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OverviewJoin in this tour to discover the Vietnamese ancient capital and the magnificent beauty of the scenery of Trang An. Rather than superb attractiveness and geological interest of the landscape, you will find yourself attracted to its historical and cultural values. Join in this2-day trip to experience how natural history and cultural history mysteriously mingle with each other. You will never regret!
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Day 1: Hanoi Hoa Lu Tam Coc ( L,D)
Stop At: Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province
Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries in Ninh Bnh Province, Vietnam. The area is one of ricefields broken by picturesque limestone mountains, and is approximately 90 km south of Hanoi. Together with Pht Dim Cathedral, Tam Cc-Bch ng, Bi nh Temple, Trang An, and Cc Phng, Hoa L is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ninh Bnh Province.
In the late 10th century, Hoa L was the capital as well as the economic, political and cultural center of i C Vit, an independent Vietnamese polity founded in 968 A.D. by the local warlord inh B Lnh (posthumously known as inh Tin Hong, or "First Dinh Emperor"), following years of civil war and a violent secessionist movement against China's Southern Han Dynasty. Hoa L was the native land of the first two imperial dynasties of Vietnam: the inh founded by inh Tin Hong, and the Early L founded by L i Hnh.Following the demise of the L Dynasty, in 1010 L Cng Un, the founder of the L Dynasty, transferred the capital to Thng Long (now Hanoi), and Hoa L became known as the "ancient capital."
The capital at Hoa L covered an area of 300 ha (3.0 km2), including both the Inner and Outer Citadels. It included defensive earthen walls, palaces, temples and shrines, and was surrounded and protected by mountains of limestone. Today, the ancient citadel no longer exists, and few vestiges of the 10th century remain. Visitors can see temples built in honor of the emperors inh Tin Hong and L i Hnh, their sons, and Queen Dng Vn Nga, who was married first to inh Tin Hong and then to L i Hnh. The tomb of inh Tin Hong is located on nearby M Yn mountain, while the tomb of L i Hnh lies at the foot of the mountain.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Tam Coc, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province
Tam Coc is located about 90 kilometers south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province (home of the Tran dynasty) and 7 kilometres to the West of the city of Ninh Binh.
Tam Coc which means 3 caves, is a zone of Vietnam that elapses between rice paddies, bathed by the Ngo Dong River punctuated by karstic rock formations and limestone caves.
The rock formations, caves, water and landscape have made Tam Coc to know popularly as La Halong Bay on land or between rice paddies Halong Bay. More accessible than her older sister, Halong Bay, Tam Coc which squanders spectacular landscapes and exoticism, do not get to seize the throne of the major tourist attraction of Vietnam for travelers.
Duration: 2 hours
Accommodation included: Chez Homestay or similar homestay
Day 2: Bai Dinh Trang An Hanoi ( B,L,D)
Stop At: Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province
The old Bai Dinh pagoda is located on the western slope of Dinh mountain and nestles in quiet forest . The pagoda houses an ancestor-worshipping house in the centre, Bright cave on the right hand side which worships the Buddha , the small temple worshipping Genie Cao Son. In addition, on the left hand side of the pagoda is another temple worshipping Saint Nguyen and next to it is Dark cave which worships the Fairy. With fanciful scenery and quiet atmosphere , the pagoda will make visitors feel likely to live in fairy land and they find peace in their minds.
Besides, visitors can explore many other grottoes and caves like Fairy cave with seven smaller ones or cave of Ba Chua Thuong Ngan( The goddess of forests). In these caves and grottoes, there are a large variety of magnificent stalactites and stalagmites with various strange shapes and sizes that will invoke the imagination of visitors.
On the other side of Dinh Moutain is new Bai Dinh pagoda. This pagoda has been built since 2003 and covers a 80 ha area. The Bai Dinh pagoda possesses many parts such as Tam The Temple, Phap chu Temple, Quan Am temple( Bodhisattva Temple), Bao Thap, Bell Tower and dormitory area for Buddhist monks.
All materials are collected from local area and neighbouring provinces. To build the pagoda requires about five hundred craftsmen and many groups of workers from famous traditional craft villages such as Phu Loc wood making village, Ninh Van stone carving village, Y Yen bronze casting village, Van Lam embroidery village and so on. Such people used Vietnamese materials for instance, green stone of Ninh Binh or ceramic tiles of Bat Trang to create Vietnamese features for the architecture of Bai Dinh pagoda.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Trang An Grottoes, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province
Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by seasonal hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to major climatic and environmental changes, especially the repeated inundation of the landscape by the sea after the last ice age. The story of human occupation continues through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages to the historical era. Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Viet Nam, was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The property also contains temples, pagodas, paddy-fields and small villages.
Duration: 3 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Accommodation included: 1 night
Pick up and drop off at your hotel by private transfer
Complementary bottles of water on bus
Buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisine
English Speaking Tour guide during the trip
Entry/Admission - Tam Coc
Entry/Admission - Bai Dinh Pagoda
Entry/Admission - Trang An Grottoes
Beverages, Tax, Insurance.
Pick up and drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter
Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate