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Essence of Ninh Binh

3 Days
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US$ 736

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Take a couple days to connect from Hanoi to explore the beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh, a region of limestone mountains and rice paddies that’s known as Halong Bay on land. Along the way, bike through peaceful villages, explore stunning cave systems, and visit elaborate Buddhist temples.

This 3-day Vietnam vacation takes you to Ninh Binh to explore its landscape of limestone karsts and rice paddies. It features moderate or first-class accommodations depending on your preference, small group tours, and is a great add-on to a trip to Hanoi.

Your trip connects you from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, stopping off at the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex along the way to venture through its UNESCO-listed system of caves. You’ll then reach Tam Coc, a breathtaking landscape of limestone karsts rising out of rice paddies that has been called Halong Bay on Land. You’ll spend a full day exploring this landscape. Head on a bike ride along a peaceful country road, venture into ancient caves, and summit mountain staircases to enjoy stunning views of the landscape. You’ll also visit several Buddhist pagodas, including Bich Dong Pagoda, an ancient cave pagoda only accessible by a steep stone staircase, and the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest temple complex in Vietnam.

At the end of your stay, connect back to Hanoi to continue your Vietnamese vacation.


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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 736

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Day 1

Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Depart from your hotel to Ninh Binh. Following a two-hour drive through the beautiful countryside, you will reach Trang An ecosystem. Visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as a UNESCO World Natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) travelling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. The boat takes you to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers - Halong on the land of Ninh Binh.

Lunch at local restaurant before transferring back to the hotel.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration2 Nights

Tam Coc Garden Resort

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    Tam Coc Garden Resort

    Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery, Tam Coc Garden Resort features an outdoor pool and comfortable rooms with private terrace overlooking the garden or mountain. It offers free rental of bicycles and provides complimentary Wi-Fi access in the public areas. Situated just 5 km …

    Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery, Tam Coc Garden Resort features an outdoor pool and comfortable rooms with private terrace overlooking the garden or mountain.

    It offers free rental of bicycles and provides complimentary Wi-Fi access in the public areas. Situated just 5 km from Tam Coc Cave, the resort is within 15 km to the popular Trang An Cave and Bai Dinh Pagoda. Hanoi city is accessible 100 km away, while Noi Bai International Airport is approximately 140 km away.

    Featuring thatched roof and tiled flooring, air-conditioned rooms include a personal safe, wardrobe, a minibar and seating area. Rooms come with an en suite bathroom equipped with bathtub and free toiletries. Serving Vietnamese and Western cuisine, the in-house restaurant offers tasty meals from 06:00 to 22:00 daily. A variety of snacks and beverages can also be enjoyed at the bar. Room service options are also available.


    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Ninh Binh

Depart from hotel for a day tour of Tam Coc. Here, we will start our bicycle ride on a very quiet and peaceful trail without any tourist. The trail provides gorgeous views of the surrounding beautiful limestone mountains. Cycling there gives you the amazing experience of the awesome natural wonder of what the area offers you. You will feel like you're right there interacting and soaking in the magnificent beauty.

Stop at Dancing Cave, have a short hike to the top of Hang Mua where you can see the whole view of Tam Coc. We will stop at a local house in a peaceful village with an amazingly beautiful setting. Enjoy your time chatting, learning how the local here live their daily life.

Have our lunch at a local restaurant then drive nearly 3km to reach Bich Dong pagoda - an ever ancient three-tiered cave pagoda. It is only accessible by steep stone steps, but it is really worth climbing up for a charming pagoda and stupendous view from the top. Bich Dong pagoda is composed of 3 structures: Ha Pagoda (lower pagoda), Trung Pagoda (Middle pagoda), and Thuong Pagoda (upper pagoda).

Continue to visit the little remains of the once impressive citadel of Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties dating back to the 11th century. Temples that are still standing include the royal temple of the early Le Dynasty, Dai Hanh and Dinh Tien Hoang, another royal temple which contains a statue of Emperor Dinh Bo Linh and his sons. The energetic may undertake the climb of some 200 steps to explore the temples and for a rewarding bird's-eye view of the surrounding countryside. A short drive to Bai Dinh pagoda - a Buddhist complex, it leans on the hillside near Ninh Binh. The work started in 2003 and completed in 2010. It is very impressive with the landscapes surrounding either sunrise and sunset. The range of limestones is at that far including the vast rice paddy fields. This complex is functionally used for grand or national Buddhist ceremonies.

Return to the hotel for freshening up and relax.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 3

Ninh Binh to Hanoi

You are free at leisure until being transferred back to Hanoi city/hotel.

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  • Private roundtrip transfers from Hanoi in A/C vehicle
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Ninh Binh
  • Private-guided touring with English-speaking guide
  • All applicable entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 2 lunches


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

1 Oct 2023
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