Day trip

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

4.8 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour
Day trip

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour

From US$ 61.73 per person

Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the tenth and eleventh centuries. Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua mountain to take in spectacular views and take a sampan boat trip through the Trang An landscape.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter area or meeting point (Hanoi Opera House)
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the ancient Dinh King temple in the Hoa Lu Citadel
  • Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua Mountain and take in the panoramic views
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a three-hour sampan boat trip through Trang An landscapes
  • Pass through natural emerald water caves
Full description

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Embark on a two-hour drive. Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and then visit King Dinh Temple and Le King temple. Then set off to Mua cave for hiking 500 steps. Climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain, river, and city views. Spend one hour there to enjoy the views and take photos.

After that enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. The tour ends with a boat trip to Trang An for nearly 3 hours. Cruise through emerald water and beautiful caves. The tour concludes back in Hanoi.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transportation via air-conditioned limousine
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  • Boat trip in Trang An
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Water bottles
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Pickup and drop-off outside of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Tips

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 43 reviews

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The tour to Ninh Binh was a very nice activity. We visited the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and also the river boat ride through the Trang An landscape. I enjoyed the scenery and the boat ride was memorable. The bus ride was about 2 hours each way. The condition of the bus was clean and the seats were comfortable. Our tour guide Peter was very responsible and helpful. During the trip, he ensured everyone was well taken care of. He even recommended to me some good restaurants in Hanoi.

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March 6, 2023

Sonny was a great guide. He was extremely informative and very friendly. The trip itself took up the whole day! We got on the bus at 7am and we’re dropped back by 7pm The temples were very cool to see. The best part was the bamboo boats floating through the Trong An river - it was incredible! The 1000 steps up Mua mountain was pretty spectacular too. I am extremely tired from the long day!

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November 12, 2022

A wonderful and beautiful trip into the green. The temple was impressive and worth seeing. The boat tour was very nice and wonderful. The tour led through beautiful, rocky and green landscapes. Spectacular also through several caves. For us a successful trip and recommendable. Of course, many tourists at the same time, you have to be aware of that.

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November 8, 2022

Product ID: 228721