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From Hanoi: Ninh Binh 2-Day Culture, Heritage & Scenic Tour

1. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh 2-Day Culture, Heritage & Scenic Tour

Day 1 : Ha Noi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Ninh Binh After hotel pick up between 7:30 and 8:00 AM, head to Tam Coc. Take the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit 3 caves. Take a biking tour around the area before a buffet lunch. Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam by bus. Head to Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple and learn of the heroic histories of the Chinese Wars. Next, visit Mua cave. Climb 500 stone steps for panoramic views of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, head to Ninh Binh, check into your hotel and take some free time to relax. Dinner is served at your hotel, before free time to visit the city. Lunch and dinner are included. Day 2: Ninh Binh – Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda – Ha Noi After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, take some free time to relax or visit Tam Coc town. Hop onto the bus and head to Bai Dinh Pagoda. Arrive at the Pagoda, the biggest in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, and the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam standing at 10 meters in height, and 100 tons in weight. Have lunch in a local restaurant with some local dishes. Move on to Trang An and take boat trip to visa its famous cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, and Ba Giot Cave. See Nau Ruou's mystery and wilderness, with scenes of mountains and rivers. At around 4:00 PM, start your journey back to Hanoi. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Hanoi - Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Hanoi Full Day Tour

2. Hanoi - Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Hanoi Full Day Tour

With a 120km drive through rural northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, much closer to Hanoi than Halong Bay, yet just as breathtaking, this up-and-coming destination offers surreal limestone karsts, tranquil boat rides and the Vietnam’s former capital, Hoa Lu, is a short ride on the bike for 12km down the road from Tam Coc (Three Grottoes). Explore the two temples, Le Dai Hanh and Dinh Tien Hoang, there remains as stunning as it was over a millennium ago, when the complex was the political center of Vietnam. We start our tour at 8 am with a 120km drive through rural northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Our first stop is at Hoa Lu – the first royal capital of Vietnam’s centralized feudal state from 968 – 1010 led by three dynasties of Dinh, Early Le and Ly. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, we start our 12km cycling trip through country roads from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc (Three grottos). On the way we will stop to take photos of the farmers working on their rice crop with the magnificent scenery of Limestone Mountains in the distance. After 1 hour cycling we arrive to Tam Coc resting and enjoy a good buffet lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place’s other name, ‘Halong on Land’. Late afternoon we return to Hanoi, the trip ends.

Halong Bay and Ninh Binh 2-Day Cultural Tour

3. 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.

Private Tour: Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat & Biking

4. Private Tour: Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat & Biking

Explore Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and Tam Coc. Following a hotel pick-up from the Old Quarter of Hanoi, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey southeast, approximately 70 miles (120 kilometers) from Hanoi. Upon arrival, see the 2 main temples of the former royal city, including the main temple to Emperor Dinh and the temple to Emperor Le in the foothills of the Den Mountain. Explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel, separated from the Inner Citadel by the limestone mountains. Continue to Tam Coc for lunch before cruising the Hoang Long River by traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation, and paddle into hidden caves to see geological formations. Next, cycle along quiet roads through small villages and rice fields to see the rocky outcrops of Tam Cốc-Bích Động. The gentle bike ride lasts for about 1 hour, covering a distance of approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers). Round off your day with an air-conditioned transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Full-Day Private Tam Coc Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch

5. Hanoi: Full-Day Private Tam Coc Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch

Your tour will begin at 7:30AM, at which point your English-speaking tour guide and private car will pick you up from your hotel in Ha Noi city for departure to Trang An. You will then arrive at the Trang An wharf, where you will take a "sampan" to visit the Trang An cave complex. At midday, you will enjoy a fantastic set menu lunch consisting of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. You will then re-board your private car to continue onward to visit the Tam Coc wharf where you will hop on your sampan to visit 3 caves along the Ngo Dong river. Following this, you will begin a biking tour around the Tam Coc area, with plenty of scenery to enjoy as you peddle through the countryside. At 3:30PM, you will continue your tour by visiting the Mua Cave. You can climb 500 stone steps in order to achieve a rewarding view that spans all the way to Tam Coc. You will stay up at this serene location, looking down on the Ngo Dong river while the sun sets. At 5:00PM, you will re-board your private car to return Ha Noi, and at around 7:00PM, you will be returned back to your local accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

It's a relaxed trip to Ninh Binh. Just trust the guide even if you don't know what happens next. We enjoyed the 2 boat rides, but they are really long. We were surprised we liked both. If you can't see beauty in rocks/nature, go for the 1-day trip. At the second boat tour you get "attacked" by locals in the middle of the boat ride to buy souvenirs/food. It's really annoying and sometimes scary. We could have skipped Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and the Pagoda (you just see it from far away). You run through both attractions and if you have seen old asian citys or pagodas, it's the same. They are very time consuming too. If you take 2 days you will do the same restaurant and bycicle trip. Our guide was helpful with taking pictures, but he was quite stressed to get everyone around. There was not much time for history lessons. The food at the Tam Coc Tropical Homestay is simple but enough and good. We were surprised as it's a really nice homestay. The Mua mountain is steep, but very beautiful.

Overall, the tour was very good. Travellers need to understand these companies mix and match tours so we were with one group the first day and another group the second day. Travelled to our destination (2 hours) in a nice roomy bus but returned home in a cramped mini-van that was less than comfortable. The tour operator also put us up in a distant guest house far from the center of town where we were the only guests. Food was terrible for the most part at all the stops and at our guest house.

Everything on time. Tour gides were funny with bunch of nice jokes. Programe was very interesting, we loved both trips on the boat. Worth doing the 2day option. Hotel could be closer to the town. Besides that everything was perfect. Thank you!