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.
JenniferMarch 26, 2019 at 8:21 am
It looks lovely there!!
EllieMarch 26, 2019 at 9:44 am
OMG wow this looks absolutely incredible
Rowena @ rolala lovesMarch 26, 2019 at 10:55 am
Ninh Binh looks absolutely gorgeous! You should definitely go back!
jade bevanMarch 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm
omg I need to go here! looks amazing
yukaMarch 26, 2019 at 1:37 pm
It’s so scenic there! absolutely breathtaking!
NicoleMarch 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm
Wow this is so beautiful! You took really amazing pictures!
Have a wonderful week! Xo
JacobMarch 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm
Honestly, I feel in love with this place, the calmness and how nature looks so wonderful. I can’t deal
Gemma Etc.March 27, 2019 at 1:01 am
Wow it looks like such a beautiful place, so calm and scenic xx
NinaMarch 27, 2019 at 6:29 am
Such beautiful photos!
Atsuna MatsuiMarch 27, 2019 at 8:30 am
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. 🙂
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Ivana SplitMarch 27, 2019 at 9:14 am
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.
AshleyMarch 27, 2019 at 9:53 am
What a serene place- it looks so peaceful!
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Silvia RodríguezMarch 27, 2019 at 2:18 pm
What a wonderful place!
SundayDahliasMarch 27, 2019 at 2:29 pm
I can feel how serene and peaceful it is just by looking at your photos! Thank you for sharing them?
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LaurenMarch 27, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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!
janeMarch 28, 2019 at 1:00 am
Wow this place looks peaceful
Love the view.
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Amy AedMarch 28, 2019 at 1:05 am
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 🙂
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Lisa AutumnMarch 28, 2019 at 6:46 am
Oh what a gorgeous place!
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GemmaMarch 28, 2019 at 6:58 am
Looks amazing there! Loved your photos.
Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomMarch 28, 2019 at 11:13 am
What a magical place. I love the rolling hills?? err.. mountains? So breathtaking!
Julie | This Main Line LifeMarch 28, 2019 at 11:43 am
Those mountains look amazing, so dramatic. It must have been so beautiful going down the river.
EmilyMarch 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm
Wow this looks like the most incredible trip! I definitely need to go here!
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JessicaMarch 29, 2019 at 12:45 am
What a majestic sight. Great photos dear. Thanks for sharing!
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heather noireMarch 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm
I love the look of this place. It has such a nice feel and I bet its peaceful and fun 🙂
DanielMarch 30, 2019 at 8:56 am
Love those pictures! Amazingly captured!
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Andrew FoxMarch 30, 2019 at 11:38 am
The Images you have added are so beautiful.I am think to go somewhere over to the hills with the family.
Andrew FoxMarch 30, 2019 at 11:40 am
There was some typo error.Pardon!!
ZoëMarch 31, 2019 at 9:43 am
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
MercyMarch 31, 2019 at 11:26 pm
Such an interesting place. I haven’t seen something like this, a river in between rice fields. That’s one awesome adventure you had.
sonia // daring cocoApril 1, 2019 at 3:32 am
What a stunning place. I would love to see this, Vietnam has been on my bucketlist for years now.
Audrey | Brunch at Audrey'sApril 3, 2019 at 1:30 am
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
AshaApril 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm
This looks dreamy! I’m so amazed!
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GabrielleApril 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm
Oh wow, your travel photography is an absolute treat! It really does feel as though I’m there just by looking through the screen 🙂
Gemma Etc.April 5, 2019 at 4:21 am
Wow what a beautiful place. I so want to visit Vietnam, it looks like an incredible country xx
AnoukApril 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm
The views are stunning! Everything looks so green and peaceful.
GemmaAugust 5, 2019 at 5:33 am
Looks great! Thanks for sharing this.