Ninh Bình Province Culture & history

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

2. 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

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.

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

4. 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.

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour & Cruise with Lunch and Transfer

5. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour & Cruise with Lunch and Transfer

Uncover the cultural and natural heritage of the Ninh Binh province on a guided day trip from Hanoi. Pay a visit to the Bai Dinh Temple Complex, float through the tranquil rivers of Trang An, and climb to the top of Mua Caves for striking panoramic views of rocky hills. Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and depart toward Ninh Binh. Stop at Bai Dinh, the biggest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam, to gaze at the imposing pagoda. See 500 Arhat Statues made out of blue stones, a 36-ton bronze bell, and a 100-ton Buddha statue, rising up to 10 meters. Take a lunch break in a local restaurant, with a Vietnamese buffet of goat meat, fish, chicken, and fried rice, as well as vegetarian food options. Continue to the Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured in the 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island. Hop on a wooden boat to navigate through its quiet rivers, discover mysterious caves, and admire towering limestone karsts covered with tropical plants. Finally, climb up 500 steps to the viewpoint of Mua Caves to marvel at panoramic views of Tam Coc before returning to Hanoi.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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. Discover the beautiful Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Select the between the options of visiting the Dark and Bright Cave of Lan Ha Bay, after about an hour by kayaking, or visit the Ba Trai Dao beaches to kayak and swim. Head back to the cruise for swimming at Lan Ha Bay and jump in the water. After swimming, enjoy a sunset party and watch the sunset over Halong Bay. Join a short cooking class demonstration. Dinner is then served with a fresh food menu featuring western foods as well. After dinner, enjoy some cocktails at a panoramic bar with a pool view or take part in one of the onboard activities like board games, movies, and squid fishing. Day 2: Take part in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. A 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 and then also swim for about an hour. Check out of your room and enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise as the crew says farewell. Travel back to Tuan Chau Marina for the transfer back to Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

8. Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

Day Trip: Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave with Transfer

9. Day Trip: Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave with Transfer

Start with pickup at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Travel by shuttle bus journey through the beautiful countryside until you reach Ninh Binh province. Arrive at the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The site was once the capital of the region. See the various shrines and temples such as King Dinh Temple. After Hoa Lu, travel to Mua Cave and start a trek up to the summit of Ngoa Long mountain. Once you reach the summit enjoy a beautiful view of the valley below. After working up your appetite on the trek, enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant. Next, take a 1.5-hour sampan boat trip operated by a local rower. Sail gently along the Ngo Dong river, capturing the wonderful scenery of the Karst hills, rice fields, and peaceful villages. See the Tam Coc Caves of "Ca", "Hai" and "Ba." After your boat trip, enjoy a cycle around the surrounding countryside and get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals. Be returned to your hotel in Hanoi at approximately 7:00 PM.

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 637 reviews

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!!

Tour guide was great! Got a cool traditional hat I got to keep.

Excellent trip, guide and organisation, Totally recommend!!