NB02: Trang An Grottoes – Hoa Lu Temples – Bai Dinh Pagod

Trang An Grottoes Area is considered as a great rock locating in vast lake. It is said that this was the place where Dinh Bo Linh trained his navy soldiers. All the scenes seem to be mingled with which create a particular and interesting space awaking a wide range of mythical imagination.

Trang An Grottoes boat tour

Hoa Lu is some 110km or two hours from Hanoi. Located near the town of Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defence for this kingdom against the Chinese.

The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu’s picturesque landscape. Hoa Lu lays in a flat valley surrounded by the Trang An lime stone mountains, which form a natural wall protecting the old citadel. The city’s northwest is bordered by the Hoang Long River, the tributaries of which run through the capital, cooling the weather within the city and serving as convenient waterways.

Bai Dinh Pagoda is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. For years, this pagoda has been well-known for its asian records and choosen for many special events. This is an ideal place for those who want to understand more about Buddhism and its practice in Vientam.


8h30 Get picked up at your hotel in Ninh Binh and transfer to Trang An.
9h00 Take a 2-3 hour boat trip to visit great landscapes and grottoes in Trang An.
12h00 Finish the boat trip and have lunch in a local restaurant near Trang An.
13h00 Continue the trip to Hoa Lu Ancien Capital to see two temples of kings Dinh and Le.
14h00 Transfer to Bai Dinh Pagoda. Spend a 2 hour walk to discover the biggest pagoda in Vietnam.
17h00 Return to hotel, trip ends.

What to bring
• Camera
• Hat
• Umbrelar
• Sunblock

• Entry fees
• Boat tickets
• Car with driver/ Or motorbikes with local riders
• Lunch (food can be catered for vegetarians)
• Pickup
• English speaking tour guide

• Drinks
• Other personal expenses.
• Tip & gratuity (not compulsory)


Price Car option Motorbike option Deluxe
You are 2 persons: US$55 per person US$48 per person N/A
You are 3-5 persons: US$54 per person US$47 per person N/A
You are 6-8 persons: US$53 per person US$46 per person N/A
You are 8 up: US$52 per person US$46 per person N/A

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