Delve deeper into Vietnam’s past with this day trip to the picturesque Ninh Binh area 02-hours south from Hanoi. You’ll discover Hoa Lu, ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties, before taking a sampan trip down the so called ‘Halong Bay on Land’ – famous for its charming grottoes and limestone karst mountains.
Depart your hotel this morning on about 70km – 2.5 hours drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Followed by an included lunch at a local restaurant.
Then continue on boarding a sampan and enjoy a cruise of Trang An. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An ‘eco tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.
Leave Ninh Binh and arrive Hanoi late in the afternoon.
Included meals: Lunch
From US$ 100 per passenger
* Price based on group of at least 02 passengers travelling together
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