07:45 - 08:30 Tour guide picks you up at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quater.
Depart for Ninh Binh province (90km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs. Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Vietnam, settling up in the 10th century. Visit temples of two Dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.
Learn more about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Places ground dated 10th century.
12:30 Arrive Tam Coc. Relax and Enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant nearby.
Board the sampan boats (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves "Hang Ca - First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba - Third cave" to get a strange feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.
18:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Tour ends.
Cycling ride: Those who love to explore real countryside images of Vietnam can proceed a cycling ride from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda (estimated time 40 minutes for 5km cycling 2 ways). You will be amazed at beautiful scenery of lust paddy fields.
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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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