Day trip

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

4.7 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour
Day trip

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour

From US$ 61.98 per person

Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the tenth and eleventh centuries. Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua mountain to take in spectacular views and take a sampan boat trip through the Trang An landscape.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter area or meeting point (Hanoi Opera House)
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the ancient Dinh King temple in the Hoa Lu Citadel
  • Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua Mountain and take in the panoramic views
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a three-hour sampan boat trip through Trang An landscapes
  • Pass through natural emerald water caves
Full description

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Embark on a two-hour drive. Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and then visit King Dinh Temple and Le King temple. Then set off to Mua cave for hiking 500 steps. Climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain, river, and city views. Spend one hour there to enjoy the views and take photos.

After that enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. The tour ends with a boat trip to Trang An for nearly 3 hours. Cruise through emerald water and beautiful caves. The tour concludes back in Hanoi.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transportation via air-conditioned limousine
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  • Boat trip in Trang An
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Water bottles
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Pickup and drop-off outside of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Tips

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 46 reviews

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Sonny was a great guide. He was extremely informative and very friendly. The trip itself took up the whole day! We got on the bus at 7am and we’re dropped back by 7pm The temples were very cool to see. The best part was the bamboo boats floating through the Trong An river - it was incredible! The 1000 steps up Mua mountain was pretty spectacular too. I am extremely tired from the long day!

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March 30, 2023

This is a must if you are visiting Vietnam! It was quite a long drive from Hanoi but well worth it. The views are amazing and the boat ride through the longest cave was impressive. Although we have been a little concerned about the corona virus, our guide said we were quite lucky it was so slow. Usually there is over an hour wait for the boats. We must have seen only a dozen or so on the water. Also, February is quite cool so pack a rain coat and warm jacket (think an average day in San Francisco 50s 60s F).

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March 30, 2023

It was a fantastic day filled with activities and the most beautiful and quiet places. The staff was always very thoughtful and kind. I got to see the really raw reality of the places and also visit the beautiful touristic places, it was the perfect combination

March 30, 2023

Product ID: 228721