Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Bich Dong
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Hoa Lu, situated 100 km south of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh & Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the years and can still be seen today. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel with rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century.
Apart from the historical interest, the river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Tam Coc is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.
08:00 Picking up from hotel/stay.
08:30 Starting drive to Ninh Binh Province
10:00 Arriving at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
10:15 VisitingKing Dinhand King Le’s temples.
11:30 Arriving in Tam Coc Wharf.
11:45 Having lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine.
13:00 Getting on Sampan boats through caves and visiting countryside landscape
15:00 Back to Tam Coc Wharf to chill out.
15:15 We can make a visit Bich Dong Pagodas before making our way back to Hanoi
- Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Boat trip in Tam coc
- Entrance fees
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Personal expenses