Discover the World Heritage–listed treasures of Ninh Binh province on this unforgettable day trip with a small-group. After lunch in Tam Coc, board a sampan for a tranquil boat ride past a majestic landscape of limestone caves home to Bich Dong Pagoda.
What to Expect
Depart your hotel this morning at 8.30am for the 2.5 hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel,most of which has since been destroyed, once covered an area of almost 2 square miles (3 square km).
In the late morning, head to Tam Coc for a Vietnamese lunch. Along the way, you will stop to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape. After lunch board your private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, 'Halong on Land'.
Should you feel adventurous, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before returning to Hanoi and your hotel in the late afternoon.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)