There are several things to do in Ninh Binh during your trip. But where do you start?
Take a boat trip in Trang An
Trang An is the top attraction in Ninh Binh which you must never miss! And one of the notable things to do in Ninh Binh is paddleboat tour in Trang An.
Trang An is a vast ecotourism zone with a series of limestone cliffs and karst caves – a biology and geography haven. Plus it is just around 7 kilometers from the town of Ninh Binh!
Thus, there are plenty in store for your eyes to see in Trang An during a relaxing boat ride that can last for 2 hours. You will paddle through lush greens covering several karst, temples and the well-known grottoes.
Aside from this, Trang An is surrounded by other notable scenes such as the Sao Khe River.
Taste some local specialities
Like other cities in Vietnam, Ninh Binh has a set of mouthwatering delicacies to offer. Some of the notable dishes in the city are cơm cháy and dê tái chanh.
Cơm cháy is considered the most famous across Ninh Binh. It is made up of burnt rice sprinkled with pork floss and scallion oil.
On the other hand, Dê tái chanh is a popular meat dish made from goats and cured in lemon juice spiced up with chillies, lime leaves and topped with sesame seeds.
For an authentic breakfast experience, try a plate of bánh cuốn fresh rice paper rolls stuffed with diced pork and mushroom.
It is best paired with mint and a mild fish sauce.
Visit Kong: Skull Island Movie Set and Tribal Village
Known to be the filming location of a Hollywood blockbuster. Experience the Skull Island alternate universe in real life as you visit the place.
The tribal village features rattan huts and tribal people have decorative items like how it is in the film.
You’ll also find replicas of the ship and the airplane from the movie. Even the villagers are used to role-playing some of the scenes from the movie. They are also happy to take selfies with you should you wish to!
The village aesthetics create the best backdrop to produce Instagrammable photos.
Shop at Van Lam
A small village near Tam Coc, Van Lam is known for its handicrafts. However, what makes the village more special are the embroideries local villagers produce.
Other notable products that can be found here are napkins, pillowcases, tablecloths and even t-shirts which you can surely bring home as souvenirs.
Note that asking for discounts in Vietnam is generally acceptable!
Take a bicycle tour
One of the best things to do in Ninh Binh is to hop on a bicycle while exploring. Generally, the land in Ninh Binh is flat which will make your ride smooth.
It is also easy to rent a bike and go see other places in the town. Most of the guesthouses in Ninh Binh offer free bicycles for guests.
Or hire a dedicated tour guide that will lead the way to the best attractions in the area.