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Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

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30 reviews

Activity provider: Journey Vietnam

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Activity provider: Journey Vietnam

From US$ 199 per person

Discover the scenic landscapes of Ninh Binh on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, and Mua Cave from Hanoi. Explore an ancient capital and ride a bike along rural roads past rice paddies.

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Duration 2 days
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Pickup included
Pickup possible from hotels and accommodations in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Pickup from areas outside the Old Quarter is possible, subject to a US$10 surcharge per group.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Discover the Tam Coc caves by traditional boat
  • Visit Buddhist temples and learn the ancient history of Vietnam
  • Bike among the rice fields and limestone mountains of Ninh Binh
  • Enjoy a home cooked dinner of Vietnamese food prepared by a host family
  • Experience everyday life and visit a local market
Full description
Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter or Hanoi
  • Luxury bungalow accommodation
  • All meals (2 lunches, dinner, and breakfast)
  • All sightseeing and boat fees
  • All air-conditioned transportation, as per the itinerary
  • 3 bottles of water per person (2 on the bus, and 1 for the bike ride)
  • Bike ride
  • Pickup and drop-off outside the Old Quarter, available subject to an additional fee of US$10 per group
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Personal expenses

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  • This is a small group tour of no more than 9 people
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First. I love our tour guide, Fun! He is a man that wore many hats during our short but sweet visit to Ninh Bình. A tour guide, an entertainer, a teacher, and a photographer! We picked the 2d1n option and I love that he was so knowledgeable and familiar w the area. You'll be in good hands booking this tour and if you're lucky, you'll get Fun. Have fun :)

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October 2, 2019

A two-day trip not to be missed

Arriving in Vietnam for a two-week trip, We decided to organize a two-day trip to the Ninh Binh region. These two days were the most beautiful of our stay, Alex, our guide was perfect and at little care for us in every detail. A great knowledge of the region and on top of that a human and super cool man, I highly recommend him as a guide. Regarding the tour, I can only have a smile just by rethinking everything we have experienced. Visit the caves of Tam Coc in the Pagoda, an exceptional bike ride in the middle of the rice fields and limestone mountains of the region as well as a hike to the summit of Ngoa Long Mountain. The Bungalows are locally owned and the night was fantastic and I can only recommend the food which is excellent. The two days + one night experience is best if you want to have a great time and ask Alex for a guide you wouldn't

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August 18, 2019

Great guide, scenery - very disappointing food experience

Hoa (Bruce Lee), our guide was exceptionally good and discreet. He's very knowledgeable, prompt, on time and does the activities with you. E.g. he doesn't wait at the foot of the hill to wait for you to come down. He was also very accommodating to our requests. We were lucky enough to be the only couple on this tour. The disappointment was the uncomfortable transportation (lacking leg space, plastic cover), the so called "home cooked meals", tasteless, adapted to tourists palate without drinks, a payable add-on. I have been in and out of Vietnam for the past 8 years and dare say I can differentiate good from less good Vietnamese food. The last lunch meal was among the worst I ever had during my stays. The trip itself is definitely worth it, but not at the cost this tour is offered. the USD 30.00 bungalow is nice, Bruce Lee is exceptionally good, but the transportation and the meal organization (venues) and it's quality is far below what I would expect at this price level.

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June 16, 2019

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