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.
From the Ninh Binh Travel Guide
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Excellent hotel and very helpful staff. I would suggest to anyone who are staying in the ninh binh area to stay there. Excellent value for money too. Thank you to the staff thể for making my stay very pleasant! ... more
I found this hotel on some popular websites, so that was the best hotel I believe it is. We stayed in Ngoc Anh Hotel for 3 nights. That is a small hotel but very clean and good price. My room cost US$10 ( with good breakfast ), and there were two comfortable bed, big towel, cable TV, Internet wi-fi (good speed ) and plenty of hot water. ... more
Government bus : Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
I took the open tour bus: HaNoi to Hue. Our first stop was Ninh Binh. Several heading for Laos got off there. Not sure if the gov't bus would stop before Ninh Binh or not. ...
Heading South from Sapa
I am currently in Sapa. I was thinking about heading back by bus to Hanoi via DBF (staying one night), Son La (staying one night), Mai Chau (staying one night) and Ninh Binh. Then return to Hanoi from NB as I'm leaving VN on the 22nd. Is it a good idea or I should just take the train back ...