“Explore Ninh Binh: One of Southeast Asia’s Most Underrated Travel Destinations”

Recently, Cheryl Sekkappan wrote on the Time Out website about lesser-known gems in Southeast Asia that have as much to offer to travelers. Ninh Binh of Vietnam also sits on the list, together with Lombok (Indonesia), Luang Prabang (Laos), Rayong (Thailand), and Seberang Perai (Malaysia).

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According to Time Out, Southeast Asia is widely regarded as a paradise for travelers, providing a diverse range of luxury experiences and backpacker adventures. While popular cities such as Bali, Hanoi, and Bangkok continue to attract tourists, the region offers so much more with its eleven countries.

Ninh Binh Listed in Top 5 Underrated Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia
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When discussing destinations in Vietnam, Time Out highlighted cities like Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, and Sapa. However, it is important for tourists not to overlook the charms of Ninh Binh. As Vietnam’s first capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ninh Binh offers a unique experience. With its towering limestone karsts, peaceful rivers, and historical and religious sites, Ninh Binh is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventurous travelers looking to explore a different side of Vietnam, beyond the popular tourist spots.

Ninh Binh Listed in Top 5 Underrated Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia
(Photo: VNExpress)
Ninh Binh Listed in Top 5 Underrated Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia
(Photo: VNExpress)

The website recommends that tourists visit Mua Cave in Ninh Binh to enjoy panoramic views, often referred to as Halong Bay on Land. After a challenging climb of 500 steps, visitors can admire the dragon and pagoda viewpoints for stunning photographs. Another notable attraction is the Bich Dong Pagoda, featuring a beautiful moss-covered gate and a bridge over a serene lotus pond. Additionally, exploring the wetlands at Van Long Nature Reserve or taking a paddleboat tour in Trang An to see the stunning karsts from the water can provide travelers with unforgettable experiences.

Ninh Binh Listed in Top 5 Underrated Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia
(Photo: VNExpress)
Ninh Binh Listed in Top 5 Underrated Travel Destinations in Southeast Asia
(Photo: VNExpress)

Time Out mentioned four other destinations in Southeast Asia countries, in addition to Ninh Binh.

Some popular destinations in Southeast Asia include Lombok, an Indonesian island known for its beautiful sand beaches, lush forests, and magical waterfalls; Luang Prabang, a mountainous region in Laos that offers a charming blend of historic towns, ancient monasteries, temple cave systems, and plenty of natural hiking trails and water activities; Rayong in Thailand, which boasts pristine waters, inviting beaches, mangrove parks, old towns, shrines, and delicious seafood; and Seberang Perai in Malaysia, where visitors can enjoy forest walks, peaceful beaches, cultural attractions, and shopping opportunities.

Tracy Dao