Full-Day Trip To Hoa Lu And Tam Coc From Hanoi

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Overview

Sitting on boat cruising through Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba with the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along river and scattered green rice fields. You feel the tranquility, peace and all above, the nature combines with life of locals to form a poetic romantic painting of the countryside.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Around 8am car and guide will pick you up from your Hotel ( Old Quarter Only) or alternatively our office at 90B Nguyen Huu Huan , Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. We will start our journey to Hoa Lu the ancient capital. Arriving at 10.30am we will tour the old city and see what is still standing. There are 2 main temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to understand more about the Vietnamese history and its feudal dynasty periods. After our history tour we will stop for a local Vietnamese lunch and enjoy local specialties.

In the afternoon we take a 2 hour boat trip to visit Tam Coc, which is known as “Halong Bay on land”. Tam Coc is made up of three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong river. The boat trip is a nice, peaceful trip with stunning scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddy fields and we have ancient temples to view along the way. We then transfer to bikes to cycle to Bich Dong, a pagoda beside Nga Nhac, this is an easy ride along countryside roads.

We then start our journey home arriving back in Hanoi around 6.30pm.

Inclusions for Full-Day Trip To Hoa Lu And Tam Coc From Hanoi

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Round-trip shared transfer

Exclusions for Full-Day Trip To Hoa Lu And Tam Coc From Hanoi

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not recommended for pregnant women

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was a terrible experience out of all the passengers, we were given the worse treatment for no reason. The pick-up and drop-off were awful and all of this for seemingly no reason whatsoever.

    On the website, this was written: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
    The night before the trip, we received an e-mail which asked us to join the tour at their local office before 7:30 am, so we took a taxi from our hotel Melia Hanoi to this local office. In fact, this wasn't a tourist office, it was actually a small hotel! The tour bus then arrived at this hotel around 7:30 am, and we were the only 2 people to be picked up at this small hotel. When asked why they could not pick us up at our own hotel since we seemed to be the only people they were picking up, the tour guide's answer was: we don't know, the head office asked to pick you at this office.
    We didn't protest any more as the tour bus began its journey. However, it turns out that this bus was actually stopping by other hotels to pick up other guests, and at the end of the hotel stops, the bus stopped in front of our own hotel, Melia Hanoi, to pick-up the last client. By then, it was already 9am, and we had spent 2 hours driving around to pick up other passengers, only to arrive back at our own hotel. We asked the tour guide again why they made us wait at 7:30am at a random small hotel, if they were going to pass by our hotel at 9am anyways, and their response was still: we don't know.
    At the end of the day, on the way back to Hanoi, the guides told us that there is traffic control on Friday evenings, so the bus can't circle in the Old Quarter, and will only drop everyone in the area surrounding their hotel. When we requested to be dropped at Melia Hanoi Hotel, they told us that they would bring us to the Hilton instead around 3km away from Melia hotel.
    In the end, the drivers still went into the Old Quarter there was no traffic control and dropped passengers at their hotels, but refused to go to our hotel. This time, we became really mad at them and insisted that they do their job. We heard our own English tour guide trying to convince the driver and the Japanese tour guide in Vietnamese to drop us at our hotel there were 2 tour guides on the bus, one English and one Japanese, and the English tour guide was sympathetic to our cause.
    In the end, the driver agreed to drop us near our hotel, but we were the last clients off the bus.

    This whole driving experience made the trip an aggravating experience.
    The Tam Coc rice field was nice, but it wasn't as nice as we saw at the picture, mainly because you are looking at it from a boat, so you can't see the whole rice field. The boat ride was 1 hour long and it wasn't a comfortable experience.

  • When I booked, I assumed this was a small group tour, but this was actually contracted out to APT touring. After I emailed Viator about hotel pickup I received 2 emails. The first told me to meet at the main office and the second told me that they don't offer hotel pick up. It says hotel pickup on the site multiple times, and we picked up many other people from their hotel.

    We walked to the office and were picked up on a full size bus that had every seat filled. It is a 2.5 drive each way. They stop at a place called the workshop that has disabled people working in the store who supposedly make the items sold. I don't know if this is true or not, but I was very suspicious when they have people put on display and when I get harassed to buy things to support the disabled.

    Hua Lo is a temple complex which is nice, there are many other tourists here. Then we went to Tam Coc which is a beautiful area, called the inland Halong Bay. When we arrived we were treated to a buffet that had food covered in flies and was very distasteful, so we grabbed food from another restaurant. Everyone here hassled us for money. Using the restroom cost money, boat driver wanted a tip, sellers accosted us, on the river we sat and waited while several women tried to sell their wares for 15 minutes.

    The tour stated we would ride bikes to Bich Dong pagoda, but when we were getting ready to ride bikes I asked about it and was told we would not be doing it.

    Our tour guide was great, I wish I could remember her name because she was amazing and everything else about this tour was disappointing. I would suggest a small group or private tour as the area is very beautiful.

    Viator has this tour posted multiple times with costs that vary wildly. I am curious if they are all contracted out to APT because this trip ranges in cost from about 20 to over 100. Nothing was mentioned about it being a large group tour. They didn't even go to all the places they said they would, which was why I specifically chose this tour over the 15 other options of this same tour. If you want a group option of this you can find it for about 20, I suggest going with a small group tour as Tam Coc is beautiful.

  • One of the highlights of our trip! Very scenic row boat ride, great lunch buffet and scenic bike ride with different things to see. Really gives you a comfortable view of rural Vietnam. Highly recommended.

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