Ninh Binh – Trang An – Tam Coc

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Ninh Binh is a good base for exploring quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery. Including the nation’s biggest pagoda and the Unesco World Heritage-listed Trang An grottoes.

Sleeping :

  • Mua Cave Ecolodge, Khe Ha village, Hoa Lu district (s/d/500,000/750,000 VND)
  • Limestone View Homestay, Xuan Thanh street, Xuan Ang village, Hoa Luu district (s/d/40/57$)
  • Thanh Thuy’s Guest house, 53 Le Hong Phong street (dm/r/6$/12-30$).

Eating & Drinking :

  • The local speciality is de (goat meat), served with fresh herbs and rice paper.
  • Trung Tuyet, 14 Hoang Hoa Tham street (meals :40,000 – 75,000 VND)
  • Chookie’s, 17 Luong Van Tuy street (meals :30,000-70,000 VND)
  • Snail Restaurants(meals : 30,000-60,000 VND)
  • Cho Bop market : fresh fruit
  • Bia hoi.

Getting there & Away :

  • Bus : Ninh Binh’s bus station, Le Dai Hanh street.
  • Train : the train station, 1 Hoang Hoa Tham street.

Sights & Activities :

  • Tam Coc : With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies.
  • Bich Dong Pagoda : This charming cluster of cave temples is a couple of kilometres north of Tam Coc.
  • Van Lan : Near the entrance to Tam Coc, Van Lan is famous for its embroidery.
  • Mua Cave :(admission 30,000VND). Down a sleepy road between rice paddies.
  • Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh (AD 968-80) and early Le(AD 980-1009).
  • Chua Bai Dinh is hugely popular with Vietnamese tourists.
  • Kenh Ga ( Chicken Canal) is named after the wild chickens that used to live here.
  • Trang An Grottoes offers a similar experience to Tam Coc, though it is very commercial.
  • Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong spans two limestone mountain ranges and three provinces.

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