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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda to see hundreds of Buddhist statues and take a sampan boat trip along Trang An River on this tour. Your boat will be steered by local people, so you can relax and enjoy stunning scenery including rising limestone cliffs, water caves, and more. Included hotel pickup and drop-off make, plus lunch at a local restaurant, make this a convenient day trip from Hanoi.
  • See hundreds of Buddhist statues at Bai Dinh Pagoda
  • Cruise along the Trang An River on a sampan boat and enjoy the scenery
  • Enjoy included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Round-trip transportation from Hanoi hotels makes for a seamless trip

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S
, May 2018

Bai Dinh is an impressive pagoda in scale but for me, I prefer something truly ancient over it. However, the boat trip in Trang An is awesome. About 2 hours on the boat is neither too long nor too short, just the right amount of time to relax and enjoy it all. Read about Kimmi a lot but he wasn't my guide on this trip. No worries, Circus did a wonderful job too! Very glad I took this trip. For me, there is a special feeling about Ninh Binh. It seems like a spiritual center of the country. Hopefully I could go back and explore more one day. Thanks for organizing this trip

M
, Apr 2018

Very nice day, the tour planning and organization was perfect, our guide Kimmy was extremely nice and funny, made us feel all like old friends. The place is beautiful! Unfortunately Trang An was quite crowded with tourists, but that it's not the tour agency responsability. Very recommended!

E
, Apr 2018

Must do trip. Met amazing people from around the world. Boat trip was so peaceful and well worth it.

J
, Mar 2018

trip was great, all the locations were amazing. Food for lunch was buffet style and was delicious.
Highly recommend

R
, Feb 2018

Excellent experience, a must to do. Especially if you have Circ as your tour guide. He spoke perfect english and we all become part of his circus family.
The bamboo boat ride was spectacular. Not to be missed.

M
, Dec 2017

This is a must do tour when visiting Hanoi. Great value for money and Kimi was an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend!

m
, Dec 2017

What a great tour!

Out hotel was outside their Old City pickup area in Hanoi, so we took a 3 taxi ride to their office at 8am where someone from the tour company office met us as we exited our cab. We waited maybe 5 minutes and then were guided onto the shuttle van, which was modern and comfortable. We then picked up a few more people at their hotels and we were on the road to Bai Dinh at 8:30.

After a 45 minute ride, we arrived at the temple. Our guide bought our tickets and guided us through this amazing place. You will be overwhelmed by the size of the place, the number of Buddha statues, and the solemnity and grandeur of the overall site. Be aware that you will be walking for approximately 2 miles there, so wear comfortable shoes which you can easily slip off at certain points.

After about 90 minutes, we returned to the van and went on to the Trang An boat dock. You are on the backside of the mountains of Ha Long bay, so the scenery is spectacular. In high season, there are as many as 1000 4 person boats on the river, but at this time of year early December, there were only a few hundred.

Each boat has a rower assigned,, mostly women, who expertly and tirelessly move your rowboat along. Passengers are encouraged to row if they choose to do so, so we did for about half of the trip.

The river was serene and the setting was astounding! You will go through about a half dozen caves on the river, some so low that you will need to duck your head. Karst rock formations will be all around you.

About 2/3 of the way along, you will stop at Skull Island. I'm not really clear about it, but it seems that some portions of the movie King Kong were filmed in this area. Anyways, you are turned loose on one side of Skull Island and told to meet your boat driver on the other side. You walk along a path past the restrooms and eventually come into a simulated native village where locals are dressed up and made up in what are supposed to be dangerous looking native costumes in front of their little huts. Most looked bored and uninterested until a tourist came along, when they would assume threatening poses with their spears and cell phones. They will play along for photos if you want, so give them a tip of you choose to do that.

We returned to our rowboat and had another 15 minutes of river time, after which we returned to the main dock. Restrooms and refreshements are available there. We then boarded the van and were returned to the office at 1pm where they arranged for a cab back to our hotel.

This was easily the best of 5 tours we booked through Viator for our 3 weeks in Vietnam and Thailand. I can't recommend it highly enough.

l
, Nov 2017

wonderful trip, you are going to enjoy it vey much

c
, Nov 2017

I booked this tour for my mom and husband who visited me in Hanoi while i am on a business trip. The booking is very easy and the tour organizer, which is Wati travel also very easy to be contacted. I contacted them via email to make sure about the booking and informing them where to do the pick up for mom and hubby, etc. They responded the email in a timely manner. As for the tour itself, my mom and hubby said it was great. the get picked up on time, the tour guide was very entertaining and kind, the lunch was great and decent, and for trang an itself it was very serene, tranquil, and beautiful. My hubby and mom seems to enjoy it. I also went to trang an around 2-3 years ago and i loved it myself. One note though, bai dinh requires a lot of walking and with some stairs too. My mom is not a huge fan of walking but she still managed. So maybe if you're travelling with elderly you should take note on this

M
, Aug 2017

I like the boat trip very much. The pagoda is huge and there the lady buddha statue is impressive! Our guide is very witty, informative, and kind. Thank you very much for the memorable trip!


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