Ninh Binh, Vietnam
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10 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Learn about northern Vietnamese history and rural life on a full-day tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi. See the Hoa Lu temples in the ancient capital of Vietnam, then go to Tam Coc for a sampan ride on a slow-moving river with a landscape of karst formations and caves. Finish up with a bike ride through rural villages. Includes buffet lunch, transportation and guide, all activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
  • Full-day tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, from Hanoi
  • Visit the Hoa Lu temples and take a sampan ride through the caves in Tam Coc
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Excellent value for money
After early morning pickup in Hanoi, head to Ninh Binh province, a scenic drive that takes about one hour.
Start by visiting the ancient capital's Hoa Lu temples, built for the Dinh and Le dynasties. Then go to Tam Coc wharf where you enjoy a buffet lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. 
Next, step into your sampan boat and relax as your guide rows you to the caves, a ride of 90 minutes. When you return to the dock, take a short break before hopping on the provided bicycle for a leisurely 45-minute ride through picturesque rural villages to Bich Dong.
In the late afternoon, return to the city where your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.


7:45: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
8:15: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province
10am: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
10:15am: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le
11:30am: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf
11:45am: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
1pm: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman)
3pm: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break
3:15pm: Bike around countryside villages
4pm: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi
5:30pm: Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

Temple and history by Duc very interesting boat ride good would have been better when water level was down and rice paddies could be seen only on June July. Bikes were in poor condition but still fun. We new the drive there and back was going to be long and it was unfortunately takes the shine of the day. Didn’t get back to Hanoi till 7/30 big day and the traffic was supposedly good.

, Aug 2018

Must do when in Hanoi. The drive and boat ride was great fun ! The guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

, Aug 2018

Tour Guide by the name Duc who speaks fluent English. Hoa Lu and Tam Coc a must visit in Hanoi. An enjoyable boat ride with awesome scenic route in Tam Coc, but quite hot sunny weather so an umbrella is allow on boat and also enjoying the bicycle riding. Lunch is provided so need no worry where to have your meal.

, May 2018

I am not very good at the description. I uploaded four photos to help you see what you will during this tour.

, May 2018

Love the Bike ride through the Padi fields. Highlight of the day!

, Apr 2018

Excellent value for money and very good tour guide Quoc... Ninh Binh Province with Tam Coc and Hoa Lua provided an excellent insight into the areas and also history.
The food was good and the bike rides, river rides and photo opportunities were superb.
All in all, an excellent trip.

, Apr 2018

We had an excellent young guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam. He was happy to chat with any and all of the people on the tour, and organised our entry into each of the sites that we visited, quickly and efficiently. The smorgasbord lunch was fine and the overall experience was good value for money.

, Apr 2018

When staying in Hanoi for a few days this is a good tour to add to see something outside Hanoi. We booked this tour based on the Viator reviews and we weren't disappointed. This tour is value for money.
It is a full day tour. It might even last a bit longer then indicated due to traffic etc. The tour guide asked us if there was someone in the group that had to be back at a specific timing.

Depending on your hotel location in the old quarter the tour will pick you up from the hotel. Some hotels can't be reached by bus.
During the ride the guide provided us with all sorts of information. It was good and entertaining.
The tour will make a pit stop at a souvenir store/ restaurant when disabled people make all sorts of nice souvenirs of good quality. There is no pressure to buy.
First attraction is the ancient capital of Hoa Lu with two temples. This was nice to see but a bit crowded since all tours pass this point.
Next stop is Tam Coc wharf where you can enjoy an extensive buffet lunch. There really was a lot of food choices.
The highlight of the tour is the Sampan boat trip through the caves . This is really amazing. Since it is quite sunny we did buy a hat from one of the many shops to protect us a bit from the sun.
It can become a bit crowded since more tours will do the same boat ride there. It is usually 2-3 persons per boat.
You can tip the rowman which is quite a common practice. Downside is a bit that they ask for more tips even when you tip.
Last attraction is a bike ride through the countryside. This is only a short ride. The country side roads aren't the best. They provide all sorts of bikes. It is best to choose a mountain bike. During the bike ride you can stop to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.
Then the tour returns to Hanoi with a pitstop at the same souvenir shop so if you haven't bought in the morning you can still do so in the afternoon.
The return trip might take a while due to traffic.
Overall the tour is value for money and a good choice to do while staying in Hanoi.

, Apr 2018

Good and friendly guide, nice experience, beautiful landscapes. Highly recommended.

, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

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