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Ninh Binh Travel Information Vietnam

n_b_1Ninh Binh with 130,000 inhabitants is situated in the “dry” Halong Bay area, as the limestome rocks come out of the ground here and not out of the sea. The surrounding mountains are the centre of the quarry and cement industries, but you can quickly reach the idyllic surrounding countryside by bicycle.

n_b_2Rowing through the silence of the Tam Coc caves, passing rice fields and through narrow limestone gorges into the caves of Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Cuoi. Being on the water in the early hours of the morning, with no engines, just the sound of soft oarbeats, the sunrays on the water and the silence of the uninhabited mountains creates an emotional experience in natural unspoilt scenery.

n_b_3Thangkas tibetian origins can be found in numerous temples as painted or embroidered lengths of material with a silk cover. They represent or serve as a theme when meditating or listening to your inner voice. They might contain instructions from teachers or experiences from pupils on them.

n_b_4The cathedral of Phat Diem, a diocesan town with 4 chapels surrounding it, is a place of worship in the form of a pagoda, built from 1875 to 1899 and is the centre of Vietnamese Catholicism. On this plot there are three stone grottoes – the prettiest being dedicated to “our Lady of Lourdes”.

n_b_5And a deep incision in Vietnamese history: Hoa Lu, which was the old capital of Vietnam for 41 years at the turn of the last millenium (from 968 to 1009). According to the legend, the citadel of the Emperor was built here in the narrow, carstified valley, so it could be guarded there by the tigers and panthers.