Generally the ride was pretty uneventful except the mini bus got stopped by the police for half an hour or so. As I hopped off the bus in Ninh Binh, a guy approached a group of us, where he gave us a lift to his hostel and sorted out my sleeper bus I was taking that evening.
I decided to rent out a motorbike to make the most of my day. I drove through incredible mountainous scenery to Trang An. This was an incredible experience, where a lady paddle a group of us around the area on a small boat. She manovered the paddles with her feet for a while and took us through caves, where I had to duck so low to avoid smashing my head on the cave walls. There were wedding photo shoots in the lake as well.
After I drove to Tam Coc just to admire the view but again you can get a boat along the river as well as visit some pagodas. Generally this place has more tourists but I thought Trang An was nicer and more peacefully.
While waiting for my sleeper bus, a twelve year old girl approached me to see if she could practice her English. She was so cute and her English was pretty good. We ended up playing chess together, where she won.
My bus finally picked me up, where I was given the three seats at the back so I slept like a baby.