Explore the site of an ancient capital of Vietnam at Hoa Lu and see the temples built to honor the emperors of early dynasties. Travel through the rice fields of Tam Coc and enjoy a ride by sampan through natural caves in the limestone mountains.
What to Expect
You’ll be picked up at your Hanoi hotel at around 08:00-8:30 for the drive to Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. On this full-day tour you’ll experience a landscape of rice fields broken up by picturesque limestone mountains.
The capital at Hoa Lu covered an area of 3 square kilometers, including both the inner and outer citadels. The site was protected by defensive earthen walls, and featured palaces, temples, and shrines. In addition to the defensive walls, it was well protected by the area’s limestone mountains. Today, the ancient citadel no longer exists, and just a few vestiges from the 10th century remain.
See temples built in honor of the emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh, their sons, and Queen Duong Van Nga.
Next is a drive to Tam Coc, where you’ll have lunch and take a private sampan ride for around 90 minutes through 3 natural caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba). You’ll pass by giant limestone karst formations jutting out of the rice paddies that surround the Ngo Dong River. The boats are typically rowed by 1 or 2 local women who also sell embroidered items.
At around 16:30-17:00 you’ll be transferred back to Hanoi.
- Pick-up & drop off at your hotel by modern air-conditioned bus (old quarter only)
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the description
- English-speaking guide
- Bicycle rental
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guide and driver
- Anything not specifically mentioned as included
What to Remember
Please advise in advance if you have any special dietary requirements (such as vegetarian). Guests are advised not to bring large pieces of luggage on the tour.