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Overview

Explore Vietnam’s imperial history and limestone mountains on a full-day trip to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi, and experience a landscape that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the two remaining ancient temples in Hoa Lu, travel to the Tam Coc caves by river boat, then ride a bike through the countryside. This 10-hour tour includes entrance fees, activities, lunch, and round-trip transport from your Hanoi hotel.
  • Full-day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc trip from Hanoi
  • Visit two ancient imperial temples
  • See the UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex
  • Row boat ride into the Tam Coc caves
  • Easy-going bike ride through the countryside
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi
Start the day with pickup at your Old Quarter Hanoi hotel between 8am and 8:30am, then begin the 2.5-hour trip to Hoa Lu in a climate-controlled vehicle. Upon arrival in Hoa Lu, you’ll visit the two temples that remain from Hoa Lu’s time as an imperial capital. Explore sites built by the Le and Dinh Dynasties, atmospheric temples that evoke Vietnam’s grand, pre-colonial culture.

Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, then continue towards Tam Coc. Board a row boat along the Ngo Dong River, exploring the water-carved limestone caves along the way. This is the heart of the Trang An Landscape Complex UNESCO site, and traveling by river gives you especially dramatic views of the cliffs that erupt from the flat valley bottoms, lush rice paddies, and mountains.

Return to shore for an hour long bike ride through the villages and rice fields that surround Tam Coc, taking quiet roads that offer a serene experience of life in the Vietnamese countryside. Meet the driver at the end of the bike ride, and begin the return trip to Hanoi. This 10-hour tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

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J
, Feb 2018

The boat ride was lovely and scenic, but a bit long and so got quite monotonous by the end. My friend and I also really did not like the lunch--it was bad fast food that was exceptionally greasy, but we are vegetarian and so admittedly did not try all the options available it was a buffet style lunch. The bike ride was beautiful and our favorite part of the tour: we got to see the rice fields, which we both loved. However, the bike ride did not feel like an hour long, and we were using old/damaged bikes that were difficult to ride.

L
, Dec 2016

This was such a rewarding and exciting experience! The bus was prompt and our tour guide Benjamin spoke great English and was absolutely hilarious! Hoa Lu was beautiful, but nothing really compares to the bike and boat ride at Halong Bay. WOW! Will definitely be recommending this to friends and fam!


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