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20 thoughts on “Ha Nam: Explore Ha Long Bay on Land”

    1. You welcome! Ninh Binh is less popular than Ha Long Bay. But it certainly deserve a spot on the must-see list. It’s also less crowded 🙂

  1. Now I’m really intrigued by Trang An. I’m more interested in seeing this place than Ha Long Bay, actually — maybe because the latter has become very commercialized. Even on a cloudy day, Trang An still looks beautiful, and that clear water where you can see through, so pretty!

    1. Thank you for your compliment, Bama! The landscape is indeed breathtaking. I was surprised as well. But what I didn’t expect is how well they maintain this area. No chaos, no touts, no trash. Did you watch the movie Kong: Skull Island? It was actually filmed in Trang An and Van Long Swamp 🙂

      1. I did watch that movie, but I had no idea it was filmed in this very location. That’s so cool!

  2. Wow and just simply Wow.I just envy you really.
    A hidden paradise, come to think of it, does this beauty really exist!
    thank you for your awesome virtual Gallery that feeds my thirst to explore and travel in Asia.
    I only know of Halong Bay and yet Trang An and Ninh Binh is a pure gem. If I show this to my husband I am sure he will be delighted.

    1. I’m glad that you like the post, Christina 🙂 Ninh Binh is certainly less popular than Ha Long Bay. But the landscape is no less stunning. It’s also less crowded and better managed than Ha Long Bay.

  3. Fabulous tour, Len, of a fascinating place. Your images are wonderful. Now, I’ve put Trang An on my to-visit list. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. My pleasure! To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Trang An. I thought it’s just a group of boring limestone cliffs . But I was wrong. The landscape is fascinating 🙂

  4. Incredible views! We had wanted to include Ninh Binh in our Vietnam itinerary last year – it was just 2 hours or so from Hanoi – but had limited time esp. since we were already booked for Ha Long Bay. Next time…

    1. You definitely should! I really wish that the border closure will end next year. The furthest I can travel this year is VN-China border. It might be counted as a (near) international trip because I was briefly in Chinese territory (few minutes) 😛
      I hope all’s well with you. This typhoon season was terrifying, wasn’t it…

      1. Sorry for this late reply. The past 3 typhoons that hit the Philippines caused a lot of grief and tragedy. We weren’t affected that much but hundreds of thousands of others were. Stay safe!

    1. Thank you, Caroline! Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so photogenic. I’ve seen Ha Long Bay, so I thought it would be the same. But I was wrong. Btw, Merry Christmas to you! I wish you a cosy time at home 🙂

    1. I’m glad that you like the post 🙂 Have you been to Trang An or Tam Coc? Or both? Personally, I like the boat tour at Trang An more as the landscape keeps changing. The one through Tam Coc is a bit dull.

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