The Halong bay on land?

With a title like that, we suspected it might invite scepticism. Afterall, what does it all mean? You know the karst limestone hills that dot the bay. And if you don’t, go look it up. Some say it is gorgeous, others say it’s scenic. But that’s the bay. Is there an equivalent on land in Vietnam?

If you ask us, perhaps the scenic views at Ninh Binh could be the reason for answering a yes to the question.

For we spent a good 4 days in them. Not all of it in the mountains, but enough to tell you that it is one place to consider. For not only are there resorts offering you creature comforts but also the views. Just don’t expect a vibrant night life though.

Our days there were relaxing yet full of discovery. For in Ninh Binh time slows down as you are paddled down waterways watching goats forage, padi snails being picked and ducks playfully swim by. We hope it does not change too much and become crowded, because it would all be such a waste to lose the tranquility.

Have you ventured out of Hanoi? If you read our handprint story would it inspire you to make a journey to Ninh Binh?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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