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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.

Hanoi: Halong-Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5-Star Cruise Private Balcony

2. Hanoi: Halong-Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5-Star Cruise Private Balcony

Day 1 09:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew cruise and join briefing and learn safety instruction. Lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet and Gia Luan harbor where belonged to Cat Ba area. Discover lagoon natural area belong to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for Kayaking or swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. Gather around the sundeck for watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party with complimentary cocktails demonstration. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, just relax in the seasonal swimming pool, or enjoy in golf course or do the exercise at fitness area. Join for a short class of cooking demonstration. The chef will guide how to make famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. BBQ dinner is served with fresh food menu outside of swimming pool area. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar with seasonal pool view, at wine and cigars cellar, or take one of onboard activities: board games, movies, and squid fishing… or relaxing with massage services. Day 2 06:30. Join for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early riser. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session or do the exercise at fitness area to full charge energy for the new day. Local light breakfast is served. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave. Take option either exploring the cave by yourself on kayak or comfortably on local boat rowed by the locals. Check-out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as crew say farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speedboat. Arrival back at hotel approximately 15:00

Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

3. Halong Bay Full Day Tour-Cave, Kayaking, Meal, Bus, Guide

Day Trip - Bus, Cave, Meal, kayaking, Guide, Swimming 08h00 - 08h30: The driver will come to pick you up at the meeting point to start the a day trip visit Halong bay. Heading on the new Highway ( Hanoi- Hai Phong - Quang Ninh) to get the Halong bay. Stop over for a rest on the way. After 2 hours, arrival Tuan Chau Habour. Welcome aboard and enjoy Vietnamese traditional Lunch with seafood while cruising though the amazing rocks: Incense Burner, Cock fighting … Continuing to explore the Sung Sot- Surprising grotto. Surprising grotto is the longest, biggest and the most beautiful grotto of Ha Long bay with shimmering, fanciful stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. One of the highlight activities is take a kayak or bamboo boat to discover Luon Cave (water cave) to relax and discovery the Halong bay on your own way. The boat send you to the Titop island. It is the time for swimming and trekking to the Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay. 16h30: Back to the boat, enjoy sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. while the boat run to Ha Long habour. The driver meet and transfer you back to Hanoi. Evening: Arrival to Ha Noi. Drop you off at your meeting point.

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

4. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

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. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your shuttle bus as you make your way to the Trang An Ecolodge in Ninh Binh. Savor the tranquility of the lodge’s amazing location - surrounded by mountains and rivers. After check-in, head off by bike or on foot to see the local sights.   Visit the ancient city of Hao Lu or climb to the Hang Mua viewpoint, for a breathtaking panorama over the limestone mountains and rice fields of the Tam Coc Valley. In the afternoon, come back to the lodge and relax by the pool or doze in the peaceful gardens.  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. Wake up to an early breakfast before stopping off at a charming local fishing village. 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 comfort back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

5. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the 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 a 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.  Then, 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 to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

6. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At the end of the day you'll get back on the bus and drive back to Hanoi, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

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

7. 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 breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 1-Day Tour to Trang An, Mua Cave, and Ngoa Long

8. From Hanoi: 1-Day Tour to Trang An, Mua Cave, and Ngoa Long

Following a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, start your day tour by taking a boat trip to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch before taking a bicycle to explore the local villages around the Trang An area. Take time to relax after your bike ride with a Vietnamese tea break and then travel to Mua Cave to learn about the location’s many stories. Climb 500 stone steps to reach the top of Ngoa Long Mountain where you can see all the way to Tam Coc and enjoy stunning panoramic sunset views of the countryside and Ngo Dong River.   Travel back to Hanoi by private car, watching the countryside pass by on your way.

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.

From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

10. From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the day and spend the day in the breathtaking nature of Southern Vietnam. After getting picked up from your hotel or meeting in point in Hanoi Old Quarter, travel south to the province of Ninh Binh. Stop in the former capital of Hoa Lu and enjoy 1 hour to explore this breathtakingly beautiful ancient city. Next, hike to the top of the Mua Caves Viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Tam Coc before sitting down to a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, board a traditional sampan boat and enjoy a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Ngo Dong river through 3 of Tam Coc's most famous caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Begin the journey back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, arriving back just in time for dinner

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What people are saying about Ninh Binh

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based on 976 reviews

Brilliant full-day trip! The panoramic view of Tam Coc from the Mua Caves was breathtaking. However, the steep hike up the steps to reach the summit isn't for the fainthearted! The highlight of the day was the Ngo Dong river boat ride. It was a beautiful, five-star experience.

Excellent tour, very friendly and informative tour guide! Our tour guide was Tom (Hanks) he is very polite and patient and make nice pictures! Well organised trip! Bravo! Krisztina and Lajos Monus

Our guide, Tri gave us the best travelling experience we could ever have.

We had a very nice day in Ninh Binh with a great guide! Thank you Tom!

One of the best day trips I’ve done. The area was spectacular.