Ninh Binh is the capital of the Ninh Binh Province and a great place for exploring the limestone scenery of Vietnam. Though not a famous tourist destination, there are several beautiful places surrounding Ninh Binh that are worth visiting. The city itself is quite compact and the best way to see it is by walking around. Tam Coc about 9Km from Ninh Binh is a beautiful site, visitors should hire a boat to explore the limestone cliffs and the waterways.
The Trang An Grottoes also features scenery similar to Tam Cocbut has several caves that need to be passed. A little further from Ninh Binh is the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, which was the royal city, established in the 10th century; today visitors can see the remains of this ancient royal city. From the Ma Yen visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the entire area. Visitors can climb 500 steps to reach the summit of the mountain.
When it comes to shopping Ninh Binh does not offer many options. Visitors can find some good souvenir shops and handicraft shops along the streets in the city.
The nearest airport to Ninh Binh is the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. The airport is about 2 hours from Ninh Binh and taxis are easily available from the airport. A one-way trip from the airport to Ninh Binh by taxi costs around USD 68. Buses are also available from the Hanoi bus terminal to Ninh Binh; a ticket on the bus costs around 70,000 Dong.
There are no halal restaurants in Ninh Binh. There are a few seafood restaurants in the city where visitors can dine.
There are no mosques in Ninh Binh.