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Ninh Binh Day Trips- from Hanoi
4.5

Ninh Binh Day Trips- from Hanoi

By Vietnam Open Day Tours
Recommended by 93% of travelers
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The landscapes and historic monuments of Ninh Binh Province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lie just south of Hanoi. On this tour, visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu then venture off-road on a boat cruise around the karst cliffs and grottoes of Tam Coc and a scenic bike ride through the countryside. Choose from four options to suit your budget and interests.
from
$36.00
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
$36.00
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 0-70, max of 22 per group
Duration:
10h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Choice of private, small-group, or group tour of Ninh Binh Province
  • Magnificent views of the Tam Coc caves from a boat on the river
  • Great value: lunch, entrance fees, and all activities included
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Hanoi

  • Hotel pick-up & drop off in the Old Quarter area
  • English speaking guide
  • Transported by model AC bus
  • Boat trip
  • Detail itinerary mentioned in the selected option
  • 0.5l Bottled water on bus per person per day
  • Lunch (with local food - Vietnamese cuisines)
  • Admission tour included mentioned at option tour you choose
What's not included
  • Drinks, Gratuities, What not mentioned clearly
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of the Old Quarter area
  • 60,000vnd/2 ways Electric car in Bai Dinh pagoda (if you choose tour option 5 and 6)

After pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district, journey south into the Ninh Binh Province by air-conditioned bus, minivan, or private vehicle (depending on tour option selected). Stop in Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and explore the historic city on a guided tour, admiring its ancient Le and Dinh dynasty temples. With the Classic option, continue to Tam Coc, where you are welcomed with a delicious buffet lunch of typical Vietnamese cuisine. After lunch, set sail along the Ngo Dong River and cruise through the stunning landscapes of Tam Coc, with its jagged karst cliffs, lush rice paddies, and atmospheric caves, often called the 'Ha Long Bay of the interior.' After the cruise, cycle around the surrounding countryside on a bike ride, following a scenic route through rural villages and along the riverside. For the Superior option, follow the classic tour and visit the Mua Cave on Dragon Mountain. The Deluxe option includes a hike up Dragon Mountain to the Mua Cave viewpoint, a delicious set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride on the Ngo Dong River, plus a bike tour that stops at the Bich Dong Pagoda. The Folk Show option includes a visit to ancient Hoa Lu, a hike up Dragon Mountain to Mua Cave, a set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride in Trang An, and a folk music show with tea. All tours en with drop-off at your Hanoi hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and drop off offerred if your hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Please provide your hotel address (exactly pick up time will be confirmed after we received your booking & hotels' address)
  • Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Ng. Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam If you are staying outside of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, please go to our office at 7:10 am to join the tour
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8638P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There are 5 attraction: Hoa Lu ancient captital, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Trang An. Depending to the tour option you choose, the itinerary will included: 2 of 4 or 3 of 4 attractions mentioned at What to expect. Please see description at each tour option
  • Itinerary can change due to the weather condition
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • We recommended bringing a hat, umbrella, raincoat, sunglasses
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8638P3

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Vietnam Open Tour
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Hanoi Opera House
  • 1
    Ninh Binh
    Stop: 8 hours
    There are 6 attractions: Hoa Lu ancient captital, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Trang An. Depending to the tour grade you choose, the itinerary will included: 2 of 4 or 3 of 4 attractions with the following itineraries: 1- ITINERARY 1 - CLASSIC: HOA LU + TAM COC 2- ITINERARY 2: HOA LU – MUA CAVE – TAM COC. 3- ITINERARY 3: MUA CAVE + TAMCOC + BICH DONG PAGODA 4 – ITNERARY 5: BAI DINH PAGODA – MUA CAVE – TRANG AN BOAT TOUR. 5 - ITNERARY 6: BAI DINH PAGODA – TRANG AN BOAT TOUR 7 - Private - Customize Tour Note: After pick up in Old Quarter area (or the meeting point), the Bus will head to south of Hanoi (short break in middle way for 15 minutes)
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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alonj2019
alonj2019
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Halong Bay Surprises us
Halong bay surprises us, the view and the Food is great! Tour guide is very informative and helpful. Very Recommend
jessicamccarthyr
jessicamccarthyr
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Nice day
I went with my friend when we went to ha long in sumer time, the weather is better than one moth ogo' local people
Siravidal
Siravidal
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Great experience
The place is very beautiful, a little bit crowded on some spots, but not on the boat. Our guide was Max. He is sup
afzalk115
afzalk115
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Nature sail
Nature If you want to be one with nature it is is the place to be . Any season is great. Take private trip if you
T1247BAjohna
T1247BAjohna
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Love everyting
Amazing time in ha long You should go to ha long bay 1 times in your life Good experience with our guide He so fri
Jahleel W
Jahleel W
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nice
Although I was aware that drinks are not included, I think water should at least be. The amount of money we payed,
Hana0209
Hana0209
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Love ha long
I have good experience in ha long I have alot of friends they said vietnam is beautiful coutry Ha long must have in
Camper49648085140
Camper49648085140
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Chaotic and overpriced - would not recommend!
The tour from start to finish felt poorly organised and quite chaotic. The pick up was 40 minutes late (although i
jonahp380
jonahp380
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Rushed and poor quality
Started off with being told to be ready at 7.10, which was inaccurate as message should’ve said 8.10. Then bus didn
maerudayo
maerudayo
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Completely immersive
The journey was amazing, 5 activities in 12h, we had a good overview of Ha Long thanks to our guide Thanh! Complete
Jade M
Jade M
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Worth it, but here’s some info to know.
A mixed review for the Halong Bay Tour. Overall, the day was good. The 3 activities were included in the price. Ka
thezhuzaipiao
thezhuzaipiao
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tired but fun journey. great view!
Great views! May need some strength and courage to do the hikes. Did not climb up the hill (first event) for full
Julie H
Julie H
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Beautiful day! Must do!
Halong Bay is amazing! Even after 3 hours on the boat- we had not reached open water! The kayaking was great fun!
125nibinp
125nibinp
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Good experience
Good tour. Knowledgable guide. Area is recovering slowly from covid. It will be better if the transportation is thr
simonjx
simonjx
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amazing tour, sadly the beautiful place is ruined by over tourism
I did the tour with my group of students as part of an educational excursion from university and was supposed to be
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Joseph P
Brighton, MI4 contributions
Really good value for what you pay. Hike, boat & bike w/ lunch included (buy own drinks). Great tour guide w/ sense of humor & knowledge of the area/sights shown. Transportation bus was above average. All of the negatives from previous reviews were corrected for my tour. Do not hesitate to book this tour. Must see area of Northern Vietnam.
Written January 13, 2020
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Louise R
11 contributions
Great communication, picked up and dropped off at my hotel. Trip was brilliant, tour guide was friendly, organised and really helpful.

Spent the morning at the pergola, followed by lunch and then the boat trip and walk. Lunch was delicious!

I would say this trip was the highlight of my holiday and would highly recommend.
Written June 22, 2022
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Olivia M
1 contribution
Couples
Ninh Binh was beautiful. The buffet lunch started the day off to a great start. Our boat trip was breathtaking, the landscape was so pretty it looked like a screensaver. But the best part was our tour guide Nghia. He spoke clear English and was so engaging. He made our entire group excited and brought us together.
Written March 7, 2020
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Samantha P
Auckland Central, New Zealand9 contributions
Great day trip with Bao. He was fun and charismatic from the time of our hotel collection. The day was really enjoyable and Bao was very knowledgeable and always attentive often asking if we wanted family pictures taken. All the destinations were beautiful and worth the trip from the hustling city of Hanoi. The boat ride is beautiful. A wonderful day and we highly recommend Bao as a guide!
Written January 7, 2020
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Daryl Pollard
Rugby, UK30 contributions
The day trip was well organised, a wonderful day of sightseeing away from busy Hanoi. Our guide Nghia spoke excellent English . He was informative, polite and courteous at all times. To mention a few of the activities, the Temples were beautiful. Climbing the 500 steps to the pagoda was well worth the effort to see such amazing views. Bike riding was fun with the added bonus of a wonderful lunch stop along the way. We loved the boat trip, the only uncomfortable part were the sampan sellers who were very persistent in wanting you to buy there goods and also at the end of the boat trip the rower became quite vocal, regarding the tip that he expected. This was a shame because otherwise a wonderful great value money day.

Written March 14, 2020
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sguy632
San Diego, CA10 contributions
This was well worth it. The drive was a little long back and forth but not bad. Our tour guide, Max, was entertaining and engaging. It was a bit cold when we went mid Jan but still beautiful. The hike wasn't too grueling but you do go up some steep stairs. Loved grabbing milk coffee at the small market-like stop on the way. Lunch was delicious! The only uncomfortable part was the peddlers on the sampan boats who tried to push you into purchasing snacks for the boat rower. They also rowed with their feet, which the rules say they're not supposed to do, and they got a little angry with others in our group who they claimed didn't tip enough. They're also not supposed to solicit tips. That soured things slightly but still a beautiful and amazing experience.
Written January 31, 2020
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MelRS
Las Vegas, NV6 contributions
This was an amazing experience! Max was such a great tour guide, so friendly, knowledgeable and professional, he really made our trip wonderful. The trip itself was awesome and we were so happy we did it. I would definitely recommend this trip and Max.
Written January 6, 2020
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Madelynleeann
Spring, TX1 contribution
Highly Recommend!! This was the perfect day trip to Ninh Bin. I felt like I saw everything and was not rushed while also never bored. Frankie, our guide was so kind, knowledgeable, and funny. The transportation was incredibly comfortable. The activities were varied and all very enjoyable. I would HIGHLY recommend this trip!
Written February 20, 2020
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Matthew M
1 contribution
Family
What an incredible day from start to finish. I cannot rate this experience highly enough for a taste of the beauty of Vietnam. Thanks to Max our tour guide we experienced an action packed day with sights that.will be with us forever
Written January 8, 2020
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John
Connecticut4 contributions
Family
Guide was enthusiastic and helpful. Bus was new, clean and comfortable. Bicycle ride was very short but fun. Lunch food quality was ok. Guy rowing boat was rude and angry about a 100k vnd tip, which I really didn’t like.
Written January 23, 2020
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