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  • Hanoi: Hang Mua, Tam Coc, and Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

    1. Hanoi: Hang Mua, Tam Coc, and Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

    Begin by being picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter Area, from where you depart for Ninh Binh. Your first stop is soon made at the Hang Mua tourism site, where you hike up the 500 steps of Mua Cave for great views over the neighboring rice fields and the river of Tam Coc. You then enjoy a special lunch of local food prepared by the hostess, such as soup, chicken with lemongrass, fried fish, and steamed rice. From there, experience life on the water as a local rows you by boat to the three impressive limestone caves of Tam Coc. You then see some of the local temples amongst the karst mountains and paddy fields, where the rice can turn the fields yellow during harvest. Finally, ride a bike among the rice fields and mountains of Tam Coc, visiting the Bich Dong Pagoda for about 45 minutes before returning to Hanoi where your tour finishes at around 7:00PM.

  • Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

    2. Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

    Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakf...

    Really beautiful tour that packed in a lot I would have found hard to do on my own. There’s quite a lot of cycling, which I enjoyed. But make sure you’re moderately fit.

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

    3. 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...

    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.

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

    4. 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 w...

  • From Hanoi: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

    5. From Hanoi: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00 AM. Meet your tour guide and travel by coach to Hoa Lu, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours with a short break. Explore the historic capital of Vietnam and visit the famous ancient temples of the Le and Dinh Dynasties. After some time exploring the city, arrive at Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30 PM. After lunch, take a boat trip to Tam Coc-Bich Dong, which is part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many water caves carved through the limestone. Afterwards, your tour guide will escort you on a cycling adventure on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc. This 5 kilometer cycle will take approximately 1-hour. After a cycle in the picturesque Vietnamese countrysid...

    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 :)

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

    6. 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.

  • Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

    7. Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

    On day one you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and head to Hoa Lu arriving shortly after 10:00 AM. You will explore Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Dai Co Viet before heading off to see Mua Cave where you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic mountain views. You will then visit a local bungalow to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch you will go on a sampan boat ride in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. In the mid-afternoon, you will go on a bike ride through the rice fields and villages. Then enjoy a swim and sunset party with tea and fruits before checking into your homestay. Once you have checked in you will have dinner and then have free time in the evening. On day two you will start your day at 7:30 with breakfast and depart for the Bich Dong Pagoda at 9:00 AM. Once you arrive at the Pag...

  • Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Hang Mua and Tam Coc Full-Day Tour

    8. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Hang Mua and Tam Coc Full-Day Tour

    Start your tour with hotel pick-up at around 7:45 AM. Join your small group tour and begin the 2-hours drive to Hoa Lu. This one-time royal city is home to a collection of millennial temples. Visit the Temple of Emperor Dinh, the Temple of Emperor Le and the Outer Citadel. Later, explore Mua Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch at a local bungalow. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc with a traditional sampan boat for a cruise down the Hoang Long River. Paddle into hidden caves to see the stone formations inside. Return to shore for a 1-hour bike tour through small villages and rice fields. Follow back roads at a laid-back pace. In 2014, this entire landscape was inscribed on the list of UNESCO Sites. Take unforgettable photos of Tam Coc-Bich Dong’s limestone towers and rice paddies. After 5 kilometers, pedal back to the restaurant for a co...

  • Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Boat Ride & Hang Mua Hiking Day Trip

    9. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Boat Ride & Hang Mua Hiking Day Trip

    Embark on a full-day tour of the Ninh Bình 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. Start your day at 7:45 AM with a hotel pickup. Meet your guide and leave for Hoa Lu. Pass by green fields and villages. Have a 20-minute break to stretch your legs. At 9.30 AM, 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 10 AM for a drive to Trang An. Artfully crafted by nature, Trang An is a UNESCO World Heritage Sit...

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What people are saying about Bich Dong Pagoda

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This trip was the best idea! It’s a great option to see a lot in one day and we had so much fun thanks to our amazing guide Nghia- thank you so much. The scenery was breath-taking and doing the boat tour and bike ride through the rocks was amazing. The food was very nice, too. I can only recommend this trip to everyone- even if you don’t feel comfortable with biking, there’s always another option for you. The pick-up and drop-off at my hostel worked very well, too.

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 :)

Bao was our guide and he was great. I was blown away by the amount of knowledge he had on Viet Nam’s History. Really impressive. The tour was great. Loved it all.

very pleasant visit; top guide, awesome temple tour, superb boat ride 6kms return and bike in the countryside !! I highly recommend this visit

very nice accommodation, cool guide (hieu), great program