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The transportation in Ninh Binh

The transportation in Ninh Binh
The transportation in Ninh Binh

On the Government Backpacker bus/coach route, Ninh Binh is the first stop from Hanoi. Not many tend to book to get off here. If you fancy a change and are interested in seeing an old area of ancient earth then this is the stopping point for you. Alternatively, if you wish to exchange ancient culture to current rural living, hire a transportation for US$1 a day and simply take to a road and within a few minutes you are passing wonderful markets and into the fields of the surrounding countryside.

Ninh Binh is 90 kilometres from Hanoi. The transport system is convenient with national highways 1A, 10, 59, 12A, 12B, 12C running across Ninh Binh Province.

train
Train

By Train transportation

Ninh Binh Railway Station is on the North – South Express train route: No 1 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ninh Binh City: Tel 873619.

By Car

If the starting point is Hanoi, visitors to Hanoi Railway Station is located on the way Le Duan to train or to Hanoi Bus South (commonly referred to Giap Bat Bus Station) is located on the road to catch the bus to go Liberation Ninh Binh;guests also can take the open tour departure of tour companies in the area of Hanoi Old Quarter. Besides public transport, visitors can go to Ninh Binh by motorcycle transport, this means visitors both save money, mobility and comfort in traveling. From the city center of Hanoi, along Liberation, through South Bus Station about 3 kilometres from Hanoi, travelers turn left 1 km on the highway Phap Van – Cau Gie and followed by Phu Ly Cau Gie – Ninh Binh.

car
Car

By Bus

Ninh Binh Bus Station: No 207 Le Dai Hanh, Ninh Binh City: Tel 871069.

Distance from Ninh Binh city to touristic site:

  • Tam Coc/Mua cave – from 6-7 kilometres
  • Hoa Lu temple – 12 kilometres
  • Trang An Eco tourism – 10 kilometres
  • Phat Diem cathedral – 30 kilometres
  • Cuc Phuong National park – 65 kilometres
  • Van Long nature reserve – 20 kilometres
  • Kenh Ga floating village – 25 kilometres

Vietnam tips: a first-timer’s guide (P3)

Vietnam tips

4. Keep smiling

Despite the grumbles of many visitors, Vietnamese people are mostly just as friendly as their Southeast Asian counterparts. However, unlike in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos – where local residents are genuinely curious about who you are and where you’ve come from – Vietnamese people tend to ignore lost-looking foreigners unless you actually ask for help. But be assured that if you ask a local a question with a smile, you’ll almost certainly have it answered and the smile returned.

Keep smiling
Keep smiling

5. Motorcycle safely

Clarkson may have done it, but he had a whole production crew and still ended up with a couple of broken ribs. Vietnam is not the place to learn to ride a motorbike. I have rarely been as scared as the moment I had to cross a traffic-light-free four-lane junction where scooters dodged each other by mere inches. The roads are truly terrifying and unfortunately the stories of tourists killed attempting a two-wheeled adventure are all too based in fact.

Motorcycle safely
Motorcycle safely

If you’re determined to get the thrill of a bike, it’s worth looking into the Dalat Easy Rider (dalat-easyrider.com) where an experienced Vietnamese rider will take care of the driving so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region

Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region
Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region

Low-cost tramcar service is provided for visitors to go around Sa Dec flower village to enjoy seeing different kinds of ornamental plants and flowers in full bloom.

Sa Dec flower village

Sa Dec is the biggest flower city in the western region supplying ornamental plants and flowers for Lunar New Year or Tet.

Thanks to a favourable climate and fertile soil together with the great passion of locals for flowers, the trade of growing flowers has strongly developed and turned the village into the largest flower growing area in the south, bringing a great economic benefit to the locals. Each household can earn hundreds of millions of dong from each hecta of flowers.

This year’s Mekong Delta Tourism Week is held by Sa Dec on January 7-14 with a highlight of Tan Quy Dong flower village.

Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region
Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region

Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region

Low-cost tramcar service is provided for visitors to go around Sa Dec flower village to enjoy seeing different kinds of ornamental plants and flowers in full bloom.

A low-cost tramcar service has been provided for visitors to go around the 20ha Sa Dec flower village.

Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region
Tramcar tour around largest flower village in western region

Tourists buy flowers and consult florists about ornamental plant caring techniques and tips to make cut flowers last longer.

Small flower pots. A colourful flower trellis

Bamboo huts for visitors to relax. Daisies are much favoured by customers.

Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi

Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi

The theatre is located at No.1 Trang Tien street on the August Revolution Square, the center of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the Vietnam History Museum.

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About the opera house

The 2,600m2 theatre was designed by two French architects Harlay and Broyer. The construction took place from 1901 to 1911.

It’s a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room.

Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi

There are 3 main parts in this building: the lobby, the main audience room and the mirror room. The main lobby is the first place welcome visitors enter the theatre. It was made with high-quality stone of Italy. All small chandeliers are brass and look luxurious.

Inside the opera house

Inside the opera house are a large stage and a main audience room with a size of 24x24m, with many small rooms for audiences on the central floor.

At the back of the Opera House is a management chamber consisting of 18 make-up rooms, two rooms for voice training, a library and a meeting room.

The Main Audience is paved with high quality tiles and fireproof carpet. Seats are designed in classical French style of the nineteenth century. The mirror room is the ritual room that has welcomed many high-ranking officials.

The Hanoi Opera House is the biggest theatre in Vietnam and speaks volumes as historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under French rule. The interior is even more magnificent than the exterior with many arguing it is aesthetically even more appealing than the Paris Opera House.

Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House – Beautiful old French building in Hanoi

Visitors today will be entertained at this architectural landmark which features a range of events including local Vietnamese opera, traditional folk music, ballets and many international concerts.

Following the end of the August Revolution in 1945, The Hanoi Opera House reverted from entertaining the French elite to becoming the centre of major historical events including the first session of the National Assembly of the Republic. The Hanoi building went into a state of decline prior to being renovated and brought up to date in 1997, which included the installation of state-of-the-art equipment and renewal of some of the interior decorations.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and spa centre, Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort is located in Ninh Binh in the Ninh Binh Region, 700 m from Tam Coc Cave. The hotel has a children’s playground and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

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Overview

Certain rooms feature a private bathroom with a hot tub, while others have bathrobes and slippers. Certain units include a seating area for your convenience. Some units have views of the mountain or city. A flat-screen TV is available.

Bike hire and car hire are available at this hotel and the area is popular for cycling.

Thai Vi Temple is 1.5 km from Ninh Binh Hidden Charm, while Bich Dong Pagoda is 2.7 km from the property.

This property is also rated for the best value in Ninh Binh! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Facilities of Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or Shower
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom
  • Wardrobe/Closet
Pool and wellness
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Pool with view
View
  • City view
Outdoors
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
Pets
  • Pets are not allowed.
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Children’s playground
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Telephone
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Breakfast
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Restaurant
  • More details
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
  • Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.

Parking
  • Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).

Reception services
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Ticket service
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Indoor play area
Cleaning services
  • Daily maid service
  • Ironing service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
Business facilities
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
General
  • Shuttle service (surcharge)
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Car hire
  • Carpeted
  • Safety deposit box
  • Lift
  • Bridal suite
  • Family rooms
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Room service
Languages spoken
  • Vietnamese
  • English

Banh duc in Hanoi

Banh duc in Hanoi
Banh duc in Hanoi

Banh duc restaurant in Hanoi has become familiar to Hanoians for 30 years. Today, this restaurant still attracts both young people and the old people of the previous generation.

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The 30-year-old restaurant of Banh duc in Hanoi

This restaurant is more than 30 years old. In the past, it was located on the sidewalk of Le Ngoc Han street and now in a small valley. In spite of the narrow space, the customers come here at any time of a day.

Mrs Noi said she has started to sell Banh duc since subsidy period. Previously, it was a simple dish of poor people. However, when the economy has more and more developed, her family still keeps the traditional work. It is the good taste of Banh duc that has kept the love of customers in many years.

Banh duc in Hanoi
Banh duc in Hanoi

Banh duc in here is made based on the traditional recipe so it has a special flavor.

The customers coming here not only enjoy Banh duc but also remember a part of poor period in their lives.

The price

The price for a bowl of Banh duc is 15,000VND, quite cheap compared to other current foods.

Banh duc in Hanoi
Banh duc in Hanoi

The customers of this restaurant belong to all classes in the society and all ages. Some people have been the familiar guests of the restaurant since they were children. Nowadays, it attracts many young people to come here in order to enjoy a delicious, cheap and famous dish of Hanoi.

Vietnam tips: a first-timer’s guide (P2)

Vietnam tips
Vietnam tips

2. Know your night buses

Overnight buses are a great way to cover long distances and save on accommodation costs, but make sure you book a top bunk as far as possible from the loo (normally situated near the back). Not to put too fine a point on it, a lot of buses don’t have working bathrooms and the further back you are, the worse the smell gets.

Know your night buses
Know your night buses – Vietnam tips

Also, unless you have an iron bladder, don’t drink more than absolutely necessary, as rest stops seem to be purely at the whim of the driver and are skipped completely if the bus is running late. On one seven-hour bus trip – that ended up being a 16-hour voyage – I was very glad to have followed this tip. Not all of the other passengers had done so – enough said!

3. Avoid nightlife trouble

Vietnam has possibly the cheapest beer in the world but it pays not to overdo it. In Hanoi there is an official curfew on bars and nightclubs, which the police may turn up and enforce unless the owner has paid a suitable ‘fee’.

 Avoid nightlife trouble
Avoid nightlife trouble – Vietnam tips

Hiding in the dark as the club pretends to be closed while a police car drives by can be amusing, but it sucks when half your group gets thrown out by the cops and can’t get back in. Meanwhile, Nha Trang leaves a sorry trail of wallet-lightened backpackers who experienced the not-uncommon misfortune of running into pickpocketing prostitutes – and attendant gangs – on their way home after a night out.

To be continued…

World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam

World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam
World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam

Luxury resorts, hotels and cruise ships are leading choices of Hollywood stars, billionaires and State leaders when they spend holidays in Vietnam.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend (now wife) Priscilla Chan visited Halong Bay and Sapa in December 2011.

They hired kayak to discover Halong Bay by themselves and Halong Phoenix Cruiser to stay overnight on the Bay. In Sapa, they stayed at Topas Ecolodge, around 18km from the centre of Sapa.

Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie

Before their breakup, the Hollywood couple came to Vietnam for several times.

World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam
World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam

They stayed at Six Senses Con Dao Resort & Spa during a visit to Con Dao (Poulor Condor island) in November 2011.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had a short holiday at Ha Long Bay in late 2015. They hired Valentine Premium cruise to discover Ha Long Bay.

US President Barrack Obama

During a two-day stay in Hanoi, the former US president tried Vietnam specialities at a street pub. He stayed at JW Marriott Hotel.

World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam
World celebrities spend holidays in Vietnam

US star movie Anna Friel

US star movie Anna Friel spent holidays in Con Dao in April 2016 with her daughter. She stayed at Six Senses Con Dao resort.

Vietnam tips: a first-timer’s guide (P1)

Be wary of taxi scams
Be wary of taxi scams

Enthralling and enraging in equal amounts, Vietnam’s long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision of Southeast Asia’s past, present and future so stark. At times, this clash can seem so confronting and confusing as to send even experienced travellers fleeing for the nearest luxury hotel. However, like most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out – and in Vietnam just a little preparation will set you up for the trip of a lifetime.

1. Be wary of taxi scams

Be wary of taxi scams
Be wary of taxi scams

For many, motorcycle taxis are the only way to truly see the thronging streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. However, although unlikely, scams can happen and your best protection is a decent knowledge of where you are going and points along the way. If you think you’re going the wrong way, simply tell your driver to pull over and flag down a new bike – those that stop should at least know the English names of the main tourist sights. Also, organise for a hotel pick-up from the airport – scam taxis are rife and, as my quickly lightened wallet can attest, far more expensive and stressful than the $5 you supposedly could save.

To be continued…

6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016

6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016
6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016

Around 6.5 million Vietnamese traveled abroad last year, a rise of 15% over the previous year, and spent around US$7-8 billion, statistics of the Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) showed.

6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016

Around 6.5 million Vietnamese traveled abroad last year, a rise of 15% over the previous year, and spent around US$7-8 billion, statistics of the Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) showed.

Vu The Binh, vice chairman of VITA, said the association only gleaned data from tourism authorities of some countries popular to Vietnamese tourists such as Thailand, Singapore, China, the Republic of Korea and Japan, so VITA statistics are not adequate.

The number of Vietnamese tourists has been on the rise, leading to a large pickup in spending, Binh said.

6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016
6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016

The outbound travel segment  has become a main source of income for many enterprises.

For example, pre-tax revenues of top 10 HCM City-based operators of outbound tours reached VND5.5 trillion in 2015.

The main markets

More than 240,000 Vietnamese visited the Republic of Korea in 2016, a 58% year-on-year increase.

6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016
6.5 million Vietnamese travel abroad in 2016

The number of local tourists to Japan rose to a five-year high, with a staggering 202,600 Vietnamese coming to Japan for leisure travel in January-October last year alone.