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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

3. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise, enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

4. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

5. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take a boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  Then, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, hop back onto the bus to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

6. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At the end of the day you'll get back on the bus and drive back to Hanoi, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise & Balcony Cabin

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise & Balcony Cabin

Take in the crystal clear waters and imposing limestone islands of the famous Ha Long Bay on an overnight boat trip from Hanoi. Travel among stunning rock formations and take part in fun activities, then relax in a private cabin with a balcony and panoramic views of the ocean. Get picked up directly from your Hanoi hotel and head over to the harbor to board your cruise. Enjoy welcome drinks while listening to the safety briefing. Savor a delicious lunch and take in ocean views as the boat sets sail, passing Dog Island, Dinh Huong islet, and Kissing Rocks. Stop to visit a traditional pearl farm and go kayaking, then explore the popular Ti Top Island, where you can go swimming or hiking to the top for 360-degree views of the bay. Back on board, have a fun sunset party with buy-1-get-1-free drinks at the onboard bar. Experience a traditional Vietnamese cooking class on the deck, then taste your delicious dinner. Unwind after a long day or try your hand at squid fishing if you're feeling adventurous. On day two, warm up in the morning with a tai chi lesson as the sun rises. Enjoy a light breakfast before visiting the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Participate in a farewell lunch before arriving at the harbor and being transferred back to Hanoi.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

8. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

9. From Hanoi: Halong Bay Deluxe Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy a full-day cruise on board a classic junk boat and get a unique Vietnamese experience among the stunning limestone karst mountains of legendary Halong Bay. 8:45 AM-9:15 AM: Pick-up from hotel/accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter Area - Hoan Kiem District and depart for Halong Bay or at the tour provider's office if your accommodation is outside Hanoi. 12:15 PM: Arrive at Tuan Chau Harbor, welcome aboard, and safety briefing – you'll set out on a 5-hour journey via 2 day-sleeper boat cruise route which is renowned for its striking passages. 1:45 PM: Arrive at Bo Hon archipelago, where you will visit Surprising Cave to see many stalagmites and stalactites in different shapes. Enjoy kayaking or a bamboo boat ride in Luon Cave.  Then visit Titov Island with its sandy beaches adjacent to a towering limestone mountain and the excellent backdrop of the bay. Climb up to Titov Peak for a panoramic view of the bay. 4:30 PM: Return to your cruise boat for a traditional cup of tea and then cruise back toward Tuan Chau harbor. Enjoy free time for sunbathing on the upper deck with music or just enjoy the picturesque views.  5:45 PM: Disembark and return to Hanoi via the new highway. 8:30 PM: Arrive at your hotel, other accommodations, or meeting point in Hanoi.

1-Way Transfer between Hanoi and Ha Long via Limousine Bus

10. 1-Way Transfer between Hanoi and Ha Long via Limousine Bus

Travel between Hanoi and Ha Long in comfort with a 4-hour transfer between the 2 cities. Join the first travel company in Hanoi which invested in premier limousines to take you around. Today the discerning travelers can discover the wonder of the roads less traveled in luxurious comfort. You will experience a luxury limousine designed to be more complete with personalized equipment. Enjoy spacious, comfortable seating with a wider seat that measures 0.5 m more than Hyundai County standard seat. The bus will exceed your expectations with its perfect quality. Join a quality company where your safety is the priority and all safety and comfort equipment are in good condition. Feel safe joining a company with a valid travel transport service licence. When choosing the option to travel from Hanoi to Ha Long, you will get picked up from your hotel at 7:30 AM. You will travel on highway 5B, stopping for a 20 minutes break. You will then continue travelling along highway 18, before arriving at Tuan Chau international ward at 11:20 AM.  If you choose to travel from Ha Long to Hanoi, the driver and tour guide will pick you up at Tuan Chau international at 11:30 AM. You will then travel to Hanoi via highway 18 and Highway 5B, breaking halfway for 20 minutes. You will arrive in Hanoi at 3:30 PM and will be dropped off your hotel in the Hanoi Old quarter.

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5 best day trips from Hanoi

Day trip to Ha Long Bay

1. Day trip to Ha Long Bay

If you have visions of craggy limestone islands rising majestically out of turquoise waters, head immediately to Ha Long Bay. This iconic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of people every year. Of course, the top activities are boat tours of the bay, which can guide you to sites like the colorfully illuminated Dao Go Cave, the island of Tuan Chao, and the serene bays of Bai Tu Long National Park.

How far is Ha Long Bay from Hanoi?

The 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay do not go quickly, so leave early and plan to return late. Driving, the journey takes three to four hours. Public transportation is not a good option for day trips to Ha Long Bay. A guided tour is highly recommended for this excursion.

2. Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village

For a fascinating getaway from the bustle of Hanoi, head to the hamlets of Duong Lam Ancient Village. One of the oldest villages in the region — as well as the country — Duong Lam has well over 1,200 years of history to explore. Make sure to see the five communal houses — dedicated to local heroes, kings, and gods — admire the Buddhas of Mia Pagoda, and marvel at the temple and mausoleum of the ancient King Ngo Quyen.

How far is Duong Lam Ancient Village from Hanoi?

The 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Hanoi to Duong Lam Ancient Village takes around an hour and 15 minutes by car. Taking public transportation is possible, but allow more time as it takes closer to three hours via several different buses.
Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

3. Day trip to Ninh Binh Province

A day trip to Ninh Binh is perfect for those in search of unforgettable natural beauty. The area is best known for its dramatic karst landscape, which can be seen in all its glory at the grottoes of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An or cruising the river to Tam Coc. Don’t miss an opportunity to check out the many temples of the 10th and 11th century capital of Hoa Lu.

How far is Ninh Binh Province from Hanoi?

The town of Ninh Binh is 94 kilometers (58 miles) south of Hanoi. By car, the trip is about an hour and a half. Trains take around two hours. A guided tour is an excellent option for a day trip to from Hanoi to NInh Binh.
Day trip to Bat Trang Village

4. Day trip to Bat Trang Village

Best known for its centuries-old porcelain tradition, Bat Trang Village is an excellent day trip for art and history lovers alike. Browse the dazzling rows of artisanal pottery, dishware, sculpture, and other ceramic art that lines the streets and shopfronts of the village. A visit to the Porcelain and Pottery Market is a must, or try your own hand at pottery at the ceramic playground. For a unique experience, hop on a buffalo cart for a ride.

How far is Bat Trang Village from Hanoi?

You can travel the 16 kilometers (10 miles) to Bat Trang Village in just 40 minutes by car. On the bus, it can take from an hour to 90 minutes.

5. Day trip to Ba Vi National Park

Escape from civilization and delve into the lush splendor of Ba Vi National Park. This gorgeous nature area is very popular for walking and hiking, though there are several points of interest to visit. Travelers can join the pilgrims and hike up to the summit of Tan Vien peak to see the shrine of the Mountain God and the Ho Chi Minh Temple. Adventurous people can also explore the ruins of the abandoned French resort that has since been reclaimed by the jungle.

How far is Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi?

It will take between 90 minutes to two hours to drive the 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. The bus can range from two to three hours.

Hanoi day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Trying to figure out how to get around any foreign country can be intimidating. There are several choices in Vietnam that can fit your goals and travel style.
  • • Hanoi day trips by train

    Trains in Vietnam are old but fairly dependable and travel in most directions from Hanoi. Many destinations outside of main centers may require a transfer to a bus or taxi at some point in the journey.
  • • Hanoi day trips by bus

    The bus is the most comprehensive and affordable public transportation option for day trips around Hanoi. Buses run all over, however depending on the time and specific location could be limited. Traveling by bus may require one or more transfers before you reach your final destination.
  • • Hanoi day trips by car

    Traffic and driving in Hanoi and Vietnam are generally chaotic. If you are a confident driver, a car is a fine option to reach more rural places or to simply take control of your own schedule. Many travelers opt to rent a motorcycle or motorbike to get around, which is a very popular and efficient — though sometimes daring — option.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always a smart choice for day trips, especially in more remote areas of the country. Whether you are struggling with logistics or don’t feel confident with a language barrier, guided tours provide peace of mind, convenience, and the opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring with you on your day trip depends on the season and your destination. For the beach, swim gear, and sunscreen are a good idea, while trips to higher-elevated areas would benefit from warm clothes. No matter the location, always make sure to bring plenty of water.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

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This tour is great if you don't have much time to visit Ninh Binh on your travels. They gave us a short time slot to pick us up from our hotel and they were on time. The bus was comfortable with good air conditioning for our small group of 13. It's an early start but that means that you are on the river boat early, before most of the tour groups arrive which meant that sometimes you felt like the only boat there. Our tour guide, Frankie, was amazing at English and very funny and informative. I would highly recommend this tour.

The trip was excellent and the buffet food was great as well with many vegetarian options available. The guide was nice and very informative. I can easily recommend them. However, you only get the option of cycling in town or hiking up Mua cave, not both. The hike is 100% worth it for the views at the top.

We had a lovely experience and it was an absolutely incredible day! However my partner got sick after eating the shrimp onboard, so it might be a good idea to skip that. Otherwise we were very happy with the day and would do it again!

This was a great day with a packed schedule. The biking was cool and the final hike was hard so very worth it. If you have an extra day, I would definitely recommend this trip.

The city tour was much better than expected. Great go on!