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Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

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35 reviews

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

Activity provider: Aloha Vietnam Tour & Tour

From US$ 60.67 per person

Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the tenth and eleventh centuries. Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua mountain to take in spectacular views and take a sampan boat trip through the Trang An landscape.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter area or meeting point (Hanoi Opera House)
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the ancient Dinh King temple in the Hoa Lu Citadel
  • Hike 500 steps to the top of Mua Mountain and take in the panoramic views
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take a three-hour sampan boat trip through Trang An landscapes
  • Pass through natural emerald water caves
Full description

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Embark on a two-hour drive. Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and then visit King Dinh Temple and Le King temple. Then set off to Mua cave for hiking 500 steps. Climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain, river, and city views. Spend one hour there to enjoy the views and take photos.

After that enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. The tour ends with a boat trip to Trang An for nearly 3 hours. Cruise through emerald water and beautiful caves. The tour concludes back in Hanoi.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transportation via air-conditioned limousine
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  • Boat trip in Trang An
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Water bottles
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Pickup and drop-off outside of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Children under 5 years old: Free of charge, other expenses are paid by parents
  •  Children from 5 to 8 years old: 50% discount on adult rate
  •  Children over 8 years old: charged as adult rate
  •  Families with 2 children from 4 to 8 years old: charged as adult rate
  • Cancellation on tour: Non-refundable
  •  Cancellation within 12 hours: 50% of the total purchase amount
  •  Cancellation before 1 day: Fully-refunded
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 35 reviews

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Sonny was a great guide. He was extremely informative and very friendly. The trip itself took up the whole day! We got on the bus at 7am and we’re dropped back by 7pm The temples were very cool to see. The best part was the bamboo boats floating through the Trong An river - it was incredible! The 1000 steps up Mua mountain was pretty spectacular too. I am extremely tired from the long day!

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November 12, 2022

Great tour to see the wonderful landscape Vietnam offers combined with a professional guide who was always very supportive and funny too. Organization/communication was really good (they were even prepared when it started to rain). This tour started with a few minor "warm up" destinations (bike tour to see a few mountains) where you can have a good lunch buffet. The following boat trip is one of its kind. The landscape reminds me of the wonderful Halong Bay, but on land. There are temples surrounded by mountains which looks astonishing and luckily there were not so many tourists around. After that we arrived at our final destination, a mountain that we climbed up. An incredible view from the top - a never forgetting moment.

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March 1, 2020

This is a must if you are visiting Vietnam! It was quite a long drive from Hanoi but well worth it. The views are amazing and the boat ride through the longest cave was impressive. Although we have been a little concerned about the corona virus, our guide said we were quite lucky it was so slow. Usually there is over an hour wait for the boats. We must have seen only a dozen or so on the water. Also, February is quite cool so pack a rain coat and warm jacket (think an average day in San Francisco 50s 60s F).

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February 10, 2020

Product ID: 228721