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Top Things to do in Ninh Binh

With many of Ninh Binh’s major attractions sitting quite some distance away from each other, a few days or longer are recommended to make the most of this interesting part of Vietnam.

Some of the most popular attractions in and around Ninh Binh include:

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1. Tam Coc
This is a hugely popular area, also often called the Three Grottoes. A rural area, it is unique and dramatic, with spectacular limestone karsts rising from the lush green rice paddies. You can take a boat ride through the waterways, passing through three fascinating caves. The local village is interesting, with several shops, and you will pass a number of small temples on your journey. There is a large temple, Bich Dong , which is home to a collection of ornate pagodas, all sitting against a wild mountain backdrop. This is definitely a highlight when visiting Ninh Binh.

2. Hoa Lu
This was briefly a capital of Vietnam in the past, and there are beautiful ancient temples within a scenic and naturally protected valley. It is a great spot to combine history, culture, and nature.

3. Phat Diem
The complex is home to a wonderful fusion of architectural styles, with Asian and European influences clearly visible. Outside of the main part of Ninh Binh, the drive will lead you past several churches and Christian tombs. The large cathedral is really impressive, with a big statue of Jesus Christ, imposing gates, bursts of colour, and a number of chapels.

4. Mua Caves
Whilst the caves themselves are fairly ordinary, the view from the top is what makes this place so special. You must climb several hundred steps to reach the top, but the scenic views out over the countryside and farming areas are well worth the walk.
Pay a visit to the surrounding villages and countryside where you will see people working the land as in times gone by, with no electrical equipment to assist - only manpower and animals. You can arrange a trip to these villages, where you may even be able to help with the heavy work in the fields.

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5. Primate Centre
In the Cuc Phuong National Park, this centre works with endangered primates, seeking to breed endangered animals for release into the wild. It is hoped that numbers will then start to increase to ensure a long future for the different species. You can see some animals in large, comfortable caged areas, as well as trying to see them in a dense semi-jungle area. The national park itself is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

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