Ancient capital of Vietnam and transquil sampan in Thung Nang
A spectacular trip to discover Ninh Binh with a boat trip to visit exotic caves and view local fisher folk and explore the village along the river. Another exciting activity the visit to Hoa Lu, an ancient Capital of Vietnam (968 - 1009) and the temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasty.
This trip surely brings you unforgettable travel experience.
Depart the hotel this morning at 8:30 am for the two hour drives through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.
In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape.
After lunch board your private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, 'Halong on Land'.
Should you feel adventurous climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before returning to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Hanoi or upon guest request
End location: Your hotel in Hanoi or upon guest request
Duration: 8 hours
4 seater car (Toyota) or 7 seater car (Toyota Innova or Ford Everest) for 2 people and 16 seater mini bus (Ford Transit or Mercedes) for 3 people to 10 people
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 USD - to buy drinks and souvenirs
I am not a driver. I can arrange private air conditioned car with driver for 2 persons and minibus as Ford Transit for up from 3 persons.
I also could customize tours upon your requests.
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Overall, it was an amazing experience. Anh brought us to places away from the tourists so we did really enjoy our quality time around Tam Coc. We took the boat ride from a private area so we didn't see any tourists around us (good photo ops as well!). And, where he took us for lunch to try Tam Coc's signature dish was also delicious! Anh knows what he's doing and would definitely recommend him to others who are looking for a private tour around Tam Coc / Hanoi :)