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In the north of Vietnam, besides well-known destinations Sapa, Ha Giang, Ha Long Bay, etc, Ninh BInh province is more famous recently. It owns many historical values with ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century and cultural values with Trang An, Bich Dong Pagoda. You will have the opportunity to get a better understanding about this beautiful land!
07.30 - 08.00: Pick up at the hotel in Old Quarter area and then depart for Ninh Binh province.
10.00: Arrive Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. Have time to admire temples of King Dinh and King Le.
11.20: Cycle to Bich Dong pagoda. Enjoy the beauty of its architecture and peaceful atmosphere.
12.30: Have lunch at local restaurant wit Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy the localities goat meat.
13.30: Depart to the Trang An Grottoes (the Wolrd Natural Heritage site).
16.00: Come back to the local house and enjoy Vietnamese folk music while enjoying fruits and tea.
17.00: Return to Hanoi.
19.00 - 20.00: Drop you of at the departure point in Old Quarter. Tour ends.
Welcome at your hotel lobby in Hanoi Old Quarter. After one hour sitting in bus to Ninh Binh province for starting the tour.
The very first meaningful stop-over in our itinerary is Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam from 968 until 1010. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is specially the national-level important cultural-historical relics. Hoa Lu Ancient Capital used to be a firm military stronghold of 3 consecutive dynasties in Vietnam history: Dinh Dynasty, Early Le Dynasty, and Ly Dynasty. The Imperial place lays under the ground for 3m and now become a very interesting place to visit. You will have the chance to see the old items used by the royal family in ancient time.
Bike to Bich Dong pagoda which located in the Truong Yen range, looks on a valley of fertile rice fields, crossed by the Truong Giang River and leans on Bich Dong Mountain of Ngu Nhac Son Mountains. Bich Dong pagoda includes three temples: Ha temple, Trung temple and Thuong temple. Bich Dong pagoda's architecture was based on Oriental style with main materials are wood and tiles. Bich Dong is surrounded by Hoang Long River, in which the surface is covered by green and unique pink of lotus. That sight makes you feel peaceful and relaxed.
Have lunch with Vietnamese dishes at local restaurant to recharge your energy.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at another popular attraction, Trang An Grottoes (the World Natural Heritage site). You will pass through 4 caves: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers Halong Bay on land of Ninh Binh. On the way, you will pass through some spiritual spots like Dia Linh Mountain in the middle of the river and learn more about Vietnamese history.
The grottoes consist of a handful of caves and rocks towering out from a large network of canals and lakes.
Back to Hotel for check in. Have dinner at hotel. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Hope you can have good time in Ninh BInh!
47.00 (per person)