Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Tour

Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Tour

Tam Coc

Often referred as In-land Halong Bay, the area of Tam Coc is characterized by the limestone terrain that makes this picturesque sightseeing unique in deed. On this day trip, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of green Vietnam by casually biking through rice fields or paddling along the waterway. For photographers, it is the ideal place to come and discover.

Hoa Lu, the second stop, brings you different experiences of a historical vestige. This valley was formally the capital city of Vietnam in the late 10th century, because of the effective defense that was naturally created by mountains and river of the site. Visiting the remained temples dated back to the 18th century, you will have a good time to explore the upper world of dragon and Gods, of which the art style fully holds Oriental philosophy


You shall be picked up at Meracus Hotel by 8:00 AM, then have a drive to the south of Hanoi with 2 hours to Ninh Binh provice.

It will be an exciting day highlighted firstly by 2-hour canoe ride in Tam Coc that you will enjoy the spectacular scenery while gliding along the river among rice paddies and ranges of limestone mountains peaking up like towers over you.


After lunch served with local food at a restaurant near the riverside, a short transfer through the peaceful country will take you to Hoa Lu, which used to be the ancient capital of Vietnam 11 centuries ago. Let’s have a walk to visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the great national heroes or founders of this capital in 10th century. Return to Hanoi and tour ends at Meracus hotel by about 5:00 PM.


  • Private transfers within the tour with air-conditioned vehicle including pick-up and drop-off at Meracus Hotel;
  • Canoe trip;
  • All meals as mentioned;
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees;
  • Experienced English speaking guide
7.45 – 8.30: Picked up at Meracus hotel, departure for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way
10.30: 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 constructed 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).

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.

If you like to go biking, it is a good idea. You will have chance to visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle about one hour (from Restaurant).
16.00: We take the car come back Ha Noi.
18.30: Arrive Ha Noi and finnish the tour.


    • Transportation: Fordtransit 16 seats or County 29 seats with A/C, including pick-up and drop-off at Meracus Hotel;
    • Canoe trip;
    • All meals as mentioned;
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees;
    • English speaking guide



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Peak season surcharge:

      • Surcharge $25 on Christmas 24/12; New Year 31/12 and Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Children Policy:

      • Under 05 yro: free of charge (sharing cabin/bed with parents)
      • From 06 yro: full charge


      • Pre-post accommodation in Hanoi
      • Beverages, other meal and Tobacco
      • Personal expenses
      • Tips/Gratuities are welcome
      • All other services not clearly mentioned above

What to bring

      • Proper clothes for temple visits;
      • Cameras;
      • Sun glasses; sun cream; wide brim hats; good hiking shoes and etc.
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