Take a day-trip from Hanoi and see the highlights of Ninh Binh province. Visit Hoa Lu temple, hike to Mua Cave, take a boat trip to Trang An complex, and enjoy a folk music show in a traditional house.
Duration 11 hours
Visit a historic ancient capital Hoa Lu
Take a scenic boat ride to the Trang An Eco Complex
Challenge yourself with a 500-step hike to Mua Cave
Enjoy a traditional folk music show at a local house
Depart from Hanoi in the early morning and take a short 15-minute break along the way to Ninh Binh province. Your first stop is Hoa Lu where you’ll have almost an hour to listen to interesting historical stories about King Dinh and Le. Afterward, go to Mua Cave and challenge yourself with a 500-step hike up Dragon Mountain. Enjoy the great panoramic view of Tam Coc River and rice fields from the top of Dragon Moutain.
At approximately 12:00 PM, stop for lunch and have the opportunity to try local specialty dishes at a quiet restaurant in the Trang An area. After lunch head out to the most popular attraction in Ninh Binh, the Trang An Grottoes. Take a 2-hour rowboat trip to visit the cave complex which includes Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, and Thanh Truot. Ponder as you float through the mysterious, yet alluring landscape, and admire the scenery of mountains and rivers.
From your boating trip, travel to a local house to watch a Vietnamese folk music show performed by talented artists, playing traditional instruments like the monochord Dan Bau, the two-stringed Dan Nhi, and Dan Day flute. Get to know more about the spiritual life of the Vietnamese during a sunset party with fruit, green tea, and some traditional candy. Head back to Hanoi in the late afternoon where your tour will conclude at approximately 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Pick up and drop-off for hotels in Old Quarter of Hanoi
Roundtrip transfer from Hanoi
Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance and boat fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Lunch at a local restaurant
Complimentary bottle of water
Tea break in afternoon