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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Start your tour early with pick-up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter at around 7:30 AM, and depart for Tam Coc. At around 9:30 AM, arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop back into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and head about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At around 4:00 PM, return Ha Noi, arriving between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Tour itinerary 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Your tour bus will pick you up at your hotel for departure to Hoa Lu. 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple from the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of these two king in Chinese wars. 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM: Have lunch. 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM: Get on the tour bus, continue to visit Tam Coc wharf and take the sampan along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (three different caves). 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM: Biking to visit traditional villages around the Tam Coc area. 3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Keep going to visit Mua cave. The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps, here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and the Ngo Dong river. 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Get on the tour bus to return Ha Noi. 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Arrive at Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. End of tour!

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Halong Bay: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking Full-Day Tour

3. Halong Bay: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking Full-Day Tour

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

4. From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy a full-day cruise on board a classic junk boat and get a unique Vietnamese experience among the stunning limestone karst mountains of legendary Halong Bay. 8:45 AM-9:15 AM: Pick-up from hotel/accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter Area - Hoan Kiem District and depart for Halong Bay or at the tour provider's office, if your accommodation is outside Hanoi. 12:15 PM: Arrive Tuan Chau Harbor, welcome aboard, and safety briefing – you'll set out on a 5 hour journey via 2 day-sleeper boat cruise route which is renowned for its striking passages. 1:45 PM: Arrive at Bo Hon archipelago, where you will visit Surprising Cave to see a many stalagmites and stalactites in different shapes. Enjoy kayaking or a bamboo boat ride in Luon Cave. Then visit Titov Island with its sandy beaches adjacent to a towering limestone mountain and the excellent backdrop of the bay. Climb up to Titov Peak for a panoramic view of the bay. 4:30 PM: Return to your cruise boat for a traditional cup of tea and then cruise back toward Tuan Chau harbor. Enjoy free time for sunbathing on the upper deck with music or just enjoy the picturesque views.  5:45 PM: Disembark and return to Hanoi via the new highway. 8:30 PM: Arrive at your hotel, other accommodations or meeting point in Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Ti Top Island Cruise with Stops

5. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Ti Top Island Cruise with Stops

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay on a 1-day cruise departing from Hanoi's Old Quarter. Head for the island of Tuan Chau and Ha Long city, where you will board a cruise boat at 12:30. Get a safety briefing at the start of your cruise. Then, set off to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site of astonishing beauty. Marvel at the limestone karst rock formations as you travel through uninhabited islets, and see outcrops that have been given imaginative names by the locals, such as "Cock Fighting," "Incense Burner" and "Thumb" (to name a few). Enjoy a mouth-watering Vietnamese lunch on board the boat, and then journey to the Bo Hon archipelago (14:00), where you can choose to kayak around the area or relax on the boat. Then, go to the island of Titov to discover a sandy beach adjacent to a towering limestone mountain, where you can climb to the summit for panoramic views. Return to the boat and set sail for Tuan Chau Harbor at 16:00. Enjoy some free time to sunbathe on the upper deck of the boat with music and meet fellow travelers from around the world. Later, board the bus for the journey back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

6. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi, begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy our deals in all the bars onbaord. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Ha Noi Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

Full-Day Trang An, Hoa Lu & Mua Cave Tour with Lunch

7. Full-Day Trang An, Hoa Lu & Mua Cave Tour with Lunch

Start your tour with hotel pick-up at around 7:30 AM, and depart for Hoa Lu. At around 10:30 AM, arrive in this ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  At 3:00 PM, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, hop back onto the bus at 4:30 PM and return to Hanoi, arriving at around 7:00 PM. Tour itinerary 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Tour bus will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Ha Noi Old Quarter for departure to Ninh Binh. 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM: Arrive at Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh King's temple and Le King's temple from the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of these two king's in the Chinese wars. 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM: Have a buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine. 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM: Get on the bus to go to Trang An wharf to enjoy a unique sampan journey to visit Trang An cave complex and the scene of the King Kong film. 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM: Bike around Trang An area and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break. 3:40 PM - 3:45 PM: Keep going to visit Mua cave. The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps, here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. 4:55 PM - 5:00 PM: Get on the tour bus and return to Ha Noi. 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Arrive at Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. End of tour!

From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

8. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At the end of the day you'll get back on the bus and drive back to Hanoi, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong by Limo

9. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong by Limo

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Am Tien Cave and enjoy the stunning lake site at Tuyet Tinh Coc. Have a buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend 40 minutes here before you return to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Full-Day Van Phuc silk & Bat Trang Village

10. From Hanoi: Full-Day Van Phuc silk & Bat Trang Village

Bat Trang ceramic village The most ancient and famous pottery village of Vietnam continues to be active today and is constantly developing. There are various kinds of pottery, for example jade enamel (under the Ly-Tran Dynasties), brown flower or brown enamel (under the late Tran to early Le Dynasties), cracked enamel (under the late Le Dynasty), and royal blue enamelled items (under the late Le to Nguyen Dynasties). Van Phuc Silk Village Silk weaving in Vietnam spreads over the country but one of the most illustrious traditional region for silk weaving located in the north-west of Ha Dong town. The talent hands of Van Phuc weavers with traditional skills has been creating many sophisticated types such as cloud type, sand type, crepe, brocade and satin,... which are highly appreciated by local and oversea customers. Products of Van Phuc have a typical traditional value which is considered a symbol of traditional beauty. Itinerary 8:30 am: pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi, drive to Bat Trang, the famous village is situated approx 15 outside of Hanoi surrounded by fertile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days in huge kilns. 12:00 pm: Lunch at a local restaurant. 1:30 pm: Drive to discover full afternoon in the silk village of Van Phuc. Take photos & shop there until 4:30 pm. Leave Van Phuc Silk Village and return to your hotel.

Frequently asked questions about Hanoi Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Hanoi?

5 best day trips from Hanoi

Day trip to Ha Long Bay

1. Day trip to Ha Long Bay

If you have visions of craggy limestone islands rising majestically out of turquoise waters, head immediately to Ha Long Bay. This iconic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of people every year. Of course, the top activities are boat tours of the bay, which can guide you to sites like the colorfully illuminated Dao Go Cave, the island of Tuan Chao, and the serene bays of Bai Tu Long National Park.

How far is Ha Long Bay from Hanoi?

The 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay do not go quickly, so leave early and plan to return late. Driving, the journey takes three to four hours. Public transportation is not a good option for day trips to Ha Long Bay. A guided tour is highly recommended for this excursion.

2. Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village

For a fascinating getaway from the bustle of Hanoi, head to the hamlets of Duong Lam Ancient Village. One of the oldest villages in the region — as well as the country — Duong Lam has well over 1,200 years of history to explore. Make sure to see the five communal houses — dedicated to local heroes, kings, and gods — admire the Buddhas of Mia Pagoda, and marvel at the temple and mausoleum of the ancient King Ngo Quyen.

How far is Duong Lam Ancient Village from Hanoi?

The 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Hanoi to Duong Lam Ancient Village takes around an hour and 15 minutes by car. Taking public transportation is possible, but allow more time as it takes closer to three hours via several different buses.
Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

3. Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

A day trip to Ninh Binh is perfect for those in search of unforgettable natural beauty. The area is best known for its dramatic karst landscape, which can be seen in all its glory at the grottoes of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An or cruising the river to Tam Coc. Don’t miss an opportunity to check out the many temples of the 10th and 11th century capital of Hoa Lu.

How far is Ninh Binh Province from Hanoi?

The town of Ninh Binh is 94 kilometers (58 miles) south of Hanoi. By car, the trip is about an hour and a half. Trains take around two hours. A guided tour is an excellent option for a day trip to from Hanoi to NInh Binh.
Day trip to Bat Trang Village

4. Day trip to Bat Trang Village

Best known for its centuries-old porcelain tradition, Bat Trang Village is an excellent day trip for art and history lovers alike. Browse the dazzling rows of artisanal pottery, dishware, sculpture, and other ceramic art that lines the streets and shopfronts of the village. A visit to the Porcelain and Pottery Market is a must, or try your own hand at pottery at the ceramic playground. For a unique experience, hop on a buffalo cart for a ride.

How far is Bat Trang Village from Hanoi?

You can travel the 16 kilometers (10 miles) to Bat Trang Village in just 40 minutes by car. On the bus, it can take from an hour to 90 minutes.

5. Day trip to Ba Vi National Park

Escape from civilization and delve into the lush splendor of Ba Vi National Park. This gorgeous nature area is very popular for walking and hiking, though there are several points of interest to visit. Travelers can join the pilgrims and hike up to the summit of Tan Vien peak to see the shrine of the Mountain God and the Ho Chi Minh Temple. Adventurous people can also explore the ruins of the abandoned French resort that has since been reclaimed by the jungle.

How far is Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi?

It will take between 90 minutes to two hours to drive the 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. The bus can range from two to three hours.

Hanoi day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Trying to figure out how to get around any foreign country can be intimidating. There are several choices in Vietnam that can fit your goals and travel style.
  • • Hanoi day trips by train

    Trains in Vietnam are old but fairly dependable and travel in most directions from Hanoi. Many destinations outside of main centers may require a transfer to a bus or taxi at some point in the journey.
  • • Hanoi day trips by bus

    The bus is the most comprehensive and affordable public transportation option for day trips around Hanoi. Buses run all over, however depending on the time and specific location could be limited. Traveling by bus may require one or more transfers before you reach your final destination.
  • • Hanoi day trips by car

    Traffic and driving in Hanoi and Vietnam are generally chaotic. If you are a confident driver, a car is a fine option to reach more rural places or to simply take control of your own schedule. Many travelers opt to rent a motorcycle or motorbike to get around, which is a very popular and efficient — though sometimes daring — option.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always a smart choice for day trips, especially in more remote areas of the country. Whether you are struggling with logistics or don’t feel confident with a language barrier, guided tours provide peace of mind, convenience, and the opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring with you on your day trip depends on the season and your destination. For the beach, swim gear, and sunscreen are a good idea, while trips to higher-elevated areas would benefit from warm clothes. No matter the location, always make sure to bring plenty of water.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

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Doing Halong in a day is a long day, but so worth it. Absolutely gorgeous. The guide was well prepared and took care of us along the way, going above and beyond many times. The boat was fine, could have used a few more stairs on the upper deck. The time at each location was limited, but I didn’t mind, as we were able to make multiple stops and see many different places along the way.

"Tom" picked us up at the hotel and was a very kind and genuine tour guide throughout the day, very informative and personal. He was from the Nimh Bin area and was very knowledgeable about the location. When rain meant we couldn't complete the full day activities he suggested alternatives. Very enjoyable day, attention to detail and personal service.

I highly recommend this trip. Pickup was on time, Hahn, ourntour guide was well prepared with many interesting stories and large knowledge if the visites places. He even made a couple if great photos of us. Food was great as well as the boat trip. The view from the hills is amazing!

Very friendly guide and driver My daughter and I are delighted with this day: the passage through the cave by boat and the panoramic view.

I enjoyed the contents of the tour, but I had some really good memories because of the interaction with other tourists.