The other relaxing way of exploring is taking a boat ride in Tam Coc which will take you through the limestone caves surrounded by mountains. Special aspect of the boat ride is the boats are paddled by locals with their feet rather than the normal way of rowing boats using hands. Tam Coc was one of the places where I got beautiful locations to make wonderful pictures.
In the evening, we hiked a hill of 500 steps for the 360 degree view of Ninh Binh from Mua Caves. The sunset was a cherry on the cake of the day. You can see the birds telling goodbye and flying from one side to the other side of the mountains. At night, the place was very quiet, people were sitting together to watch Vietnam Vs Malaysia football match in restaurants and when Vietnam team won, all we could hear was only the cheering sound in a chorus. One shopkeeper was completely into football that he even forgot to return the change during currency conversion which showed how much they like football.