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Over a thousand years ago, the stretch of sleepy countryside around Hoa Lu (Hoa Lư) in northerly Ninh Binh province was a lot livelier as the site of the country’s former capital. Reportedly chosen by the Dinh dynasty (AD 968-80) to ensure enough distance between it and its northerly neighbor China, today much of the capital’s former splendor—fortress walls, temples, shrines and more—have been lost to time.

Still, visitors can explore two surviving temples built to honor emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh and the dynasties they represent; the latter includes a small museum housing some artifacts excavated from an old earthen city wall. The Dinh Tien Hoang temple, perhaps the more impressive of the two, got a facelift in the 17th century. Just outside you’ll find the pedestal from his throne, and inside a statue of the emperor depicted with his three sons. A short walk away, some vestiges of the old palace’s foundation, unearthed by the Vietnamese Archaeology Institute in 1998, remain.

To truly soak in the full expanse of the just-over-a-square-mile complex, take the 20-minute walk up Ma Yen mountain via the path near the Hoa Lu ticket booth, it leads to the tombs of the temple’s two namesake emperors and overlooks the region.

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Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Mua Cave DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Mua Cave DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

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Learn about northern Vietnamese history and rural life on a full-day tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi. See the Hoa Lu temples in the ancient capital of Vietnam, then go to Tam Coc for a sampan ride on a slow-moving river with a landscape of karst formations and caves. Finish up with a bike ride through rural villages. Includes buffet lunch, transportation and guide, all activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00

Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike

Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike

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Escape the bustling confines of Hanoi city, and breath the fresh air on this full-day rural Vietnam tour. With a local lunch of goat meat, fried rice and local fruits onboard, you’ll be fueled for an afternoon of action, taking in the scenery by both bamboo boat and mountain bike. See local villagers going about their daily lives as you come to appreciate a quieter slice of Vietnamese culture.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$51.93
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Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

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Travel from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, a supreme destination in the Ninh Binh province, renowned as an ancient capital featuring the royal palace grounds of the Le and Dinh dynasties. Visit the 10th-century temples, then ride a boat down the Ngo Dong River to explore the limestone caves of Tam Coc. Opt to include a countryside bike tour to Bich Dong Pagoda. Your day trip includes a buffet lunch and guided commentary with round-trip hotel transport from the Old Quarter.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.95
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Deluxe Hoa Lu Trang An Mua Cave Small Group - Cruising, Biking,Hiking, Limousine

Deluxe Hoa Lu Trang An Mua Cave Small Group - Cruising, Biking,Hiking, Limousine

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Highlight of Mua Cave Hoa Lu Trang An Tour ✔️ Take a chance of knowing about Trang An Ecotourism Complex, a world heritage site ✔️ Trying many Trang An Boat Tour more than 2 hours ✔️ Other interesting activities are biking, Vietnamese food, enjoying traditional tea ✔️ Comfortable Limousine tourist car, excellent guide and quality service in general ✔️ Climbing almost 500 steps to the top of Mua cave ✔️ Hoa Lu ancient capital, a treasure of culture, architecture and history of original land of Viet Nam
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  • 12 hours
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$54.00
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Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride

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Visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc on a full-day tour from Hanoi that explores Vietnam's imperial history and spectacular scenery. See two beautiful temples on the grounds of a former palace, pause for lunch, then cruise to a series of three limestone caves on the Ngo Dong River. Pass soaring limestone mountains and rice paddies at the edge of the river, and take in great views on the scenic trip back to Hanoi. This full-day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc tour includes all transport, entrance fees, activities, and lunch.
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  • 1 day
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$45.00
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Guided Day Tour of Mua Caves Ninh Binh Hoa Lu and Hanoi

Guided Day Tour of Mua Caves Ninh Binh Hoa Lu and Hanoi

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See some of the natural wonders of Vietnam’s scenic Ninh Binh Province without blowing out your tight travel schedule with this day-trip from Hanoi. Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in a luxurious limousine bus – no cramped seats and stuffy conditions for this long drive. Discover the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, cycle around local villages and sail down the Tam Coc valley, taking in vibrant rice terraces and towering mountains along the way.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Deluxe Hoa Lu-Trang An-Mua Cave-Small Group: Boat Trip, Biking, Hiking,Limousine

Deluxe Hoa Lu-Trang An-Mua Cave-Small Group: Boat Trip, Biking, Hiking,Limousine

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Escape from the hustle of Hanoi city for a day, on this convenient day trip out into the countryside. Nature lovers will especially enjoy this tour. You can go for a bike ride, paddle a boat, take a hike, and visit several spectacular underground caves. This is an easy way to fit many different sites into a single day trip while also stretching your legs and not spending all day in a vehicle.
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  • 12 hours
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$55.00
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Deluxe and Small Group Tour in Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave with Limousine Transfer

Deluxe and Small Group Tour in Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave with Limousine Transfer

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Explore the caves along the Ngo Dong River on this small-group tour from Hanoi. The itinerary includes a sampan (wooden boat) ride along the river, biking around Tam Coc, and a visit to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Plus, climb almost 500 stone steps to the peak of Lying Dragon Mountain for expansive views.
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  • 12 hours
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$54.00
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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Day Tour

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Day Tour

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Discover the World Heritage–listed treasures of Ninh Binh province on this unforgettable day trip with a small-group. You’ll visit tombs from the Dinh and Le dynasties in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. After lunch in Tam Coc, board a sampan for a tranquil boat ride past a majestic landscape of limestone caves, home to Bich Dong Pagoda. Numbers are limited to ensure personalized attention from the guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.72
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Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc/Trang An - FOLK MUSIC SHOW - DELUXE Small Group Tour

Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc/Trang An - FOLK MUSIC SHOW - DELUXE Small Group Tour

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The historic temples, natural caves, and dramatic karst cliffs of Ninh Binh Province lie just south of Hanoi. On this tour, visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the beautiful Mua Cave, cruise around the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Tam Coc on a traditional sampan, and enjoy a scenic bike ride through the countryside, passing lush rice paddies and rural villages.
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  • 11 hours
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$59.17
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc: Boat Trip and Bicycle Ride

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc: Boat Trip and Bicycle Ride

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Escape the fast-pace of life in Hanoi without the hassle of hiring a motorbike on this day trip heading south through the Vietnamese countryside. A digest of thousands of years of Vietnamese history and tradition, this tour stops at Hoa Lu Temple (Vietnam's 10th- and 11th-century capital) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring limestone cliffs pagodas, paddy fields, and small villages which you can bike around.
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  • 10 hours
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Unique Mua Cave & Tam Coc: Full Day Tour w/ Trekking, Biking, Boat Tour, Cooking

Unique Mua Cave & Tam Coc: Full Day Tour w/ Trekking, Biking, Boat Tour, Cooking

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Active travelers who want to fit a lot of adventure into a single day will love this trip to Mua Cave and beautiful Tam Coc. There, you can enjoy hiking, biking, touring by boat, and fishing, as well as learning about Vietnamese food by taking a cooking class. This tour is ideal for groups of friends traveling together, as the range of activities will entertain everyone.
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  • 12 hours
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Full-Day Biking and Eco-Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

Full-Day Biking and Eco-Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

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Visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc on a full-day tour from Hanoi, and explore the countryside by wooden boat and bicycle. You’ll tour Hoa Lu’s imperial temples, cruise the Hoang Long River, paddle into riverside caves, and pedal down quiet, country roads, all in a karst landscape that’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 10-hour tour includes all transport, activities, and lunch at a local restaurant in Tam Coc, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ninh Binh 2 days,1 night from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong

Ninh Binh 2 days,1 night from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong

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Day 01: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua cave ( L/D) 9h00: Visit Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century 10h00: Visit Mua cave 14h00: Take a boat trip to visit Tam Coc 16h30: Check-in hotel/ bungalow & relax 19h00: Dinner time and free time (you can join party, fishing or play in the pool) Day 02: Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong national park - Hanoi (B/L) 08h30: Having breakfast and be ready for Cuc Phuong National Park. 09h30: We will firstly visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats. 12h00: Have lunch in the restaurant with the local foods. Continue taking a short trek into the National Park for sightseeing and learn more of fauna and flora in this oldest forest of Vietnam. Back to the Park Centre visit the “Cave of Early Man”. 16h00: Take the Limousine Bus back to Ha Noi.
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  • 2 days
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Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Mua Cave With Amazing View- All Inclusive

Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Mua Cave With Amazing View- All Inclusive

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Join a unique rowing boat trip to visit three caves, have a buffet lunch and bike to traditional villages. Visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital, Mua Cave, and enjoy a stunning panoramic views of the countryside and Ngo Dong River. Enjoy a unique boat trip to visit Tam Coc Visit traditional villages and Tam Coc town Savor a buffet Lunch with Vietnamese cuisine Visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital Climb up to the top of Mua Cave to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river
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  • 12 hours
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Ninh Binh 2 Day Tour from Hanoi: Boat trip, Mountain, Caves, Biking, Bungalow

Ninh Binh 2 Day Tour from Hanoi: Boat trip, Mountain, Caves, Biking, Bungalow

1. Visit rural life & less touristy destination from Hanoi, you can visit Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century with. 2. Learn about history & architecture of King Dinh & King Le temple and biking trip around villages. 3. Enjoy boat trip to visit Tam Coc & Trang An, called Halong bay onland. 4. Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the most famous & biggest Pagoda in the Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone - Arhat Statues, 36 ton-bronze Bell, 100 ton-Buddha Statue. 5. Enjoy a peaceful night at a very nice bungalow, amazing local foods. 6. Friendly services, save time & money.
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  • 2 days
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$158.00
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Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi, Including BUFFET Lunch

Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi, Including BUFFET Lunch

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The UNESCO-listed landscapes of Trang An are located at the mouth of the Red River Delta, less than two hours’ drive from Hanoi. On this tour, explore the Buddhist temples of Bai Dinh Pagoda in the morning, then enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, set sail on a scenic cruise around Trang An, admiring the magnificent karst cliffs and natural caves.
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  • 10 hours
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From Hanoi: Private 2-day Hoa Lu - Tam Coc and Bai Dinh - Trang An tour

From Hanoi: Private 2-day Hoa Lu - Tam Coc and Bai Dinh - Trang An tour

Experience more of northern Vietnam’s cultural heritage and natural beauty on a private 2-day tour to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Bai Dinh, and Trang An. Visit royal palaces and temples in Hoa Lu and Bai Dinh, and admire the river and cave formations of Tam Coc and Trang An. You’ll benefit from the insights of your private guide on an overnight tour that includes accommodation and four meals.
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  • 2 days
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$166.00
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$166.00

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc 1 Day Group Tour

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc 1 Day Group Tour

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Take a tour through some of Vietnam's natural beauty and learn fascinating history on this day trip from Hanoi. Travel to Hoa Lu, the country's first capital, then meet a local family for a home-cooked meal. You'll also take a boat ride through limestone caves in Tam Coc and enjoy a bike ride amidst mountains and rice paddies. A small-group size plus hotel pickup and drop-off add extra appeal. This is an ideal day trip for travelers who want to fit many interesting experiences into a single day, and to escape urban Hanoi for a few hours.
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  • 10 hours
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$31.61
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Hoa Lu Tam Coc 1 Day From Hanoi

Hoa Lu Tam Coc 1 Day From Hanoi

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Get out of Hanoi for the day and enjoy the natural and historic treasures of Hoa Lu. Tour the remains of the ancient kingdom and learn about the important history of the area. Outdoor enthusiasts will love riding a sampan boat along the Ngo Dong River, and cycling around Tam Coc. Be amazed by the natural caves at Tam Coc, and also enjoy a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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$30.00
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh Small Group Tour Maximum 9 People A Group

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh Small Group Tour Maximum 9 People A Group

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Traveling on a small-group tour to Hoa Lu with a maximum of nine people means you’ll have a more personalized experience of Vietnam’s ancient capital. Ride a boat to the limestone caves in Tam Coc, bicycle alongside rice fields of Ninh Binh, and eat a traditional home-cooked meal with a local family for insight about the region. Hotel transport from Hanoi’s Old Quarter makes this a convenient day trip.
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  • 12 hours
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$80.77
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Shore Excursion: Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex from Halong Bay Cruise Port

Shore Excursion: Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex from Halong Bay Cruise Port

Travel between two of Vietnam’s most famous natural landscapes in one day on this tour from Halong Bay to Tam Coc, a UNESCO-listed landscape complex on the banks of the Ngo Dong River. Admire scenery during the early-morning drive, and then arrive to a full day of activities including a sampan boat trip, countryside bike ride, and pagoda tour.
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  • 12 to 16 hours
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$231.79
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Luxury Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave Small Group Tour - Limousine Transfer

Luxury Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave Small Group Tour - Limousine Transfer

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When the bustling city of Hanoi becomes tiring, spend a day out in the countryside. On this convenient tour you’ll visit impressive caves, picturesque mountains, and local villages. Active travelers can choose to swim, hike, and cycle. Or, simply relax on a boat ride and sample some local foods and drinks with villagers. You can be as active or relaxed as you like. End the day with a sunset party.
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  • 12 hours
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$68.00
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Ninh Binh 2D/1N from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Bai Dinh - Trang An

Ninh Binh 2D/1N from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Bai Dinh - Trang An

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- Visit rural life & less touristy destination from Hanoi - Visit Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century. - Experience amazing History & architecture of King Dinh & King Le temple. - Soft biking trip around villages. - Boat trip to visit Tam Coc & Trang An - Halong bay onland. - Hiking & Climbing Mua cave mountain to see the panoramic view of limestone mountains, Tam Coc, Rice fields & Villages in Ninh Binh. - Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – the most famous & biggest Pagoda in the Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone - Arhat Statues, 36 ton-bronze Bell, 100 ton-Buddha Statue… - Enjoy a peaceful night at a very nice bungalow - Enjoy amazing local foods. - Make friends from over the world - Friendly services, save time & money.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.97
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hoa Lu can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 243 Hoa Lu tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hoa Lu costs USD 8.21. Guided Hoa Lu tours start around USD 8.21 per person. See all 243 Hoa Lu tickets and tours on Viator.
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