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Overview

Explore the rustic countryside of Ninh Binh Province in the north of Vietnam passing by local villages, engaging in agricultural activities such as catching crabs. Marvel at the eclectic architecture of 19th century Vietnamese and European style church.

Trip Highlights

Rustic Countryside of Ninh Binh

Meet and get to know the locals

Bike around Tho Ha village passing by peaceful villages and enjoying the rustic countryside landscapes.

Engage in agricultural activities

Catch crab, fish water vegetables and visit a mat weaving family for a truly countryside experience

Visit an ancient pagoda and church

Admire the Vietnamese and European blend of architecture of Phat Diem church and the ancient Bich Dong pagoda.

Itinerary

1

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Galaxy cave

From your chosen hotel in Hanoi to Ninh Binh (100km): approx. 2hrs Easy biking (5-15 km) depend on clients’ wish

Depart the hotel this morning at 8.30 for the 2 -hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to Ninh Binh province, one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with its spectacular scenery and historical temples. It is also called ‘Dry Halong Bay’ for its magnificent limestone karsts which dominate the landscape.

Upon arrival, begin a leisure 5 to 15 km (according to preference) biking trip around Tho Ha village passing by peaceful villages and enjoying the rustic countryside landscapes. Continue to Dong Tam Hamlet to join in some engaging agricultural activities such as catching crabs, fishing and transplanting, watering vegetables and more. Enjoy lunch before cruising on a 2-hour boat trip through small canals among the paddy fields (rice fields seen between March and early June), then stroll along the winding rocky path of the foot for 200m and go up 20 steps to reach the Galaxy Cave gate. Get inside the cave and admire the spectacular stalactites above the cave ceiling. Continue to discover But Hien cave and be attracted by many natural sparkling stalactites with shapes and figures before returning to the pier and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

(Note:  Clients who stay at Tam Coc Garden/ Ninh Binh Legend/ Ninh Binh Hidden Charm can have sampan cruise through Galaxy Cave and Thung Nham eco-tourism zone to reach Thung Nham pier and before a transfer to the above hotels. Clients staying at Emeralda Ninh Binh have to cruise back to the local pier for a transfer to the hotel.)

Overnight at Ninh Binh

2

Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Enjoy a relaxing morning with breakfast at the hotel before driving an hour to Phat Diem church - built in stone in 1892. It is a blend of Vietnamese and European architecture giving birth to an “eclectic architectural style”. Step through ancient structures of this complex to feel the delicate sculptures. Then enjoy a short drive to visit a mat weaving family who live by the river bank.

Communicate with them through the guide and get a glimpse of the life of locals negotiating economic progress and keeping the traditional family craft alive. Transfer back to Tam Coc for lunch

The tour finishes with a visit to Bich Dong Pagodas, an ever ancient three tiered cave pagoda, and discovers charming pagoda and stupendous view from the top.

Return to Hanoi in late afternoon.

Note: Mat waving family will top working during harvesting & cultivating season (May; Jun & Sep; Oct)/ Check available during Tet Holiday

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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