Natural beauty and human history find the perfect marriage in Tam Coc and Hoa Lu, two small regions of Ninh Binh province in the north of Vietnam. Limestone mountains stretch high above this region blanketed with idyllic Vietnamese scenery, where farmers work in the rolling fields of golden rice flanked by wild, evergreen vegetation. For its beauty and strategic advantages, King Dinh founded Hoa Lu here in 968 AD, declaring it the capital of a freshly independent Vietnam. Nearby, Tam Coc stands as the perfect testament to Vietnamese nature, with an ancient river and outstanding splendour at every turn.
This Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip takes in both the nature and the history of fabulous Ninh Binh in its two prized locales. We start at Hoa Lu, hearing of the attractive and culture-soaked history of the ancient capital on a short walking tour around it grounds and temples. From here, we take the quick drive to Tam Coc, where we have lunch and take a boat tour of the Ngo Dong River. We end the full-day Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour with a final cycling excursion along the quaint village paths of Tam Coc, revealing its incredible beauty that stretches to distant mountains.
Taking highly comfortable and modern transportation between Hanoi and Ninh Binh province
Enjoying the exquisite nature of what is affectionately dubbed ‘Halong Bay on Land’
Discovering the history and religion of ancient Vietnam at Hoa Lu
Relishing a tasty lunch served in resplendent surrounds
Cruising down the Ngo Dong River on a serene 1.5-hour wooden boat ride
Cycling the village paths of Tam Coc as they cut through heavenly scenery
Making use of a professional tour guide and a company with over 2,000 5-star Tripadvisor reviews
Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi (L)
08:00 – 08:30: Our guide and driver will meet you outside your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Board the modern bus and take the drive directly southwards to Ninh Binh, following the daily routines of farmers across their acres of rice paddies.
10:00 – 10:30 We arrive in the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu, finding wonderful examples of ancient architecture dating from the 10th century. Two of its finest examples are to be found at the temples of King Dinh and King Le, which honour the two separate rulers of Vietnam during Hoa Lu’s 43-year period as the capital.
12:00: Boarding the bus again, we take the short drive southwards to Tam Coc for a delicious local buffet lunch.
12:30: At the Ngo Dong River in central Tam Coc, we board a local sampan boat and take a serene cruise along the soft-flowing water. For 90 minutes, we watch the astounding scenery glide past us, noting the perfect limestone mountains dotted with goats, shallow paddies of golden rice and the low-slung caves that pass beneath karst rocks.
14:00: We take a relaxed cycling tour along the quiet village roads of Tam Coc, looking out on both sides as the perfect panorama of northern Vietnam stands painted around us.
15:00: Returning to the Ngo Dong River, we finish the Hoa Lu Tam Coc day tour by boarding the bus and heading back to Hanoi, where we should arrive at around 17:00.
It was our pleasure to take you on this full-day tour to Hoa Lu Tam Coc. We hope that you enjoyed your time and have left with a stronger appreciation of our beautiful country!