Welcome to Ninh Binh Province

South of Hanoi, Ninh Binh province is blessed with natural beauty, cultural sights and the Cuc Phuong National Park. However, Ninh Binh is very popular with domestic travellers, and many attractions are heavily commercialised. Expect hawkers and a degree of hassle at the main sights

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$43 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

You’ll depart Hanoi in the early morning and head to Ninh Binh province where you’ll visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Later, on arrival at the Tam Coc wharf you’ll explore the caves by sampan boat. Cycle to Bich Dong before returning to Hanoi. A Vietnamese buffet is included.Detailed Itinerary07:45: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter08:15: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province10:00: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu10:15: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le11:30: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf11:45: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine13:00: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman)15:00: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break15:15: Bike around countryside villages16:00: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi18:30: Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

$99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ninh Binh and Ancient Hoa Lu Temples Tour from Hanoi

Tam Coc means three caves and is the start of our journey in the Ninh Binh Province, it is a two hour drive from Hanoi to the South. On our arrival we take a cruise along the Ngo Dong river for several kilometers to visit the 3 caves. The limestone mountains here can remind you of Vietnams more famous Halong Bay or it has also been compared to Guilin in China. The caves have been created by wind and water from a legend time, while the sea had occupied this area. The tide-mark is still on the rocks about 2m above the water, and on the higher mountain walls the erosion have carved some strange shapes that are now filled of green grass, which can delicious food for the local goats. If you are lucky, sometimes you can also see mischievous monkeys. The river trip is a fantastic journey and gives a real insight into local life. Enjoy watching the local farmers harvesting their paddy fields along the river, or when they transplant seedlings for the next crop. We then move on to Hoa Lu the ancient capital, which is not far from Tam Coc. Here the remains of the temples are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel and found rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century. Though the temples are not maintained entirely some precious antiques are well preserved, like the whole-stone dragon thrones, wooden bas-reliefs and lacquered statues of King Dinh, Kinh Le and Queen Duong Van Nga. We then take a couple of hours bike ride in the countryside and discover regional villages. As our ride comes to an end we head back to Hanoi arriving around 6.30pm. Your day will be filled with beautiful Vietnam memories and the whole day is a photographer dream with lush green valleys, limestone mountains, ancient temples and the opportunity to look into the lives of the local people.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Discover Ancient Hoa Lu and Trang An from Hanoi

Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and Trang An - Eco tourism complex.We will pick you up at your hotel and our journey to Ninh Binh Province will take two hours. There, we will stop to visit Hoa Lu, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. The city stood as the capital for 41 years (968 - 1009), the first 12 years of which were under the Dinh Dynasty of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Later the Le Dynasty under King Le Dai Hanh ruled for 29 years. Both King Dinh and King Le have temples dedicated to them here.After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take an amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, which is known as Vietnam’s “Inland Halong”. With 31 valleys and 50 cross-water caves, Trang An is home to 600 different species of flora and over 200 types of fauna, many of them rare and endangered. Rowing through Trang An Grottoes is a one of a kind experience. The quiet fresh air of the highlands is broken only by the sound of birds chirping and the oars stirring the clear water. Look closely as you float to see the wild white goats grazing on the forested mountains that rise up from the water. Trang An Grottoes is truly one of the most beautiful sights in Vietnam. After the boat trip, we will return to Hanoi.

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hanoi - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Tam Coc Full Day

Meet your friendly, professional guide at your central hotel Hanoi hotel and set off for Ninh Binh province, about 90km south of Hanoi. There will be a stop halfway through the drive to stretch and peruse the variety of traditional handicrafts available for purchase. Shop for paintings, embroideries and lacquer wares and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding rice fields. Upon arriving in Hoa Lu around 10:30am, learn about the important role the area played in Vietnam’s history. This city was the ancient capital of the country in the 10th and 11th centuries and was built by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Hoa Lu is surrounded by limestone mountains and the Hoang Long River, naturally protecting it and making for an incredibly picturesque setting. At 11am, head for the ruins of the temples left by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Explore the excavation area at the Le Dai Hanh temple and the remains of the 10th-Century Royal Palaces. Next it’s time to board the bus and drive to Tam Coc, known for its resemblance to famous Ha Long Bay and gorgeous rise paddies. Meaning ‘three caves,’ Tam Coc is the perfect place for countryside exploring. Chose to do an optional 40-minute bike ride from Tam Boc to the Bich Dong Pagoda, a total of 5km in length that passes along a country road through lush rice paddies. Then it will be time for a delicious buffet lunch in a nearby restaurant. At 2pm, get in 2-person sampan boats and drive down the river to three different caves. Explore their natural wonders and then return to the dock, where a bus will be waiting to drive back to Hanoi. The guide will return you to your hotel at the end of the tour.

$39 Day Trips & Excursions

Hoa Lu Tamcoc 1 day trip

Tour itinerary:08:00 Picking up from hotel/stay.08:30 Starting drive to Ninh Binh Province10:00 Arriving at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital10:15 Visiting King Dinh and King Le’s temples.11:30 Arriving in Tam Coc Wharf.11:45 Having buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine.13:00 Getting on Sampan boats through caves and visiting countryside landscape15:00 Back to Tam Coc Wharf to chill out.15:15 Biking on country road around village16:00 Getting on shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi18:30 Saying goodbye to you at your hotel/stay. Trip ends What to bring:Sun glasses, Sun creamCamera and filmPair of Shoes and short trousers for biking around country road.Seating on bamboo boat in 1.5 hours with local rower to visit Tam Coc Cave.More about Hoa Lu Ancient Capital:Hoa Lu is some 110km or 2.5 hours bus from Hanoi. Located near the Ninh Binh city, Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defence for this kingdom against the invaders.Not much of this ancient kingdom is left standing. There are two 17th century temples, modelled after their 11th-century originals that are on most itineraries to Hoa Lu. They are the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple (King Dinh temple) and Le Hoan Temple (King Le Temple).

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Tam Coc and Hoa Lu Private Day Tour

Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour start always from your the hotel where clients stay in city centre of Hanoi. Tour guide and drive are ready at hotel lobby. Drive down to southern part of Hanoi to reach Ninh Binh province and then arrive in Tam Coc boat quay. It is incredible, there are numerous boats to choose for traveling. Take a boat rowing by local habitats up stream of Ngo Dong river to see natural heritage of Vietnam. Enjoy lunch served in local restaurant simple with local specialties.Drive for Hoa Lu o visit King Ding's temple and King Le's temple. This place is perform as similar architecture as the emperor palace before. Take light walking tour in this peaceful area to visit Le King's temple also bring visitor an inspiration to discover how current Hanoi capital created. Return to Hanoi at late of the day.