A two day program that takes you through stunning natural scenery, cultural historical cities and introduces you to the intense flavors of Vietnamese food. The landscape around Hoa Lu and Tam Coc is particularly stunning with the 2 hour drive from Hanoi to Hoa Lu exposing the rural countryside of Northern Vietnam. In Hoa Lu you will explore the temples dedicated to Emporer Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty and Emporer Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty. After learning about the history of the area through its stunning architecture we travel to Tam Coc.
Enjoy sumptuous Vietnamese food in Tam Coc and don't forget your camera to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscapes. Board a sampan boat and cruise through the water, passing majestic limestone karsts the jut upright out of the water, creating a dramatic and mesmerizing landscape. For the adventure seekers it is possible to end the day by climbing up Bich Dong Pagoda on the nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain. This pagoda is comprised of three structures dating to 1428: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order.
Your final day is spent onboard a junk boat cruising around the spectacular limestone islands of Halong Bay's breathtaking waters. Dine on fresh seafood as you admire the panoramic views from your boat. In the afternoon your boat will return to Halong City where a vehicle awaits to transport you back to Hanoi.


This 2-day program is a feast of culture and nature of Northen Vietnam by combining 2 interesting destination : Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Viet Nam , Tam Coc for the memorable sampan trip on the river running through the rice fields and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay with its thousands of limestone karst dotted in the emerald sea.
Early morning departure from your hotel for Hoa Lu with some 110km or two hours from Hanoi. Hoa Lu is a 10th-century first capital of Vietnamese . Laying in a flat valley surrounded by the karst mountain ranges rising on the water surface ,Hoa Lu had a natural wall protecting itself and a picturesque scenery.
First visit is to the 2 temples of the first 2 emperor of Viet Nam : Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of Dinh Dynasty (968-980) - and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of Le Dynasty (980-1009).
After this visit, Have lunch and optional tours :
- Tam Coc ( Three Caves ) : Get on your private rowing boat , cruise through the picturesque river where the huge limestone karst mountain rising out of the green paddy fields
It's an option for you to climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda dating in 1428 and comprising of three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Once you are at the top of Thuong Pagodas, enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of this terrain. Cruise back to Tam Coc town then Return to Hanoi.
Note: Please be awared that there're some vendors on their boats who try to sell their products to you . Please tell to your guide in case you feel uncomfortable .
- Thung Nang valley : While presenting a similar landscape of Tam Coc with the river passing through the green rice fields where the vast limestone karsts rising out, Thung Nang still keeps a pristine feature with a rich fauna and flora system. Then you drive back to Hanoi for the rest of the day at leisure . Overnight in Hanoi.


Breakfast at your hotel then leave Hanoi for a 3,5 hour drive to Ha Long Bay for a day cruise on the wooden junk to explore the amazing beautiful landscape of Halong Bay.
Sails through the emerald water between the limestone outcrops and long corridors, En route, you have chances to sightsee many beauty spots of the world natural heritage including a beautiful limestone grotto and Fighting Cock islet, Incense Urn islet, Finger island, Toad islet, dog islet, Dragon, Horse Neck, Buffalo Head islet and many other strange shape islands.
In the afternoon , disembark at HaLong port then your driver will transfer you back to Hanoi.

TOUR DURATION: 2 Days / 1 Night

TOUR OPERATES: Year Round / On Demand

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request

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  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

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  • Other meals than mentioned
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  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
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