4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Explore the exquisite Vietnamese countryside by bike and by boat on this small-group tour from Hanoi. Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, home to the first emperor of Vietnam, Dinh Bo Linh. Following your guide, enjoy a leisurely bike ride along gorgeous back roads and through picturesque rice fields. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), cruise the waterways of Tam Coc in a traditional wooden rowboat and take in the spectacular scenery dotted with limestone karsts.


  • Small-group tour of the Ninh Binh countryside from Hanoi
  • Step back in time to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
  • Cruise the waterways of Tam Coc by rowboat and admire breathtaking landscapes dotted with limestone karsts
  • Cycle along back roads and through rice fields on an easy, enjoyable bike ride
  • Enjoy a traditional local lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Vietnamese Countryside Tour by Bike and Boat from Hanoi

Cycling Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi behind and embark on a 2-hour drive to the province of Ninh Binh and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. This city, built in the 10th century, was once the economic and cultural hub of Vietnam and is home to a temple honoring Dinh Bo Linh -- the first emperor of Vietnam.

When you arrive, jump on your bike for a 7.5-mile (12- km) leisurely ride through some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Cycle on picturesque back roads, through rice fields and along streams before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant (included).

Afterward, board a traditional wooden rowboat and travel down the labyrinth of waterways of Tam Coc. Known locally as the ‘Halong Bay of the land,’ this winding riverway is dotted with gorgeous limestone karsts (rocky outcrops). Enjoy endless photo opportunities of the breathtaking scenery as you cruise for two hours and pass quaint local villages.

At the end of your tour, you’ll be transferred back to Hanoi.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Really nice trip. The most enjoyable parts were the boat ride and the first part of biking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a very small group with a fantastic guide and driver. It is possible to do this tour and not have to participate in the bike ride. Instead I wandered around the small town and explored the back streets and alleys however my travel partner really enjoyed the bike ride and believes it was a highlight. There are quite a few tourists riding on the small boats on the river but this did not impact on our enjoyment. Just be prepared for the hard sell for souvenirs and demands for extra money by the person piloting the little boat and stick to your plan (either buy and pay up because it is worth it or politely refuse). Our guide was very helpful with advice in managing these demands. Consider it all part of the fun of travelling. This is a beautiful part of Vietnam.

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