Learn more about the northern Vietnamese countryside, history, and culture on a full-day Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour. Hoa Lu is an ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties which dates back to the 11th century, and Tam Coc, which means “3 caves,” features karst formations and caves you’ll explore by boat.
Explore the 10th and 11th century capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties
Visit Tam Coc which is well known as “Halong Bay on land” by boat
Savor the flavors of rural Vietnamese food
A spectacular trip to discover Ninh Binh with a boat trip to visit three enormous caves and view local fisher folk and explore the village along the river. Another exciting activity the visit to Hoa Lu, an ancient Capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) and the temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasty. This trip surely brings you unforgettable travel experience.
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 back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at 6:30pm. Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi!
Bring walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, extra clothes, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen…
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.