Situated in the Red River Delta, 90 km south of Hanoi, lies the historic town of Ninh Binh. The province of the same name not only contains many historically significant sights, but also a stunning landscape dominated by the region’s imposing karst hills. Just 11km north of the town is Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam for 41 years under the Dinh and Le dynasties. The journey to this 10th century capital will take the visitor through bustling villages and serene rice paddies. Here you will discover two beautiful temples constructed to commemorate the dynasties, both built in the 17th century. Roughly 5 km to the south of Ninh Binh, on the Ngo Dong river, lies Tam Coc or ‘three caves’. Sometimes referred to as ‘Halong Bay on land’, for some its beauty surpasses that of its coastal rival.