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Discover the spectacular Vietnamese countryside by bike and boat on a captivating small-group tour from Hanoi. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on a bike ride through beautiful back roads and verdant rice fields; visit the majestic ancient capital of Hoa Lu to see the home of the country’s first emperor; and revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Cruise the sparkling waters of Tam Coc in a traditional wooden rowboat and capture magnificent vistas dotted with limestone karsts. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.


  • 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

Depart from Hanoi in a spacious vehicle and relax during the scenic 2-hour drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Listen as your knowledgeable guide sets the historical scene of the city and directs your attention to monuments commemorating Dinh Bo Linh, Vietnam’s first emperor.

On arrival, jump onto your bike and set off on a leisurely 7.5-mile (12-km) ride through some of the region’s most luscious landscapes; meander through quaint back streets and follow the route of winding streams before breaking for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. 

Revitalized, climb aboard a traditional wooden rowboat and begin a tranquil cruise of Tam Coc’s labyrinth of waterways. Weave your way around beautiful limestone karsts (rocky outcrops) and capture photographs of the spectacular scenery that surrounds. Pass rural local villages and gain insight into the rich culture of the region from your guide. 

When your cruise concludes, return to your comfortable vehicle and relax during the return journey to Hanoi. 

Customer Reviews

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent day out with a highly knowledgeable guide. As there were only two of us we went in a car and the driver was smooth and unhurried and the guide was very informative. Enjoyed the visit to the temple in the ancient capital and the relaxed bike ride. Plenty of chance to stop and take pictures. The ride along the river was a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Samuel Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Went to cycle and float down the river in the Vietnamese countryside. Tuan was an amazing tour guide and was so knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam and in the temples. HIghly recommend!

Marcos P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I took this tour on 1st of January. I absolutely loved it. The guide was always so kind and really looking after us the best he could, and the tour has a bit of everything: sightseeing, bike, boat! The best

Alexandru D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

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

Christine S

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.

Tom K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great trip.

Odette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We had a day of rain, but it only added to the experience that is Vietnam. We loved the cycle as we got the chance to see the rural side of Vietnam, great to get out of the busy city.

Megan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Excellent... exactly as advertised, a bit hot (but expected this time of year), plenty of stops if/when needed, definitely got to "see" another side of Hanoi. Highly recommend a bike tour!

Jocelyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Loved the experience of our day tour into the countryside. Saw a good slice of varied picturesque sights which we would not have had the opportunity to see otherwise. The bike ride was fantastic through back streets of small villages, beside rice paddies and Sandstone casts.

Sanford M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Wonderful experience. We wished it would have lasted longer. The countryside was incredibly beautiful. The guide was fluent in English and explained as we cycled. The boating trip was more than we thought it would be. This excursion exceeded our expectations.

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