Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Biking

Travel Highlight Ninh Binh Tours

Duration: 1 day

From $144pp

from $144 pp


Hoa Lu, situated 100 km south of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh & Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the years and can still be seen today. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel with rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century.
Apart from the historical interest, the river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Tam Coc is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.

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Tour Itinerary

  1. Full Day

    08.00 Drive to Ninh Binh province. On arrival in Tam Coc, board your private sampan for 2 hours as the boat gently slices through three water caves. Return to Tam Coc Town and have lunch at a local restaurant.

    13:00 Start biking to ancient Hoa Lu Citadel for a couple of hours through stunning limestone karst valleys which surrounded by the picturesque fields and villages where named as Ha Long Bay on land. The sceneries are paradise for photographers. Visit Dinh King’s temple & Le King’s temple.

    Drive back to Hanoi and arrive in Hanoi late afternoon.

Price & Inclusion


  • Local Bicycle / Helmet
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Admission fees and permits
  • Reasonable supply of drinking water during the trip.


  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips and Gratuities

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