You will find below all-included packages in combination with Tam Coc, to explore the touristic attractions in Northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to Halong Bay through the ethnic valleys of Mai Chau or the Pu Luong park.
( with Guide and private car )
Day 1: Hanoi - Tam Coc
In the early morning, transfer by car from Hanoi to Ninh Binh with an English speaking guide.
On the way to Tam Coc Garden, you will visit one of the following sites by your choice:
- Biological flooded zone of Van Long reserve is an exceptional natural site. Traditional sampan trip during during 2 hours.
- Floating village Kenh Ga: take a motorized boat trip during 2 hours on the Hoang Long river which surrounds Kenh Ga village
-The Trang An site that looks like Terrestrial Along, enjoy a traditional sampan trip during 3 hours
Free time for lunch
At the beginning of afternoon, arrive at Tam Coc Garden, a drink to welcome you then check-in hotel.
Enjoy your free time
Many activities to do such as walking, bike rides (rent free) around the valley and in the paddy fields, visit Jade Cave (1 km from the hotel), visit Thung Nang (Sunshine) Valley, enjoy the swimming-pool, a traditional sampan trip on the river along to Buddha Cave.
Enjoy dinner and spend your night at Tam Coc Garden.
Day 2 : Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Breakfast at the hotel then take sampan to visit the Caves of Tam Coc, its nickname is Terrestrial Along, actually the site has fewer tourists. You can keep your room until noon to getting back there before leaving Ninh Binh.
You can also stay all the morning at hotel and do activities surrounding the hotel, then visit caves of Tam Coc in the afternoon.
Free time for lunch
Late afternoon, transfer by car to go back to Hanoi.
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Day 1. Arrive at Ninh Binh
Our staffs will be waiting & welcome you at train station or car station in Ninh Binh.
Take a short trip during 2 hours by traditional sampan on Nham River, along to Bouddha Cave whose décor looks like Ha Long Bay
Transfer by taxi to the hotel.
Check-in into hotel. (Rooms available at 12h00)
Enjoy your free time.
Bike is available for free rent to discover the surroundings such as: a tour in Nham valley (1h), visit Jade Cave (1km from hotel), sampan visit in the Thung Nang (Sunshine valley, 1,5km from hotel), Thai Vi temple (6km), Tam Coc Cave (5km).
Visit entrance fees not included in program. Enjoy your diner at the hotel.
Day 2. Depart from Ninh Binh
Breakfast then enjoy your free time. Our staff at hotel will help you in order to organize a visit by yourself.
Check out at 12h00.
Free time to enjoy your lunch.
The swimming pool is available for free.
Transfer by taxi to the Ninh Binh station.
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Departing from Hanoi, with guide according to your request, the mini-tour will be heading to two sites: Halong Bay and Trang An landscape complex which both are classified by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spending twenty-four hours in the charming Secret Halong Cruise (privileged partner of Tam Coc Garden) amid the outstanding scenic rock formation.
Day 1. Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Dinner is included)
In the morning, a minibus picks you up in Hanoi or Noi Bai airport and head toward Tam Coc Garden. A French speaking guide will be accompanied according to your request.
Before reaching Tam Coc Garden, you will have a chance to visit one of the following sites up to your choice:
1. Biological flood conservation’s zone in Van Long is an exceptional natural site. Taking a traditional sampan trip during around 2 hours.
2. Explore Kenh Ga floating village by having a motor boat trip along Hoang Long river during 2 hours.
3. Tho Ha village situated in the Western part of Trang An landscape complex. Cycling through the countryside to discover the daily life of the inhabitants. Visiting the rice, peanuts and maize fields. Have lunch with the locals.
4. Trang An, a spectacular landscape of limestone peaks which seems to take after Tam Coc but on a larger scale. Taking three-hour row boat trip amongst mountains and caves.
In early afternoon, arrive at Tam Coc Garden. Welcome drink on arrival and then move on to the check-in process.
Free time for activities.
Many activities are available/within reach: walking around the neighbor area, free cycling around the valley and the paddy fields, visiting Jade Cave which is just one km away from the hotel, visiting Thung Nham Valley, free swimming-pool access, taking sampan trip on the river heading toward Buddha Cave.
Dinner time. Enjoy your night stay at Tam Coc Garden.
Day 2. Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are included)
After the breakfast, you make a journey to Ha Long Bay, which literally means Descending Dragon, also known as the 8th wonder of the world. According to Asian mythology, the dragon took off to the sky during the spring equinox then shielded itself under the seabed during the autumnal equinox.
Set off from Tam Coc and cross through the lush rice paddies of the Red River Delta in Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, which is also known as the primary rice caterer in Northern Vietnam. …passing by Mao Khe and Uong Bi coal zones and arrive at Tuan Chau port by noon. Check in process for 2 days and one night stay on board in Halong bay.
During this stay, discover the enormous limestone peaks emerging from the emerald water, the countless rock formations displayed in various shapes, grottoes and unpredictable lagoons. The mixture between light, cloud and fog cover this magic land with an unreal atmosphere.
The bay is usually crowded because it plays at the same time the exit door of charcoal exportation, the habitat for the floating villages and the workplace of fishermen.
In schedule: visiting grottoes, little break at beach, kayaking. Lunch time. Overnight on board.
Day 3. Halong Bay – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch are included)
As the morning mist evaporates and gives rise to a labyrinth of primeval forest, we welcome the dawn with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck. It’s an ideal moment for meditation.
Breakfast is being served on board. Subsequently, we cruise back towards terra firma.
After lunch, it is time to bid farewell to the crew and to prepare for disembarkation.
Disembark around 11h45 and transfer to Hanoi by car.
END OF OUR TRIP.
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A tour from Hanoi, looping around ex-Tonkin, exploring three ‘must-see’ sites : Pu Luong Nature Reserve, inhabited by the Thai and Muong ethnic tribes, with its confluence of terraced rice fields and primitive forests; Trang An Landscape Complex, otherwise called ‘Halong Bay on land’ ; and an exceptional cruise on Halong Bay proper. While 4 days is barely enough time to complete this loop, you can, of course, extend the tour to give yourselves more time, in which case we can suggest additional activities.
Day 1. Hanoi – Mai Chau - Pu Luong (all meals included)
Morning departure from Hanoi via an express south-west road towards Hoa Binh, land of the Muong. Gaining altitude from Hoa Binh, we traverse the Muong Khen pass, skirting the mountainside towards Thung Nhuôi. A panoramic view is offered upon entry into Thai country. As we cross the massif, approaching the end of the descent, at the crossroads, we are regaled by… Mai Chau valley.
Lunch with a local Thai family in Ban Lac village followed by a short visit of this well-known tourist site, and then a one-hour car ride to the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
Settle into Pu Luong Retreat, a boutique lodge tucked away on a hillside overlooking stunning terraced rice fields, with an ambience reminiscent of Tam Coc Garden.
An easy afternoon hike through beautiful terraced rice fields and ethnic villages, a short Cham river tour in a bamboo raft, chat with the locals.
Dinner and overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.
Day 2. Pu Luong - Tam Coc Garden (all meals included)
We head to the southern part of the Red River Delta, to Ninh Binh province and the famous ‘Halong Bay on land’, so named because of its watery counterpart, Halong Bay (proper).
Arrival at noon in Tho Ha, a small village west of Trang An Landscape Complex, registered as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site in 2014.
After lunch time, a bicycle ride in the neighboring villages to observe daily life as the locals work their ancestral fields of rice, corn, and peanuts. We are drawn to gaze upon a hut overlooking the rice paddies, a church, a school, a craft workshop, and a small local market, which, in turn, encourage us to stop and ponder the lives of the Vietnamese within.
As the afternoon draws to an end, we climb aboard small paddle boats to glide into the heart of the karst outcrops of Trang An. We scull through a long cave, aptly named Buddha Cave, due to a rock in the shape of a reclining Buddha in its interior. The sampan then slips along a reed-lined stream winding through the peaks.
After a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride, disembarkation at Linh Coc, and a 200-m saunter to get back to Tam Coc Garden. Settle into your room with leisure time to enjoy the idyllic setting of our establishment.
Day 3. Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (all meals included)
After breakfast, transfer to the 8th Wonder of the World : Halong Bay. which, literally translated, means “ descent of the dragon” into the waves. As per Chinese mythology, the dragon is a a reptile which ascends to the heavens during spring equinox, and retreats to the depths of the sea during autumn equinox.
Departure from Tam Coc for an east to west crossing of the boundless rice fields of the lower Red River Delta, the northern rice granary : the provinces of Nam Dinh and Thai Binh (the country’s most densely populated province).
Approaching the foothills east of the lower delta, crossing the Uong Bi coal area, and arrival at Tuan Chau at noon. Boarding Secret Halong boat for a 2 day/1 night cruise of the bay.
During the cruise, discove the colossal chaos of ghostly karst peaks, arising from emerald waters; rocky structures riddled with crevices, and caves harboring astonishing lagoons. A surreal atmosphere is created by the play of light on the clouds and mist.
The bay is teeming with activity : as a port of exit for coal export, as home to a number of floating villages dependent on fish farming, and as workplace to squid fishermen whose boats dot the watery horizon at night.
Scheduled : visiting a cave, stopping off on a small beach, and, weather permitting, kayaking and deep sea swimming.
Day 4. Halong Bay – Hanoi (breakfast and lunch included)
An awakening at the break of dawn on the bay offers an unparalleled tranquility.
While the junk slowly sets sail towards the pier, a breakfast buffet is served on board. The return part of the cruise allows you to discover some possibly previously unobserved elements of the bay.
Lunch on board and disembarkation. A 4-hour transfer to Hanoi.
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Jeep tour in Ninh Binh
For those longing to explore in depth the natural and cultural beauties of Tam Coc, Ninh Binh which is also known as Halong Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on land, the Jeep tour is an experience not to be missed.
Even when biking is a great way to explore the hallucinatory nature, its possibility to reach all destinations is limited. However, our Jeep, an ancient restored vehicle of US Army, would exceed the limits of the bike on tracks and small routes. Providing with an ultra-panoramic view and full sensory encounter, the jeep tour is undoubtedly a great way for you to discover Halong Bay on land.
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TOUR 1. Activities to do within one day or a half day
Set off from Tam Coc Garden passing by beautiful roads. You could get a chance to encounter pupils going to school by bike, grannies going to the market, farmers leading buffaloes, goats or ducks, street vendors and musical containers...With much pleasure, the tourist go on boating around the base of the vast verdant cliffs to discover the picturesque landscape escaping amongst the countless granite mountains then arrive at Hoa Lu. It was the country’s ancient capital since Dinh and Le dynasty from 968 to 1009. Visit the vestiges of the former capital including Emperor Dinh and Le tombs.
We keep up the trip on the road, being offered a panoramic view of Bai Dinh Pagoda, the Buddhist temple complex which renowned as the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia.
Lunch at a local restaurant. It’s a great opportunity to taste regional specialties like goat meat or com chay, a kind of crispy rice.
Option 1: Discover Kenh Ga lake which literally means "Chicken canal" in Vietnamese. The site perfectly displays the intact part of an unchanged Vietnam. We discover this picturesque village in small motorboat on Hoang Long River. This pleasant boat ride enables the tourist to discover the daily life of the inhabitants in this universe of water and rocky peaks. Most of the inhabitants in Kenh Ga are Catholic that’s why you could spot a colorful little church in the village center.
Option 2: Heading to Van Long, the largest submerged nature reserve in Northern Vietnam, sanctuary of 39 animals and 722 plant species. A bamboo boat ride enables the tourist to sail through the reeds and picturesque landscapes.
Caves with evocative names such as Hang Ca (Fish cave), Hang Bong (Shadow cave), Hang Rua (Turtle cave), Hang Chanh (Lemon cave) and so forth are reflected by the water mirror from the river.
Option 3: After eating lunch at a local restaurant, we continue our bicycle tour in surrounding area to observe the daily life activities of the inhabitants.
In the late afternoon, sailing on a small sampan to explore Thien Ha (Galaxy cave) in the middle of bamboo jungle. Rowing following the river stream to take a tour around 800m high mountains. Afterward, return to Tam Coc Garden.
TOUR 2. Activities to do within one day or a half day
Set off from Tam Coc Garden to the South to reach Yên Mô, the typical village of the Red River Delta, where we are warmly welcomed by Ich and his wife. There we witness a typical example of the Kinh people’s architecture: red brick walls, rusty roof tile due to monsoon, now is a centerpiece for the reception of guests, extended from a second room. Simple but friendly. Bicycle tour within the village and the surrounding area. For lunch, being served with delicious meal by our host.
After lunch, bicycling toward Phat Diem Cathedral, the largest Catholic architecture in Vietnam. This architecture complex made out of stone and wooden constitutes a mixed style between Buddhist temples and Catholic churches architecture. Cycling back to the village. After saying goodbye to our host, return to Tam Coc.
On the way back home, drop by Thai Vi Temple which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam. The temple takes in its original architecture made out of stone respecting the principles of Oriental geomancy. It is founded among the picturesque landscape in the middle of the rice fields and have his back facing the karstic mountain Cam Son.
Day 1. Cruise, Visit a cave, Kayak
Arrival at Halong’s Tuan Chau port around noon to board the cruise ship. A subtle blend of traditional and contemporary decor, our boat was conceived and designed to meet the standards of beauty required of such an alluring location. The crew greets you on board with a welcome drink while the captain sets sail.
After settling into your cabin, lunch, a succulent serving of seafood, served in our panoramic-view restaurant, is an indulgence to be savored. Not only sense of taste, but also that of sight is aroused by gazing upon the majestic karst landscapes through which we sail. The upper deck allows for aspectacular 360- degree view.
We throw anchor near a small island to visit Me Cung cave, former refuge of pirates who once scavenged the bay. This magnificent sanctuary, a geological formation of mysterious stalagmites, has, throughout history, given rise to countless myths and legends.
We head towards Luon cave, where we once again throw anchor and set off by kayak at the base of the vast verdant cliffs. Gliding along the bay in absolute quietude, one can more fully appreciate the myriad of limestone formations.
We kayak back to our exclusive boat to pursue our voyage. Under clear skies, the upper deck offers a vista onto the magical performance of the sun descending below the horizon of the violet sea, creating a whole palette of incandescent colors. After a refreshing drink, a cooking class, in which you will learn to prepare mouthwatering, crispy spring rolls as if by second nature. Dinner will be a gastronomical experience of meticulously prepared seafood dishes. Overnight on board.
Day 2. Cruise, Tai Chi, Swimming
As the morning mist evaporates and gives rise to a labyrinth of primeval forest, we welcome the dawn with a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck. What better way to start a perfect day, one that should, ideally, never end.
After breakfast, we set anchor to go to Titov island, where we have the option to swim and/or climb to the island’s peak for a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay.
Subsequently, we cruise back towards terra firma. After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the crew and to prepare for disembarkation.