Ninh Binh, also dubbed the 'Halong Bay on Land', recently became more famous because of the movie 'Kong: Skull Island' which was partly filmed there. At a convenient two hour drive from Hanoi, this region is a perfect weekend getaway. It looks a bit rough around the edges but in reality it's a lot of fun. In fact, it's very easy to explore on foot, by bicycle or by boat and numerous small homestays and a few more upmarket hotels are available for staying overnight. We spent a weekend there and had a great time!
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