Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is always buzzing with activity, from the early hours of the morning till the late hours of the night, but if you step just a little farther from this South East Asian capital, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Ninh Binh, which has endearingly dubbed ‘Inland Halong Bay.’ Here are some reasons why you should visit this province located just and hour and a half away from Hanoi:

Boat cave tours

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If you love landscapes such as the picture above, you will love visiting the boat caves such as Trang An or Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Sit on a small boat peddled by a boat lady as you move along the river through caves, paddy fields and limestone formations.

The ancient capital, Hoa Lu

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Once the great capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century, Hoa Lu is filled with amazing monuments and temples that were part of the ‘city’ back in the day. A perfect place for the history geek who loves to explore.

Hang Mua

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If you love views from great heights, Hang Mua, or Mua Mountain is just the thing for you! It’s a bit of a climb up the 500 steps or so but don’t forget to look back every now and then to be amazed with the incredible view of the limestone hills and paddy fields. A little tiring but well worth the climb!

Cuc Phuong National Park

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Take a walk on the wild side and head to Cuc Phuong, the largest national park in Vietnam which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna, such as the endangered langurs. Visit the endangered primate rehabilitation centre there as well as a 7,000 year old cave!


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