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About Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh was originally Vietnam’s ancient royal capital, with most of its buildings credited to King Le Dai Hanh of the tenth century dynasty. The city itself is a fairly uneventful place, but it is surrounded by stunning scenery - lush, green paddy fields and striking limestone outcrops. The best places to stay in Ninh Binh are ideal bases for exploring this beautiful landscape.

Many Vietnamese flock to nearby sights, including the nation’s biggest pagoda and the Unesco World Heritage-listed Trang An grottoes. The region is less popular with Western tourists.

The ideal way to experience the area is by boat. Cruising the waterways in a traditional wooden rowing boat will give you the best views and easiest access to the grottoes. Don’t expect to have the river to yourself though, as this is a seriously popular activity among the Vietnamese tourists.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Ninh Binh is a luxurious resort offering the best of traditional Vietnamese design complemented with 21st century mod cons.

  • The Emerelda Resort is located on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve and gives guests a really great feel for the beautiful Northern Vietnamese countryside. It's exceptional value for money and a great family option too with onsite kids club and much more.

Still not sure? Browse our list of the best places to stay in Ninh Binh, expand your search to all our Vietnam recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Ninh Binh

  • Emerelda Resort 172 rooms from $120

    Ninh Binh (Gia Van Commune)

    Styled with traditional Vietnamese furnishings combined with 21st century facilities, the Resort prides itself on its sustainability, commitment to the environment and organic menu. Rooms are spacious with mountain views. Asian and Western dishes are served in a choice of restaurants.

    Value chic  -  Such levels of luxury are rarely found at such a price
    Sights nearby  -  Half an hours drive away you'll find magnificent Tam Coc-Bich Dong caves.
    Great walks  -  The property has extensive landscaped gardens.
    Swimming Pool  -  A choice of one indoor and two outdoor pools.
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  • Tam Coc Garden 16 rooms from $150

    Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu District)

    At Tam Coc Garden, guests are charmed by its slow pace and simple approach to luxury. Thoughtful touches – like the free bicycles and maps – ensure this lovingly tended boutique hotel stands out from the crowd.

    Hideaway  -  Surrounded by striking limestone cliffs jutting out of rice paddies and not a house in sight.
    Fishing  -  Spend a tranquil afternoon fishing using a traditional bamboo rod.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Vietnamese cooking with the hotel's chef.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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