Day trip

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

4.9 / 5

87 reviews

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour
Day trip

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

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour

From US$ 79.71 per person

Enjoy a day tour of the most beautiful destinations in Ninh Bình, including Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and the Bich Dong Pagoda. Take a sampan boat ride and paddle through the beautiful countryside.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick up available from hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter area.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Pass through the capital of Hoa Lu and visit the ancient Dinh King temple
  • Climb 500 steps to the top of the Mua mountain to see spectacular views
  • Savor the bright flavors of Vietnamese food at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river
  • Feel the cool breeze as you cycle the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda
  • Enjoy a refreshing sampan boat trip on Tam Coc river and admire the landscape
Full description

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.

  • Air-conditioned limousine bus
  • Round trip and transfers from Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Complimentary water bottles (on the bus)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Set menu lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  • Boat trip on Tam Coc River
  • Bike
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Alcohol drink, tips, and personal expenses
  • Pickup and drop-off outside of Hanoi old quarter

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 87 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Service
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The Ninh Binh tour with Dung was the highlight of our Vietnam holiday. It was wonderful. The scenery and pagodas and temples are of course beautiful. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and he structured the tour to explain the ancient royal history, how this led to the pagodas and temples and showed us a glimpse of rural Vietnamese life. This is a culturally enriching tour and I learnt so much about the history and religion.

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March 22, 2023

The trip and the place were very nice, but the trip was not perfect. In the village during the bike ride village people are taking pictures of you without asking and then trying hard several times to convince you to buy them. During the boat ride, the rowing lady forces you to leave the tip (suggested upfront by the tour guide min 50k per person), but regardless what you give it is not enough and they are begging for more and trying to sell some souvenirs and they won’t return unless you pay. It is not much money, but leaves very bad impression. The guide at the end of the trip is begging you to leave them 5-star rating on Trip Advisor, but does not really care about your actual feedback.

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February 9, 2023

Everything went smooth and easy and exactly as per plan. From the booking to picking up the other passengers in our 7 person group, to the very comfortable car and exact schedule. Loch, our guide, was fantastic and gave us a lot of great information and history. Very good. The picked locations were amazing and very worth going and the lunch was great, too. This was an unforgettable trip! Thanks for the great service, Loch!

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January 31, 2023

Product ID: 228715