We came to Ninh Binh from Hanoi to visit the Trang An caves. Stayed two nights in the Queen Hotel and paid $36 for two nights. Hotel is 1 minute walk from the train station and has a couple of places to eat next door. Our stay was ok but spoiled by what seemed to be an attempt to rip us off when we booked a car to take us to Trang An.
We asked at reception about getting to Trang An and the receptionist gave us a map of Ninh Binh showing the hotel and city and she marked on it where Trang An was. She said it took 45 mins to 1 hour to get there by car and the cost would be $19 each. If we left at 11:30 we would be back by 4pm so not much time to do anything else. The cost included the car waiting 2 hours for us while we visited the caves on a boat. We agreed to this and the car picked us up at 11:30 - a small, quite old Kia with no seatbelts (we didn't expect any). After 15 minutes drive through the city and countryside we arrived at Trang An. Hmm. Not an hour then. We took the boat tour and the driver drove us back at 2:10pm and we were back just before 2:30pm. When it came to pay for the car at reception I said I was unhappy that we'd been given the wrong information about the length of time it took to get to Trang An and that I didn't want to pay $38 for 30 minute drive. The receptionist said he was sorry the driver took a short cut because he was in a hurry to get back and the drive usually took 1 hour each way! After lengthy discussions he agreed to reduce the price to $25. I recommend anyone wanting to visit Trang An checks out the other hotels to see what they charge or if the weather is ok enquire about hiring a bike. We did see taxis in Ninh Binh so maybe this would be a better option.
Apart from this issue the hotel is ok for the price. Our room had air conditioning and a tv but no safe. They have one at reception. Breakfast was one choice of drink and one choice of food. Banana/pineapple pancakes were good. Wifi in the bedroom worked fine.
Ninh Binh itself is a bit depressing - maybe it was because it rained and was cold. Next time I'd probably look into booking a tour from Hanoi. Definitely recommend Trang An - there were no other foreign tourists - just lots of Vietnamese. Cost was 100,000 Dong each for a 2 hour boat trip. Gorgeous scenery and a great experience.
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