We arrived in the town of Ninh Binh after a long long bus ride from Ha Long Bay. People could barely speak english and some were fluent in French. As we made our way to our hotel, we saw nothing but hills and farm lands. The view was amazing and the air was fresh - it was an amazing trip in between places full of tourist packed areas. It is best to go around town with a bicycle and to take the small boat tour. Expect to see more hills, more farm lands, some temples and a look at rural life in Vietnam. Sit back, relax, and stay here for around 2 or 3 days.