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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.

Ha Long: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5 Star Cruise With Luxury Cabin

2. Ha Long: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day 5 Star Cruise With Luxury Cabin

Explore Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise. Sail past Con Vit islet, sunbathe on the deck, and enjoy a sunrise Tai Chi session as your cruise like a VIP. Day 1: Start with pickup from a meeting point in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Travel by highway to Tuan Chau marina. Hop onboard the boat and enjoy a welcome drink. Sit for a typical lunch in the luxury dining room with an indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor. Discover the natural lagoon of Lan Ha Bay. Join a short cooking class demonstration. Dinner is then served with a fresh food menu outside of the swimming pool area. After dinner, enjoy some cocktails at a panoramic bar with a pool view or take part in one of the onboard activities with board games, movies, and squid fishing. Day 2: Take part in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Local light breakfast is served. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as the boat sails through the calm emerald waters. Visit the famous Frog Pond. Here you can freely kayak and explore the landscape. Check out of your room and enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise as the crew say farewell. Travel back to Tuan Chau Marina for the transfer back to Hanoi.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

3. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda 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.

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

7h30 start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi before departing to Ninh Binh province. 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 Dinh and Le 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. Joining biking though rice paddies to the countryside area during 45 minutes. Afterwards, drive back to Hanoi and return to your hotel at approximately 6:30 PM.

From Hanoi: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Buffet lunch & Cycling

7. From Hanoi: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Buffet lunch & Cycling

Depart Hanoi in the early morning and head to Ninh Binh province where you’ll visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu where you will visit the temples of King Dinh. Around midday, enjoy a tasty traditional lunch of local cuisine in a restaurant. Have lunch with local cuisine in a restaurant. After lunch, head to Tam Coc wharf to board the sampan boat. Explore various caves and admire the scenery of countryside landscapes. Upon arrival back at the wharf, embark on a short cycling trip around countryside villages. If you don't want to cycle, you can enjoy a cup of tea in a local restaurant or visit a local market. Afterward, return by bus to Hanoi.

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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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

10. 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 Pagoda you will climb up the 200 steps to explore it. After you visit the pagoda you will head to Thung Nham National Park where you will have lunch before exploring the magnificent caves found in the park. Later enjoy a sampan boat ride to see the bird park. At 4:30 PM you will leave Ninh Binh for Hanoi arriving back in Hanoi at 6:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Bich Dong Pagoda

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 812 reviews

This was a great trip and one I would definitely recommend if you have some free time while in Hanoi!! Ninh Binh was such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit with some amazing scenery! We were able to see and do so much in such a short space of time! Our tour guided Tom Hanks (not the celebrity lol!) was incredible - he was helpful, knowledgeable and very kind! He worked hard to make the trip fun, enjoyable and interesting for us. He provided us with a straw hat and rain poncho each to keep as well bottled water. He was happy to answer any questions we had and kept us updated at all points throughout the trip. It was very interesting to learn about the fascinating Vietnamese history from him when visiting the temples. My favourite part of the trip was cycling through lotus gardens and mountains and admiring the scenery. We also really enjoyed the boat trip on Tam Coc where we got to see lots of beautiful natural scenery! Great food options too! Definitely recommend this trip!

After a journey of more than two hours, stop in a trade of cultured pearls With a demonstration of grafting. Back on the road for the ferry terminal and fairly quick boarding in a traditional boat fitted out as a restaurant and overlooked by a roof terrace. As soon as we left, we saw my first limestone rocks which are scattered in the bay and we were served a very good Vietnam meal made up of a nice variety of dishes. It's hearty. After stopping at Tom Cav where we chose either swimming or climbing Mt. For my part swimming in a sea at least 30 degrees a.pei'e refreshing. Then stop on another island to visit an incredible cave full of calcite where the freshness is good. Then departure for another island where we practice kayaking for a while. All these nice activities take place in the heart of Ha Long Bay. We take full eyes. A great excursion at an affordable price.

Everything perfect, from the pick up until they dropped us back. The guide apart from majo explained everything perfectly. The buffet food is also very good. Without a doubt, an experience that is worth it.

Thank you for your guide, Han. The best tour. However, this tour is a river cruise down Tam Coc, not a tour around the Chang An World Heritage Site.

Very friendly guide! Definitely a must for tourists!