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Ninh Binh 2 day discovery: Trang An, Mua Cave, Hoa Lu & pagoda’s

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What to expect

On the first day of this two day Ninh Binh trip you explore the best natural spots; a boat trip through Trang An and views of Tam Coc at Mua Cave viewpoint. The next day you learn more about the ancient history and culture of Ninh Binh at Hoa Lu and Bai Dinh Pagoda.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a breathtaking boat trip through Trang An
  • Visit the best viewpoint of Ninh Binh: Mua Cave
  • Learn more about the history of Vietnam at Hoa Lu
  • Explore the biggest Buddhist complex is Southeast Asia

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Trang An with cycling to Mua Cave – Overnight at Bungalow (L/D)

At around 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM you will be picked up by your guide. A van will bring you from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with one stop on the way.

Arriving in Ninh Binh, you will first visit Trang An, were you will be making a peaceful boat trip by traditional rowing sampan. The boat tour will take you over a river between impressive karts mountains, through caves and discovering hidden temples.

Trang An boat trip in Ninh Binh

After this you can enjoy a buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon,you start biking to Mua cave. On the way you cycle through stunning rice fields with buffalo’s and, goats along the road.

biking in Ninh Binh

At Mua cave you will climb the stairs to the top of a mountain. At the top there are a few viewpoints with epic views over rice fields, rivers and villages below.

Ninh Binh 2 day tour

On a relaxing pace you bike back to Trang An through villages and along mountains to Tuyet Tinh Coc. When walking through a tunnel you get to a lard lake hidden between the mountains. On the other side of the lake is a pagoda you can visit and from the top you can make nice pictures of the lake.

Cycle to your accommodation for tonight and check in to your bungalow. Time to relax, read books or swim before dinner starts around 7:00 PM, then enjoy the night if you want at the bar opposite to the pool.

Day 2: Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Cooking class – Bai Dinh Pagoda (B/L)

At 6:30 AM you can wake up to join sunrise Tai Chi. After this there is breakfast.

After breakfast you visit the ancient capital of Vietnam called Hoa Lu. This complex is situated in a beautiful area. Take your time to explore the buildings and temples of the complex.

Hoa Lu ancient capital in Ninh Binh

In the afternoon you join a cooking lesson, were you will learn how to make local cakes, with simple available ingredients.

cooking class in Ninh Binh

Directly followed is it time for lunch and check out your bungalow.

In the afternoon you visit the biggest Budhist temple complex in Southeast Asia: Bai Dinh pagoda. There are countless statues in bronze, marble and stone, as well ass different temples and pagodas.

Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Your 2 day Ninh Binh trip ends with a ride back to your hotel in Hanoi, were you will arrive around 7:00 PM.

Schedule

  • 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

Include

  • 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

Exclude

  • 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

Conformation

  • 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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