Hoa Lu – Tam Coc 1 Day Trip

  • Destinations: Ha Noi Hoa Lu Tam Coc Ha Noi
  • Duration: 1 Day - Group tour
  • Departure: From Ha Noi
From: US $60 $45 /pax
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- 8.9787234042553 of 141 reviews

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, the two most stunning sceneries of Ninh Binh province, are located about 100 km away from the southeast of Hanoi. Under Dinh’s dynasty and pre-Le’s dynasty, Hoa Lu is the Ancient Royal capital for 41 years (968-1009). In terms of Tam Coc, it is regarded as Ha Long Bay on land because of its beauty and charm. Sitting on boat en-route Tam Coc combined with the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along river and scattered green rice fields forms a poetic painting of the countryside.

Trip Highlights

  • See the ancient temples in Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital city.
  • Admire the karst formations as you ride through limestone caves in Tam Coc.
  • Take a bike ride through the countryside to see rice fields, villages, and more.

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Day 1 Ha Noi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Ha Noi

07:50 am – 08:30 am: Our modern bus and tour guide pick you up at your address then depart for Ninh Binh province.

11:00 am: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient citadel of Vietnam in the 10th century, visit temples of two dynasties Dinh and Le. 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.

12:00 pm: Today you will enjoy buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. The food is served with Asian style, local dishes, and fresh vegetable.

1:30 pm: After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbour. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestones on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colours. 

The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life. After that, you will have a chance to ride among the field in about from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

4:00 pm leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 6:30 pm. Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi!

What to bring:

  • Sun glasses, Sun cream
  • Camera and film
  • Pair of Shoes and short trousers for biking around country road.
  • Seating on bamboo boat in 1.5 hours with local rower to visit Tam Coc Cave.

Tour included:

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with modern bus with air-conditioner from Hanoi
  • 2 bottles of water/trip/person
  • Enthusiastic, experienced driver & English speaking guide
  • Lunch with Vietnamese foods & entrance and boat fees
  • Bicycling from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc

Tour excluded:

  • drinks, insurance, tax, tip and others not clearly mentioned above


  • If you do not want to bike from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc, we reduce 2 USD/person

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3 reviews comment on “Hoa Lu – Tam Coc 1 Day Trip”

  1. Sau Yee N.

    Tour guide was great explaining everything. Nice tour van. Interesting seeing all the rice paddies being planted by hundreds, of mainly women. Temple was ok, unless you are Buddists. We had a wonderful lunch. We’re then rowed upstream in a small boat by a guy rowing with his feet, it looks impossible to do. You go though several tunnels under the limestone hills. Then you come back and ride bikes a few miles and see the local area, the whole tour is amazing, well worth the price, we tipped 100,000 Dong $4.50. US. most people didn’t tip.

  2. Mary M.

    Day trip to Halong Bay was cancelled due to terrible weather so the tour company offered this instead. The weather here was still not very good, but overall was a nice experience. Buffet lunch was mediocre. Paddling down the river between limestone mountains was a surreal experience. Nice bicycle ride as well with picturesque views. Check the weather and be sure to bring warm clothes (including gloves and warm socks) if required.

  3. Rullen E.
    United States of America

    This was an excellent day trip from Hanoi. Tour included a lunch buffet. Vegetarians no need to worry; you will have plenty of options. Tour includes a visit to a temple, a bike ride through some rice fields which is absolutely beautiful and serene. After the bike ride comes a river cruise which is unforgettable. Our rower was too cute, just before turning back, she stopped the boat and took out pictures of her family and tried to sell us some crochet work so she could feed her family. I am sure this is a scenario played out to all tourists but we did not fall for it. We did give her some money at the end of our tour. Be sure to be generous with your gratuity, a few dollars go a long way!!!!

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