Ninh Binh is a resolutely provincial industrial city – not a destination in itself, but a good base for exploring some quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery.
Choose from the following tours:
TAM COC (1 day)
THUNG NHAM (1 day)
KENH GA (1 day)
VAN LONG (1 day)
It’s hard not to be won over by the mystical, watery beauty of the Tam Coc three caves region, which is effectively a miniature landlocked version of Ha.
08.00 Our guide will meet you at your hotel for transfering to Ninh Binh.
Take morning sampan boat ride through the rice paddies and enormous limestone karsts to reach the sacred Tam Coc cavesand visit Thai Vi temple. End your visit with a climb up to the Bich Dong pagoda for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to visit Hoa Lu, the capital of Viet Nam in the 10th century. Visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel before driving back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel at about 17.30.
In place of Tam Coc, you can opt to visit either Trang An, a nature reserve, or Thung Nang, a lush valley.
Bike (about 2.5 km, optional) through rural villages, limestone rocks and impressive rice towards Thung Nham. You will have the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama of the region that is considered the Halong Bay on land.
8.00 Our guide will meet you at your hotel for transfering to Ninh Binh through the lush vegetation of the Red river. Continuation to Tam Coc.
Bike (about 2.5 km, optional) through rural villages, limestone rocks and impressive rice towards Thung Nham. You will have the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama of the region that is considered the Halong Bay on land. A rowboat ride on a small river through 3 caves that give you the impression of being in a magical space. Inside the 3rd cave, there is a large stone resembling an elongated Buddha that brings luck, happiness and prosperity to man. This place is called the cave of Buddha.
Then landing for a walk (10 minutes) in the amount up to Thien Ha cave (Celestre river) where you will continue a boat ride inside the cave over 300 meters with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites . Back in the boat at the pier Thung Nham, then back to Tam Coc by bicycle (optional). Lunch in a local restaurant. Back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel at about 17.30.
8.00 From your hotel, it takes you 2 hour car- trip to the Ninh Binh province to visit Kenh Ga, a floating village.
Enjoy a 3 hr boat trip to contemplate the beauty of the natural landscape and then visit Hotspring, Van Trinh cave. Have lunch and then continue trip to Hoa Lu – the ancient capital and visit the remaining two temples of the Kings Dinh & Le. Drive back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel at about 17.30.
Just 100 km from Hanoi, Van Long is an area of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is true that this area is often referred to as the new “Ha Long Bay on Land”.
8.00 You will be picked up at your hotel lobby. Leave Hanoi and head south for a 2 hr drive along Highway 1. You will spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu and then you will move to Van Long for lunch. You may also enjoy an optional oxcart ride to Van Long wharf for a 2 hour boat trip along the Van Long River. Along the way you will see the caves, green rice fields, limestone mountains and the rural life of the locals before returning to Hanoi at 18.00.