Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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What to See

Tam Coc

When to See Tam Coc
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When to See Tam Coc

Small, two-seater boats take you down the Ngo River under a karst mountain range surrounded by rice fields. The two-hour circular route will take you through three different caves. It's a pleasant enough trip but one you will likely be sharing with hundreds of other tourists. Try to go very early in the morning or later in the afternoon if you can. Boats seat only two people and prices vary depending on whether you're going solo (110,000 dong) or with a partner (70,000 dong). If you go to Tam Coc by motorbike, you should be able to find someone in town to take you for 80,000 dong round-trip, meaning they wait the two hours for you to finish the boat trip.

Where to Stay

Train Station

Where to Stay in Ninh Binh
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Where to Stay in Ninh Binh

If you're looking for convenience, consider staying around Hoang Hoa Tham Street, just outside the train station and just a few blocks from the ben xe, or bus station. You'll find several budget options in the neighborhood ranging from $3 for a dorm bed to $8 for a double ensuite. Avoid the Queen Mini Hotel and the pushy owners who run the place if you don't want to be chastised for purchasing bus tickets or anything else elsewhere.

Getting Around

Bus

Doing it Yourself Won't Save You Much Money
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From Hanoi, tour agencies offer transpo to Ninh Binh for as low as 110,000 dong with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. Go for it as you won't save but a dolla or two doing it yourself. If you must catch the local bus, head to Hanoi's South (Giap Bat) Terminal. Some buses leave from Luong Yen but you're better off heading to Giap Bat.