Hoa Lu, the first Vietnam Capital under the Dinh and Le Dynasties from 10th century between 968 and 1009 AD located around 100km to The South of Hanoi city Tam Coc, the outstanding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass of Halong Bay It is a certain true that Hoa Lu & Tam Coc is often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land.
- Visit Hoa Lu Old Citadel with Dinh Temple and Le Temple
- Rowing boat trip in Tam Coc (Three caves)
- Enjoy special Vietnamese buffet lunch in local restaurant with local food
08:00 – 08:30: Tour guide of Go Asia Travel will pick you up from your hotel in Old Quarter to depart to Ninh Binh city
10:30 – 11:00: You will reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
12:00: Today you will enjoy buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc named Duc Tuan restaurant. The food is served with Asian style, local dishes, and organic vegetable. The Duc Tuan is located on the river overview Tam Coc, you can enjoy the view of overall riverside until you finish your lunch
13:30: After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbor. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestone on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colors.
The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
Optional activities: Riding bicycles or buffalo rides
16:00: leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. Come back to Hanoi at around 6:30pm. Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi!
- Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: Vietnamese food, Asian Food basic.
- Transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at hotel
- Boat trip on Ngo Dong River rowing by local people
- English Speaking Tour guide, other languages on request
- All entrance and sightseeing fees
- All taxes & services charge.
- Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
- Tipping/ Gratuities.
Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, etc.
What to bring:
- Long sleeve clothes,
- Hat or umbrella,
- Sun cream,