Hanoi to Ninh Binh Day Trip

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The Hanoi to Ninh Binh Day Trip is a one-day tour departing from and returning to Hanoi. Incredible Asia Journeys provides everything you need on this short break from the bustling city of Hanoi. With over 1500 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor, you can be confident of a professional service with the perfect organization.

On the Hanoi to Ninh Binh Day Trip, we will visit two temples in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam dating back over one thousand years. Afterwards, we head to otherworldly Tam Coc for a serene boat trip down the river, passing through wonderful caves and admiring the local wildlife in the river or perched on the adjacent limestone mountains. We will make use of Tam Coc’s rural roads for cycling between lush rice paddies, learning more about Vietnamese farming life as we do so.

The Ninh Binh Day Trip From Hanoi is one of the best options for travellers wanting a condensed tour of Ninh Binh’s highlights. We include all of the transport such as the bus, bicycle and boat ticket, along with a friendly English-speaking guide, buffet lunch, entrance fee for Hoa Lu and a bottle of water on the bus.

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  • A trip to Hoa Lu – ancient capital of Vietnam for 43 years.
  • A magical sampan ride down the Tam Coc River to explore its grottoes.
  • Cycling down the rural lanes of Tam Coc with gorgeous scenery on all sides.
  • Interacting with locals about life in this beautiful region.


 Activities: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital of Vietnam with Kinh Dinh and Kinh Le Temples, enjoy the sampan boat ride in Tam Coc and cycle around Tam Coc for learning the local life and enjoy the nature of this beautiful landscape

Your Hanoi to Ninh Binh Day Trip begins with a pick-up around 8.00am in Hanoi’s Old Quarter district. Keep an eye out for interesting elements of countryside life as we take the two-hour trip to Ninh Binh

Our first stop is the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the seat of the throne for King Dinh and King Le before the capital was moved to Hanoi. There are two temples here dedicated to the kings and our guide will explain what life was like under their rules.

After this, we will head to nearby Tam Coc, an area of pure natural beauty. We will have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant before heading to the riverbank to recline in a sampan boat. Local village women will row you for about 90 minutes down the river using nothing but their feet! There are a wealth of photo opportunities along the way, giving Tam Coc the nickname, ‘the Halong Bay on land’. There are three cave passages located underneath mountains along the river and wonderful views of lush green rice paddies running alongside the boat. 

Once we return to the dock, we will take a cycling tour for about 45 minutes along the quiet country roads, passing stunning scenery of verdant green rice paddies with Vietnam’s iconic tree-topped mountainous landscape in the background. This really is the best way to discover authentic Vietnamese countryside. 

We will take the bus back to Hanoi where we will drop you off at your hotel around 6 pm. This is when your Hanoi to Ninh Binh Day Trip will conclude. Thank you for choosing Incredible Asia Journeys and we sincerely hope to see you again!

 Meals:  Lunch

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  •   Professional English-speaking guide
  •   Entrance fees and sightseeing tickets in Ninh Binh
  •   Boat trip in Tam Coc
  •   Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  •   Shuttle bus: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi (Hanoi Old Quarter) with complimentary bottled water
  •   Bicycle


  •   Visa stamp fees for Vietnam
  •   Meals or drinks not mentioned in our itinerary
  •   Travel insurance 
  •   Personal expenses
  •   Tips for the guide and driver
  •   Pick up/drop off outside of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  •   All other services not mentioned in the itinerary
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  • Money back guarantee
  • Customizable by local experts
  • 24/7 customer support
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