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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!

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From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

2. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years ago. From the cave continue on towards Cua Van fishing village, the biggest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Explore the village by kayak or a bamboo boat and visit the quaint onsite museum to learn about local lifestyle and customs. Next, enjoy some free time on the boat to soak up the views, relax on deck, or treat yourself to a massage service. At 5pm watch an incredible fruit carving demonstration then enjoy a delicious canapé party against the backdrop of the glowing sunset. Finally, head back to the cruise port where your transfer service is waiting to take you safely back to Hanoi.

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Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

3. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, 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 PM, 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 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 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

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

4. 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!

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From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

5. From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

Your tour will start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, in an air-conditioned car. Upon arrival, visit the temples of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh. Discover the heroic histories of these two kings during the Chinese Wars. Then enjoy a lunch of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Afterwards, continue to Trang An Wharf by car. From here you'll take a boat trip to discover the cave complex. See Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou and the mysterious surrounding wilderness. Admire the beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers.  The tour continues to Mua Cave, a popular tourist sight with many interesting stories. Climb the 500 stone steps up to a temple to appreciate the incredible views. From here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. You'll be driven back to Hanoi, where your tour will end with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 7:30 PM.

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Hanoi: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

6. Hanoi: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike

When talking about the food in Vietnam, there is plenty of diverse food experiences in every city and they express the special cultures as well as the lifestyles of locals. Join this tour and go you around all the hidden alleys to find amazing local cuisines. Itinerary: 6:00 PM - Pick-up at hotel and beginning the Hanoi Street Food Tour By Night with our lady bikers 6:20 PM - The first destination is “Bun cha – Noodle Soup With Porkpie”, which is a special noodle from the North side of Vietnam 7:00 PM - Walk around Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake to relax, you will have a chance to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Hanoi at night as well as listen to the history of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. 7:30 PM - Go to Ly Thai To Park 8:00 PM - The next stop is “The Hanoi shrimp pancake”, which is a really popular cake here. 9:00 PM - Continue to the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is one of the most attractive historical places in Hanoi. You will be able to participate in the flag lowering ceremony and find out information about the influential leader. 9:15 PM - It’s time to have dessert in the last place which is “Coconut Ice cream”, which is the best dessert in the lovely city. 09:30 PM - Drop off at your hotel.

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From Hanoi: Tam Coc and Hoa Lu Full-Day Trip with Boat Ride

7. From Hanoi: Tam Coc and Hoa Lu Full-Day Trip with Boat Ride

Start your day with an early 08:00 pick-up at your hotel before taking the 2-hour ride south from Ha Noi to Ninh Binh Province, known to many travelers as Vietnam’s 'Inland Halong Bay'. Once there, hop into a local boat for a 2-hour cruise along the Tam Coc stream. Take a moment to soak up the spectacular scenery while gliding along the river, surrounded by lush rice paddies and towering limestone mountain ranges. After the boat ride, enjoy an authentic local lunch served at a riverside restaurant. Then take a short trip along the peaceful country road to Hoa Lu, the city that was once Vietnam’s ancient capital 11 centuries ago. Explore 2 of Hoa Lu's remarkable temples, dedicated to the emperors King Dinh and King Le. After exploring this historic region, you'll head back to Hanoi and be dropped off back at your hotel. 

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Perfume Pagoda Day Trip from Hanoi

8. Perfume Pagoda Day Trip from Hanoi

At 8:00 AM, your guide will arrive to pick you up at your accommodation in the Old Quarter Area. From there, drive approximately 80 kilometers to the Perfume Pagoda. Arrive in Duc harbor to take a rowing boat trip. Visit that land on the Yen stream for about 1-hour to arrive at Thien Tru harbor. Then, enjoy free time to trekking go up and down. Visit the main cave, Huong Tich, on the top of the mountain. Then see Golden silver tree rice stuck 1-hour down the hill. After exploring the temple, have your lunch at a local restaurant. Then discover the Heaven Kitchen Pagoda and learn about Buddhism ancient architecture at Le Dynasty. Return, on the rowing boat then in the bus, to Hanoi for approximately 6:30 PM. 

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Full Day Trang An, Bich Dong Pagoda, Biking & Family Visit

9. Full Day Trang An, Bich Dong Pagoda, Biking & Family Visit

This full-day tour departs Hanoi on a drive to Trang An, with a short break en route. Spend a couple of hours exploring Trang An in a small boat, rowed by a local. See the many limestone caves along the Sao Khe River and the temples along the way. Stop for lunch that features local Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy a cup of Vietnamese green tea or coffee before cycling to Ninh Binh. Explore the area for around an hour, taking in the rice fields and limestone mountains. Next, visit the Bich Dong pagoda and learn about Vietnam’s history and its Buddhist culture. Later see the temple of King Dinh in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Itinerary 07:15 AM – 07.45 AM Pick-up from your hotel or private address and departure to Ninh Binh. 10:00 AM Arrive at Trang An, spend about 2 hours exploring Trang An - the core of natural heritage in a small boat, rowed by local people. Visit many limestone water caves along Sao Khe river, King Kong film set and temples along the way. 12:30 PM Come to a local restaurant, refresh with a welcome drink then enjoy a special lunch with the local cuisine featuring the yin-yang balance of the Asian culture. 02:30 PM Visiting a local family in Van Lam village, Tam Coc area. Spend time to interact and learn their tradition and lifestyle. Here, see their house architecture and decor, as well as their daily life and handicraft job of making traditional embroidery. 03:30 PM Leave the family, take a bike and start riding around the village to explore the gorgeous rice fields surrounded by limestone mountains with a unique route. 04:00 PM Visit Bich Dong Pagoda under the introduction of your local guide, get to know more about the Vietnam history and understand the origin of Buddhism. 04:30 PM Leave Ninh Binh and drive straight back to Hanoi. 06:30 PM Arrive in Hanoi, get dropped back to your hotel or private address in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,926 reviews

the tour was excellent, the boat trip was particularly incredible. Nghia was an excellent guide, he spoke English very well and was extremely helpful, responsible and friendly. Some reviews comment on not having much time but that is the nature of a one day trip that is 100km out of a busy city. Definitely worth it if you have day to spare :)

Enjoyed the biking and the steep hike (view was worth it)! The boat ride, not so much - around 1.30hrs sitting under the sun. It was pretty hot so make sure you bring a hat and sunblock. Overall, it was good. Our tour guide Zuy (Frank) was knowledgable and fun. He adjusted the itinerary that fit to our liking :)

This is a must do activity when in Hanoi! Do not miss it! The view after climbing 500 steps is just unparalleled and beautiful!! The 1 hour boat ride though the green fields surrounding by hills is just splendid! Highly highly recommended activity!! Our guide Mr Kay (Mr K?) is just awesome!

The trip was amazing and the scenery beyond mesmerizing . The whole trip was really organized and even though the boat trip was cancelled, they provided an alternative in order for us to expereinece it to the fullest . Our guide Franky (Dyi) was great !

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!