Ninh Binh 2 day experience: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, cooking class & local market

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What to expect

In this two day trip to Ninh Binh you experience the beautiful countryside, with a stunning rowing boat trip in Tam Coc, biking through the rice fields and walking up to the best viewpoint.


  • Learn more about the local culture and history at Hoa Lu and Bich Dong Pagoda.
  • Enjoy a boat trip between rice fields and impressive mountains
  • Visit a local market and join a cooking class
  • Walk to the top for the best viewpoint in Ninh Binh


Day 1: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Cycling to Mua Cave – Cooking class, overnight at Tam Coc Bungalow (L/D)

From 8:00 – 8:30 your guide and bus picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi and drives to Ninh Binh, with on the way a stop for a short break to stretch your legs.

First stop is a visit to Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel were you can visit some ancient buildings and temples.

Hoa Lu ancient capital in Ninh Binh

Next you will go to Tam Coc for a Vietnamese buffet lunch.

In the afternoon you take the bike to ride to Mua cave, with on the way great views of the surrounding area.

biking in Ninh Binh

You walk to the top of the mountain for some spectacular views of the valley below.

Mua Cave viewpoint in Ninh Binh

Cycle to your place to stay and check in to your bungalow. Attend a Cooking class in how to make Vietnamese cakes and swim before the dinner is served around 7:00 PM.

cooking class in Ninh Binh

After dinner you can enjoy the night at the pool or bar.

Day 2: Local market – boat trip in Tam Coc – Cycling to Bich Dong – Hanoi (B/L)

Join sunrise Tai Chi at 6:30 AM, before breakfast is served.

In the morning you will visit a local market to see how local people exchanging goods; a great place to learn more about the culture and to make photos.

market visit in Ninh Binh

After this you will enjoy an exciting boat trip on the Ngo Dong river with traditional sampan boat in Tam Coc. You will be peddled through stunning rice fields and caves while surrounded by impressive karst mountains.

Tam Coc boat trip in Ninh Binh

You finish the boat trip and go back to the accommodation to check out, clear the bill and have an authentic lunch made by the house chef.

In the afternoon, you bike through peaceful villages with rice fields.

The bike ride will bring you to Bich Dong Pagoda surrounded by a lotus lake. Walk to the top to visit a temple is a cave and nice views.

Bich Dong Pagoda

Before going back on the bus there is an afternoon tea to highlight a great day. The bus will drive you back to Hanoi were you will arive around 7:00 PM.



  • Activity start: 8:00 AM ~ 8:30 AM – Pick up at your hotel in the old quarter
  • Activity end: 7:00 PM (next day) – Drop off at your hotel


  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel/ accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transfer by A/C modern bu
  • English speaking guide
  • Buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes
  • 2 bottles of water per person on bus
  • All entrance fees indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 night stay at Tam Coc Bungalow (twin/double room)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Cooking class


  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Pick up from hotel/ stay outside Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • All not indicated in the itinerary

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Good walking shoes
  • Money for own expenses
  • Protection against the sun (hat/sunscreen) or rain (raincoat) – check weather forecast.
  • Bag/suitcase with clothes and toiletries for one night stay


  • Instantly after booking you will receive a conformation. Within 3 working hours you receive a voucher by e-mail. If you did not receive your voucher check your Spam folder or notify us via email or chat.

Activity notes

  • Voucher: Keep a digital voucher on your phone. As a sustainable company we would like to ask you not to print the voucher.
  • Itinerary: Itinerary is approximate and dependent on weather and other conditions.
  • Pick up: Please arrive in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before scheduled departure. As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in case of unforeseen delays along the pick up route.

Cancellation policy

* Local Vietnam’s refund policy applies.


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