The ancient capital of Hoa Lu is the first capital of Vietnam in the tenth century, which is is a strong fortification erected by nature and man. It covers an area of 300 hectares ( about 3.0 km2), including both the Inner and Outer Citadels. It consists of defensive earthen walls, palaces, temples and shrines, and was surrounded and protected by rugged mountain and imposing cave system.

Take a boat trip on the Ngo Dong River through rice paddies and limestone karsts to see some of Northern Vietnam’s best natural wonders, the Tam Coc or namly the three caves. It includes three big caves Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Bai offering similar scenery to what you can see in Halong Bay without the suffocating crowds.

From Tam Coc boat pier, drive to the east nearly 3 km, tourists will reach Bich Dong pagoda - an ever ancient three tiered cave pagoda. It is only accessible by steep stone steps, but it is really worth climbing up for a charming pagoda and panorama view from the top.

Destinations: Hanoi – Hoa Lu- Tam Coc


  • - Visit Hoa Lu - the first capital of Vietnam in the tenth century, enjoy the beautiful scenery around and take a look of historical traces.
  • - Enjoy a boat trip on Ngo Dong river on the way to Tam Coc.
  • - Discover the miraculous beauty of imposing caves and grottos.
  • - Visit Bich Dong pagoda.

- Our car picks you up at the hotel in Hanoi at 7.00 am and depart to Ninh Binh.

- After 2 hours driving, arrive in Ninh Binh Province.

- The first destination in this daily tour is the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu.

- You will have time to visit two 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 of Dai Viet.

- Then transfer to Tam Coc for lunch.

- After lunch, get on small rowing boats on Ngo Dong river, the boat takes you to all three caves in about two hours.

- Continue visiting Bich Dong Grotto (emerald-like grotto), around 2km from Tam Coc by car.

- Climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen Mountain.

- Get back to Hanoi late in the afternoon. The tour ends.

Price from 37USD per person

Price from 37USD per person

Price inclusion:

  • Private round-trip transfer with A/C
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in the local restaurants or picnics where no suitable restaurant available.
  • Boat trip and entrance fees, sight seeing fee for all visits as mentioned in the program.

Price exclusion:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Drinks, tips, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Other things not clearly mentioned in the included list.

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