Ninh Binh has the pace of a large country town – a welcome respite if you’ve just escaped the bustle of Hanoi. Apart from the scrum of guesthouse owners greeting the trains, and the charming chorus of ‘Hello, how are you’ from the local children, you’ll largely be left alone as you wander the quiet streets. The surrounding countryside is gorgeous. confirming all the postcard fantasies of what Vietnam has to offer – water buffalos, golden green rice paddies, majestic limestone for mations and more. There are plenty of sights in the vicinity to justify a stay of several days.
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