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Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Full day Deluxe Small Group

Hanoi - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh


For Vietnamese people, throughout the ages, the landscape of Ninh Binh, with its dramatic mountains, mysterious caves, and sacred spaces, has provided a vision of beauty and a metaphor for the Vietnamese culture.  It is a place of inspiration where natural history and cultural history are inseparable. A place where culture encounters the wonder, mystery, and magnificence of the natural world and is transformed by it.

Duration: 1 day
Departure: Daily departure from Hanoi
Daily departure from Hanoi
Theme: Nature/Soft Adventure
Suitable: Family with children, Active traveler, Solo traveler


  • Enjoy a home-lunch at a local family and understand more about the Vietnamese culture through their daily activities.
  • Widen your knowledge of the Vietnamese history by visiting the temples 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.
  • Discover Tam Coc – three caves or the “Halong Bay on land” on a small boat rowed by local people and see the first limestone mountains, which will run along their river way for several kilometers.


Full day: Excursion to Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

07:15 - 07:45 Pick up from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter and head to Ninh Binh with comfortable A/C car Have a short break time and relax at a stopping point in Dong Van – Ha Nam province. Enjoy the fresh air at the middle of the giant rice fields.

Arrive in Tam Coc. Start our full day excursion by a small boat rowing by a local for about 2 hours. The reason Tam Coc is called Halong Bay on land is because this area consists of many limestone mountains with many different shape. Cruising through Ngo Dong river, you will have chance to take a lot of beautiful pictures with peaceful scenery of mountains, rice fields and temples all along the way. If you go on harvest season, you will have chance to see the golden rice carpet along the river banks.

After a wonderful adventure, you will head back to the main land to have lunch prepared by Vietnamese professional chef. The delicious cuisines are made from traditional, organic ingredients, obey strictly the Yin Yang balance of Asian culture. After lunch, you will have free time to do some optional activities like fishing, visiting local people, etc. (Depend on the itinerary on that day) Have free time to hop on a bicycle and go around beautiful villages, enjoy fresh air in the rural area and discover huge limestone mountains, etc.

Arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – The ancient capital city of Vietnam one thousands year ago. With the guide’s description, you will understand more about Vietnamese history which is not popular to the world but still very interesting and worth knowing. Leave Ninh Binh and go back to Hanoi. Drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Tour finish at about 18:00.

Best Price Vietnam hopes to see you next time!

Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: N/A

Important Notes:

  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • You can catch bright yellow rice from mid-April to early June and green rice fields on February to April.

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Customer Reviews


Based on 11 reviews

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Ms.Joanne Wells


21 January, 2019

"Great tour, great guide"

We had a wonderful time with Tom who was our tour guide. He was very attentive, funny and easy to talk to. Tom also put in extra effort just to make our experience more enjoyable. Would highly recommend the tour and Tom.
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Ms.Karen Calvaruso


23 August, 2017

All very positive.


Ms.Lynn Khoo Suet Lin

Other Country

5 June, 2017

The guide Manh was excellent. He went beyond his duty to show us as much as he knew about Hanoi

The lunch provided was not good and the waiting time was surprisingly long


Ms.Chan yoke kit


10 May, 2017

1. Tour intinery good
2. Food n Restoran good
3. Tour Guide Thant ( Hao Lu, Tom Coc) is good responsible and knowledgable person.
His performance is excellent n professional.


Mr.Jonathan Messing

United Kingdom

2 May, 2017

well informed tour guide, very friendly and well targeted tour. Lovely scenery …………………………….

boat rower was a bit of a con when she charged us for tip after giving us the hard sell on her t-shirts and refreshments. Set menu for lunch was uninspiring ………………………………




20 April, 2017

The scenery is definately worth the travelling time.

Very bumpy uneven road all along. Hard selling of souvenir while on the boat.



28 March, 2017

Tam Coc is very scenic and beautiful place. The tour guide is very friendly and informative.

The force selling of products on the majority of the boats might effect the image of Tam Coc tour


Ms.Miranda Drozdowski


7 March, 2017

I would like to thank you for organizing the tour it was Excellent. Your guide Star and driver Chien were also excellent. Star was very informative and spoke English very well. Star checked regularly if I needed anything eg Bathroom, Drink etc. and I enjoyed the lunch. The boat ride up the Ngo Dong… More


Ms.Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan


8 February, 2017

very good tour..lovely destination choice, good guide


Mr.Chat Nguyen

United States

13 September, 2013

Nice rides in a roomy car from Hanoi to Hoa Lu-Tam Coc and back.

The food portion were small. The waitress were lack of training and had no common sense. My daughter ordered a coconut drink. The waitress there brought us a coconut stored in a bowl. There was only half of the juice in the coconut and the other half leaked into the bow. Who on this Earth did she expect… More

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Asked by Philip Moon, August 12, 2019
Hello - we are booked on a one day tour to Ninh Binh on October 3 with hotel pick up in Hanoi from the Sunline Paon Hotel. What time will pick up be please?
Philip Moon, August 12, 2019
Hi Pick-up time from 7h15 to 7h45 Cheers