Trang An & Van Long Among Top Places To Go In 2018

More than just a Kong's Skull Island set: Ninh Binh province named among top places to go in 2018

Forget Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh is the place to visit next year.

U.S. travel site Insider has named Ninh Binh Province in northern Vietnam one of the 50 best spots to visit in the coming year.

Trang An Complex

The province came out on top of the list as a place that “boasts impressive topography”, Such as Trang An complex and Van Long Eco-Nature reserve center. Thanks to its mesmerizing mix of rivers, limestone cliffs and paddy fields.

Sitting 90km to the south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is often overlooked by tourists.

It is also treated as an underdog to the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay around five hours away. It is sometimes referred to as the "Ha Long Bay on land", given the green mountains that rise out of its paddy fields.

Ninh Binh was one of the three filming locations for "Kong: Skull Island", one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of 2017.

Also Insider suggests visitors try the full experience by gliding along the river that runs between paddy fields in a traditional boat, exploring caves in Cuc Phuong National Park and visiting the ancient temples and palaces in the area.