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.
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.