Ninh Binh


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About Ninh Binh

A small city in northern Vietnam’s Red River Delta, Ninh Binh has a fascinating history as an ancient royal capital. Now attracting heritage enthusiasts as well as keen outdoorsy explorers, it’s a wonderful destination for off-the-beaten-track holidays. Charming, secluded and stylish, our pick of the best places to stay in Ninh Binh promises a very special stay for guests of all ages — and a whole range of budgets!

If you’re interested in Vietnam’s rich cultural past, you’ll find an almost endless array of intriguing temples to discover in the Ninh Binh region. Set within leafy jungles or amidst craggy limestone formations, these ancient sites of worship hint at the area’s past significance — and are increasinly popular with Vietnamese visitors from across the country. The UNESCO-listed Trang An Grottoes are marvellous, as are the Mua Caves. Inhale fragrant incense at the Bich Dong Pagoda, step into the imposing Phat Diem Cathedral or take to the verdant waterways of the Red River Delta to reach the remains of the Hoa Lu temples, which date back to the Dinh and Le dynasties.

Hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and kayakers will adore the Cuc Phuong National Park — the oldest in Vietnam — and the Van Long Nature Reserve, which abounds with rare birds. Take a knowledgeable naturalist with you to really delve into the flora and fauna of the region. The Ninh Binh Bear Sanctuary is another highlight, rescuing bears since 2017. Speak to the team at your choice of the best places to stay in Ninh Binh for their top recommendations.

The Best Places to Stay in Ninh Binh

For Families

  • Emeralda Resort fuses traditional Vietnamese architecture with 21st-century amenities in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve. Families will adore the large suites, the kids' club, babysitting services and array of nature-focused activities. You can also unwind at the spa after big days out!

For Romantic Luxury

  • Tam Coc Garden Resort has just 16 indulgent suites and heritage houses within gorgeous gardens. Striking and secluded, this romantic escape has a strong eco and wellness focus, with a superb spa, community connections and fabulous cuisine using garden-grown produce and fresh fish or prawns from the river. A soulful hideaway for those looking to slow down.


  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or villa we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, and travel south-west to Ninh Binh by road or rail in just two hours. Speak to your hotel in advance about arranging an airport transfer.
  • If you're comfortable driving in Asia, contact our partner Rentalcars to hire a car.
  • Expect daytime temperatures of 25–32°C during the dry season, which runs from October to March. April to September are the rainiest months, popular with nature enthusiasts but potentially difficult for hiking as paths tend to be slippery when wet.



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Best Hotels in Ninh Binh

  • Lalita Boutique Hotel & Spa Ninh Binh (Vietnam) from £33

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fascinatng Bai DInh Pagoda, the Tran An Cave Complex and the Mau Caves for an insight into Vietnam's rich history
    Romantic Break  -  Couples will appreciate the indulgent suites with private balconies & sink-into tubs, as well as the soothing spa
    City Style  -  A chic city hotel with smart rooms & suites, dark blue velvet upholstery and four-poster beds
    Local markets  -  Rise early to join eager shoppers at Ninh Binh Market, where you'll find fresh local produce from the Red River Delta
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    A chic little boutique hotel with airy spaces clad in dark polished wood & blue velvet upholstery, perfect for well-heeled explorers. Kick back in generous suites with four-posters, balconies & bathtubs, heading up to the pool & bar for marvellous views after spa afternoons. A very stylish pad. See More

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  • Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh (Ninh Binh, Vietnam) 172 rooms from £92

    Families  -  Families will love the kids' club, babysitting services & generous suites - as well as the soothing spa
    Cycling  -  Hire bicycles from the resort and explore the stunning countryside on two wheels as a family
    Trekking  -  Explore the unspoilt forests of the Van Long Nature Reserve on adventurous guided treks
    Value chic  -  A wonderfully indulgent resort with very reasonable rates for travellers of all ages
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    Styled with traditional Vietnamese furnishings and 21st-century facilities, this charming resort prides itself on its sustainability, commitment to the environment & organic menu. Asian & Western dishes are served in a choice of restaurants. Spacious rooms boast striking mountain views. See More

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  • Tam Coc Garden Resort Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu District, Vietnam) 16 rooms from £172

    Eco break  -  A strong focus on sustainability extends to organic farming, supporting local crafts & engaging with the community
    Other Activities  -  Meander along the river & through ancient caves in a traditional sampan with a delicious homemade picnic
    Hideaway  -  A beautiful hideaway for romantics, wellness enthusiasts and nature lovers looking to unwind in bliss
    Cooking classes  -  Catch prawns in the river & gather garden-grown produce for delicious Vietnamese cooking classes
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    A luxurious hideaway promising a soulful immersion in nature. Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of long soaks in big bathtubs, fabulous Vietnamese cuisine and magical views over the mountains from charming heritage houses. Utterly enchanting and perfect for romantic escapes. See More

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