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Ninh Binh Adventure Tour

This fantastic two night tour from Hanoi will take you to discover some of Vietnam's most beautiful rural scenery.

From your base in Ninh Binh you will explore Tam Coc, also known as 'Halong Bay on land' with its many limestone cliffs and caves rising out of the rice paddies; along with the ancient capital Hoa Lu.

This 10th century royal city was home to both the Dinh and Le dynasties, and the scenic ruins are well worth exploring.

Your last stop will be the idyllic valley area of Mai Chau, surrounded by lush paddy fields, best explored by bicycle.

3 days

Guide Price

 £399  pp
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Explore some of Vietnam's most beautiful rural scenery
  • Take a boat trip through Tam Coc Grottoes
  • Discover the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu
  • The ideal extension to your stay in Hanoi

Depart Hanoi for Thai Binh, to visit the Keo Pagoda, with its beautiful bell tower in a quiet village on the Red River Delta. Afterwards, continue to the Pho Minh tower in Nam Dinh, before proceeding to Tam Coc to visit Halong Bay on land; the same limestone rocks as in Halong Bay, but seen from a winding stream through paddy fields. Enjoy spectacular scenery during the boat trip to Tam Coc grottoes, and visit Bich Dong Pagoda.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ninh Binh Legend Hotel or similar

This morning visit Hoa Lu, the site of the former Vietnamese capital of the Vietnamese state, post Chinese rule in the first millennium. Visit Dinh and Le dynasty temples before driving to Mai Chau, enjoying the beautiful landscape on the way. Upon arrival in Mai Chau, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mai Chau Lodge or similar

Enjoy a morning cycling in the pretty valley of patchwork rice paddies, farms and stilt houses. The area is home to many ethnic minorities, including the Muong and the Thai.
Afterwards return to Hanoi.


  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year).
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Private, air conditioned transfers and tours with local English-speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees, bicycle and boat fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles.

Not included

  • Visa fees
  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks with meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide