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

1. 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 Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

2. Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter then drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Discover the former capital of Dai Co Viet in the 10th and 11th Centuries. Next, visit Mua Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch at a local bungalow. After lunch, you will go on a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Then, cycle through the rice fields and villages to visit Thai Vi Temple. Enjoy a sunset party with tea and fruit at a swimming pool; relax and swim before you return to Hanoi.

Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

3. Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

Arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan that goes along the Ngo Dong River to visit three different caves. After you finish visiting Tam Coc, bike around the Tam Coc area and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break. Next, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Then get back into your private car and continue on towards Cuc Phuong National Park to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. The primate center was established in 1993 with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Afterwards, visit the cave of Early Man. It is one of the nice cave in this forest, then going to visit some symbal old trees of Cuc Phuong National Park.

Hanoi: Mua Cave, Tuyet Tinh Coc Pagoda & Trang An Boat Tour

4. Hanoi: Mua Cave, Tuyet Tinh Coc Pagoda & Trang An Boat Tour

Following an early morning pickup at your accommodation in Hanoi, drive in direction of Ninh Binh. Experience the peaceful scenery along the Red River Delta and stop for a short break to stretch your legs. Arrive in Ninh Binh at around 11 AM to transfer to your final destination – the Mua Cave. Pass by stunning rice fields with buffalos and goats. Then, climb up to the top of the mountain where the Mua Cave is located. Visit the Tuyet Tinh Coc pagoda inside the cave and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the top of the mountain. Gaze in awe at the surrounding lakes, jungle, and limestone formations. In the early afternoon, savor a buffet lunch with a variety of dishes from the Vietnamese cuisine. After lunch, take a swim or relax before boarding the bus to Trang An. Once at Trang An wharf, aboard a sampan and cruise along the stunning river and its caves. Surrounded by exquisite jungle-clad limestone karst formations, marvel at the rich fauna and flora. After visiting Trang An, re-board the bus for your return trip to Hanoi. Arrive back at your hotel in Hanoi at around 7 PM.

Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

5. Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day Trip from Hanoi

6. Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day Trip from Hanoi

Depart from Hanoi and head south for a 2-hour drive along Highway One. Spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries and then move on to Tam Coc for a sampan boat trip along the Boi River. Hoa Lu, situated 100 km south of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 1009 AD. See some of the sanctuaries and tombs that have survived the years and can still be seen today. Take scenic photos of the banks of the river. Admire the geological formations of the area, which are of spectacular natural beauty. After lunch,visit the Bich Dong pagodas before heading back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay and Ninh Binh 2-Day Cultural Tour

7. Halong Bay and Ninh Binh 2-Day Cultural Tour

Day 1: Ha Noi – Hoa Lu – Mua Cave – Tam Coc – Ninh Binh (L, D) 7h40 – 8h10: The bus will pick you up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter departure for Ninh Binh. It’s take more or less 2,5 hours from Ha Noi to Ninh Binh. You will have a short break on the half way about 20 minutes. 10h30 - 10h40: You will reach to Hoa Lu ancient capital of Vietnam. You will visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple in the 10th centery, finding out the heroic histories of this two kings in Chinese Wars. 11h50 - 12h00: Have a lunch with Vietnamese cuisine. 13h00 - 13h05: Get on the tourist bus continue going to Tam Coc wharf for taking the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (three different caves). 15h00 - 15h05: Biking tour around Tam Coc Area and enjoy Vietnamese tea break. 15h30 - 15h35: 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. 16h40 – 16h50: Get on bus go to your hotel/ bungalow/ homestay in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. Check in your hotel/ bungalow/ homestay in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. Free time to relax or visit Ninh Binh city or Tam Coc town. 18h30 – 19h00: Dinner is service at the local restaurant. Free time to relax. Sleep at your hotel/ bungalow/ homestay in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. Day 2: Tam Coc – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (B,L) 7h00 Breakfast is service at the hotel, then checking out your hotel 7h30 Get on bus or car leave Tam Coc – Ninh Binh to Halong habour. You will have some short break on the half way. 11:50 – 12:00: Arrive Halong harbor, get on the boat and enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through the the most beautiful Islets on Halong bay such as Dog Islet, Incense burner Islet, Fighting cock Islet.. 13:20 – 12:30: You will visit Sung Sot Cave ( Surprising cave) – one of the most beautiful cave of Ha Long bay. 14:45: Keep cruising to Luon cave (water cave) Area with some options: You can join to play Kayaking or bamboo rowing boat. If you don’t want to play these activities, you can relax on the big boat if you prefer to have more free time by yourself. 15:45: Visit Titop Island. From here, you can trek up to Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of Ha Long bay or swimming on the beach. 17:00: Tea break time on sundeck to enjoy sunset 17:30 – 17:40: Back to Ha Long harbor, get on the tourist bus back to Hanoi by new highway. 19:50 – 20:10: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your hotel (around Hanoi Old quarter). End of trip!

Hoa Lư and Tam Cốc with Bike Ride and Family Visit

8. Hoa Lư and Tam Cốc with Bike Ride and Family Visit

Depart Hanoi and travel to the ancient city of Hoa Lư, capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Explore the remains of the Citadel and learn more about the Đinh Dynasty and its ruler Đinh Tiên Hoàng. Next, meet a local family in Tam Cốc and hear about their daily activities and traditional embroidery. Enjoy a special lunch of local food prepared by the hostess, such as soup, chicken with lemongrass, fried fish, and steamed rice. Then, experience life on the water as a local rows you by boat to the impressive limestone caves that stretch along the Ngô Đồng River. See some of the local temples amongst the karst mountains and paddy fields, where the rice can turn the fields yellow during the harvest. Ride a bike among the rice fields and mountains of Ninh Binh Province for about an hour before returning to Hanoi.

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What people are saying about Ninh Binh

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 66 reviews

My significant other and really enjoyed this trip. It was a quick turn around for a day trip as there was a lot packed into one day so I would suggest being prepared for a longer day. That being said Hotel pick Up from Hanoi was on time and convenient our tour guide was excellent, provided lunch was solid and arrangements came together without a hitch. Its a trip packed with other tourist for sure but gives you the ability to see a lot in a short period of time. Very worthwhile one day excursion from Hanoi especially with limited time to see these sites.

Great care from Kevin. The pagoda was astonishing with its size but disappointed ... with its "novelty". It is not a historical place, but simply a tourist destination. great follow-up to the trip! It's really worth climbing the mountain and seeing the great views.

Wonderful experience, from the communication through WhatsApp when we first arranged the trip, to the final drop off back at our hotel, we felt is safe and very competent hands. A wonderful trip exploring some of Vietnam’s highlights

The pick-up and drop-off car is clean and comfortable, the team leader helps others and takes good care of it, the trip is a bit rushed, the boat tour is too long, and the buffet lunch is not delicious.

Very comfortable transport and really nice time spent out of Hanoi. Thank you Frankie!