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Jul 15, 2017 - "We" gaan roeien

We zijn in Ninh Binh, een kleinere stad met een modernere infrastructuur vergeleken met Hanoi. De wegen zijn breder en er zijn afvoerputten naast de straat waardoor de straat niet direct onder water staat met al die tropische regenbuien. Onze gids kondigde aan dat we vandaag zouden gaan roeien in het Van Long Nature Reserve, de Halong Bay van het vaste land. De roeibootjes, traditionele sampans volgens de reisbeschrijving, hadden een betonnen bodem met een bamboe opbouw. Op ieder bootje zat een vrouwtje. Sommigen zelfs ouden dan ik. Zij...

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Feb 19, 2016 - Boating through limestone karsts and exploring cave temples in Ninh Binh

First of all, can I just say that I love the Vietnamese trains?? We had a lovely overnight train ride from HCMC to Danang (near Hoi An), and now we enjoyed a second comfortable train trip through glorious rice fields and countryside to Ninh Binh. Buying tickets on line was so easy, the train stations so (relatively) clean and user-friendly, the staff so helpful in getting us on the right train and also giving ample notice of our stop, and they have edible food and drink for purchase during the long rides. Contrast all this to the skank,...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Spelunking in Trang An

Trang An was even more spectacular than I had imagined with its dramatic mountains, mysterious caves, and sacred spaces. We dropped our bags at a tiny home stay and wasted no time in heading to the river. In order to get to the river, however, we had to walk about 3 km on muddy trails past the ubiquitous rice paddies, rustic homes with ornate clay-tiled roofs, past ponds filled with fragrant lotus flowers and quacking ducks, while dodging water buffalo and brown cows lazing in our path. Trang An was extremely beautiful. A great sight,...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Been to Ninh Binh

I left Hanoi for Ninh Binh Province located in the Red River Delta 80 KM from the capital city. It was a beautiful, lush oasis after the madness of the crowded city. I traveled by private car with two amazing 'kids' from Ethnic Travel, a small agency dedicated to private and small group educational trips throughout Vietnam. Not for the pampered tourists at all! We stopped in small villages and I enjoyed interacting with the local people. By and large they are very friendly and seem to enjoy encountering foreigners. Ninh Binh is famous for...

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Sep 29, 2012 - Ninh Binh 3

OK folks, it's time for a new policy. One of the reasons I'm so far behind with this travel diary is I'm swamped with photos. So far, I've uploaded 1,000 photos from two cameras (busy little beavers, aren't we), then I have to sort them, discard the duplicates and those that didn't work out, and upload the remainder via the iPad. The latter Is a particularly slow process over wifi, which is mainly what's available. From now on, I'm going to upload a (hopefully representative) sample of photos. I'll upload the rest when I get back to...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Ninh Binh 2

On our second day in Ninh Binh, we went to three sites: Trang An, Hoa Lu and Bai Dinh. Trang An is an artificial wetland created around a river. It features boat rides along the river (four to a boats plus rower rather than the two at Van Long) and 15 artificial caves drilled through the limestone. Despite being artificial, ti's quite pretty. Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the latter part of the 10th century. Originally covering about three square kilometres, all that survives today is a couple of temples that were restored in the...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Ninh Binh 1

I've always had an interest in train travel, so we planned to travel south from Hanoi on the Reunification Express. This is actually a number of different trains that make the 33-37 hour (depending in scheduled stops) journey between Hanoi and Ho Chi Ninh City. So to get to our next destination, Ninh Binh, we boarded one of these trains at Hanoi. The train itself was a bit worn but comfortable enough, although crowded - our carriage was full. It seems that Vietnam could perhaps use a little bit of Mussolini, as a scheduled two hour journey...

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Feb 27, 2012 - Nearly a Massive Bus Scam

We strongly dislike the bus station/ public transit around Hanoi... It was there that we were ridiculously overcharged for a cab-ride, and it was there that this morning we were shuttled onto a bus bound for a city in the Northwest, rather than Southeast as we were clearly repeating. We were also told the price would be 200,000 dong, which they probably would have tried to get from each of us. It shouldn't have been more than 100,000d each. What happened is this: Our night-bus arrived around 6:15am, and we were able to get off and get our...

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Feb 2, 2012 - Tam Coc- Baie d'Halong intérieure

Bonjour Journée plutôt nuageuse avec pluie intermittente ! Il fait entre 5 et 10 degrés en ce moment. Nous avons quand même pris l'autobus avec les vietnamiens ce matin pour la ville de Ninh Binh, 2 heures au sud de Hanoi. Comme anticipé, nous avons bien ris avec le désordre à l'intérieur du bus, la musique au bout, le gars qui chante à tue-tête, le monde qui coure pour embarquer car le bus n'arrête presque pas de rouler et finalement, les regards surpris qu'ils nous jettent constamment car il est fortement découragé aux touristes de...

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Feb 16, 2011 - Umgebung von Ninh Binh

Rahel und ich mieten uns heute Nachmittag zwei Fahrraeder und kurven damit in der Gegend herum. Wir kommen an einer alten Pagoda vorbei und landen schliesslich bei den Trang An-Grotten, welche als Pendant zu Tam Coc mehr oder weniger kuentslich angelegt wurden. Hier werden Massen von Touris auf Boote verfrachtet. Rahel und ich ziehen es vor eine Knabber- und Trinkpause einzulegen und dann retour zum Hotel zu radeln, denn wir haben noch eine Menge Arbeit vor uns heute, naemlich Haare waschen und packen fuer den Trip mit dem Nachtbus. Nach...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Ausflug mit dem Motorbike

Es ist auch heute wieder saukalt .... wir wuenschen uns handschuhe und eine Daunenjacke ! Machen aber trotzdem heute Nachmittag einen Ausflug nach Tam Coc. Um 13 Uhr holen uns zwei Motorbike (also eigentlich sind es Roller) ab und wir fahren ueber Stock und Stein zwischen Reisfeldern (wo Leute mit dem Stecken von Reissetzlingen beschaeftig sind im knietiefen Morast) hindurch zu der Mua-Hoehle. Die Hoehle selber ist klein und ohne Taschenlampe wage ich mich nicht rein, zudem wird sie von einem Tiger (wenn auch nur aus Stein) bewacht. Wir...

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Feb 14, 2011 - Fahrt nach Nihn Binh - Richtung Sueden

HAPPY VALENTINSTAG fuer alle! Jeder stellt sich bei der Fahrt Richtung Sueden eine Fahrt Richtung Waerme vor - aber weit gefehlt, hier in Ninh Binh (ca. 100 km suedlich von Hanoi) ist es noch viel kaelter. Nach einer ca. 4 stuendigen Busfahrt mit Halt unterwegs bei einem Tempel fuer die Tages-Tour Gaeste (ja ja, wir fahren mit einer Tagestour mit und muessen beim Tempel eine halbe Stunde warten) kommen wir am Mittag im Thanh Thuz's Hotel an und werden HERZLICH empfangen. Unser Zimmer ist schoen gross, hat zwei Betten und eine Badewanne, in...

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