We caught a grab taxi from the train station and had a lovely greeting from Thuong & Duong as soon as we arrived.
The homestay (rooms are separate from the house) sits by the river right inbetween Trang An & Mua Peak, both very easy to walk to (30 mins) or cycle (10 mins) using their free bikes. We also cycled down to Tam Coc and Bich Dong Pagoda. It was difficult, all flat and such beautiful scenery.
If you're choosing between Tam Coc and Trang An boats rides, Trang An is easily the best option
Our room was spacious and comfortable.
Breakfast was always tasty.
They have their own restaurant and everythin we ate there was very tasty and a really good price.
There is another great new restaurant (not on review sites yet) called Welcome just 30 seconds away, also delicious and well priced.
It was quiet at night and was nice to be out of a city.
Thuong & Duong were the perfect hosts, always helpful and lovely to have a chat with. We were catching the night train to Hue on our last day there and they looked after our bags all day and let us use their bikes again.
This is the perfect spot if you're visiting Ninh Binh, right in the middle of all that lush scenery and only a short (90k vnd) taxi ride from town.
Frank & Sarah