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.

a night in ninh binh

After a few failed attempts and wrong turns we found the hotel we’d liked the look of. They had room so we negotiated a price, checked in and then went out for dinner.

Where to eat in Ninh Binh

Dinner in Ninh Binh was some experience.

As we walked through the streets there were all kinds of delicious aromas tempting our rumbling stomachs.

We stopped at a few street food restaurants and provided plenty of amusement for the locals. We ate pho, noodles, fresh springs rolls and plenty of other unidentifiable delicacies.

The highlight of the night was when Toni’s dad ate a chilli in front of the local women and they started screaming. He just laughed; he has this trick where he slices the chilli lengthways instead of across and then apparently it does not sting, and he can just eat it. Try it, let me know.

I can’t honestly remember where we ate or what we ate, but the street food in Ninh Binh was among the best in the whole of Vietnam and that night in Ninh Binh was one of the most fun nights of the whole trip, just because we were 100% with the local people.

So my advice to you, if you get to spend a night in Ninh Binh, is don’t eat at the hotel! Get out there with the locals, emerge yourself in the local life and try a spicy chilli!

Oh, and if you are served goat’s head in Ninh Binh, don’t be surprised as this is the area’s local delicacy!

We spent only one night in Ninh Binh as we were taking a 12 hour night train to Hue at 6pm the following evening. That meant we had the whole following day to see the sights…

Are you ready to find out what happened next on this trip? Next up is: Tam Coc Motorbike Adventure.

Perhaps you missed the previous post: Getting Around Vietnam.

Or you can visit my Vietnam Backpacking page where you’ll find all the posts about this trip in route order.

Or if you have any questions, drop me a comment.

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  1. paramveer singh says:

    Its amazing how you remember all this from your trip like a photographic memory. very well done. Father in law is one cool dude

    • Lisa says:

      Cool maybe, crazy definitely!
      The key to remembering all those tiny details is to make concise notes at the time: write down that crazy conversation or sequence of events, make a note of sights, sounds, smells… After that it’s just copy/paste! 😉

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