HOA LU – TAM COC TOUR (1 DAY)
07.30 – 08.00 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then depart for Ninh Binh province (100 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes half way to relax and experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, embroideries…
10.30 Arrive at Hoa Lu, which is once depicted the ancient capital of Vietnam, settled up in the 10th century.
11.00 Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.
11.30 Visit the excavation area beside the Le Dai Hanh temple. You experience the vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated back 10th century. Go back to the bus and drive to Tam Coc.
CYCLING RIDE (optional): Those who love to explore real countryside images of Vietnam can proceed a 40 minute cycling ride along country lane (from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda, estimated time 40 minutes for 5km cycling 2 ways), experiencing the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling ride at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch in restaurant.
14.00 Board the sampan boats (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves “Hang Ca – First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba – Third cave” to get a strange feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.
18.00 Arrive in Hanoi. Tour ends.
Hoa Lu is the relics of the ancient capital Hoa Lu – the remains are 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 this ancient capital city. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel with 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. It is about 4 km away for Tam Coc that means Three Caves. It is also called “Halong Bay on land”.
This tour can be organized as joining group or private and cost in USD per person
|Group Size||2 – 3||4 – 6||7 – 10||10+|
+ Bus or Van pick up and drop off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
+ All entrance fees
+ Boat trip in Tam Coc
+ Vietnamese/ Vegetarian lunch
+ English speaking tour guide
– Personal expenses