Day trip

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Activity provider: Asian Discovery Travel

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Activity provider: Asian Discovery Travel
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Enjoy a unique rowing boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex, savor a buffet lunch, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital, explore Mua Cave, and take in stunning panoramic views of the countryside and Ngo Dong River.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Climb up to Mua Cave to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river
  • Savor delicious local and asian foods during a buffet lunch
  • Visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital
  • Enjoy a unique boat trip to visit Tràng An
Full description

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex.

Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the 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 a 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.  Then, 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 to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

  • Welcome drink
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Boat trip to Trang An
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Live guide
  • Buffet lunch
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • 1 traditional hat
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Please note, the tour itinerary and schedules are subject to change without notice, depending on the weather and operating conditions
  • Customers should provide their hotel name and address in the Hoan Kiem district for pick-up arrangements
  • All passengers should provide full name, mobile phone or their email addresses, the tour operator will contact you directly after you make your reservation
  • If you are vegetarian or have any special food requirements, please advise the tour operator in advance
  • Disabled guests are unable to partake in water sports activities on the boat
  • If you do not want to join the biking segment of the tour you can relax in the restaurant with a cup of coffee or visit a local market
  • You can also finish your trip in Tam Coc or Ninh Binh
  • Wearing shorts into the temple is not allowed
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 160 reviews

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This was a great trip and one I would definitely recommend if you have some free time while in Hanoi!! Ninh Binh was such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit with some amazing scenery! We were able to see and do so much in such a short space of time! Our tour guided Tom Hanks (not the celebrity lol!) was incredible - he was helpful, knowledgeable and very kind! He worked hard to make the trip fun, enjoyable and interesting for us. He provided us with a straw hat and rain poncho each to keep as well bottled water. He was happy to answer any questions we had and kept us updated at all points throughout the trip. It was very interesting to learn about the fascinating Vietnamese history from him when visiting the temples. My favourite part of the trip was cycling through lotus gardens and mountains and admiring the scenery. We also really enjoyed the boat trip on Tam Coc where we got to see lots of beautiful natural scenery! Great food options too! Definitely recommend this trip!

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July 22, 2022

Vietnam for explorers. Absolutely recommendable tour for everyone who wants to learn more about the country and the culture. There was a lot on offer and the program was tight. We move quickly from one activity to the next. Biking, hiking, canoeing or visiting a temple. There is something for everyone. However, we would only recommend this tour to sporty people (without children).

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June 5, 2022

"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.

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April 24, 2022

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