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Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

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Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

Hi experts!

I was in Vietnam four years ago and one of my favourite parts of the trip was NInh Binh. The scenery was just stunning, possibly even more amazing than Halong Bay. I am planning on returning to Vietnam next November with a new partner and would like to travel to a similar destination. Would Mai Chau be a good alternative? Where else would you recommend at that time of year that has similar scenery to Ninh Binh, Tam Coc etc?

Many thanks,

Amanda

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Melbourne, Australia
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1. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

Mai Chau doesn't have the limestone karsts that Ninh Binh does.

Still very scenic, though.

Scott

Nha Trang, Vietnam
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2. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

There are many alternatives, but they're all dissimilar.

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3. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

Phong Nha Nationalpark is similar to Ninh Binh, but in my opinion much more spectacular. For me it was definitely the most beautiful place in all of Vietnam. Check out my pictures here and see if you like it: https:/…

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4. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

I have translated the blog article about Phong Nha: https:/…

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5. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

I agree that Phong Nha is a great alternative, especially if you love exploring caves. Be aware that November might not be good time to visit it because of heavy rain and sometimes flood.

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6. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

The Hương Sơn area (Mỹ Đức, a rural district of Ha Noi.)

It's about halfway between Hanoi and Ninh Binh, where the Perfume Pagoda is.

https://youtu.be/67B0qlK3EsI

Cheers,

John

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9. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

I live in Phong Nha a good part of the year but yes November and December are not great times to visit.

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10. Re: Good alternative to Ninh Binh?

@drifter1dc - how is Phong Nha in August? We have decided to skip it on our itinerary because we read that it would be too rainy, etc. I'm just wondering what someone who lives there has to say about it!

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