Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a small city located about one and a half hours southeast of Hanoi. My dad told me about this place and when I looked up photos of the area, I knew we had to visit. It’s a gorgeous, mountainous area with huge rice fields and a lot of history. I wish we had time to spend the night, but our itinerary was pretty tight, so we did a day trip from Hanoi.

To get here, we booked a trip with OneTrip Vietnam. I’ve spent a lot of time watching videos on Best Ever Food Review Show and the company basically sponsors every single video. I’ve also seen people mention them on Reddit every now and then, so I was really excited to see what the tour was like. We got a private tour for our group and it ended up costing about $70/person.

They picked us up at our hotel and shortly after, we stopped by a place to get bun cha for breakfast. I forgot to take a picture of breakfast, but it was the best bun cha we had on the entire trip. The meat was freshly grilled, flavorful, and so juicy. I’m drooling just thinking about it 🤤

Afterward, we began our ride to Ninh Binh. The first place we arrived was at Hoa Lu Temple. Here, our guide May, told us about the history of the dynasties in Vietnam. It was really interesting for me because I’ve always found it so hard to find information about Vietnam’s history in English that wasn’t related to the war.

Next, we stopped by a homestay and rented a bike to ride around the fields.

It was gorgeous and such a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.

We also got to take a boat ride and take some amazing photos of where the most recent King Kong movie was shot.

I think our one day trip was too short since there were a few other sites we wanted to visit, but didn’t have time to. I’m planning to come back in the future.

Would I recommend OneTrip? Absolutely! The entire group had such a good time and May was so friendly and understanding. Three of the people in our group wasn’t feeling well since they were recovering from food poisoning and she kept checking up on them. She did everything to make us feel comfortable and she was really attentive. I was really impressed by all the information she shared too. I would definitely recommend booking a trip with OneTrip in the future if you visit Vietnam. I heard they might also be expanding to other countries, so that’s something to keep an eye out for.

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  1. Jennifer wrote:

    It looks lovely there!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  2. Ellie wrote:

    OMG wow this looks absolutely incredible

    Ellie x

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  3. Ninh Binh looks absolutely gorgeous! You should definitely go back!

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  4. jade bevan wrote:

    omg I need to go here! looks amazing


    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  5. yuka wrote:

    It’s so scenic there! absolutely breathtaking!

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  6. Nicole wrote:

    Wow this is so beautiful! You took really amazing pictures!

    Have a wonderful week! Xo

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  7. Jacob wrote:

    Honestly, I feel in love with this place, the calmness and how nature looks so wonderful. I can’t deal
    New post

    Posted 3.26.19 Reply
  8. Gemma Etc. wrote:

    Wow it looks like such a beautiful place, so calm and scenic xx

    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  9. Nina wrote:
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  10. These photos in VIetnam are stunning!! Vietnam is DEFINITELY on my bucket list on places to check out and I will definitely need to bookmark Ninh Binh as well now. 🙂


    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  11. What an incredible scenery. The nature there is really beautiful. I can see why Ninh Binh is a must visit. seems like the tour you booked was a great one! Great to know that the breakfast was yummy. The boat ride there must have been a lovely experience, considering how beautiful this area is.

    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  12. Ashley wrote:

    What a serene place- it looks so peaceful!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  13. I can feel how serene and peaceful it is just by looking at your photos! Thank you for sharing them💛

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  15. Lauren wrote:

    Wow, this looks such an amazing trip, and I’m definitely adding Ninh Binh to my travel bucket list! I also love King Kong, so that’s super cool!


    Posted 3.27.19 Reply
  16. jane wrote:

    Wow this place looks peaceful
    Love the view.

    Much Love,

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  17. Amy Aed wrote:

    Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous place. It looks like the sort of place I’d go to to have a detox from social media and the internet – and your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

    Have a great week 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  18. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh what a gorgeous place!

    x Lisa |

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  19. Gemma wrote:

    Looks amazing there! Loved your photos.

    Gemma x

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  20. What a magical place. I love the rolling hills?? err.. mountains? So breathtaking!


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  21. Those mountains look amazing, so dramatic. It must have been so beautiful going down the river.

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  22. Emily wrote:

    Wow this looks like the most incredible trip! I definitely need to go here!

    -Emily |

    Posted 3.28.19 Reply
  23. Jessica wrote:

    What a majestic sight. Great photos dear. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica |

    Posted 3.29.19 Reply
  24. I love the look of this place. It has such a nice feel and I bet its peaceful and fun 🙂

    Posted 3.29.19 Reply
  25. Daniel wrote:

    Love those pictures! Amazingly captured!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  26. Andrew Fox wrote:

    The Images you have added are so beautiful.I am think to go somewhere over to the hills with the family.

    Many Thanks!!

    Posted 3.30.19 Reply
  27. Andrew Fox wrote:


    There was some typo error.Pardon!!

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  28. Zoë wrote:

    Omg Ninh binh looks absolutely stunning!! Im never thought of visiting Vietnam, but after seeing these photographs I think I might just need to!! Im so glad you had such a wonderful time! xx

    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  29. Mercy wrote:

    Such an interesting place. I haven’t seen something like this, a river in between rice fields. That’s one awesome adventure you had.

    Posted 3.31.19 Reply
  30. What a stunning place. I would love to see this, Vietnam has been on my bucketlist for years now.


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  31. Admittedly, I don’t know anything about Vietnamese history, and I haven’t thought about how hard it is to learn about its history in English besides the war. The tour with OneTrip Vietnam seems like a great way to catch up on that history! The hills are unreaaaal -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 4.3.19 Reply
  32. Asha wrote:

    This looks dreamy! I’m so amazed!

    Age Of Youth

    Asha 🙂

    Posted 4.3.19 Reply
  33. Gabrielle wrote:

    Oh wow, your travel photography is an absolute treat! It really does feel as though I’m there just by looking through the screen 🙂 x

    Posted 4.4.19 Reply
  34. Gemma Etc. wrote:

    Wow what a beautiful place. I so want to visit Vietnam, it looks like an incredible country xx

    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
  35. If you wish to experience true life in the asian countryside, a trip to Ninh Binh is highly recommended

    Posted 4.8.19 Reply
  36. Anouk wrote:

    The views are stunning! Everything looks so green and peaceful.


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  37. Paradigm wrote:

    The South East Asian region has become increasingly popular as a destination for those travelers seeking a more adventurous holiday than can be had merely sipping fruity, ice-cold drinks at your typical beach resort.

    Posted 4.16.19 Reply


  • My external hard drive glitched and it deleted all of my photos from Vietnam that were taken on my Sony 😭. Fortunately, I still have some photos I took on my phone, including this one of me looking smug a f in Nình Bình. Btw, I immediately ordered a Samsung SSD external hard drive to make sure this doesn’t happen again with other data in the future. (If anyone else has any recommendations for a SSD hard drive, let me know!)
  • the place is called nonono, but my taste buds go yesyesyes
  • Vacation is over but I can’t stop thinking about our last meal in Vietnam. Juicy xíu mại, flavorful coconut fried rice, crispy bánh xèo, and nước mắm so good, I wanted to drink it (is that weird?) 🤤
  • Taking a breather after climbing so many stairs 😤
  • Shoutout to this v cute vending machine with a camera that estimated my age to be 37 (I’m not 37)
  • I’ve always wanted to come here after seeing how much the place resembles the town in Spirited Away and it seems a lot of other people had the same idea because it was super crowded 😅