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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: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

2. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. Continue the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch onboard and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck. Admire tiny limestone islands with rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, peaceful coves, and fanciful names, such as Incense Burner and Fighting Cock (the symbol of Halong Bay). Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day 1-Night Cruise with Meals

3. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 2-Day 1-Night Cruise with Meals

Discover Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through the safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. In the afternoon, visit the Sung Sot Cave before swimming at Titop Island and witnessing the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Meals

4. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Meals

See the best of Halong Bay on this two-day guided cruise. Taste the local seafood and try your hand at cooking traditional dishes. Swim, kayak, fish, sunbathe, and more on this activity-filled adventure.  Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay  Start the day with a short cruise briefing and enjoy a welcome drink. Check-in at your cabin. Enjoy a tasty lunch, and a sample of fresh regional seafood while cruising on the clear waters, passing Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock islet, and Stone Dog. In the late afternoon kayak inside Luon Cave and visit Ti Top Island, or just relax on the boat’s sun deck and take in the views of the bay. Join the sunset party and a cooking class, where you can learn how to make fried spring rolls with fish sauce. In the evening, indulge in the set-menu dinner of Vietnamese and Asian foods. Afterward, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Cook the fresh squid, play cards or sing your heart out at karaoke.  Day 2: Halong Bay  Set your alarm early and enjoy the sunrise on the sundeck. Take in the morning view of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee over breakfast. Then get transferred to the smaller boat at Suprise cave to explore the most beautiful limestone cave in Halong Bay and its different points of interest and most scenic locations. Cruise to some of Halong Bay’s most untouched areas like Finger Islet and Fighting cook islets. Then, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier. Finally, end your two-day excursion in Halong Bay.

From Hanoi: Halong Explorer 3-Day 4-Star Cruise

5. From Hanoi: Halong Explorer 3-Day 4-Star Cruise

Experience the majestic beauty of Ha Long Bay on a 3-day cruise from Hanoi. Day 1: HANOI – TUAN CHAU MARINA STATION – LUON CAVE – TITOP ISLAND (L,D) Start with pickup from Hanoi by shuttle bus. Travel to Ha Long Bay by highway. At Tuan Chau International Marina, a boat will take you to your cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin. Get settled in your cabin as the boat starts to cruise out to the center of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, will be served with fresh local seafood From the marina area, pass by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang floating village. Then head to the Luon cave area for kayaking. After that the boat will continue to Titop Island for one hour for swimming, sunbathing, or hiking to the panoramic view on the island's peak. As the sun sets over the bay, head back to the boat to relax for the evening. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while the boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area. Dinner will be served with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience night squid fishing before heading to bed. Day 2: Bright Cave area- Ba Trai Dao Beach – Pearl Farm – Overnight on-board On the second day, enjoy the morning views of beautiful landscapes with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air. Afterward, hop on a smaller boat to travel to the southern part of Halong bay. This route takes by some famous islands like the Frog and Chop Stick islands. Enjoy a kayaking trip to explore the hidden corners of Halong Bay, passing many islands. After padding for about 2 hours, take some time to relax, followed by lunch. After lunch, visit a pearl farm, before heading back to the cruiser for dinner and relaxation onboard. DAY 3: SUPPRISING CAVE (SỬNG SỐT CAVE) – TUẦN CHAU MARINA STATION- HANOI (B, L) After breakfast, you will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay, known as Sửng Sốt (Surprising Cave). Then, check out of your cabin as the boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island, Incense Burner, and Stone Dogs Islands. Enjoy a cooking demonstration onboard that shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. Lunch is served on board during the journey back towards the harbor. Head back to the Tuan Chau International Marina where you then board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi by the new highway. Arrive at your hotel in the mid afternoon.

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

6. 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: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

7. 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.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

8. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Ninh Binh Tour: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

9. Ninh Binh Tour: 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.

Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

10. Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to visit Perfume Pagoda – a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. Glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths as you encounter the area's centuries-old pagodas and temples. Around 8:30 AM, the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. After pickup, enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Perfume Pagoda. Upon arrival, hop aboard your 1-hour row boat trip on the Yen stream to Thien Tru harbor. Once you have arrived in Thien Tru, you will enjoy time for some trekking, visit the main cave where you’ll arrive at Huong Tich Cave on the top of the mountain. Then enjoy a 1-hour trekking back down or take optional cable car instead of trekking (optional). Next, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. After lunchtime, you will see the Heaven Kitchen pagoda and learn about Buddhism ancient architectural at Le Dynasty. Re-board your boat and sit back and relax as you head back to the pier, enjoy 2-hour road trip back to Hanoi. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel around 6:00 PM.

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This tour provides you with amazing views and a getaway from the city bustle. The temples at Hoalu serve as a great history for the foundation of Vietnam. The bike ride at Tam Coc is a nice respite from the long car ride. The boat ride has some fantastic views. I've seen people complaining about the length of the boat ride but I thought it was quite peaceful and obviously you gotta experience people overpaying for snacks at the turnaround point. The views are Mua Caves are also amazing but the climb is hard AF despite maybe only taking 30 minutes. Be prepared, bring water, cooling wipes, comfortable clothing, etc. My tour guide Alex was friendly and made it a nice tour overall.

Zuy aka Frankie was such a nice tour guide. We forgot our umbrellas before the 500 steps hike and he ran to get them for us! Told us a lot about the Ninh Binh area, answered any questions. Driver was also great. Tour overall was really fun. Great countryside also loved boat ride!

Trevlig och välorganiserad tur! Dock obekväm buss utan bälte. Bra guide! Trevligt med cykeltur trots ösregn just då(poncho ingick). Vi avslutade turen vid Mua cave för vidare resa till Ha Long. Det är värre att de de 504 stegen ner än upp!!

I can't say enough about how having a guide like Viet made our trip so much more fun and interesting than if we had planned on our own. He was extremely knowledgeable, super conscientious and a lot of fun

It was incredible, very organized and an all around good time.