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sleeper trains in vietnam

Sleeper Trains in Vietnam

Why, oh why, do I never learn that when travelling in Asia you MUST reserve train travel well in advance? If you don’t, the best seats are taken and you have to go with what’s left. Which is usually some crowded compartment with hard wooden benches to sit on.

Tam Coc Adventure

Tam Coc Adventure

We had the hotel in Ninh Binh organise three motorbikes with driver for us for the whole day, to take us where and when we pleased. We paid $12 each, though we could probably have got it cheaper but we had negotiated the cost of the trip with the price of the hotel room

a night in ninh binh

A Night in Ninh Binh

After a crazy bus journey packed with locals with their many parcels, children and animals, we arrived in Ninh Binh. It was 6pm and was already dark. The bus left us at the “bus station”, which was basically the corner of the street, and we set off to find a place to stay.

bus ninh binh

Getting Around Vietnam

Our first encounter with public transport in Vietnam was a 5 hour journey that was supposed to be a 3 and half hour journey by bus from Halong City to Ninh Binh. The bus was a 28 seater carrying 41 passengers!