Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water.
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18.00: Depart Hanoi at 6pm on the nightly southern bus to Tam Coc.
21.00: You will be picked up at the bus stop and taken to our hostel named Tam Coc Rice Field. Check-in to your room, have some dinner (included) and get rested up for the next day of exploring.
7.30- 8.30: Have breakfast and take in the mountain scenery as you get ready to explore the surrounding area.
9.00: Take the early boat trip down to the Tam Coc River- rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way, you witness local fisherfolk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.
12.00- 12.30: Enjoy lunch at Duc Tuan Restaurant served with goat meat that the Ninh Binh province is famous for.
- After lunch, you connect the bicycles from the hostel and are then free to explore the local country side and ancient temples that surround Tam Coc.
15.00: Be back at Duc Tuan Restaurant, then the bus will pick up and transfer you back to Hanoi after two hours.
17.00: Finsh tour in your hotel.