Ninh Binh Travel Blog› entry 84 of 658 › view all entries
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)
Our trip to Ninh Binh was for the sole purpose of visiting Cuc Phuong National Park, home to over 100 endangered monkeys. The park was 50kms away and with no public transport we decided to hire a motorbike. Within 2 minutes testing it out on a couple of quiet streets, i soon realised there was no way i could drive one of these on their crazy roads. People just pull out in front of you and you have to weave your way around them. The road rule in Vietnam is small gives way to big and with a motorbike been pretty small, i didn't fancy my chances!
2 hired motorbikes complete with Vietnamese drivers and we were on our way! We decided to stop off at Hoa Lu on the way, which was the ancient Vietnamese capital, although today there is little remaining there to suggest such a historical past.
The road to the park was extremely scenic with glistening rice paddies reflecting some sharp small hills. Once at the park, we were taken around the monkeys enclosures and given a brief introduction to each species. There were gibbons, langurs and lorises all on display but unfortuantley the guided tour only lasted 20 minutes. Although we did enjoy this time watching them, it was just a shame we couldn't stay longer.
The way back to Ninh Binh was pretty hair raising, as we nearly got splattered by a van and it left me relieved that i hadn't been riding myself, as there was no way i would have avoided an accident. We grabbed some dinner before it was time to jump on an overnight bus to Hue.