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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.

Day Trip: Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave with Transfer

4. Day Trip: Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave with Transfer

Start with pickup at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Travel by shuttle bus journey through the beautiful countryside until you reach Ninh Binh province. Arrive at the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The site was once the capital of the region. See the various shrines and temples such as King Dinh Temple. After Hoa Lu, travel to Mua Cave and start a trek up to the summit of Ngoa Long mountain. Once you reach the summit enjoy a beautiful view of the valley below. After working up your appetite on the trek, enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant. Next, take a 1.5-hour sampan boat trip operated by a local rower. Sail gently along the Ngo Dong river, capturing the wonderful scenery of the Karst hills, rice fields, and peaceful villages. See the Tam Coc Caves of "Ca", "Hai" and "Ba." After your boat trip, enjoy a cycle around the surrounding countryside and get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals. Be returned to your hotel in Hanoi at approximately 7:00 PM.

Mua Caves, Tam Coc, and Cuc Phuong National Park 2-Day Tour

5. Mua Caves, Tam Coc, and Cuc Phuong National Park 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Hanoi, Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc  Your first day will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. From here you will travel to Hoa Lu, the country's ancient capital. You will then visit Mua Cave, from where you can also enjoy breathtaking panoramic mountainous views. Following this, you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set-menu lunch at a local bungalow. You will later enjoy a sampan boat ride in Tam Coc, passing through the three caves of Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Following this cave exploration, you will cycle through the neighboring rice fields and villages. Later in the day you will swim and enjoy a sunset party, complete with tea and fruits. You will then check into your bungalow for the evening, before sitting down to a set-menu dinner and having free time for the evening. Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park, Hanoi Your morning will begin relatively early with breakfast served at 7:30AM. Following breakfast, you will depart for the Cuc Phuong National Park, which was Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve. Your visit will begin at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world. You will later enjoy lunch at the national park, before visiting the Cave of Prehistoric Man, which is the site of one of the earliest discoveries of human habitation in Vietnam. Later that afternoon you will leave Cuc Phuong for Hanoi, where your tour will eventually end at 6:30PM.

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc 1-Day Tour

6. Hoa Lu and Tam Coc 1-Day Tour

Be collected at your accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM. The drive to Hoa Lu takes approximately 2.5 hours. When you arrive, your English-speaking tour guide will show you around Hoa Lu. It was the capital of Vietnam between the 10th and 11th centuries. The area is full of rice fields broken by picturesque limestone mountains. The capital at Hoa Lu covered an area of 300 hectares (3 kilometers squared) and included both the inner and outer citadels. It included defensive earthen walls, palaces, temples, and shrines and was surrounded and protected by mountains of limestone. Today, the ancient citadel no longer exists and few vestiges of the 10th century remain. You can see the temples built in honor of the emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh, their sons, and Queen Duong Van Nga.  Return to the bus and go to a local restaurant in Tam Coc for a buffet lunch. After lunch, go to Tam Coc wharf to board a sampan and enjoy rowing through three famous caves in Tam Coc; Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. They have a lot of beautiful stalactites and stalactites of different colors. Next, go to Tam Coc and ride a bicycle around the town and traditional villages. You will also have free time to explore Tam Coc on foot. At 4:30 PM, return to your bus for the journey to your accommodation, where you will arrive between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

7. Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy comfortable transport to your hotel in Hanoi central. Relax for the night and prepare for your adventure in the morning. Wake the next day and embark on your journey towards Ninh Binh Province. Arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex, and witness the largest Pagoda in Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia. Afterward, climb to the summit of the mountain and marvel at the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Take some time to purchase some lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave complex in Trang An by boat. Spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Eat a good breakfast at your accommodation and get picked up for your transfer to Halong Bay. Arrive at the Halong Wharf and board your sightseeing cruise. Sip on a welcome drink and learn about the ship with a short cruise briefing. Eat lunch while cruising the Bai Tu Long Bay and admire the serene waterways, with fascinating rock formations along the way. Find yourself at Cap La Island and get ready to kayak through the karst and breathtaking nature. Take some time to yourself to swim and relax. Full of the experience from the day, delight in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Challenge yourself with some Vietnamese puzzle games and face off with the rest of your group. Try your luck at squid fishing or sit and enjoy a cocktail in the quiet night of the bay. Begin the next day with a centering Tai Chi routine on the sundeck, or catch the morning view of the bay's landscape, while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy a Western-style breakfast, to give you a little bit of familiarity in a beautiful and strange land. Discover the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and walk the white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. Return to the boat to freshen up and pack up your things, before watching an authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration. Learn about the simply delicious dish that Gordon Ramsey made famous. After your meal on board, return to Halong Wharf to catch your bus back to Hanoi. Spend some time decompressing in your hotel, before being picked up by your tour guide to visit Hanoi for the day. Capture sights of Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Complex. Purchase your lunch at a suggested restaurant, and visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Discover Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, then head back to your hotel to relax in the lobby. Relax for a while, before being picked up and returned back to the airport for your flight home.

Halong Bay and Ninh Binh 2-Day Cultural Tour

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

Day 1: Ha Noi – Hoa Lu – Mua Cave – Tam Coc – Ninh Binh The bus will pick you up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter departure for Ninh Binh. It takes 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. Reach Hoa Lu ancient capital of Vietnam. You will visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple in the 10th century, learning about the heroic histories of these two kings in the Chinese Wars. Have a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Hop on the bus going to Tam Coc wharf. Then take the sampan and go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc, exploring three different caves. 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. Proceed to your accommodation in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. Dinner is served at the local restaurant, afterwards you can enjoy your evening. Day 2: Tam Coc – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay Have breakfast and then check-out of your hotel. Arrive at Halong harbor just before midday, and enjoy a Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through the most beautiful Islets on Halong bay such as Dog Islet, Incense burner Islet, and Fighting Cock Islet. Visit Sung Sot Cave (The surprising cave). Then you can take part in optional kayaking or bamboo rowing boat. Or you can relax on the big boat if you prefer to have more free time by yourself. Next, visit Titop Island. From here, you can trek up to the peak for taking photos with a panoramic view of Ha Long bay. Finally, cruise back to the harbor for the transfer back to Hanoi in the late evening.

Hoa Lư and Tam Cốc with Bike Ride and Family Visit

9. 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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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 67 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.

Amazing places! Bai Dihn is amazing and you will walk a lot! Be prepared!Trang An is beautiful and relaxing! And the last one, Mua Cave requires a lot of you to climb to the top, but ib the end the view is amazing! The tour was on time, the car was ok, the guide always with us and attentive! You will visit a lot of places in 1 day and walk a lot! The food at the lunch is good, but could be better or at least explained what it is or how to eat.

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.

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!