07h45-08h30: We pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quater, departure for Hoa Lu - Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way.
10h30: After arriving in Ninh Binh province, the guide takes you to visit Hoa Lu - the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple, in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu).
12h00: Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - 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.
16h30: We take the car come back Ha Noi.
19h30: We arrive Ha Noi and finnish the tour.
Daily Organized by Vietnam Travel Top.
Menu for lunch:
- 1. Stir-fried goat with chili sauce
- 2. Fried rice with sauce
- 3. Fried spring rolls
- 4. Deep fried fish
- 5. French fries
- 6. Mixed fried chicken
- 7. Cabbage soup with meat
- 8. Stir-fried vegetables
- 9. Beans with ketchup
- 10. Eight rice
- 11. Dessert
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.
More about Hoa Lu Ancient Capital:
Hoa Lu is some 110km or 2.5 hours bus from Hanoi. Located near the Ninh Binh city, Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defence for this kingdom against the invaders.
Not much of this ancient kingdom is left standing. There are two 17th century temples, modelled after their 11th-century originals that are on most itineraries to Hoa Lu. They are the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple (King Dinh temple) and Le Hoan Temple (King Le Temple).
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