HOA LU – TAM COC Tour (a day)
Hoa Lu – Tam Coc is the most popular tour offering you a opportunity to visit the Ancient Capital of Vietnam in the 10th Century under the reign of King Dinh Bo Linh and Le Hoan with talented queen Duong Van Nga who devoted her life for the country. You may visit the solemnly temples dated back to the 17th Century with old architecture. Then you get to Tam Coc wharf with boating trip around 2 hours, sitting on the boat rowed by the locals to watch the terrific scenery of Ngo Dong river. The trip ends with biking on the peaceful countryroad.
7:45 – 8:30 The guild come and pick you up from your hotel/stay
08:30 Starting drive to Ninh Binh Province with 3 hours along the red river delta
11:30 Arriving in Tam Coc Wharf and check in restaurant
11:45 Having buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines while watching terrific scenery
13:00 Getting on Sampan boats through caves and visiting countryside landscape
15:00 Back to Tam Coc Wharf to chill out
15:15 Cycling on country road around village
16:00 Getting on shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi
18:30 Saying goodbye to you at your hotel/stay. Trip ends
BAI DINH – TRANG AN tour (a day)
07: 45 – 8:30: Our guide will meet you at your hotel/stay and start 110km modern bus-journey through verdant landscape of country side with short-break en route.
10:30: Arrive Glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away.
This pagoda complexes stunningly boast a array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that it take a full day to explore all. So you will visit some of the highlights that owned the national:
500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats) 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each)
With sacred atmospheres and intriguing Buddhism story which presented by our guide, you cannot fail to enchant. The visit ends with a walk-up the summit mountain to see the 100 tones statue of Buddha Sakyamuni made of bronze and enjoy the panoramic view of picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
12:30: Enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat, pork storage vessel….
13:30: Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an outstanding natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields.
Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.
Embark on a traditional sampan gently roweddown the exquisite river through numerous caves: Hang Toi ( Dack ) cave, 320 meter long, Sang (light) cave, 90 meter long, and Hang Nau Ruou (Cooking wine) cave, 250 meter long… Every passages bring new surprise of mystery hidden inside isolated valleys of tranquility that likely transformed to the other world and time. The fauna and flora is rich and a scene of a goat jumping from one cliff to the other is a common sight.
15:30: Leisure cycling on rural roads alongside the extensive canal network and through small villages with back drop of a maze of limestone mountains.
16:30: Take the return shuttle bus to Hanoi.
19:00: Drop off at your hotel/ accommodation’s door steps in Hanoi Old Quarter.Trip ends and see you again!
Ninh Binh (2 days 1 night)
Day 01: Hanoi – Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Cycling to Mua Cave – Cooking Class – Bungalow (L/D)
From 7:45 – 8:30, our guide and bus pick you up from hotel and start driving to Ninh Binh, on the way, you experience the peaceful scenery along the Highway 1A, stop for a short break to stretch your legs then arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel to visit King Dinh and King Le’s temples.You arrive in Tam Coc Wharf – the most exciting boating port in the North at Noon and have buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we cycle to Mua cave with stunning rice fields with buffalos, goats…along the road till approaching Mua cave. You walk up to the top of the mountain where Mua cave is located, visiting lovely stalactites and stalagmites inside, then take a spectacular view from the top to the valley. You relaxingly cycle back to Tam Coc through the villages with daily life, check in Tam Coc Bungalow then you have your own time relaxing till Cooking Lesson of how to make the authentic cakes with simple available ingredients at home taken place. You may spend time to relax, read books or swim before the dinner around 19:00, then enjoy the night there.
Day 2: Visit morning local market – Exciting boat trip in Tam Coc – Afternoon Tea – Hanoi (B/L)
From 6:30, welcome a new day with sunrise Tai Chi and a breakfast then a visit to morning local market to see how local people sell and shop with authentic goods that you never see in the tourist places then enjoy the exciting boat trip on Ngo Dong River with sampan boats through caves and visit stunning river surrounded by Limestone Karsts with rich fauna and flora. You finish the boat trip and savoir the authentic lunch made by our chef, then check out and clear your bills.
From 18:30 – 19:00, you are in Hanoi, we drop you off at your hotel, Trip ends.