tam Coc while being surrounded by the wonderful scenery of yellow rice fields.
Limestones rising from water is the symbol of Ninh Binh
November – a trip to Ninh Binh at the end of November is likely to be relatively low on tourist traffic. It’d be much enjoyable to explore the area without the crowds. However, at this time, the rice has already been harvested, you won’t see the majestic view of yellow rice fields. Apart from this, the whole scenery still peaceful as beautiful as usual; also, and the weather is pleasant, not too hot and not too cold. In the evenings it can get a little chilly.
Is there a time to avoid?
Between December and February, there’re high chances of drizzles and isn’t appropriate for boat rides. It might not be a good idea to travel to Ninh Binh during this period. Also, after the Tet holiday (Vietnamese New Year) is not a good timing due to heavy crowds.
1 – As said, Ninh Binh is a traveler – friendly location. It’s easy to access the area and to go around and explore. Many of the local roads are wide, flat and deserted and it’s really convenient and safe for tourists to go around by motorbikes or bicycles. You can discover this place on tour own without worrying about the safety.
2 – Don’t know where to stay? The advice is stay in or around Tam Coc area since Ninh Binh town is quiet boring and doesn’t really have much going on an. Tam Coc is a tourism spot so it will be much more interesting and things to do around here.
3 – Since there’re not many ATMs in Ninh Binh, especially at tourist attractions, make sure you bring enough money that covers all the whole trip. There’re ATMs in Ninh Binh Town but it’s 7 kilometers away from Tam Coc.
4 – Ninh Binh is an authentic side of Vietnam so that when coming to Ninh Binh, you have to try the most local things here. Instead of going in big restaurants, try to have meals in the small local restaurants or a local homestay. You will likely be served the more appetizing food compared to the restaurants.
5 – The best way to travel to Ninh Binh is to use the private cars or to use the shuttle bus service from Hanoi. Typically, it takes 2 hours moving on the streets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. For the shuttle bus, you have to move to the meeting point which is Giap Bat Station.
6 – Alternative travel options include the routes that run to Ninh Binh from several cities, including Hanoi, Dong Hoi, Danang, and Hue.
7 – A stay of at least one or two nights in Ninh Binh is certain to be worth it. 2 days would be the best to explore the whole area but 1 day is enough to explore the highlights destinations.
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Biking in the quiet roads of Ninh Binh
Below is a sample Ninh Binh Itinerary to Tam Coc Hoa Lu for one day: