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

2. 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

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

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

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

6. 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.

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Ninh Binh Daily Tour: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, and Trang An

7. Ninh Binh Daily Tour: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, and Trang An

You will begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and visit the King Dinh Temple. Later on you will visit Am Tien Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Tuyet Tinh Coc. Discover Am Tien Cave and Pagoda before you stop to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch go for a 3-hour sampan boat trip in Trang An. Then, visit Trang An temples and caves, and see the .6-mile-long cave.

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

8. 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.

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Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong by Limo

9. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong by Limo

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Am Tien Cave and enjoy the stunning lake site at Tuyet Tinh Coc. Have a buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend 40 minutes here before you return to Hanoi.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hoa Lu

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 !

This was a great tour....a very full day! Our tour guide seemed to really like his job as he was enthusiastic and upbeat. Loved everything about it!!