Pick up from your hotel. Start full-day excursion to Ninh Binh (2.5 hours driving). Enjoy the beautiful roadside scenery on the way. Arrive Ninh Binh city, first take a boat trip to visit the population of Van Long eco-tourism. This is the largest wetland nature reserve in the delta. This nature reserve is located in the northeast of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. Van Long has been put into operation since 1998. In 1999, it became a nature reserve, listed in the list of wetland protected areas and list of systems of special-use forests in Vietnam. . Currently, Van Long is supported by the Dutch government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Cuc Phuong Ruthless Primate Rescue Center, which supports the conservation of rare animals. Visiting Mèo Bar Mountain, Mồ Côi Mountain and fish cave.
After lunch at local restaurant, board a small sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “three caves” (2.5 hour boat trip). With Halong bay type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscape like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc really has it all. You will feel the fresh air and peaceful moments, there are many very good opportunities for photo lovers, freezing the special moments and scenery.
If time permits, you can also visit Bich Dong pagoda (an interesting Pagoda was built into the caves nearby) and climb up the mountain to have a wonderful perspective view of the countryside. The Lower Pagoda is located at the foot of the outcrop, from which it’s a climb of about 100 steps to the Middle Pagoda, then a shorter but still steep ascent to the upper Pagoda. Inside each cave temple, looming statues and the smoke of burning incense create an otherworldly atmosphere.
Overnight at Ninh Binh Hidden Charm (Superior) or similar
After breakfast, visit Thung Nang (or Sunshine Valley), a new tourism route of Ninh Binh that is a complex of historical relics and natural beauty. Thung Nang valley is in the middle of the ever green forests on limestone mountain reserved un-spoilt sceneries and diversity of flora and fauna, it is a valley of never-ending green fields that usually make spectacular colors when the sun rays shine through clouds. On the way to Thung Nang valley, tourists take the rowing boat about 3,5 kilometers. Smoothly floating down the river with a rowing boat to the valley, sound of birds, wooden oars making contact with water and goats calling their friends make this isolating space more heavenly and refreshingly.
Then get back to Hanoi, on the way visit Hoa Lu – the ancient Royal Capital of Vietnam, visit the two temples: Temple of King Dinh and King Le, admire the unique architecture from ancient times.
Stay overnight in Hanoi Mercure La Gare Hotel or similar.