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Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh can boast both the home of the first Vietnamese emperor and magnificent scenery, making it well worth a visit as a scenic break from the hubbub of Hanoi, or a delightful taster of the karst landscapes that await if visited en route to Halong Bay.

Ninh Binh Map

“Ninh Binh is a beautiful and relaxing spot, and very handy for Hanoi - ideal for a couple of days of leisurely cycling or messing about on the river.”

Tom Weston, Director

Two hours to the south of Hanoi lies the scenic region of Ninh Binh, known locally as Dry Halong Bay for the thrusting limestone pinnacles that adorn the landscape. The region is criss-crossed with a network of rivers that run between and, in places, through the karst peaks. One of the most popular activities in the area is to take a gentle sampan ride along one of these rivers, rowed or punted along by one of the local villagers for whom this is welcome additional income to supplement their regular farming livelihood.

Do not be put off by Ninh Binh city, which will be the likely access point to the region, as it is a modern Vietnamese town lying outside the karst region, and not especially attractive. The region is also home to a number of historical sites of interest, including the temple to the first Vietnamese Emperor Ding, and is within easy reach of Cuc Phuong National Park, where great trekking through the dense and ancient jungle is possible.

Recommended Accommodation in Ninh Binh

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Ninh Binh.

Experiences in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of the local culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Ninh Binh

The Climate Guide for Ninh Binh is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 21 22 25 29 32 33 33 32 32 29 26 23
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 15 16 19 22 25 26 26 26 25 23 19 16
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 3 3 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None Low High Very High Extreme Extreme Very High Very High High Low None
Days with some Rainfall 9 10 13 12 14 16 17 18 14 10 6 4
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 26 28 42 92 177 260 274 335 241 137 70 29
UV Index (Maximum) 8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 7