Ninh Binh among World’s Top 10 Best Hidden Family Vacation Spots

The northern province of Ninh Binh, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Trang An Landscape Tourist Complex, has been named among the world's top 10 best hidden family vacation spots to visit in 2023 by Canadian magazine The Travel.

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Ninh Binh among World's Top 10 Best Hidden Family Vacation Spots
The northern province of Ninh Binh is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Trang An Landscape Tourist Complex. Photo: VNA

“Nestled in the northern side of Vietnam, Ninh Binh is one of the best-hidden family vacations in the world and guarantees a unique experience,” according to The Travel.

“Its scenic nature is one of the most attractive things about the place. It also boasts a fascinating history and an amazing culture.

Both kids and adults will enjoy marveling at the stunning caves, hiking through the lush forests, going rock climbing, and enjoying a boat ride along the Tam Coc River.”

Ninh Binh among World's Top 10 Best Hidden Family Vacation Spots
“Its scenic nature is one of the most attractive things about the place”. Photo: VNA

Other destinations named in the list include Antigua and the British Virgin Islands of The Caribbean, Haida Gwaii and Banff of Canada, Taveuni of Fiji, Cappadocia of Turkey, the Etruscan Coast in Tuscany of Italy, Krakow of Poland, along with Zhangjiajie and Zhangjiajie of China.

Ninh Binh has also been selected by US magazine Forbes as one of the 23 best places to travel around the world in 2023.

“Ninh Binh has been named one of the most underrated destinations in Asia, and it’s often referred to as one of the most beautiful hidden gems on the Asian continent,” says Catarina Mello, an award-winning luxury travel content creator, photographer, entrepreneur and online educator, as cited by Forbes.

“It’s rising in popularity on social media, so it won’t stay a hidden gem for too long.”

Ninh Binh among World's Top 10 Best Hidden Family Vacation Spots
Ninh Binh has also been selected by US magazine Forbes as one of the 23 best places to travel around the world in 2023. Photo: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

Forbes also suggested some travel experiences in Ninh Binh, including enjoying scenic landscapes and tasting special cuisine.

In February this year, the province was chosen one of the world’s most welcoming regions, a category of the annual Traveller Review Awards 2023 announced by Booking.com, a hotel booking app covering 228 countries and territories.

Situated around two hours from Hanoi, Ninh Binh was home to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu during the reign of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980).

Ninh Binh among World's Top 10 Best Hidden Family Vacation Spots
Forbes also suggests some travel experiences in Ninh Binh, including enjoying scenic landscapes and tasting special cuisine. Photo: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

It was overlooked by foreign tourists for years until “Kong: Skull Island” was filmed there, giving the area a global reputation.

In the first quarter of 2023, Ninh Binh welcomed 3.2 million tourist arrivals, surging 4.8-fold year on year. That included 3.1 million domestic visitors and nearly 126,000 international ones. Tourism revenue was estimated at nearly VND2.5 trillion ($106 million), up 5.5-fold from a year earlier, VietnamPlus said./.

Rosy Huong