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Travel from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, a supreme destination in the Ninh Binh province, renowned as an ancient capital featuring the royal palace grounds of the Le and Dinh dynasties. Visit the 10th-century temples, then ride a boat down the Ngo Dong River to explore the limestone caves of Tam Coc. Opt to include a countryside bike tour to Bich Dong Pagoda. Your day trip includes a buffet lunch and guided commentary with round-trip hotel transport from the Old Quarter.


  • Full-day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc tour from Hanoi, led by an informative guide
  • See temple remnants of the ancient royal dynasties at Hoa Lu
  • Float along the Ngo Dong River from Tam Coc to three caves
  • Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine for lunch
  • Opt for a countryside bike tour to Bich Dong Pagoda
  • Round-trip coach transport included

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

Hoa Lu ancient capital

Customer Reviews

Gene H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour! Sort of like Halong Bay on land. Very good guide, excellent buffet lunch, fun boat ride between the rice paddies and another fun ride on bicycles. Recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great guide. Her name is Nana. Great lunch, small personalised group. Great scenery in the villages. Bike ride was the best !

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

First surprise of the day was fact that we were picked up from our hotel on time traffic in Hanoi is very busy hence surprise. Vehicle for the day was a medium sized bus/coach, approx 24 seats, with air conditioning, clean, comfortable and maybe 12-16 people altogether on the tour. Our guide for the day was Kiwi, a young, petite and very cheery person who spoke reasonably good English, and she immediately explained the itinerary for the day and some interesting facts as we drove South out of Hanoi. The drive is approx 2 hrs with a rest stop on route. First main stop was an interesting temple complex where Kiwi warned us all how to deal with street sellers who pester you to buy their photographs of you outside the temple. Kiwi kindly offered to take our photograph with our own camera. Nevertheless, we did also succumb to the pressure of the street sellers and purchased 3 printed photographs for a mere 1. Next stop is Tam Coc area where we stopped and were immediately offered a bicycle and we rode through some interesting scenery. Its a flat cycle ride so no real effort but very enjoyable and lots of photo ops. Next stop was a buffet style restaurant. Surprisingly, the food was excellent with a good mix of Western and Vietnamese options. After lunch was a small boat ride down the river and through a series of caves. It was a very relaxing boat ride taking us through some interesting scenery. Sadly we were again hounded by street sellers on their own boats at half way point and kind of obliged to buy a snack/drink from them. We purchased a drink and snack and immediately gave it to lady rowing our boat which she seemed to appreciate but near end of the boat ride she insisted on a minimum tip of 4, a bit awkward when you only have 2 left in your pocket! Nevertheless, it was a very interesting experience and a good drive back to Hanoi. Overall it was a fabulous day and great experience.

Kiran Kumar V India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great experience. A visit to the Bich Dong temple would have made it complete.

Lolly Evans United Arab Emirates

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was amazing. So much fun tho the free rides of 2.5h each way it was all worth it. Our tour guide is funny, knowledgeable her name is and #34;Nguyen Lan and #34; (FB) also would tell you places about all activities both day and night and the and #34;egg coffee and #34;

Oliver R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

There are a lot of tour companies offering the same itinerary and we really enjoyed our day with Dee. Tam Coc was really beautiful and the temples were the oldest and best preserved we saw in Vietnam. It was well worth the day trip from Hanoi to go out to this area.

If you're looking to go an do a boat trip in Tam Coc and see the temples I would highly recommend this local tour company. Our guide, Dee, made the day special and he really made a big effort for everyone to get the most out of the trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The bus trip is quite long and the mini buses could be a little more comfortable but this does not detract from the beauty of the area. The limestone mountain backdrop is truly awesome but the best part is the interaction with the friendly locals and the food. Pheoung was our guide and she was very pleasant and knowledgeable. The weather was bit overcast and misty and I would definitely go back again.

Jeff D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent day . Our guide Smiley was very engaging and we had a real fun time


4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

The trip is good except that ppl rowing boats is quite demanding on tips

Sian B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Very interesting trip temples were steeped in history, boat trip to caves very good, unfortunately the tour guides English was not very good therefore she was not able to tell us about the history of the place. Overall enjoyable trip.

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