Van Long

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu - Van Long Nature Reserve Day Trip

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Van Long Nature Reserve


It is always worthwhile to take a day trip to Hanoi’s surroundings for refreshment away from the city noise.  To escape the busy city life, take a trip to Ninh Binh and experience the charm and atmosphere of Vietnam's ancient capital. Then, take a rowing boat amongst the diverse limestone features of Van Long to be deep into serene nature to find out the peace in mind. As a small group the guide can offer a more personalised guiding service. So don't hang back, ask your questions and you'll be helping the guide tune their commentaries to the interest of the group.

Duration: 1 day
Departure: daily
Theme: Interaction with local


  • Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty and karst mountains of Ninh Binh.
  • Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, see temples of King Dinh and King Le. Explore the history through interesting stories of the royal family.
  • Board a small boat and meander lazily down the peaceful river exploring Van Long Nature Reserve and observe the rural life of the locals.


Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu - Van Long - Hanoi

8:00 Pick up by bus at your hotel. Meet your tour guide depart and introduce the group. Depart for Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh. It will take around 2 hours to drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, with a short break about 15 minutes on the way.

10:30 Arrive in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital dating back to the 11th century. Visit temples of King Dinh and King Le and listen to historical stories. Then we cycle through the breathtaking rice fields.

12:00 Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account).

In the afternoon, drive to Van Long Nature Reserve. Get on a bamboo boat to explore beautiful natural area, enjoy spectacular scenery and the rural life of the locals. This tranquil reserve comprises a reedy wetland that`s popular with bird-watchers. Among the bird species that have been spotted here are the rare black-faced spoonbill, cotton pygmy goose and white-browed crake.

Van Long is also one of the last wild refuges of the endangered Delacour`s langur, partly because the wetlands keep predators and poachers at bay.

16:00 After boat trip, get on bus and our driver will take you back to Hanoi.

18:00 - 18:30 When arrive in Hanoi, you will be dropped-off at your hotel. Tour ends.

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Meals: NA
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At least 2 people are required for running this tour. Please dress modestly for the temple visit.
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  • 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.

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Ms.Yuliani Maya Dewi


8 December, 2016

we love the cycling activity...nice experience

we were 4 pax packed in one boat. Each boat should be for 2 persons. And the guide should've accompany us during the boat trip. Also most of the temples are under construction so we couldn't really enjoy it.


Mr.tay chew tuk


30 November, 2016

Good scenery and boat rides – suitable for children and old folks.Nice landscape…………….

too mild for teenagers………………………………

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Asked by Wilson Van, March 13, 2020
Is this tour to Van Long still available for 6 people on Sunday 3/15/2020?
Wilson Van, March 14, 2020
Dear Wilson Van, Van Long & Hoa Lu current close. Please change to another destination. BestPrice