NB 01: Tam Coc - Thai Vi temple - Bich Dong - Mua cave - Hoa Lu

Tam Coc is known to travelers as Viet Nam`s Ha Long Bay without water. Ha Long Bay on the rice paddies (a striking resemblance to Guilin and Yangshuo in China ). Tam Coc has huge rock formation jutting out of rice fields. Tam Coc means Three Caves.


 

Thai Vi Temple is located in a big valley of Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune. The temple was built to worship 4 kings of Tran Dynasty and Queen Thuan Thien.
The temple was built in “Noi Cong Ngoai Quoc” (Internal attack with outside support) style. There are 3 houses of Bai Duong, Trung Duong and Chinh Tam (Main Bedroom), all of them were made of ironwood and monolithic blue stone pillars that were skillfully and artistically carved.

 

Bich Dong is the most second beautiful pagoda of Viet Nam , after Perfume Pagoda . It is a couple of kilometres north of Tam Coc. The Lower Pagoda is located at the foot of the outcrop, from which it`s a climb of about 100 steps to the Middle Pagoda , then a shorter but still steep ascent to the upper Pagoda. Inside each cave temple, looming statues and the smoke of burning incense create an otherworldly atmosphere. Outside the reverse couldn`t be more true: there are some incredible views of the countryside.
 

Mua cave Bich Dong Pagoda


Mua Cave ( Cave of Dance ) is very impressive with small grove of trees, but the main attraction is a 500-step trek to the pagoda at the top where there`s a simple altar to Quan Âm ( Goddess of Mercy ). Really spectacular views including Tam Coc cave ( see where the tour boats go! )
 

Hoa Lu has an interesting historical twist. Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh (968-980) and early Le (980-1009) dynasties. Atmosphere in the temple is evocative of the heyday of the royal citadel with palaces; pavilions and temples which existed thousands of years ago. It is a remaining evidence of the golden age of the land that three feudal dynasties of Vietnam.

Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Thai Vi Temple - Mua cave - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
(daily departure)
 

09h00: 

 

Pick you up from your hotel and take you on a magnificent contryside way to
Tam Coc by a private transfer.

09h15: 

Taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Ngo Dong River to admire a great scenery
of Tam  Coc "three caves".

 

11h15:

Finish the boat trip and then transfer to Thai Vi temple.

11h20: 

Visiting Ngu Mon with five arches which were made of stone pillars, and also

visiting ancient well (called Gem well) that is made of green stone with clear and

full water all year round. Sanctum is the place for worshopping the Kings of Tran

Dynasties and the statue of Queen Thuan Thien, with her handsome boys and

beautiful girls valetting.

 

 

 

 

11h50: 

Transfer to Bich Dong and visit Bich Dong Pagoda which was considered to be

the most second beautiful grotto in Viet Nam (in the 17th century).

 

12h40: 

Having lunch at the restaurant nearby Tam Coc cave.

14h20:

Continue to transfer to Mua cave. This place attracts visitors with its many

 

interesting stories. From on the top of the cave, you can see all the way to Tam Coc

 

the boat trip going. Climb 500 stone steps to the top of the mountain to enjoy a

 

stunning panaroma view of the countryside and the wonderful Ngo Dong river.

15h20: 

Continue to transfer to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

15h40: 

Visit Hoa Lu with two temples "Dinh & Le" dynasty

16h40: 

Coming back Ninh Binh city at around 17h00 & drop you off at your hotel in the city

 

center on your request.

17h00

The tour ends.


What to bring:
Umbrella, Camera, Raincoat, Sunblock, Hat, Comfortable shoes.
 

Included in price:

+ English Speaking guide. (our guide speaks English fluently and has a lot of experiences and knowledge).
+ Other languages on request.
+ Private transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle.
+ Pick-up & drop-off at hotel in the city center (outside the city center, surcharge USD 8.00 ++/ per person)
+ Skillful driver
+ Boat trip.
+ All entrance and sightseeing fees
+ Big private lunch (we carter vegetarians)
+ Mineral water 500ml x 2/ per person
+ All taxes & services charge.
 

Not included in price:
+ Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
+ Travel insurance
+ Drinks and other personal expenses. 
+ Tips/ Gratuities
+ Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
 

Important notes:
+ Child 1 - 4 years old: F.O.C ( Free of charge )
+ Child 5 - 10 years old, 75% adult price
+ Peak season surcharge 25% on Dec 24th and Dec 31st and Lunar New Year Eve.

Other notes:
Join-in group is not available. Please contact us if you need further information
+ In case you could not receive our automatic email-reply in some minutes, kindly send us a message
   to our backup mailbox at thevancouverhotel@gmail.com. Thank you !


PRICES PER PERSON IN USD FOR PRIVATE GROUP
 

Number in Group
(private group)

Price per person in US$ in party of

1

2 - 3

4 - 6

7 - 10

11 - 15

Price

105

55

49

45

42


Other notes:
Join-in group is not available. Please contact us if you need further information
+ In case you could not receive our automatic email-reply in some minutes, kindly send us a message
   to our backup mailbox at thevancouverhotel@gmail.com. Thank you !