WHERE'S MY BAG: NINH BINH, VIETNAM

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Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

 View from the Mua Cave overlook in Ninh Binh

View from the Mua Cave overlook in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a rural town, just two hours from the capitol city of Hanoi by train or bus. Its natural beauty and historic significance has made it increasingly popular for tourism. While the majestic karsts in the waters of Ha Long Bay are more well known, many call Ninh Binh "the Ha Long Bay on land."

The main attractions in Ninh Binh are boat rides through the caves and hidden temples along the river, the area's largest Buddhist temple complex, and the country's ancient capitol ruins. 

 Bich Dong pagoda

Bich Dong pagoda

 Trang An boat ride

Trang An boat ride

Why We Went

My husband and I spent two months in one of our favorite places, Hoi An, Vietnam, this year. We decided to add one more destination in Vietnam to our trip before moving on to a different part of the world. We were intrigued by Ninh Binh's natural beauty and the fact that it was less touristy than Ha Long Bay was also attractive. 

We found a nice, modern homestay in one of the villages through Airbnb. With that as our home base for the week, we used the homestay's bicycles to explore the different areas each day. We also rented a motorbike for half a day to reach the Bai Dinh temple complex. For more info, see our post on things to do in Ninh Binh by bicycle.

 A hidden riverside temple accessible via rowboat in Trang An

A hidden riverside temple accessible via rowboat in Trang An