If you are going to travel to this area of Vietnam soon, you are probably wondering what is the best area to stay at Ninh Binh. This province was my great favorite of my 3-week trip to Vietnam. It was largely due to the very special accommodation I stayed in, a cozy homestay surrounded by nature. I’ll tell you more about this place later.

Ninh Binh is a land of rivers, limestone mountains, temples and pagodas. Sometimes it is said to be the Halong Bay on land. I understand that comparison. It’s a place where you can enjoy the tranquility and nature, where you can forget about the madness of the big cities of Vietnam for a while.

Sometimes there is a bit of confusion between Ninh Binh Province and Ninh Binh City, as they both have the same name. When you hear how wonderful Ninh Binh is, people refer to the province and all the places it hides, not the city. The truth is that the city of Ninh Binh is not of much tourist interest since there is not much to do there.

A common mistake is to book accommodation in Ninh Binh city. If it is true that you will have no problem visiting the area if you rent a motorbike or a car, I think the experience is much more beautiful and satisfying if you stay in quieter surroundings and surrounded by nature.


These are the best areas to stay at Ninh Binh:

  1. Tam Coc, the best place to sleep at Ninh Binh

Vietnamese tam coc

Tam Coc is the best option to stay at Ninh Binh. This small town around a lake is the most popular option among travelers who visit Ninh Binh for various reasons. One of the reasons is its wide range of hotels and restaurants. You can find many hostels, cheap hotels and higher class hotels.

Although there is a lot of business, it manages to maintain a quiet and friendly atmosphere. Furthermore, it is close to several must-see places to see in Ninh Binh, such as Mua Cave or Bich Dong Pagoda. You can reach these places by bike in a few minutes. In Tam Coc you will also find the pier from which the boats depart for a tour of the rice fields and mountains.

Tam Coc is the perfect option for those who want to stay in a place with more atmosphere and with good services, since Tam Coc is the most developed tourist site in Ninh Binh.

Thanks to this and its proximity to places of interest, Tam Coc is also the best alternative for those who do not go to rent a motorcycle or car.

Check out all the accommodations in Tam Coc available at Booking.

Accommodation recommendations in Tam Coc


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First of all, I want to recommend you the accommodation I chose, because as I told you at the beginning of the post, I was delighted with it. In fact, it was my favorite accommodation of my trip to Vietnam on my own. It’s a good option for people travelling alone as well as for couples or families, since they have shared dormitories and private rooms.

What I liked the most was the friendly staff, the breakfast they serve and the fact that it’s located right next to where the boats pass for the tour. They have chairs where you can sit and watch the boats go by. It’s very relaxing.

Price: 5 euros aprox (shared room), 22 euros aprox (double room)
Booking score: 9.1/10
TripAdvisor Score: 4.5/5

Check availability for Tam Coc River View Homestay.


If a few bamboo huts in the middle of nature sounds like paradise, I recommend this accommodation in Tam Coc. It is located on the outskirts of the village, so you can enjoy absolute peace. They have double, triple and family cabins.

I’ve been reading reviews and people say it was their best accommodation on their trip to Vietnam and that the staff are very good, it looks like a great choice where to stay in Tam Coc!

Price: from 34 ? aprox
Booking score: 9.9/10
TripAdvisor rating: 5/5

Check availability for Tam Coc Horizon Bungalow.


If you prefer the more luxurious accommodations, I recommend this resort. It has an outdoor swimming pool, gym, playground and restaurant. In addition, they offer a buffet breakfast that looks great.

It is located about 6 minutes walk from the center of Tam Coc.

Price: from 100 ? aprox
Booking score: 9.2/10
TripAdvisor score: 4.5/5

Check availability for Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort.

  1. Trang An, a quiet place to stay in Ninh Binh

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Another option where a good number of accommodations are also available is Trang An. In Trang An you will find one of the most beautiful activities of Ninh Binh: Trang An Grottoes, a boat ride on the river between mountains and temples, a beautiful.

It is an even quieter area than Tam Coc, and although you will find less hotel and restaurant offerings, it is still a very good alternative where to stay at Ninh Binh.

I recommend it to those who want to be more isolated and in a quieter environment. Even so, getting to Tam Coc or Bai Dinh by motorcycle does not take long.

Check out all the accommodation in Trang An available at Booking.

Accommodation recommendations in Trang An


This homestay in Trang An offers shared and private rooms (double, triple and quadruple). It is situated by the river and the views from the courtyard are beautiful. They have a restaurant, billiards and many common areas from which you can enjoy the landscape.

Price: 5 euros aprox (shared room), from 20 euros (private room)
Booking score: 9.1/10
TripAdvisor score: 4.5/5

Check availability for Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay.


Another very good option to stay in Trang An are these bungalows located next to the mountains and river. They offer shared and private rooms. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, which will be a luxury if you visit Ninh Binh in a very hot month.

Price: 5 euros aprox (shared room), from 23 euros (private room)
Booking score: 9.7/10
TripAdvisor rating: 5/5

Check availability for Trang An Retreat.


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I hope this post about the best areas and hotels to stay at Ninh Binh has been very useful. If you have any more recommendations or any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or write me by email. See you next time, travelers!