With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies, Tam Coc is best appreciated on a languorous rowing-boat ride, with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars.
Unfortunately, you'll need to be prepared for a glut of fairly persistent hawkers. The guys photographing you will want to sell you the photos when you return, and overpriced drinks and snacks are sold at the turnaround point for boat trips. Bring your own refreshments, and combine a polite but firm ‘no’ and complete lack of interest to combat the hawkers.
After breakfast at hotel, you’ll picked up at hotel for a full-day to Ninh Binh – the ancient capital of Vietnam. The first destination is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, known as the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties. This offers tourists a chance to come back many significant milestone of Vietnam’s meaningful history. Surrounded by high limestone mountains and earthen walls, King Dinh and Le Temples boast their spectacular charm in the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Complex. On the road coming back to the unique spiritual life, tourists seem to lost in the ancient atmosphere of Vietnam feudal period.
Go to the restaurant and you will be welcomed with a warm lunch filled with lots of specialties featuring the yin-yang balance of Asian culture.
In the afternoon, you arrive at Tam Coc. Based on the experience of most local, you will have the perfect memory in Tam Coc with taking a sampan with locals here. Friendly locals will pick up you and we start a 1.5 hour ride along Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc is literally known as ‘three caves” in Vietnam. Visiting Tam Coc, you will explore the mysterious caves including Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba. Majestic limestone cliffs, mysterious caves, rural scenery with peaceful river, rice fields - Tam Coc seems to possess all. Relax or cycling around the countryside before transfer back to Hanoi for the night.
Overnight in Hanoi.
In the evening, you’ll transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for a night train to Sapa.