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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

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop 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 hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) 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. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. 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. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh, Trang An, Bai Dinh, and Mua Cave Trip

2. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh, Trang An, Bai Dinh, and Mua Cave Trip

Uncover the cultural and natural heritage of the Ninh Binh province on a guided day trip from Hanoi. Pay a visit to the Bai Dinh Temple Complex, float through the tranquil rivers of Trang An, and climb to the top of Mua Caves for striking panoramic views of rocky hills. Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and depart toward Ninh Binh. Stop at Bai Dinh, the biggest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam, to gaze at the imposing pagoda. See 500 Arhat Statues made out of blue stones, a 36-ton bronze bell, and a 100-ton Buddha statue, rising up to 10 meters. Take a lunch break in a local restaurant, with a Vietnamese buffet of goat meat, fish, chicken, and fried rice, as well as vegetarian food options. Continue to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured in the 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island. Hop on a wooden boat to navigate through its quiet rivers, discover mysterious caves, and admire towering limestone karsts covered with tropical plants. Finally, climb up 500 steps to the viewpoint of Mua Caves to marvel at panoramic views of Tam Coc before returning to Hanoi.

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh, Ha long, & Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

3. Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh, Ha long, & Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

Discover some of Vietnam's most picturesque locations on this multiday trip with a luxury cruise. Visit Ninh Binh, Lan Ha, and more with roundtrip transportation from Hanoi included. You'll also get to swim, kayak, make traditional cuisine, and learn about local culture. Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh 7:20-7:40 am Tour guide and bus will pick-up all traveler from the Hanoi Old Quarter and head to Ninh Binh Province. Pay a visit to the Bai Dinh Temple Complex, the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam, and check out the impressive pagoda. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Float through the tranquil rivers of Trang An on a wooden boat and climb to the top of Mua Caves for striking panoramic views of Tam Coc before heading to the homestay for an overnight stay. 16:30 check in Ninh Binh Bungalow and free cycling around Village 19:00 Dinner at Bungalow restaurant and free time relaxing and stay overnight at Ninh Binh Bungalow Day 2: Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 6:30 am Have breakfast at Ninh Binh Bungalow and bus will come to pick-up to Halong Bay 7:10-7:30am The Limousine bus pickup from Ninh Binh, transfer to Ha Long Bay. Check in for the cruise and have lunch. Cruise through Con Vit Islet, Thumb Islet, Gia Luan Harbor, and Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for some kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao Beach or, depending on the weather, visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave. As the sun sinks below the horizon, gather on the deck to enjoy the brilliant colors in the sky and relax with tea and coffee or learn how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls during a cooking demonstration. Make new friends at the sunset party or relax in the onboard. After dinner, enjoy a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar or play board games, watch a movie, or go squid fishing Day 3 Lan Ha Bay - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi Start your day with an early morning Tai Chi session on the deck to focus the mind and condition the body. Enjoy a light breakfast while taking in stunning views of the bay and its dramatic limestone islets. We will provided one of 2 options at below (depending one of our cruise will do one option activities at below) Option 1: Sail through the calm emerald waters to Ao Ech for a kayaking trip and swimming. Option 2: will visit the Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island After exploring the caves, enjoy some Vietnamese cuisine for lunch. Disembark from the cruise and take a speedboat back to Tuan Chau Marina before heading back to your accommodation in Hanoi. 11:30 Check out the cruise and bus come to pick-up and transfer back to Hanoi 14:30-15:00 The bus will drop off at Hanoi Old Quarter, the end trip at Hanoi Old Quarter Free offer a birthday cake if client have a birthday on cruise (need request before one tour by email) Free set-up honeymoon or anniversary cabin (need request before one tour by email)

Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

4. Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

On this 3-day excursion, discover the incredible landscape and sights of the Ninh Binh province and enjoy an overnight stay in an eco-lodge. Then, ride your shuttle bus to Tuan Chau Island and take a luxury boat for a tour around Ha Long bay and spend the night on board. Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh trip Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your limousine bus as you make your way to Ninh Binh. Savor the tranquility of the lodge’s amazing location - surrounded by mountains and rivers..  Visit the ancient city of Hoa Lu or climb to the Hang Mua viewpoint, for a breathtaking panorama over the limestone mountains and rice fields of Valley. Enjoy a boat ride to explore Trang An's natural heritage. Check in to the Ninh Binh Ecolodge and head off by bike or on foot to see the local sights, or relax by the pool or in the peaceful gardens.  Day 2: Ninh Binh - Halong /Lan Ha Bay Rise bright and early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before leaving for Tuan Chau Island with your shuttle bus. After arriving at the dock, take a small boat to reach your luxury cruise ship, where you will be welcomed aboard with a drink and a refreshing cold towel.  After check-in, enjoy lunch in the onboard restaurant as the boat sails up the winding canals on its way to Ha Long Bay. Then, hop into a canoe or a bamboo boat to explore the dazzling white limestone karsts, emerald green waters, and dark mystery of the Dark and Light Caves. Back on deck, unwind, and admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin from the pool or at the bar. Then, choose from a range of activities: join a traditional cooking class, get a massage, or work out in the high deck gym with panoramic views. After dinner, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night from the top deck, relax with romantic music, or sip refreshing drinks at the bar. You can also try your luck at squid fishing, watch a movie, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply relax in your room. Day 3: Lan Ha/ Halong Bay - Ha Noi Wake up to an enjoy the light breakfast . We will provided one of 2 options (depending one of our cruise will do one option activities at below) Option 1: Sail through the calm emerald waters to Tra Bau for a charming local sightseeing kayak trip and swimming. Option 2: will visit the Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island After returning to the boat, finish your trip with a hearty brunch while the ship sails back to the harbor. Wave goodbye to the boat from the port and ride in back to Hanoi at the end of the afternoon.

From Hanoi: Full-Day Ninh Binh Highlights Small Group Tour

5. From Hanoi: Full-Day Ninh Binh Highlights Small Group Tour

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 Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. 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 some time here before you return to Hanoi.

From Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Trang An & Mua Cave Small-Group Tour

6. From Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Trang An & Mua Cave Small-Group Tour

Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water. Itinerary Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave tour: 8:30 - Our touguide and van will pick you up at your hoetel/hometay in Tam Coc, Trang An, Ninh Binh or you can also come to our office Ninh Binh Footprint Travel in Tam Coc 9h30: Visit Mua Cave (Mua mean Dance) with 500 step up to the Top of Mua Moutain. On the Top, you can overview all the nice sence of Hoa Lu. 11h0: Visit Hoa Lu – the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple, in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). 12:30 - Enjoy the lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisines. 13h30: Depart to visit Trang An Eco-Tourism attraction, there is beautiful scenery landscape, you will boarding a small boat to visit Trang An, you will see majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious yet inviting caves, as well as countryside sights, like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields. Take boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers Ha Long on land of Ninh Binh. 16h30: Get on bus and keep going to visit Bich Dong pagoda ( oldest pagoda in Ninh Binh ) 17h15: We arrival in your hotel and finish the tour. See you next time.

Hanoi: Ninh Binh Day Trip with Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, and Mua Cave

7. Hanoi: Ninh Binh Day Trip with Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, and Mua Cave

Embark on a day trip from Ninh Binh province, and head approximately 100 km southeast of Hanoi to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc. Learn about the history of the region, float among the rice patties, discover caves. Enjoy a buffet lunch with local treats and comfortable air-conditioned transport along the way. For a span of 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu reigned as the esteemed capital of Vietnam. In close proximity, Tam Coc is often referred to as "Ha Long among the rice paddies." Enjoy being transported by rowboat along the serene Tam Coc stream, gliding past emerald fields and the towering bases of mountains, and ultimately entering the enchanting mouths of caves. Be met with delightful surprises, from shimmering stalactites to glistening stalagmites, mere inches from the tranquil waters. Itinerary for the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave Tour: Departure commences with your pick-up from your hotel in the old quarter. Head to Hoa Lu – the Ancient Royal capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple, which date back to the 10th century, revealing the heroic legacies of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. Next, venture to Tam Coc (located 10 km away from Hoa Lu). Continue on to visit Mua Cave, boasting a staircase with a remarkable 500 steps leading to the pinnacle of Mua Mountain. Be rewarded at the summit with a sweeping view of the splendid Hoa Lu landscape. Tuck into a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant. Following your meal, board a bamboo boat, skillfully rowed by local residents, for a journey along the Hoang Long River to explore Tam Coc. During this tranquil voyage, you'll traverse three massive caves, taking a respite from the summer sun. The boat trip typically spans about two hours, allowing you to observe the daily life of local fishermen, riverside villages, and the striking limestone karst formations that have made Tam Coc renowned.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Trang An and Mua Caves Hiking Day Trip

8. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Trang An and Mua Caves Hiking Day Trip

Embark on a full-day tour of the Ninh Binh province. Explore the Vietnamese ancient capital of Hoa Lu to understand the history of the country. Marvel at the scenic landscape of Trang An. Hike to the top of the Mua Cave for incredible views from the top. 07:30: Start your day with a hotel pickup. Meet your guide and leave for Hoa Lu. Pass by green fields and villages. Have a 15-minute break to stretch your legs. 10:00. Arrive in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 11th century. Visit the Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh Temple. Appreciate the unique architecture. Delve deep into history and learn about the first Vietnamese government. Explore the excavation area. Experience the vestiges of Royal Palace ground dated back to the 10th century. Then, hop back on the bus at 11:00 for a drive to Trang An. Artfully crafted by nature, Trang An is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Get on a bamboo boat for a 2.5-hour tour rowing through the majestic cave complex of Bright Cave, Dark Cave, Ba Giot Cave. Glide along the river, crossing villages, mountains, and lush rice fields. 13:00: Stop at a restaurant to feast on local food. Get back to the bus and leave for Mua Cave. Hike up the mountain and see the Ngo Dong River. Climb 486 steps to reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain. Enjoy a panoramic of Tam Coc. 16:30: Say goodbye to the countryside and get on a 2,5 hours bus ride back to Hanoi. Get dropped off at your hotel about 19:00

From Ninh Binh: Bai Dinh, Trang An & Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

9. From Ninh Binh: Bai Dinh, Trang An & Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

Discover Ninh Binh on this tour to Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An, and Mua Cave. Enjoy a boat ride alongside limestone cliffs and take in stunning views of the countryside. Savor a local lunch along the way. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation in Tam Coc, Trang An, or Ninh Binh. Depart for Mua Cave and after your relaxing ride, walk up 500 steps to the Mua Cave viewpoint. Gaze over the rice valleys and the surrounding landscapes before heading back down to the next stop. Arrive at the glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complex, scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain. Be mesmerized by views of the river valley below and the rock karsts that make the landscape even more impressive. Witness Vietnamese tradition at the pagoda complex with its ornate architecture of 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats), 2 huge bronze bells, the Quan Yin statue with a thousand arms and eyes, and the Gautama Buddha statue. Listen to your guide as they tell you about Buddhism. After visiting Bai Dinh, enjoy lunch at a restaurant featuring local cuisine. Then depart for Trang An and board a small boat to float next to limestone cliffs, mysterious caves, peaceful streams, and lush rice paddies. The boat ride takes you to the Sang, Toi, Ba Giot, and Nau Ruou caves. Following your boat ride conclude your tour with a ride back to your pickup location.

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

10. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Trip

Discover the gems of Hanoi's surrounding area on this day trip. Set sail on a boat ride at Trang An, and take in the panoramic views from the vantage point of Mua Cave. Be picked up from your accommodation and transported to your first stop. Go back in time as you encounter the ancient Vietnamese capital of Hoa Lu. Tour the 2 temples built on the ground of an old royal palace and learn all about the feudal dynasties of the country's history. Next, get in the saddle for a bicycle ride around the local village. Encounter authentic local life and the picturesque countryside as you peddle around. If you don't wish to cycle, feel free to explore the village on foot or rest at a local restaurant. Then, tuck into a local buffet lunch packed with flavors including vegetarian options. Continue your experience with a visit to Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set sail on a charming boat trip as you take in the outstanding sights from the unique vantage point of the water. For your final stop, discover the magic of Mua Cave. Climb up the 500 stone steps to take in the views all the way to Tam Coc and the Ngo Dong River.

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This one-day tour allowed us to see breathtakingly beautiful places. It's absolutely worth it. Our guide was perfect at all times, he told us so many things about Vietnam and made us have a lot of fun. I recommend it 100%. It's just a shame we didn't spend more time in those wonderful places!!

The day was such a fun day out. Our guide was so helpful and interesting. A really full day of activities and we all loved the boat through Nimh Binh which was beautiful

Beyond fantastic. Hoang was dynamic. So much fun. Was had an incredible time. So scenic and such a fun life experience. Would 100% recommend.

A great day out to see the highlights of Ninh Binh if you only have a day or two in the area.

It was so amazing Loi was the best tour guide ever!