Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km Southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long on land.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones . The lastday , discover Halong Bay by cruise. We certainly you will sastisfied wtih our service.
Explore Hoa Lu Ancient Capital , have a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history
visit Tam Coc. Known as “Halong Bay on land”
Discover Halong Bay by cruise
Day 1: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Nam Dinh (-/L/D) : Car
8:00 a.m: Leave the hotel at Hanoi.
About 10:30 a.m arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
11:30 a.m: leave Hoa Lu to Tam Coc.
12.00 a.m: Arrive Tam Coc and have lunch in a local restaurant with goat meat which is famous as the local specialty.
1.00 p.m: 5 minute-walk to the boat station and start the 2hour-boat trip to visit Tam Coc. Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong River. The boat trip is a nice journey along the river with peaceful scenery of Limestone Mountains, rice paddy and the site of some temples along the way from Hang Ca (first cave) to Hang Hai (second cave) and Hang Ba (third cave).
3.30 p.m: leave Tam Coc and drive to Nam Dinh.
4.30 p.m: Arrival in Nam Dinh, visit Pho Minh Pagoda famous with Pho Minh Stupa dating from Tran Dynasty. The Pho Minh Pagoda is in Tuc Mac Village, Loc Vuong Commune, on the northwest edge of Nam Dinh City. It was originally built during the Ly Dynasty but was expanded in 1262, during the Tran Dynasty. It is now a very large pagoda, which includes a lotus pond, a floating house, and lush old trees.
7.00 p.m: Have dinner and overnight at hotel in Nam Dinh.
Day 2: Nam Dinh – Halong - Hanoi (B/L/-): Car
In the morning:
7:30- 8:30 a.m: After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay. Short break en route in Thai Binh Province (20mins). Arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00. Get on a traditional wooden junk boat.
In the afternoon:
12.30 p.m: Lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available). We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, keep admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way. Limestone rock formations will parade around us for about 2 hours before our first stop.
Cruise around Halong Bay, and take photos. On the way, witness the beauty of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks). You will enjoy sunbathing and the magnificent scenery of Halong Bay.
2.30 p.m: Cruise to visit Thien Cung and Dau Go caves, and a fishing-farm located on the bay. Walk up about 60 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.
Thien Cung Cave or the Cave of Heavenly Palace is on the same island with Dau Go Cave. While Dau Go Cave boasts the mossy beauty and glorious history, Thien Cung Cave makes the visitors the impression of being in a heavenly world.
4.30 p.m: At the end of the day, cruise back to the harbor and take a bus back to Hanoi and drop off at your hotel.
Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen...
Please take your passport to check in hotel.
Beware of your luggage and money
Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
All customers must obey the order of your tour guide for your safety.
Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
- Roundtrip transfer
- Hotel 3*
- Tours and activities as stated above
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Boat trip in Tam Coc
- 4 hours boat trip in Halong Bay
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Extra food and beverages
- Tips and personal expenses