Spend the day taking in the outstanding natural beauty and historical significance of northern Ninh Binh Province. In the ancient former capital-city of Hoa Lu, explore the enchanting tombs and ruins the area is famous for. Next head to Trang An, an area that is often referred to as “Halong Bay on land” and explore the stunningly statuesque geological formations that dot the landscape.
Hoa Lu - Trang An
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Your guide and driver will meet you at 8:30am. You will then embark on a journey south of about 100 kilometres to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties dating back to the 11th century. Having been eroded over the millennia, the dilapidated ruins have nearly been absorbed by the spectacular scenery creating a mystical atmosphere that will be sure to titillate your imagination.
After lunch in a local restaurant you will continue to nearby Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations which contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on land.” Board a small boat and meander lazily down the peaceful river while passing through a series of caves. While enjoying the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river, jagged limestone hills jutting skyward out of electric green rice paddies will be sure to bring out the photographer in you.
Finally, return to the pier, where your vehicle will be waiting for you, and arrive back in Hanoi in the late afternoon.