Empty sampan with a red umbrella surrounded by steep limestone cliffs and with a small temple in the background.

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Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a good base for exploring quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery. Few Western tourists head here, but many Vietnamese flock to nearby sights, including the nation’s biggest pagoda and the Unesco World Heritage–listed Trang An grottoes.

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