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Ninh Binh & the Dry Halong Bay – Tour from Hanoi

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Key Highlights

  • Visit Ninh Binh – the ancient capital of Vietnam
  • Travel past the scenic Dry Halong Bay
  • Tour is led by a local expert guide
  • Lunch in a local restaurant is included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    10 Hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 10 Hours

    Meeting Point

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi. (Please state your hotel details at the time of booking).

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Hanoi

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Ninh Binh was the 10th Century capital of Vietnam during the reign of Dinh Tien Hoang King. Today, the remnants of that period, combined with the scenery of the area have made this an extremely popular area for tourists.

    This trip will take you, by boat to highlights of the areas including the Tam Coc Caves and old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le. You will pass stunning green paddy fields which for many Vietnamese bring to mind Halong Bay, hence the area has been dubbed “the Dry Halong Bay”.

    Your tour is led by a local expert guide and includes lunch at a local restaurant.


    To start the Ancient Capital & Dry Halong Bay Tour a driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi. You will drive 90km outside of the city to Ninh Binh, the ancient capital of Vietnam.

    From here you will start your boat trip that brings you past beautiful limestone karsts that jut out from the paddy fields. These fields remind Vietnamese of Halong Bay of Vietnam, which is where the scenery got its name from “Halong-bay-on-land”. (Dry Halong Bay).

    Your boat trip will take you to the king’s palace of the 10th century and the Dinh and Le temples.

    Once you finish your adventure a driver will be waiting to take you back in an air conditioned vehicle to the hotel in Hanoi that you were picked up from.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Land Transfer in Air Conditioned Vehicle
    • Pick up and drop off at hotel location
    • Lunch at local restaurant
    • Admission Free
    • Boat Trip in Tam Coc
    • English Speaking Tour Guide


    • Personal Expenses, drinks
    • Tips
    • Accommodations
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Pick up at centrally located Hotel (in Old quarter only)

    Children from 12 years of age and older are considered adults

    Tour will not operate from 04–12 February 2016, due to the Vietnamese New Year.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are traveling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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