June 10, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 13Comment

Just three months ago, I was freezing in my room during the winter, so on the last day of March, three weeks before leaving Vietnam. I decided to go on a tour to Nin Bihn, a trip that I had been desiring to do.  

 

Thanks to Chris for helping me sort things out. Before anything else, he had always been there for me. So was my friend Tish. When I saw their photos from their travels, I knew I wanted to go with them!

I sought the help of our travel agent, Kim, whom we trusted with our trips in Vietnam. She also arranged our cruise in Halong last year.

 

Anyway, my day tour to Ninh Bihn went like this.

 

The pick-up from Kim’s agency, which was located at (address), or from anywhere in the Old Quarter was at 8:30 am.

 

Like in most tours, a guide briefed us about everything we needed to know about the trip including some ground rules. There were at least 20 people who joined the tour.

The bus trip was 3 hours with one pit stop for some snacks and bathroom break. Friendly tip: Bring your own snacks, water, and coffee. Prices at the pit stop are way too high. A cup of instant coffee costs 40,000 Vietnamese dollars (US$1.75).

 

Hoa Lu Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties

We learned about the temples’ rich history. We found smaller temples inside where we got to take some photos while strolling around. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about the temples’ story, as I was so engrossed in taking photos and studying closely the structure that I forgot to listen to the guide.

We spent 40 minutes inside.

The second stop- Lunch buffet 

It was a lunch buffet, which was part of the package. To my surprise, scores of tourists stormed the restaurant. Apparently, all of them booked the tour and would be sharing the same lunch with us.

Luckily, there was an abundance of Vietnamese food! There were different dishes of chicken, tofu, and pork. There were also fruits.

 

One downside, though, was drinks were excluded and we had to pay twice the price if we wanted to order some.

 

The third stop— Boating  

If you’re fond of watching travel videos, you might be familiar with this exciting activity: boating using your feet.

In Tam Coc, boatmen and boatwomen use their feet to row the boat while tourists enjoy beautiful and stunning landscapes. Tam Coc is one of the most visited provinces in Vietnam.

A day trip in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Friendly tip: Give $2 to $3 tip to the boatmen.  We gave $3. I got a bit annoyed, though, because she was asking for more!

 

The last one – Biking

Biking is tourist friendly, although it was only one round by the rice fields. The landscape was breathtaking. There was fresh air that was so relaxing. It’s way different from the city.

At 5:30 pm, we went back to the bus and prepared to go back to the city. 

 

Overall…

It was indeed an exhausting but fun trip! We arrived in Hanoi at 7:30 pm and ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in the Old Quarter. I was sat with 3 people I met on the tour. 

On the other hand, you might be asking, is it possible to do it yourself in Ninh Bihn? My answer is YES. But how? 

Just take a bus from Hanoi to Ninh Bihn and they’ll drop you off in the town.  From there, you can rent a motorbike for a day. You may do during the day or stay overnight.

 

There are many activities in the beautiful province. Select your best option. It’s all up to you.

 

Take note that most agencies’ packages don’t include drinks. Entrance fees and tickets are all included though.

Special thanks to @kim agency for this tour. I highly recommend it if you also want to go on a trip anywhere in Vietnam! She’s specializing in all kinds of tour! 

 

Disclaimer: Kim Agency did not sponsor my trip to Ninh Bihn. This is my honest review and appreciation for designing all my/our trips!

 

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A day trip in Ninh Binh, Vietnam